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Jayber Crow

(2000)
(A book in the Port William series)
A novel by

 
 
"This is a book about Heaven," says Jayber Crow, "but I must say too that . . . I have wondered sometimes if it would not finally turn out to be a book about Hell." It is 1932 and he has returned to his native Port William to become the town's barber.

Orphaned at age ten, Jayber Crow's acquaintance with loneliness and want have made him a patient observer of the human animal, in both its goodness and frailty.

He began his search as a "pre-ministerial student" at Pigeonville College. There, freedom met with new burdens and a young man needed more than a mirror to find himself. But the beginning of that finding was a short conversation with "Old Grit," his profound professor of New Testament Greek.
"You have been given questions to which you cannot be given answers. You will have to live them out - perhaps a little at a time."
"And how long is that going to take?"
"I don't know. As long as you live, perhaps."
"That could be a long time."
"I will tell you a further mystery," he said. "It may take longer."

Wendell Berry's clear-sighted depiction of humanity's gifts - love and loss, joy and despair - is seen though his intimate knowledge of the Port William Membership.

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Hardback Editions

June 2001 : USA Hardback
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Title: Jayber Crow: The Life Story of Jayber Crow, Barber, of the Port William Membership
Author(s): Wendell Berry
ISBN: 0-7862-3222-6 / 978-0-7862-3222-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Pr
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August 2000 : USA Hardback
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Title: Jayber Crow: A Novel
Author(s): Wendell Berry
ISBN: 1-58243-029-2 / 978-1-58243-029-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Counterpoint
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Paperback Editions

September 2001 : USA Paperback
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Title: Jayber Crow
Author(s): Wendell Berry
ISBN: 1-58243-160-4 / 978-1-58243-160-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Counterpoint
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Audio Editions

February 2009 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Jayber Crow
Author(s): Wendell Berry
Publisher: christianaudio.com
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February 2009 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Jayber Crow
Author(s): Wendell Berry
Publisher: christianaudio.com
Availability: Amazon CA   


February 2009 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Jayber Crow
Author(s): Wendell Berry
Publisher: christianaudio.com
Availability: Amazon UK   


June 2007 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Jayber Crow
Author(s): Wendell Berry
ISBN: 1-59644-444-4 / 978-1-59644-444-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: christianaudio Fiction
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Kindle Editions

August 2001 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Jayber Crow: A Novel (Port William)
Author(s): Wendell Berry
Publisher: Counterpoint
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA