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Walter Moss on Wendell Berry

On Reading Wendell Berry's Fiction

Writes Walter Moss:

Why do I keep reading Berry? What’s the appeal of his fiction? Here’s my list

1. His characters and Port William setting possess a wondrous quality.

2. His main characters are likeable, good people. There are not too many of them, so as we go from one novel or short story to another we continue to come across them and are happy to do so.

3. They possess good values.

4. They grapple with the important questions of life: love, marriage, aging, sickness, war, the environment, technological change, death.

5. Berry’s style is very readable. Once into novels like The Memory of Old Jack, Jayber Crow, and Hannah Coulter, it is difficult to put them down.

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