Author: Wendell Berry
Info: Copyright 2000: Thorndike, ME: Thorndike Press
Rating (on a scale of 1-4 stars): ✮✭✭
Where Acquired: Library check out.
What it's about: This "as written by himself" novel is a first-person account of the life of Jayber Crow. As the town barber, he has ringside seats to the happenings (and non-happenings) in the little town of Port William, Kentucky. It is a portrait of the life of one man, but it also chronicles the changing times and attitudes, and the struggles we all face that come with such change.
I really can't divide this book into things to like and not like. It was a good book...in an odd sort of way. I could complain about many things, but they really didn't detract from the overall novel. Thought quite lengthy (686 pages in large print), the narrative draws the reader to keep going with the story. Though the accounts can get quite convoluted, the author has a way of getting to a certain anticipation of the climax of a scene, then pulls back and changes gears just enough to keep the reader interested.
The lead character's struggles with theology, love, anger, and hatred are themes to which many can relate. Barry's descriptions of scenery and events paint a vivid picture of small time life in the early part of the 20th century.
I enjoyed this venture into something different.