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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 through a solid of unforgettable characters residing in one position over many years. during this new assortment, the author’s first piece of recent fiction because the ebook of Andy Catlett in 2006, the tales date’s diversity from 1864, while Rebecca Dawe reveals herself in her personal mirrored image on the finish of the Civil warfare, to 1 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 total club, the entire Catletts, Burley Coulter, Elton Penn, the Rowanberrys, Laura Milby, the preacher’s spouse, Kate Helen department, Andy’s puppy, Mike, approximately every body returns with a narrative or , to fill within the gaps during this lengthy story. these simply now becoming a member of the club may be charmed. these who’ve attended prior to could be enriched.The tale of the neighborhood of Port William is among the nice works in American literature. released within the author’s 78th yr, this assortment, the 10th quantity within the sequence, is the correct party to have fun his large achievement."And so it’s all long past. a brand new time has come. a number of ones of the outdated time continue religion and prevent through to determine me, Coulter and Wilma and some others. however the one I wait to work out is Althie. sounds like my complete lifestyles now could be lived below the sensation of her hand touching me that day of the sale, and each day nonetheless. I lie wakeful within the evening, and that i can see all of it in my brain, th previous position, the home, the whole lot I took care of see you later. i assumed i would pass over it, yet I don’t. The time has long gone whilst I oculd do greater than fear approximately it, and that i claim it’s a load off my brain. however the strategies, nonetheless, are a type of company." -- Beulah Gibbs

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She was ready to stand up, shake herself, and go to find Dicey and the children, when the last of the line of riders glanced up and saw her. He stopped his horse, turned him to face the house, and sat looking up at her. Having recovered her stillness, pressing firmly downward within herself the physical tremor of her fright, she looked back at him. He was a young man with a curly, sand-colored beard. To somebody else, or in different circumstances, he might have seemed even, in his fashion, a handsome young man.

All of them, always, were looking for any livestock that could be ridden, worked, or eaten, anything that could be eaten, anything usable as a weapon, anything portable that was worth carrying away, any opportunity for amusing themselves by any of the cruelties available to those who had abjured, seemingly forever, the laws of kinship and friendship and neighborhood. And Port William was isolated, beyond the reach of official help, too small and divided even to consider defending itself, both too Southern and too near the Ohio River.

There were six of them, the remaining family of the woman known as Cat, and they left the next morning, taking, each of them, what could be carried bundled in one hand, all of them invested with an official permission that had made them strange to everything that had gone before. They left, perhaps, from no antipathy to staying, for they arrived in Hargrave and lived there under the name of Dawe—but how could they have known they were free to go if they had not gone? ” She and her place never recovered from the war.

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