Why are you reading this book?
Because I must fan the flames of my crush on Wendell Berry and the people of Port William that started in Jayber Crow! Thankfully, my brother and sister-in-law gave me a stack of these for Christmas.
What is the first line?
Dark. The light went out the door when she pulled it to. And then everything came in close around me, the way it was in the daylight, only all close. Because in the dark I could remember and not see. (Extended past the first line, because it was so gorgeous.)
Describe the book in haiku form:
brothers, fathers, sons
working, fighting, and fishing
What will you do with it now?
keep for reference
keep and loan out to friends
x keep to read again & again & again x
post to paperbackswap.com
throw it away
Anything else you’d like to say?
There has been this theme in books I’ve read the past few years, of fathers and sons and how their similarities make it impossible for them to co-exist. Or, perhaps, of the ways they don’t know how to get past their own baggage in order to love each other? Or, to hit more closely to home, the way that we get annoyed with family who display the character traits that we hate so much in ourselves. How do you grow as an individual while living in a family unit? Does each generation truly improve upon the last? (/ramble)
All of those thoughts come from just one portion of the book. It was also filled with delightfully hilarious adventures with Burley Coulter, who was the main connection between this and Jayber Crow’s story. I know I’m going to continue to enjoy the way these books and characters connect with each other. The joy of small town life!