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Jayber Crow By Wendell Berry Jayber Crow This is a book about Heaven says Jayber Crow but I must say too that I have wondered sometimes if it would not finally turn out to be a book about Hell It is and he has returned to his native P

  • Title: Jayber Crow
  • Author: Wendell Berry
  • ISBN: 9781582431604
  • Page: 396
  • Format: Paperback
  • Jayber Crow By Wendell Berry This is a book about Heaven, says Jayber Crow, but I must say too that I have wondered sometimes if it would not finally turn out to be a book about Hell It is 1932 and he has returned to his native Port William to become the town s barber.Orphaned at age ten, Jayber Crow s acquaintance with loneliness and want have made him a patient observer of the human anima This is a book about Heaven, says Jayber Crow, but I must say too that I have wondered sometimes if it would not finally turn out to be a book about Hell It is 1932 and he has returned to his native Port William to become the town s barber.Orphaned at age ten, Jayber Crow s acquaintance with loneliness and want have made him a patient observer of the human animal, in both its goodness and frailty.He began his search as a pre ministerial student at Pigeonville College There, freedom met with new burdens and a young man needed than a mirror to find himself But the beginning of that finding was a short conversation with Old Grit, his profound professor of New Testament Greek You have been given questions to which you cannot be given answers You will have to live them out perhaps a little at a time And how long is that going to take I don t know As long as you live, perhaps That could be a long time I will tell you a further mystery, he said It may take longer Wendell Berry s clear sighted depiction of humanity s gifts love and loss, joy and despair is seen though his intimate knowledge of the Port William Membership.
    Jayber Crow By Wendell Berry

    Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry Sep , Jayber Crow is an octogenarian barber who sits under the poplars that hedge in his cabin and stares at the reflections on the river water that is always running somewhere, with time Jayber Crow Berry, Wendell Books Orphaned at age ten, Jayber Crow s acquaintance with loneliness and want have made him a patient observer of the human animal, in both its goodness and frailty He began his search as a pre Jayber Crow A Novel by Wendell Berry, Paperback Barnes Aug , Orphaned at age ten, Jayber Crow s acquaintance with loneliness and want have made him a patient observer of the human animal, in both its goodness and frailty He began his search as a Jayber Crow Summary SuperSummary Wendell Berry s Jayber Crow is as much a novel of ideologies as it is compelling fiction The protagonist, Jayber Crow of the title, is a resident of the fictional town Port William, Kentucky, where much of the

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    1. Cecily on said:

      Still waters run deep That line is old wisdom, recorded in English from 1400, and Latin before that.A river runs through the town, and Jayber s life, a barrier and yet a connection to other worlds, its many creeks and branches reflected in the digressive storytelling Jayber is a quiet observer of his small community He is a contributor and participant as well, but it s his gentle and generous philosophical musings that form the eddies and undercurrents of this understated novel The flotsam and j [...]

    2. Dolors on said:

      Jayber Crow is an octogenarian barber who sits under the poplars that hedge in his cabin and stares at the reflections on the river water that is always running somewhere, with time floating in swirls of memories of a life fully lived and now suddenly gone, its light extinguished from within And yet, this very same river erodes the hills and pastures that have crowned Jayber s home since the beginning of times as if to remind him that everything changes so that the essential remains the same.I k [...]

    3. Diane Barnes on said:

      Oh, Jayber You told me your story and now I am drained, and devastated, and full of the joy of having known you You, sir, are that rarest of things A good man A man who did his job, helped his neighbors, loved and laughed when he could, and, all along tried to do no harm.Let me tell the rest of you about Jayber Orphaned twice by the age of 10, sent to an orphanage where he got an education and learned to love books, he was told he needed to make something of himself , so decided he heard the cal [...]

    4. Candi on said:

      As I did not know then but know now, the surface of the river is like a living soul, which is easy to disturb, is often disturbed, but, growing calm, shows what it was, is, and will be This book was an absolute joy to read and Jayber Crow one of the most wise and gentle souls I have thus far encountered in a piece of literature I read this while on a much needed family vacation, which incidentally also happened to be my twenty year anniversary to one of the most honorable men I have had the plea [...]

    5. Sue on said:

      Wonderful book that seemed to increase in wonder as I read Berry s ability to create characters of such person hood amazed me His creations, beginning with Jayber Crow, seem real, gifted with actual traits good and not so as would be found among living, breathing folk Their experiences seem to reflect American life of this time and place.but I think even than this place For me, Berry has captured some elemental realities of American life Though I have not ever lived in a small place like Port W [...]

    6. Fionnuala on said:

      Other reviews have commented on the fictional part of this book, i.e the life story of Jayber Crow so I will not mention it Instead I will focus on how this book worked for me.When I had finished it, I wondered about where I would shelve it not something I often think of, and a tribute to how much I had valued reading it and I immediately realised it belonged with a group of authors that I have come to love, a group who share a theme, the theme of place , with such as MacLeod, McGahern, Laxness [...]

