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Hannah Coulter: A Novel – tekijä: Wendell…
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Hannah Coulter: A Novel (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2004; vuoden 2004 painos)

– tekijä: Wendell Berry (Tekijä)

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In the latest installment in Wendell Berry's long story about the citizens of Port William, Kentucky, readers learn of the Coulters' children, of the Feltners and Branches, and how survivors 'live right on.' 'Ignorant boys, killing each other,' is just about all Nathan Coulter would tell his wife about the Battle of Okinawa in the spring of 1945. Life carried on for the community of Port William, Kentucky, as some boys returned from the war while the lives of others were mourned. In her seventies, Nathan's wife, Hannah, now has time to tell of the years since the war.… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:larryerick
Teoksen nimi:Hannah Coulter: A Novel
Kirjailijat:Wendell Berry (Tekijä)
Info:Counterpoint (2004), 208 pages
Kokoelmat:Oma kirjasto
Arvio (tähdet):****
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In this seventh Berry novel, a tale is told by an old women that pulls into it the community of Port William. All in all, the story of Hannah's live (including the Great Depression, World War II, the postwar industrialization of agriculture, and the flight of youth to more lucrative urban employment) embodies major themes of Berry's fiction.

It's a superbly written tale of resilience within a community of caring people. ( )
  LGCullens | Jun 1, 2021 |
I think it's important I tell readers why I read this book at this time. I had scores of other books to read, but I went out of my way to read this one now. I've been sorely disappointed of late in reading otherwise very popular novels being amateurish in significant ways. I needed to read a fictional book -- not short stories -- in which I knew the author would be professional and consistently so. I also very much needed to read an author I knew to speak honestly and compassionately about human being, acting as humans are capable of acting, but are asked repeatedly of late to bring out the worst of themselves by their national leaders. I needed my open mental sores to have a salve placed upon them. This book was expected to do that for me and it did not disappoint. Those that already are well acquainted with the author and his fictional world in Port William, know exactly what I'm talking about. This is my fourth book covering that seemingly magical, yet very possible world. In this case, the author chooses an older woman, not coincidentally much the same age and generation of the author himself, who looks back on her long life of experiences and relationships in Port William. She has a lot to say, and the author expresses her thoughts very well. It didn't take long before the idea of this book as a series of essays written as fiction, hit me. The elderly woman-- and the author -- have a lot to say about life, relationships, societal changes, and much more. At times, the essays are heart-breakingly human, honest, and totally relatable. On a couple occasions, I felt the author drifted off a bit and his thoughts came through hazily, but that was quite brief. In one case, he goes into almost a rant about how terrible war is, but any decent history of the world wars, or the Korean, Vietnamese, or Middle East conflicts would have made that crystal clear, so I was a little surprised he somehow had sort of stumbled into that realization and was so adamant about sharing his disgust with the reader, who I hope would not have needed the enlightenment but may very well have, just like the author. If I had thought about it, I could have noted down numerous parts of the book that I felt were extremely compelling, but I didn't, so I wouldn't try to point any out now. It's far better that you pick up pretty much any of the author's Port William volumes and remind yourself what good writing and a good human existence are supposed to be like. ( )
  larryerick | Jan 30, 2021 |
There is a simple grace to the plot of Hannah Coulter. There is a simple grace to the character of Hannah Coulter, as well. You won't find major conflict. You won't tremendous disaster or upheaval. No crazy mood swings or dramatic tantrums. Hannah is simply an elderly Kentucky farmer nearing the end of her life, sharing her life story with an unknown audience. She has survived two husbands and the changing of her community, but really what she truly wants to talk about is love. Love as a parent, grandparent, farmer, Port William resident, and, most importantly, the wife of a tormented veteran. It is this last love that brings a change of tone to Hannah Coulter. It's as if the entire book was written to support the chapter of Okinawa. Hannah tries to make sense of the war; to put it into a context she can understand. "You were living, it seemed, inside a dark cloud filled with lightning and thunder; thousands of tons of explosives, bombs and shells, machine gun and rifle fire" (p 169). Hannah puts it into a perspective the reader can understand. It is easy to forgot about the involuntary reactions of the body during fear and pain. Based on the animated and passionate voice, Berry seems to be the veteran in the two pages describing the Battle of Okinawa. He is that puzzle piece that completes the picture but doesn't quite fit the space; as if the jigsaw didn't cut the angles correctly.
Much like a yoga instructor asking practitioners to "breathe through their heart's center," I am asking readers of Hannah Coulter to read with heartfelt intention; to inhale the words gently and with a deliberate pace. It is well worth the effort. ( )
  SeriousGrace | Nov 4, 2020 |
Wendell Berry is one of my favorite poets. He also writes novels. This is the first of his novels that I've read. It's the life story being told by the now elderly Hannah looking back on her childhood, life, joys, sorrows and events. I found the book to be delightful and well written. In addition, the narrator is outstanding. It evokes just the right touch of country wit and life, friends relatives, children and husbands. It many ways it reminds me of To Kill a Mockingbird narrated by Sissy Spacek, but it's a more personal and intimate story. This is a great book that will take you right into Hannah's world. ( )
  JohnKaess | Jul 23, 2020 |
4.5 stars rounded up. This was my first book by Wendell Berry, and I'm very much looking forward to reading more of his writing.

The book is a slow, contemplative reflection on Hannah Coulter's life. Who is Hannah? She's a (very real!) fictional character from Port William, Kentucky. She's in her late 70s and she's telling her life story.

There's grief and heartache, and I was so moved by Berry's insight and writing style. In some passages, I could see my Dad. There's also joy and hope.

I don't know if everyone will appreciate this book, but it met me where I was and I feel like I picked it up at the right time. Definitely planning on reading more about characters in Port William, and would like to revisit Hannah Coulter someday. ( )
  kaciereads | Apr 9, 2020 |
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In the latest installment in Wendell Berry's long story about the citizens of Port William, Kentucky, readers learn of the Coulters' children, of the Feltners and Branches, and how survivors 'live right on.' 'Ignorant boys, killing each other,' is just about all Nathan Coulter would tell his wife about the Battle of Okinawa in the spring of 1945. Life carried on for the community of Port William, Kentucky, as some boys returned from the war while the lives of others were mourned. In her seventies, Nathan's wife, Hannah, now has time to tell of the years since the war.

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