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 forged of unforgettable characters dwelling in one position over decades. during this new assortment, the author’s first piece of recent fiction because the book of Andy Catlett in 2006, the tales date’s diversity from 1864, whilst Rebecca Dawe reveals herself in her personal mirrored image on the finish of the Civil warfare, to at least one from 1991 while Grover Gibbs’ widow, Beulah, attends the public sale as her domestic position is available on the market. It feels as though the whole club, all of the Catletts, Burley Coulter, Elton Penn, the Rowanberrys, Laura Milby, the preacher’s spouse, Kate Helen department, Andy’s puppy, Mike, approximately everybody returns with a narrative or , to fill within the gaps during this lengthy story. these simply now becoming a member of the club can be charmed. these who’ve attended sooner than may 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 definitely the right get together to have a good time his large achievement."And so it’s all long past. a brand new time has come. a variety of ones of the outdated time preserve religion and prevent via to determine me, Coulter and Wilma and some others. however the one I wait to determine is Althie. sounds like my entire existence now's lived lower than the sensation of her hand touching me that day of the sale, and each day nonetheless. I lie wide awake within the evening, and that i can see all of it in my brain, th previous position, the home, every thing I took care of see you later. i presumed i would leave out it, yet I don’t. The time has long past while I oculd do greater than fear approximately it, and that i claim it’s a load off my brain. however the ideas, nonetheless, are a type of company." -- Beulah Gibbs
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Worse, it was sometimes hard to tell who in Port William was on which side. This had made the town cautious, and as a result far less talkative than it had been before the war and would come to be again years after it ended. During the war Port William found it hard to keep to its old way of talking to itself about itself. As nearly everybody seemed to know, there were great men at the top of the contending governments and armies who foresaw and even desired that eventually the war would have an official end, but at the bottom were men who did not care if it never ended.
They listen, and they hear not a sound. They hear instead a silence that reaches into every room and into the expectant night beyond. They rise from their chairs, first Bernice, and then, hesitantly, the others. They tiptoe to the bed, two to a side, and lean, listening, at that edge which they and all their children too have now passed beyond. The silence grows palpable around them, a weight. Now, as Andy Catlett imagines his way into this memory that is his own only because he has imagined it, he is never quite prepared for what he knows to have happened next.
He would figure then that he needed to get her cornered in some clever and mannerly way that would be beyond his abilities. And he would come up with some of the damnedest, longest-way-around schemes such as nobody ever thought of before and were always well worth knowing about. ” He brought one a live big catfish and held it out to her like it was gold-plated, and never offered so much as to skin it. Those times, I have to say, he was not very serious. What he had in his mind then was sport. As you might call it.