A Place in Time: Twenty Stories of the Port William by Wendell Berry

By Wendell Berry

For greater than fifty years, Wendell Berry has been telling us tales approximately Port William, a legendary city at the banks of the Kentucky River, populated through the years via a solid of unforgettable characters dwelling in one position over many years. during this new assortment, the author’s first piece of latest fiction because the ebook of Andy Catlett in 2006, the tales date’s diversity from 1864, whilst Rebecca Dawe reveals herself in her personal mirrored image on the finish of the Civil warfare, to at least one from 1991 while Grover Gibbs’ widow, Beulah, attends the public sale as her domestic position is obtainable on the market.

It feels as though the full club, all of the Catletts, Burley Coulter, Elton Penn, the Rowanberrys, Laura Milby, the preacher’s spouse, Kate Helen department, Andy’s puppy, Mike, approximately each person returns with a narrative or , to fill within the gaps during this lengthy story. these simply now becoming a member of the club might be charmed. these who’ve attended sooner than may be enriched.

The tale of the group of Port William is likely one of the nice works in American literature. released within the author’s 78th yr, this assortment, the 10th quantity within the sequence, is the best social gathering to rejoice his large achievement.

"And so it’s all long gone. a brand new time has come. a number of ones of the outdated time continue religion and forestall by means of to determine me, Coulter and Wilma and some others. however the one I wait to determine is Althie. sounds like my complete existence now's lived less than the sensation of her hand touching me that day of the sale, and each day still.
I lie unsleeping within the evening, and that i can see all of it in my brain, th outdated position, the home, everything I took care of see you later. i presumed i would leave out it, yet I don’t. The time has long gone while I oculd do greater than fear approximately it, and that i claim it’s a load off my brain. however the innovations, nonetheless, are a type of company."
-- Beulah Gibbs

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