I laughed and I cried. I'm glad I ordered this book. Within these stories a reader encounters both momentous and ordinary events in the lives of the Beechum, Feltner, Coulter, and Catlett families, individuals of which, along with others, make up the Port William membership. I have too many thoughts, too many things to say. All of the stories take place within the same community, over the course of about 100 years, and together the stories make up a kind of sensible tapestry. As if people in the 'old days' farted anecd. Thus, although we are not slaves in name, and cannot be carried to market and sold as somebody else's legal chattels, we are free only within narrow limits.
Combining The Wild Birds 1985 , Fidelity 1992 , and Watch With Me 1994 , and including four never-before-collected stories and a map of Port William, this book offers rest for the weary, hope for the beleaguered, and strength for the rest of us. Often, they sing or tell stories as they go, working steadily but without a sense of pressure or dislike for their labor. Excellent, lovely, moving, compassionate, funny stories about Tol and Minnie Proudfoot; Andy and Wheeler Catlett; Burley, Nathan, Hannah, and Thad Coulter; Elton Penn; Ben and Mat Feltner; Mart and Art Rowanberry; Danny Branch. Which can happen without worries in a collection like this, so ta-da, that's a plus. In 23 stories, Berry chronicles Port William from the 1880s to the 1980s, evoking the connectedness of the small town's denizens to each other and to the land. The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning. San Francisco: North Point, 1986.
For those without hope, the chorus resonates with doubt, fear, and the temptation to withdraw. While many of Berry's novels can be melancholy and nostalgic, most of these stories, especially those about Tol Proudfoot and Miss Minnie are funny. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2017. Boston: Harcourt, Brace, 1967 revised North Point,1983; Counterpoint, 2001. This deeper exploration of Port William does not disappoint.
Ask yourself: Will this satisfy a woman satisfied to bear a child? LibraryThing Review User Review - Steve777 - LibraryThing His stories of community, of a life well-lived, of hard work and friendship give one much to ponder about what is valuable in life. It has been home to men that have drunkenly killed friends, crops ruined by merciless weather, families stained by alcoholism and mental illness, and the common passing of generations before. But I will search Audible. We must be more vulnerable in our relationships, more passionate for justice, more compassionate for those in distress, and gentler on creation. Award-winning speechwriter and communication consultant.
Port William is real or was ; it is certainly real in my imagination. Awakening in this new life, Virgil begins to piece together his personal history and the lore of his broken town, with the help of a cast of affable and curious locals. Every story was of turning over what is important to the generations to come while honoring and remembering the generations before. Mark noted that reading a value oriented book like this or Atlas Shrugged could be a much different experience for a 25-year-old than one of us retirees. His work helps us remember our givenness and embrace our life as creatures.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus that will build under the trees every thousand years. Stories of hunting and tracking in the woods, tobacco harvesting, hog killing, whiskey drinking, the introduction of the Model A, dyin. It's a great pleasure to read or listen to Wendell Berry's poetic prose. Arranged in their fictional chronology, the book shines forth as a single sustained work, not simply an anthology. I really do like Wendell Berry's writing, but I think I started with the wrong book. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work and when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey.
A few of them are very dull, though, and I ended up skipping some bits. The stories of these people are the stories of us all, especially of rural America, of the loss of this America but of the strength and constancy of this America. Does this sort of writing appeal to them, or is it poetic nostalgia for those who live in a very different world? Go with your love to the fields. Your mind will be punched in a card and shut away in a little drawer. He evokes a simpler time when the relationships with the land, family, and nei. Berry takes us further into the lives of the people we love most.
And growing up in small towns helped me recognize characteristics of someone I know in each of the characters. And they thought with regret of the time when the thing that was wrong with him had been simply unknown, and there had been only it and him and them in the place they had known together. A collection of short stories set in the 1800's following several families in rural Kentucky to present times. I have come to the realization that I can no longer imagine a war that I would believe to be either useful or necessary. A Small Porch contains nine Sabbath poems from 2014 and sixteen from 2015. Into this community returns a shimmering prodigal son who may hold the key to reviving their town.
Yet it perseveres and continues to be a place of friendship, farming, family, and new life. There is a great map in the back of the book that shows where these families lived, and a geneology of several families and how they related to one another. I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief. Berry taught at Stanford University; traveled to Italy and France on a Guggenheim Fellowship; and taught at New York University and the University of Kentucky, Lexington, before moving to Henry County. The broken world sings a chorus around us and the words are different depending on what we believe. The Gift of Good Land. Berry is a genius and a heartbreaker, but every now and then he makes you sit through a Hallmark movie special.