    7. PattyMacDotComma on said:

      4.5 Where, I have asked myself, is this reflection It is not on the top of the water, for if there is a little current the river can slide frictionlessly and freely beneath the reflection and the reflection does not move There s a saying that you never step in the same river twice So it seems reasonable for Jayber Crow to ask the question Where IS the reflection Most of his life he wonders what purpose he serves by being alive in the world Every once in a while he has a sudden epiphany or inspir [...]

    8. Gloria on said:

      Read through 3.Perhaps it s just one of those stories which only intensifies and becomes greater with each readingAll I know is that with every reading, the end of this book makes me feel like I need to take a step back from everything and really assess the world around me with clearer eyes.And work toward mercy.______________________________________________One year later, after my first read through, I am amending my original 4 star rating to 5 even though it deserves 6 or 7 Beautiful, haunting [...]

    9. Margitte on said:

      I must admit, after thoroughly pondering this philosophical novel, that I did not agree with some of the author s idealistic solutions to the world s problems, in particular the naive approach to agriculture and the economy I will accept that it was not the author s own viewpoint, which I doubt, but that of our dearly beloved Jayber Crown s However, the novel is a tour de force for lyrical prose and the philosophy behind heaven and hell.Phew, the impact of Jayber Crow s unrequitted love for Matt [...]

    10. Esteban del Mal on said:

      Pet peeves 1 Cars with dealer license plate frames You bought the car, is it necessary to advertise where you bought it from For free This is America, you dumbass Have some self respect.2 Company vehicles that have an overhead dome light that has some sort of short in it that causes it to light up whenever I go over railroad tracks, potholes, or spare change in the road at a speed of greater than 3 MPH and consequently makes me feel like the centerpiece in some hackneyed corporate motivational w [...]

    11. Connie on said:

      It was such a pleasure to read Wendell Berry s lyrical prose about a quiet, observant man living through the 20th Century Jayber Crow was orphaned twice as a young boy, first when his parents died and then when his adoptive aunt and uncle passed away He was sent to an orphanage, spent time at a divinity school until he questioned his faith, and worked some small jobs But the river that flowed near his rural childhood home called to him, and he made his way back to Port William, Kentucky.Jayber b [...]

    12. Sara on said:

      Before I can tell you how much I loved this book, I must tell you that my father, like Jayber Crow, was a barber in a time when the barber shop was a social place and not a styling salon I loved this very male place, where I could very rarely slip myself into a corner and listen to old men talk about the weather and the crops and gossip about one another in a friendly and civil way My father was also a self taught fiddler and music would often pour from the back room of the shop well into the ni [...]

    13. ``Laurie Henderson on said:

      In the beginning Jayber Crow was a happy child living with his parents in northern Kentucky where life was still pretty primitive No electricity or indoor plumbing and they grew all their own food Jayber s parents had died of the flu after WW1 so his childless Aunt and Uncle brought him home to live giving him everything a child could possible need.The lyrical descriptions of the countryside and Jayber s childhood reminded me of the book The Yearling where young Jody ran wild in rural Florida wi [...]

    14. Cathrine ☯️ on said:

      5 Less is .If the terms environmental activist, organic farming, or sustainable development have a place in your personal beliefs or you re a fan of Thoreau, Muir, or Gandhi, you will no doubt appreciate or love Wendell Berry and this book If not, chances are you will really like it anyway Fair to say he uses this story as a platform to espouse his beliefs, many of which I also embrace, but beyond that it s an exceptionally and beautifully told tale about a man and the life, or pertinently, the [...]

    15. Kj on said:

      An easy five star rating for this one half way through I already knew it had become one of my favorite books.Not driven by plot, in fact not driven in any sense, this is a story that walks you gently and honestly through many parts of a life It s hard to put words to a reading experience such as this one that takes you deep into the heart of what it means to live, to be alive Despite its fiction narrative, Jayber Crow feels far closer to a guided mediation on youth and age, Progress vs nature, c [...]

    16. Michael on said:

      A moving and uplifting portrait of heaven That s how Jayber Crow sees it as he reflects on his life as an ordinary man living his life as a barber in close connection to his community in rural Kentucky, Port William Or maybe I should say an extraordinary man in an ordinary community What makes Crow special is that he believes in love, even to the point of trying his best to love his enemies On my part, I found it easy to love him and hated for my time harvesting his wisdom and sensibilities to e [...]

    17. Melki on said:

      I d had the idea, once, that if I could get the chance before I died I would read all the good books there were Now I began to see that I wasn t apt to make it This disappointed me, for I really wanted to read them all.It says a lot that I started this book on September 23rd, and didn t finish it until November 12th I meant to read a chapter each day, I really did, but I didn t exactly wake up each morning saying, gee I wonder what madcap adventure ole Jayber s up to today Cause he really didn [...]

