Set against the turmoil of the World War II, "A World Lost" is just one of the classic chapters in Berry's "Port William" series. The summer of 1944 finds nine-year-old Andy Catlett in that very town in Kentucky, occupied more with watching meadowlarks and dipping into the nearby spring than with the weary news of the day. But when his Uncle Andrew is murdered, Andy confronts his own sense of culpability for the brawl that took his uncle's life. Told from Andy's perspective some 50 years later, the novel explores the gripping power of memory, even after decades have passed — and asks each of us what in our own pasts we might have remedied.
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Wendell Berry, an essayist, novelist, and poet, is the author of more than forty books. He lives in Henry County, Kentucky.
In this, Wendell Berry's fifth novel and ninth work of fiction, Andy Catlett revisits his own ninth year in the summer of 1944 when his beloved uncle is shot and killed by the surly and mysterious Carp Harmon. This is his Uncle Andrew, after whom the boy is named, someone who savored "company, talk, some kind of to-do, something to laugh at." Years later, still possessed by the story, Andy seeks to get to the bottom of all this, to understand the two men and their lethal connection. "Berry deftly balances Andy's investigation into the town's past with an equally moving realization not only of the sustaining value of memory but of the manner in which they are shaped in enduring ways by what they love . . . a sharp portrait of a town nursing its secrets over decades."-- Kirkus Reviews
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