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Jayber Crow, by Wendell Berry

littlesprite21's review

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challenging emotional hopeful inspiring reflective slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

booktalkwithkarla's review

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emotional funny hopeful reflective slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

Through Jayber Crow, we are taken to Port William, Kentucky (and a few other places) where we meet a community and hear about ordinary life and death across decades. In his role as town barber, Jayber hears much and shares his observations and insights. 

Wendell Berry unveils the realities - of daily life, relationships, war, and death - with poetic prose, dialogue, seriousness, and humor. His words are a delight to read and offer many quotable passages.

I enjoyed meandering with the citizens of Port William. Nostalgia and longing for simpler times were my heart’s plea as I read Jayber Crow. This is a book I didn’t want to end and will revisit. 

crafalsk264's review

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emotional funny hopeful inspiring reflective slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

I knew this title was familiar. As I got into the book, I realized that I had read this book before. Since I was listening to the audiobook, I got a beverage, put on the headphones, leaned back in the recliner, and let the sound of the narrator’s voice flow into my consciousness. It became a mediation.

The story is the memories of Jaber’s life. He is orphaned twice before he is 10 years old. We follow his upbringing until he makes his way back to a town very close to where he was born and spent his first 10 years. Jayber is trained as a barber and he buys an empty barbershop. From his shop’s window he watches as the towns grows and changes through two World Wars, political and economic highs and lows. He watches his neighborhood and his neighbors through the upheaval of the 60s and 70s. Jayber’s a philosopher and we get to witness his reflection on his life.

This story is a slice of history, a love story, a comedy-tragedy. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys this kind of reflective material.

hroseman's review

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challenging emotional hopeful inspiring reflective sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

jessierose617's review

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emotional hopeful inspiring reflective relaxing slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

kes's review

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emotional hopeful reflective slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? N/A
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.75

reading_ladies_blog's review

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reflective slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

5.0


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tatenshirley's review

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funny hopeful reflective relaxing slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

5.0

luke6080's review

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emotional hopeful reflective sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

bob_2_'s review

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reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.25