Hannah Coulter

Hannah Coulter Ignorant boys killing each other is just about all Nathan Coulter would tell his wife friends and family about the Battle of Okinawa in the spring of Life carried on for the community of Port

Ignorant boys, killing each other, is just about all Nathan Coulter would tell his wife, friends, and family 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 and the lives of others were mourned In her seventies, Nathan s wife, Hannah, has time now to tell of the years sinc Ignorant boys, killing each other, is just about all Nathan Coulter would tell his wife, friends, and family 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 and the lives of others were mourned In her seventies, Nathan s wife, Hannah, has time now to tell of the years since the war In Wendell Berry s unforgettable prose, we learn of the Coulter s children, of the Feltners and Branches, and how survivors live right on.

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  1. Wendell Berry is a conservationist, farmer, essayist, novelist, professor of English and poet He was born August 5, 1934 in Henry County, Kentucky where he now lives on a farm The New York Times has called Berry the prophet of rural America.

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  1. This was a perfect follow up to recently reading Berry s Jayber Crow It gave me a chance to revisit the fictitious farming community of Port William in north central Kentucky, which barber Jayber Crow considered as a form of heaven In this tale, published four years later in 2004, Hannah marries into a clan of farmers in Port Royal at the onset of World War 2 and finds her version of bliss there She records her memories, reflecting back from a point where she is an isolated widow at age 78 Her g [...]

  2. Such an insightful book The sentimental in me really was affected by Hannah s memories and observations of the changing times It definitely increased my longing to be a part of a community a membership , if you will Anyone want to be a part of my community We ll all move out to the country and live within walking distance of each other, our kids will grow up together, and we ll experience life s joys and sorrows together Seriously, when I read books like this, I realize just how old fashioned I [...]

  3. Wendell Berry, perhaps than any other author, understands the connection people have with place Not only this, but he has captured the wisdom and grace that age provides to those willing to understand and to learn This book is profound and prophetic in so many ways it weaves an emotional web of beauty, happiness, life, faith, and hope Yet Berry is not a naive optimist He understands the pain of life and captures it as well as any of the other range of human emotions.Hannah Coulter tells her sto [...]

  4. Brava gente di campagna Ma solo io ho desiderato che qualcuno, in questa splendida e bucolica cittadina immaginaria, dove tutto oro quel che luccica, improvvisamente impazzisse e, brandendo un ascia, sgozzasse il pastore o chessoio diventasse uno stupratore di ortaggi per citare un immagine aulica di McCarthy o si scopasse la sorella, avvelenato da un orribile e biblica maledizione di famiglia, come ci ha insegnato il buon Faulkner Pi che un romanzo per quanto pieno di momenti commoventi e inten [...]

  5. This is so poetic and thoughtful So genuine I had to keep checking to see that this was fiction Hannah is so real This review by John describes it so well review showThank you to Lora for urging me to read this 4.5

  6. I began to trust the world again, not to give me what I wanted, for I saw that it could not be trusted to do that, but to give unforeseen goods and pleasures that I had not thought to want Oh, how I loved this book Wendell Berry is truly a national treasure While I ve previously read many of his poems and essays, Hannah Coulter represents my first experience with Berry s fiction Coulter is one of the last installments of Berry s novels which are set in the fictional town of Port William, KY This [...]

  7. Wow This book is a gift I first heard about Wendell Berry in college when we were studying nature writers and I think we read some of his poetry But I haven t really thought of him since then, yet I am so glad I picked this up I loved this novel It s about a small farming community and covers the life of one woman in that community The way people are in this book and their values feel so familiar to me, and I don t find many books like that And although there is much about this that feels old fa [...]

  8. Many people will enjoy this than I do I would not classify it as religious, but instead inspirational in tone I prefer grittier books I want to see how people struggle and then maybe resolve their problems Here we are told the story after it is completed, all solved, by a woman who is happy with her life We are told of Hannah Coulter s life We are told by Hannah She is almost eighty She was born in 1922 and now it s the year 2000 She lives in the fictive town of Port William, Kentucky Through h [...]

