A World Lost: A Novel (Port William)
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- Languages:English (Unknown), English (Original Language), English (Published)
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- Dimensions (in):6 x 0.4 x 9
- Publication Date:May 28, 2008
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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.
Wendell Berry is absolutely unique in American letters: a poet, novelist, essayist, and man of the land whose pastoral vision presents a ringing indictment of modern materialist society. A World Lost is the latest in Berry's fictional recreations of the lost world of Port William, Kentucky, in the 1940s, and it tells the story of Uncle Andrew Catlett, a womanizer and roisterer whose death in a trivial argument is retold by his grown nephew, Andy. Berry is uninterested in stylistic leaps or postmodern bravura: he is interested in a profound, well-told tale of honor and memory and community.
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