Andy Catlett by Wendell Berry
Early Travels (Port William)

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Berry opens this latest installment of the Port William series with young Andy Catlett preparing to visit a place he'd been to many times before, though this would be an adventure he will take very seriously. Nine years old, Andy embarks on the trip by bus, alone for the first time. He decides it will be a rite of passage and his first step into manhood. Sometimes a handful at home, Andy was a good boy when visiting his Grandparents' houses, and he looked forward to the little spoiling certain to come his way. Set during the Christmas of 1943, young Andy's experiences on this solitary voyage become pivot points of the entire epic of Port William. The old ways are in retreat, modern life is crowding everything in its path, and as Andy looks back many years later, he hears the stories again of his neighbors and friends. A beautiful short novel, this book is a perfect introduction into the whole world of Port William and will be a new chapter for those already familiar with this rich unfolding story.

About Wendell Berry

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Wendell Berry is the author of more than fifty books of poetry, fiction, and essays. He was recently awarded the National Humanities Medal, the Cleanth Brooks Medal for Lifetime Achievement by the Fellowship of Southern Writers, and the Louis Bromfield Society Award. For more than forty years he has lived and farmed with his wife, Tanya, in Kentucky.
Published November 9, 2006 by Counterpoint. 160 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Religion & Spirituality, Children's Books. Fiction

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No excuses are made for the racism of the time, in which, as Andy will come to understand, all white people were “complicit.” Memories hark back to the Civil War, “immediate as an odor.” Nevertheless, the vanished Port William glows, a town content to be itself, unacquainted with modern restlessn...

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In an early essay called “A Native Hill,” Berry concluded that his probing questions about his life and its relation to his native land — “so full of my own history and so much damaged by it” — could only be answered “in partial and fragmentary ways.” “Andy Catlett: Early Travels” is one of those...

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Readers familiar with rural Kentucky novelist (A Place on Earth ), poet (A Timbered Choir ) and essayist (Another Turn of the Crank ) Berry and his vast repertoire will feel right at home in this slim, memoirlike novel narrated by the elderly Andy Catlett.

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For young Andy does know what Rufus means, and the elder Andy does know too, yet what the two know is different.

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