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The Memory of Old Jack (Port William)

The Memory of Old Jack (Port William) - Wendell Berry A beautifully written and intimate portrayal of A farming man at the end of his days in rural Kentucky in 1952. As Jack reminisces about his life on the land, the town and his memories of bygone days we see the importance of community, family and the land and the struggles he endures with all of these.

While this was set in rural Kentucky America, I could identify with Jack and his love and struggles with the land. I loved how the author drew us into this community and made us care about the characters. I loved going back in time with Jack and his memories and at times I felt Jack was telling his story just to me.

Wonderful sense of time and place and and a time where community and values were different and I for one loved reliving them with Jack.
This is not a plot driven novel but a quiet telling of what an old man remembers at the end of his days and while its not edge of your seat reading, it has a quiet honesty and realness about it that makes you sit up and take notice, the sort of book that makes you think about and value the important things in life.

I listened to this one on audible and it is beautifully narrated by Paul Michael. I had previously read Stand By MeStand By Me a short story by this author I really wanted to try one of his novels and I clearly wasn’t disappointed by this one.