  9. This is a quiet, simple book about an older woman reflecting on her life It was a good simple life on a farm that not only sustained her and her husband and children but became them, the fabric of their life It shows her thankfulness for the life she chose It also goes into a time of close neighbors, sharing, simplicity, hard work, safety a time that seems to be gone It also addresses her disappointments and losses The writing just flows and there so many beautiful, meaningful lines We were each [...]

  10. For the life of me, I m finding any and all words inaccurate and insufficient to relay the painful beauty of Hannah s tough and tender resolution to her world.Aside from having been reset, in order to view one s own circumstances with a fresh eye and perspective, it would seem better to simply recommend a read of Wendell Berry s resilient Hannah.Her words, through his incomparable pen, explain it so much better

  11. Oh this is gently written and quite a family tale It s a wonderful window into a woman s life lived in Port William, Ohio farmland from birth in the 1930 s to just after the turn of the 21st century But is it SAD It is an ordinary life And it holds so many connections to all humans in their options for future as they go through becoming adult and also for the saying of goodbye over and over if you live long enough BUT as much as I wanted to love this gentle voice, and the writing was actually at [...]

  12. Having never read anything at all by Wendell Berry, I had no idea what to expect, and was certainly blown out of the water by his elegant and singing prose Hannah Coulter explores in beautiful language the vast questions of land and war and children and marriage and memory It is the voice of the past speaking into the reckless ears of the present day, offering like jewels the wisdom that our age has already chosen to disregard.

  13. Rich life story of a woman who belongs to a tight knit family farm community From childhood to old age, the voice of Hannah Coulter reflects on the significant and the minute moments of her life She draws a haunting portrait of the rural life that was once so typical but was drawing to an end after WWII Have we as a culture progressed Or have we lost the wonderful sense of purpose and community that Hannah recounts in her memoir quote Love is what carries you, for it is always there, even in the [...]

  14. Normally I would not be drawn to a book like this But from reading the back cover the blurbs were actually surprisingly substantive in this case and the first few pages, it seemed to share many similarities with a book I read earlier this year and loved, The Book of Ebenezer Le Page So I started reading this as if it were The Book of Hannah Coulter And my initial suspicion was correct, there were many similarities Both are told from the perspective of an older person who has lived off the same l [...]

  15. Hannah Coulter is a straightforward story of a straight life a type of modern pastoral The room of love is another world You go there wearing no watch, watching no clock It is the world without end, so small that two people can hold it in their arms, and yet it is bigger than worlds on worlds, for it contains the longing of all things to be together, and to be at rest together You come together to the day s end, weary and sore, troubled and afraid You take it all into your arms, it goes away, an [...]

  16. I don t feel qualified to write a review of this novel It s too wise, too sparkling, too timeless It has made me grieve for things I didn t know I lacked It has made me look backward and forward and down into the deep places It has strengthened my love of quiet things and lasting things, strengthened my desire to shape our land and our home It has brought me to tears of sorrow and joy.It s one of those books you come back to, one that speaks differently in each stage of your journey I have no do [...]

  17. Berry know how to tell a story and is ability of characters development are exceptional I could almost compare his writing to Marilyne Robinson but I would way Berry s style and prose are accessible, so maybe it is the tone that is similar This is the story of Hannah, her life , her grief, her love, her second chance For many reasons, I did relate with her sense of lost of what could have been This book isn t a feel good book, at time, it is very sad This is a story about life and how real life [...]

  18. A beautiful, soft, touching novel of a woman s life on a Kentucky farm from around the Depression right up until modern day Not only a story of her life, though, but also the history of the farm and how the war, education, government, and machines changed farming s future Some beautiful quotes from Hannah herself And so you have a life that you are living only now, now and now and now, gone before you can speak of it, and you must be thankful for living day by day, moment by moment, in this pres [...]

