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Title:The Memory of Old Jack
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Publisher:Counterpoint
ISBN:1582430438
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Number of Pages:170
Category:Fiction, Novels, Literature

The Memory of Old Jack by Wendell Berry

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Memory of Old Jack In a rural Kentucky river town Old Jack Beechum a retired farmer sees his life again through the sades of one burnished day in September Bringing the earthiness of America s past to mind i The Memory of Old Jack i conveys the truth and integrity of the land and the people who live from it Through the eyes of one man can be seen the values Americans strive to recapture as we arrive at the next century .

Few novelists treat both their characters and their readers with the kind of respect that Wendell Berry displays in this deeply moving account i The Memory of Old Jack i is a slab of rich Americana i The New York Times Book Review i

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