Jayber Crow: The Life Story of Jayber Crow, Barber, of the Port William Membership, As Written by Himself

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Counterpoint, 2001 - Fiction - 363 pages
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Jayber Crow, born in Goforth, Kentucky, orphaned at age ten, began his search as a "pre-ministerial student" at Pigeonville College. There, freedom met with new burdens and a young man needed more 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."

Eventually, after the flood of 1937, Jayber becomes the barber of the small community of Port William, Kentucky. From behind that barber chair he lives out the questions that drove him from seminary and begins to accept the gifts of community that enclose his answers. The chair gives him a perfect perch from which to listen, to talk, and to see, as life spends itself all around. In this novel full of remarkable characters, he tells his story that becomes the story of his town and its transcendent membership.

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Awesome and beautiful writing - Goodreads
It seemed to be rambling, with a slow plot. - Goodreads
The easiest intro to Wendell Berry's fascinating mind. - Goodreads
Our current book club selection was very enjoyable. - Goodreads
He is a Jeremiah, writing for the most part Jeremiads. - Goodreads
The beauty and power of Berry's prose is compelling. - Goodreads

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Beautifully written story of the life of jabber crow, barber of port William, Ky. Read full review

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User Review  - Alice Harbin - Goodreads

A wonderful book,almost too thoughtful to digest without some rests. I couldn't help but love Jayber Crow. I wish he was my neighbor and barber. This character was almost too wonderful to be able to ... Read full review

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Wendell Berry is the author of fifty books of poetry, fiction, and essays. He was recently awarded the Cleanth Brooks Medal for Lifetime Achievement by the Fellowship of Southern Writers and the Louis Bromfield Society Award. For over forty years he has lived and farmed with his wife, Tanya, in Kentucky.

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