Memory of Old Jack
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- Hardback | 170 pages
- 137.16 x 205.74 x 25.4mm | 408.23g
- 06 Jun 1974
- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P
- United Kingdom
. . . which spans more generations of Feltners, Coulters, Beechums, and Catletts than the average reader might care to deal with. Past and present mingle rather too coherently in Old Jack's mind during his last day on earth; the de facto bard of Port William, Kentucky - he remembers his brothers going off to die for the Confederacy more dearly than the name of his great-nephew going off to college, not to mention the dashed hopes of his marriage, the death of his mistress in a fire, land sold at a loss that takes years to repay, and other vicissitudes of a long and rather cheerless life. This is a rather old-fashioned novel of respect and love for the dying American virtues of hard toil and the wisdom of the soil, written in the rather somnolent pace it takes to achieve that kind of knowing. (Kirkus Reviews)