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 of Americans strive to recapture as we arrive at the next century.
©1999 Wendell Berry; (P)2009 christianaudio.com
"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." (Publishers Weekly)
A beautifully written but mournful tale, an old man's unusually insightful reminiscence of his apparently mundane life. Old Jack represents THE man of the earth who sees that his values of work, independence and responsibility are on the wane even by the early 1950's. It is however no jeremiad, rather a celebration of life. In the end he does leave successors who understand and will carry on his values. The narrator is perfect.
I've listened to it a couple of times already. This is a very thought provoking book. I enjoyed the audio version much better than the physical book. I originally bought the book, but never had the time to read it, so I bought the audio version. The audio was clear and in the form you would imagine the author to read.
I loved the setting on the farm. It brings memories to my mind about living near farms and growing up around farmers. It was a simple story of how we get lost in thought and replay our lives out near the end.
They were all memorable; Ben, Rose, Clara, Matt, Hannah, Ruth, Will, and Andy. Jack's memories of the people in his life can apply to us all.
This would be a great book for men and women to read. Men might even enjoy it more because it is written from a man's perspective.
I loved the slow and easy pace of the story. It took a little while to grab hold but once it did, every day it would draw me in and rock me in its beautiful language.
When Jack's wife died and they finally had a moment of closeness and understanding with each other after a lifetime of quiet unhappiness.
Having heard Wendell Berry speak, Paul made me believe that it was the wonderful author doing the reading.
I entered so deeply into this world that it took me days to want to read anything else.
I would love it if audible offered more of Berry's non fiction such as "What Matters- Economics for a renewed Commonwealth" and "Bringing it to the Table".
This book is a story, in my opinion, written for men. It is a non-christian remembrance of a man's life (and his hopes for future generations?? ) Profanity as well as sexual situations are in in the content of the story but again, in my opinion, these references do not overwhelm the story in itself. I say that as a person who is highly sensitive to both. I prefer novels that include the work of Jesus Christ in the lives of the characters and I don't see that here.
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