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Jayber Crow
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Jayber Crow

Port William Series
By Wendell Berry & Paul Michael
Narrated by Paul Michael / 14 hours 3 minutes
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Jayber Crow

“I was first introduced to Mr. Berry through his essay collection What Are People For? and loved him from the moment I read the poem 'Damage,' which is at the beginning of the book. When I read fiction, I tend towards dystopian literature, science fiction, or high fantasy—genres that used to be nearly exclusive to us nerds, geeks, and outcasts but it seems nearly everyone reads today. So when I was told Jayber Crow was basically a novel where only very ordinary things happen, I expected it to be pretty in language but not particularly riveting—one of those books you have to put down many times to read something fun in between. I could not have been more wrong. It took me a long time to understand why I was so drawn in by this rather sleepy tale of a man who seems to do very little. He has a difficult life, but not horribly so. There are no fireworks here, nothing to draw us to him, no spectacle to keep our attention. But he sees a great deal and through thought and labour reveals a series of truths about the world we live in. It's true there are no fireworks, but if you read it, it just might light a fire inside you.”

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From the simple setting of his own barber shop, Jayber Crow, orphan, SEMInarian, and native of Port William, recalls his life and the life of his community as it spends itself in the middle of the twentieth century. Surrounded by his friends and neighbors, he is both participant and witness as the community attempts to transcend its own decline. And meanwhile Jayber learns the art of devotion and that a faithful love is its own reward.

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