  19. What a beautiful book, from start to finish, loved it Loved the insight, loved the tenderness This a music for the soul Now I don t agree with what I would take to be some of Berry s conclusions, but my goodness, he deserves high praise for penning such a thoughtful piece of literature For a fuller review see my link text

  20. No angst, no drama, no victim mentality, but just a compelling, beautiful poem of lives well lived and their impact on the land I m so glad that I ve finally got around to Wendell Berry

  21. It s beautiful Berry reminds us that we are constituted by our loves, and that we find peace as we love, and that to love is to be altogether given to another, to a place, to a people But important, he reminds us that we are to love what is before us Nathan said, Don t complain about the chance you had, in the same way exactly that he used to tell the boys, Don t cuss the weather you mustn t wish for another life You mustn t want to be somebody else Against this is the call to a better life and [...]

  22. The plot of Hannah Coulter is not particularly important In fact I am not sure I could tell you the plot Instead the narrator, Hannah Coulter, is remembering her life in Port William, her childhood, her marriage, her children and her old age The beauty of this book for me was in three ideas that Wendell Berry weaves into Hannah s life First even though this book is written from the perspective of someone who is old and dying, who has lost so much throughout her life, it is a book filled with tha [...]

  23. I m hovering between a four and a five on this one Wendell Berry is fast becoming one of my favorite authors Hannah Coulter has all the elements that characterize Berry s uniquely persuasive narratives His fiction tends to read like biographies or autobiographies Instead of following the traditional curve of tension, climax and resolution, his stories emphasize the characters and their settings Hardworking, salt of the earth, community oriented, imperfect agrarians are born, come of age, marry, [...]

  24. My grandmother wanted me to read this and I understood immediately why Though she grew up in Missouri rather than the Kentucky side of the Ohio River where this novel takes place, the elements are similar to her experiences This is an episodic novel that doesn t spend so much time telling a story per se but rather sets a scene and places the characters within it Very readable, marvelous imagery, plain speaking in its descriptions and the characters have a subtle depth This is my first Wendell Be [...]

  25. I had enjoyed Wendell Berry s Jayber Crow so much I was eager to befriend another character that lived in the same community It is lovely to return to Port William, Kentucky I derive pleasure in getting to know Jayber s friends in a new way There is Burley Coulter, the life wire of any party and a talented storyteller There is consistency in the caring solicitude of Danny and Lyda Branch, the salt of the earth couple The abundant goodwill makes membership in Port William something to covet The n [...]

  26. Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry is a warmly rendered story illustrating the author s credo via an extended family of Kentucky folks who for the most part inhabit a world of making do doing without but who take great pleasure in the land on which they and generations of their kind have called home The primary focus of the novel is Hannah Coulter but Berry has created a community of characters whose universe might be said to mirror Faulkner s Yoknapatawpha County on a much smaller less primal scal [...]

  27. Wendell Berry s novel Hannah Coulter tells the life story of a farmer s wife who was born in 1922 and lived into the 21st century There are few surprises Many of the events in her life typify the changes in rural America during the last century Even events that might otherwise be surprising are foreshadowed Nevertheless, I found the book enthralling The prose is simple, at times beautiful, and frequently seasoned with wisdom.This is a book with a message Berry loves nature and people who live cl [...]

  28. I think that this calls to mind a word to describe Mr Berry s writing That word is reverence This is the story of a woman born in Shagbark who then moves to Port William and becomes part of the membership It tells the story of her love for a man who died too young and of her subsequent life with a second husband who went right on The reverence is for the land and what it can produce when tended with loving hands It is for the people who through the love they have for each other and the respect a [...]

  29. 2014 I am always a little worried when I revisit something I loved and recommend that I won t find it holds up to my memories of it I breathed a sigh of contentment when I finished that it was just as beautiful as I remembered and I had forgotten enough of the beautiful descriptions to render it new to me, even if I recalled the general plot Wendell Berry is a treasure, even for non agrarians like me 2008 Berry s beautiful writing is always a treat to read, it is graceful and filled with life I [...]

  30. Reading Hannah Coulter brought me peace Having just returned from my grandfather s funeral, I found her words of wisdom as she looks back on her life to be true and profound I only hope that I am as much at peace with my life when I look back on it at her age Her forgiveness and inability to hold a grudge are hallmarks of holiness Her ability to live in the moment herald a true reception of God s grace This will be a book I recommend and re read I just loved it in every way.

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