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Remembering the Names

Remembering the Names

Andy Catlett, Nathan Coulter, A World Lost, Remembering, and The Memory of Old Jack

Chapter:
(p.151) Chapter 5 Remembering the Names
Source:
The Achievement of Wendell Berry
Author(s):
Fritz Oehlschlaeger
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813130071.003.0006

This chapter offers a discussion of Wendell Berry's five short novels, namely Andy Catlett: Early Travels, Nathan Coulter, A World Lost, Remembering, and The Memory of Old Jack. Andy Catlett is devoted to Andy's visit to his Catlett grandparents and his stay, immediately following, with his other grandparents, the Feltners. Nathan Coulter focuses on its title character's coming of age, a process marked by the early death of his mother, a violent break with his brother, Tom, the even more violent break between his father and brother, and finally the death of his grandfather. A World Lost shows the way a child responds to the death of a beloved other through narration. Remembering tells the story of Andy's losing his own adult world and finding it again. Finally, The Memory of Old Jack is the story of one who has lost nearly everything yet gained it again by living it deeply and well.

Keywords:   Wendell Berry, Andy Catlett: Early Travels, Nathan Coulter, A World Lost, Remembering, The Memory of Old Jack

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