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Publisher's Summary

In a rural Kentucky river town, "Old Jack" Beechum, a retired farmer, sees his life again through the shades of one burnished day in September 1952. 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
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Critic Reviews

"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)
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By D. Farnham on 04-28-09

Beautiful Appreciation of Life

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.

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By Salt Lake Joan on 11-06-13

Magical Writing

What did you love best about The Memory of Old Jack?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Memory of Old Jack?

When Jack's wife died and they finally had a moment of closeness and understanding with each other after a lifetime of quiet unhappiness.

What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

Having heard Wendell Berry speak, Paul made me believe that it was the wonderful author doing the reading.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I entered so deeply into this world that it took me days to want to read anything else.

Any additional comments?

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".

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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