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A World Lost (Paperback)

Author:  Wendell Berry
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1582434182
ISBN-13: 9781582434186
Sku: 206797667
Publish Date: 5/1/2008
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9H x 6.25L x 0.5T
Pages:  104
Age Range:  NA
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Set against the turmoil of the World War II, "A World Lost" is just one of the classic chapters in Berry's "Port William" series. The summer of 1944 finds nine-year-old Andy Catlett in that very town in Kentucky, occupied more with watching meadowlarks and dipping into the nearby spring than with the weary news of the day. But when his Uncle Andrew is murdered, Andy confronts his own sense of culpability for the brawl that took his uncle's life. Told from Andy's perspective some 50 years later, the novel explores the gripping power of memory, even after decades have passed -- and asks each of us what in our own pasts we might have remedied.
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Andy Catlett, one of Wendell Berry's perennial characters in the town of Port William--and now a middle-aged man--looks back on his childhood, particularly to the year 1944, when his adored Uncle Andrew was shot down, seemingly for no reason, by Carp Harmon. Investigating the incident 50 years later, he uncovers some disturbing truths, but also finds value in the power of memory and affection over time.
Author Bio
Wendell Berry
Wendell Berry celebrates the American tradition of the small farm and the importance of landscape in all his writings. Berry was born in a small town in Kentucky, son of an attorney and grandson of farmers. After several years in California (teaching at Stanford), a year in Europe on a Guggenheim, and two years teaching at NYU, he returned at the age of 30 to Kentucky, and a year later moved with his family to a 125-acre farm in Port Royal where his family has lived since the early 1800's. He often writes about this community, called Port William in his books, and three mythical families there who are based on his own family and acquaintances. In addition to writing poetry and fiction, Berry writes about a variety of social and ecological issues. To demonstrate his concern for the environment, he limits his use of electricity, and plows his land with horse power only. He also refuses to use a computer, preferring to type his write by hand, after which his wife transfers his work on a manual typewriter, revising it as she goes along, so that much of Berry's writing is a collaboration.

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Kirkus Reviews
"An elegiac celebration of the end of innocence....This is a modest, resonant work, both a sharp portrait of a small farming town nursing its secrets over several decades, and a penetrating celebration of the hold of family on the imagination." 08/15/1996

New York Times Book Review
"Like most of Wendell Berry's sepia-tinted fiction, 'A World Lost' portrays the past as a simpler time, all the better to draw out his characters' complexities." - Tobin Harshaw 11/03/1996

Atlantic Monthly
"The novel is a portrayal, at once delicate and acute, of unpretentiously fine people coping with a very bad business. Mr. Berry writes elegantly, effortlessly balancing tragedy and a quiet, sly humor." - Phoebe-Lou Adams November 1996

Publishers Weekly
"Brilliantly detailed characters and subtle social observations distinguish Berry's unassuming but powerful fifth novel....This is simple, soul-satisfying storytelling."

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0104
Product attributePublisher:   Counterpoint LLC
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