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Book Title: Remembering|
The author of the book: Wendell Berry
ISBN 13: 9780865473317
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 38.24 MB
Edition: North Point Press
Date of issue: September 1st 1990
Read full description of the books Remembering:Andy Catlett has lost his right hand in a corn picker along with his purpose. In the months following the accident he makes life hard for himself and everyone around him that cares for him--he just can't let the loss of his hand go and forgive himself for the one moment of thoughtlessness that led from his transformation from being someone who provided for others to that of a person for whom others provide.
His poor wife Flora is nearly at the breaking point. She loves Andy more than ever, but can't bear his inability to shed his poisoning outlook since the accident. Andy has been called to fly from his small horse-powered farm in Port William, Kentucky to that of a major Agriculture conference in San Francisco in 1976. The speakers there applaud the death of the family farm and the rise of the industrial agrarian economy. Andy is a small-fry, a farm journalist and a farmer who actually milks cows and spreads manure. He was invited to speak to this group of businessmen and officials as a novelty--an opponent who can't hope to stand in the way of progress.
Andy must contend with the modern world, the loss of his hand, and see if he can find himself again on the streets of San Francisco on a lonely dark night that seems far removed from all he has ever held dear.
This is an amazing short novel(120 or so pages). I writhed to read the description of Andy's hand being destroyed, cried at his sense of hopelessness, and grieved and rejoiced along with him. Each of Berry's Port William novels argue for a rural life where people are tied to the land and the land to those people and their descendents. I want to go into more detail, but I've already spoiled enough of the story. Go read it and treasure Remembrance's poetic prose, deeply human characters, and sense of elegiac hopefulness.
Read information about the authorWendell Berry is a conservationist, farmer, essayist, novelist, professor of English and poet. He was born August 5, 1934 in Henry County, Kentucky where he now lives on a farm. The New York Times has called Berry the "prophet of rural America."
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