    18. Camie on said:

      Jayber Crow is an orphan twice over who ends up in an orphanage at age ten Though later he finds the means to get back to his hometown Port William and become the local barber whose shop is a social hub , he ultimately chooses a solitary peaceful life living in a borrowed cabin by the river A fine story of small community life, the beauty of nature, unrequited love, and a life well lived The best acclaim for one book is wanting to continue reading the author s work Luckily there are eight other [...]

    19. Chrissie on said:

      What do I think of this book I absolutely hated parts and other parts totally blew me over, the words were so perfect The author IS an acclaimed poet I was never indifferent to this book Either I was furious or astounded by the quality of the writing Should I give it one star for all the times I felt like dumping it immediately I cannot give it two or three stars because they are lukewarm ratings I was never lukewarm to this book Yes, I liked it a lot, four stars it is I will explain what I like [...]

    20. Laura on said:

      I totally fell in love with Jayber, Wendell Berry and the place Berry makes it feel so easy Touches you from the very beginning and never lets up, but in a very soothing way This is going on my favorites, it s that good.

    21. Jeanette on said:

      Great read Others have said it better, but Wendell Berry is a talented writer and this is an excellent book Very few authors can set this cultured, neatly mannered tone holding a core of good intent by the narrator for so long and in such context of depth to issues and places that clearly don t always hold the manners and nuance of the telling ability Yet it is often in a near dialect rhythm connotation etc Jayber himself is memorable Completely Barbers and beauty parlor stylists most hold quite [...]

    22. Diane Barnes on said:

      apparently chewed up my review, which was glowing, as I loved this one rrrr

    23. Tsung on said:

      Welcome to Port William If you like a small close knit community, country living and Walden esque closeness to nature, this is the place for you Mind you that not everyone would stay on in a small, quiet town like this If you prefer city life, the noise, the rush, the excitement, you are better off heading through to Louisville or to another book.If you chose to stay, you have a wonderful host in the form of Jayber Crow We see life in Port William through his eyes This is not so much a biography [...]

    24. Laysee on said:

      Jayber Crow is a beautifully written novel that has heart, soul, and spirit I appreciated it most for the still center that was bound up in its narrator, Jayber Crow, a man given to solitude The novel had a quiet appeal like the river that flowed through the fictional town of Port William in Kentucky where the story was set It traced the life story of Jayber Crow and his relationship with the people in Port William It was easy to be drawn into young Jayber s storm tossed life but it soon became [...]

    25. Tina on said:

      A gem of a book A balm to the soul and a lesson on the failings of man and the beauty of life at the same time I know I will want to read Jayber Crow than once.

    26. Sylvester on said:

      I only know of Wendell Berry through I thought Jayber Crow might be something I d like and it was, although I really dislike most of the reviews of it Someone out there is teaching Wendell Berry classes, apparently, and making him tedious in the process For me, this book was about the river Very strongly a book about place and an individual life as a reaction to or an element of it Really, Jayber Crow s life is exactly like the river I can t look back on my life from where I am now and feel that [...]

    27. Mmars on said:

      Occasionally a book comes along that you savor and don t mind spending a looong time reading Jayber Crow tells his contemplative life story at a slow pace Early on in my reading, the image and voice of Mr Rogers popped into my head Not to say they are anything alike I absolutely loved Jayber s way of telling How he sets up the day or event he wants to talk about, how he goes through his thoughts and philosophies relating to the experience, how he describes the terrain of a place, how he describe [...]

    28. Stephen on said:

      Telling a story is like reaching into a granary full of wheat and drawing out a handful There is always to tell than can be told Jayber Crow is many things It is one of the most agonizingly beautiful and moving novels I have ever read It s a lyrical testament to the power of love, the richness of community, and the pleasures of a life lived close to the rhythms of nature And it s also the story of a man named Jonah, called Jayber, who once thought he had the call to preach, but left the seminar [...]

    29. Jill Courser on said:

      There is so much wisdom in this book probably enough to last me the rest of my life I know this will be a book I will return to many times, because there is absolutely no way I could take in everything on the first read I have long been a fan of Wendell Berry for his insight into agriculture and rural life, but this was my first novel of his Jayber Crow is now at the top of my list of favorite books profound that I m not even quite sure what to say about it The story reminded me so much of stori [...]

    30. Erick Petersen on said:

      I Read this last year and I must have forgotten to add it to my I probably would have given this book five stars at the time I finished it, however, my opinion of the book has since waned I think a lot of it has to do with reading some of his essays and excerpts Am I the only one who gets the impression that this is one grumpy dude who lives in KY Every time I read something by him I hear this recurring subtext that says If you are not a pure zero emissions farmer living off the land then you ar [...]

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