Review: Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry – Simply Convivial

Originally read & written in 2010.

Jayber Crow

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Somehow, Berry makes you feel affection for all mankind, even those who aren’t likable and maybe even those who are wicked but especially for those who are foolish — which is each one of us.

CH067: Thoughts on Jayber Crow and Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry

If you ever want to get a sense for what it should be like to be the Body of Christ, a true community knit together by love despite each one’s various faults and failings and frictions, I have read nothing that demonstrates it better than the two Port Williams novels I have read so far: Jayber Crow and Hannah Coulter. “Membership” with one another is the underlying thread in them both, and these novels have given that word much more depth and richness than I had ever seen in it.

Now I just need to ask the library to purchase more of his novels.

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