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The Memory of Old Jack

Series Port William
Author Wendell Berry
Narrator Paul Michael
Runtime 6 Hrs. - Unabridged
Publisher christianaudio
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Release Date March 1, 2007
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In a rural Kentucky river town, “Old Jack” Beechum, a retired farmer, sees his life again through the shades of one burnished day in September 1952.
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In a rural Kentucky river town, “Old Jack” Beechum, a retired farmer, sees his life again through the shades of one burnished day in September 1952.

Bringing the earthiness of America’s past to mind, The Memory of Old Jack conveys the truth and integrity of the land and the people who live it. Through the eyes of one man can be seen the values Americans strive to recapture as we arrive at the next century.

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Very Dark
This is the first Wendell Berry work that I didn't much care for. The depiction of Jack in this book is quite different (IMO) than he was represented in the other PW books.
Review by / (Posted on 6/23/2015)
Another Berry masterpiece
The Memory of Old Jack is one day in the life of an old farmer, about 90 years old, who suffers from a kind of dementia and whose mind wanders into the past, reliving his regrets, tragedies and triumphs. It's another masterpiece from Wendell Berry.
Review by / (Posted on 7/29/2013)
Veteran narrator brings meandering journey into crystal-clear focus
Poet, essayist and fiction writer Wendell Berry has established himself as the consummate writer's writer. His grounding in agrarian themes—both sociologically insightful and intimately personal—harks back to the rich tradition of Faulkner. Over the past four decades, Berry has built an impressive body of novels and short stories devoted to the fictional rural hamlet of Port William, located in his home state of Kentucky. First published in 1974, The Memory of Old Jack recounts the last days in the life of 92-year-old farmer Jack Beechum in the fall of 1952, as the self-sufficient man of the soil contemplates both his heartaches and triumphs. Veteran narrator Paul Michael brings Jack's meandering journey between the present and past into crystal-clear focus. His portrayal of the emotionally and sexually barren terrain of Jack's relationship with his wife, Ruth, evokes especially powerful angst concerning the disconnect between dutiful obligation and romantic passion. This audiobook release offers an excellent venue for new audiences to discover Berry, a seminal literary figure whose gifted storytelling challenges, provokes, inspires and affirms.
Review by / (Posted on 1/6/2011)
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