One of the best books I have ever read. Can't really tell you why except that when I closed the book, I missed the character of Jayber Crow. Not the author, the actual character. He's a small town barber from back in the day when the barbershop meant something to the vibrancy and story of a community. For those that have read the book, the last couple sentences alone make you wish there were 200 more pages.
A very under-appreciated novel by an author we all should be paying more attention too.
This is a book that I couldn't read slowly enough for fear that it would end.
Wendell Berry--novelist, poet, essayist--has written an unrequited love story and a love letter to the natural world. Jayber Crow revisits Berry's fictional Kentucky town of Port William and peers into the life of the town's barber, the book's namesake, Jayber.
Berry, a well-known environmentalist, has enough skill to render a page-turning story while advocating for the earth. He's one of our greatest living American writers. I highly recommend this book.
Read this book for a book club I am in. Great discussion. Slow read at times but kept me interested.
Jayber Crow is the life story of a bachelor barber from a small town in New England. I found a lot of the book very interesting, as it provided a view of eccentric small-town life in the 20th century. I found myself skimming through the title character's philosophical waxings, though.
Overall, a good read, but not one I would pick up a second time.
The New York Times book review states, "the life story of a young man who abandoms his plans to become a minister and becomes the town barber. By the end this melancholy barber has won both our attention and our hearts."