A Place on Earth

A Place on Earth


Book - 2001
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"For more than fifty years, Wendell Berry has been telling us stories about Port William, a mythical town on the banks of the Kentucky River, populated over the years by a cast of unforgettable characters living in a single place over a long time. In this new collection, the author?s first piece of new fiction since the publication of Andy Catlett in 2006, the stories date?s range from 1864, when Rebecca Dawe finds herself in her own reflection at the end of the Civil War, to one from 1991 when Grover Gibbs? widow, Beulah, attends the auction as her home place is offered for sale. It feels as if the entire membership, all the Catletts, Burley Coulter, Elton Penn, the Rowanberrys, Laura Milby, the preacher?s wife, Kate Helen Branch, Andy?s dog, Mike, nearly everyone returns with a story or two, to fill in the gaps in this long tale. Those just now joining the Membership will be charmed. Those who?ve attended before will be enriched. The story of the community of Port William is one of the great works in American literature. Published in the author?s 78th year, this collection, the tenth volume in the series, is the perfect occasion to celebrate his huge achievement."--Publisher's website.
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Counterpoint, 2001
Edition: Rev. ed., 1st Counterpoint pbk. ed
ISBN: 9781582431246
Branch Call Number: CF BERRY
Characteristics: xi, 321 pages ; 23 cm


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Apr 22, 2015

This was a great pleasure to read. The writing is wonderful and the characters are fully developed; it's a portrait of a community and its interconnected members. The pace is slow -- readers who want a fast moving plot will not take to this book. But I loved it. Some of it is funny, but some of it is heartbreakingly sad.


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