A World Lost

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Counterpoint, 1996 - Fiction - 151 pages
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"It is the summer of 1944, and nine-year-old Andy Catlett is engrossed in the big easy countryside near Port William, Kentucky - the clear cool water of Chatham Spring, fields full of tumblebugs and meadowlarks, and a sky so huge that it seems "a great gape of vision." But calamity strikes Andy's world on a hot July afternoon when his Uncle Andrew is murdered." "Life's direct simplicity is suddenly gone, replaced by sadness, loss, and the mystery surrounding Uncle Andrew's death. No one tells the boy why his uncle and namesake was murdered, and the question follows Andy into manhood." "Wendell Berry tackles the slippery nature of truth as Andy gathers fragments of recollection years after the murder, accumulating details about his uncle's death and life. Through the process he comes to learn the limits of fact, that "the truth about us, though it must lie all around us every day, is mostly hidden from us, like birds' nests in the woods.""--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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User Review  - Tina - Goodreads

I've been wanting to read a Wendell Berry book (okay, Englewood Review of Books, I get it, you think he's great!) A friend loaned me this book and it was what I expected Berry to be -- tied to the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Bob Minnick - Goodreads

This was a great book of coming to terms to see the humanity in love who is sometimes hard to love. A great story about family. Read full review


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Wendell Berry The prolific poet, novelist, and essayist Wendell Berry is a fifth-generation native of north central Kentucky. 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. Berry owns and operates Lanes Landing Farm, a small, hilly piece of property on the Kentucky River. He embraced full-time farming as a career, using horses and organic methods to tend the land. Harmony with nature in general, and the farming tradition in particular, is a central theme of Berry's diverse work. As a poet, Berry gained popularity within the literary community. Collected Poems, 1957-1982, was particularly well-received. Novels and short stories set in Port William, a fictional town paralleling his real-life home town of Port Royal further established his literary reputation. The Memory of Old Jack, Berry's third novel, received Chicago's Friends of American Writers Award for 1975. Berry reached his broadest audience and attained his greatest popular acclaim through his essays. The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture is a springboard for contemporary environmental concerns. In his life as well as his art, Berry has advocated a responsible, contextual relationship with individuals in a local, agrarian economy.

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