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Andy Catlett
Andy Catlett
Andy Catlett
Audiobook4 hours

Andy Catlett

Written by Wendell Berry

Narrated by Paul Michael

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars



About this audiobook

Berry opens this latest installment of the Port William series with young Andy Catlett preparing to visit a place he'd been to many times before, though this would be an adventure he will take very seriously.

Nine years old, Andy embarks on the trip by bus, alone for the first time. He decides it will be a rite of passage and his first step into manhood. Sometimes a handful at home, Andy was a good boy when visiting his Grandparents' houses, and he looked forward to the little spoiling certain to come his way.

A beautiful short novel, this book is a perfect introduction into the whole world of Port William and will be as well a new chapter for those already familiar with this rich unfolding story.

Release dateMar 1, 2008
Andy Catlett

Wendell Berry

Wendell Berry was born in Henry County, Kentucky, in 1934, and lives and farms with his wife, Tanya Berry, close to the place of his birth. A poet, critic, storyteller, and activist, he has written more than fifty books. He is the recipient of The National Humanities Medal, awarded by President Barack Obama, and was named The Jefferson Lecturer for 2012. He is a winner of the Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Always the master of words and thoughts, Berry describes the childhood memories of Andy Catlett. Sometimes the memories seem like Berry's own. The town of Port Arthur figures prominently, as is usual in Berry's books.
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    Warm story of a boy in rural America as he visits his tow sets of grandparents the first time by himself.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    A touching reminiscence of growing up in Kentucky during World War II.
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    In this novella, Andy Catlett describes his “early travels”: when, at the age of 9, he was granted some early independence and responsibility. Narrated by Andy much later in life, he paints a picture of his extended family and the broader Port William community. In December 1943, the people of Port William had not yet felt the impact of World War II, but Andy hints at devastating losses to come (and, if you’ve read any of the other Port William novels, you’ll already know what he’s referring to). But for now, Andy is nurtured by a close-knit, caring community and this clearly shapes the man who figures in some of the other novels. At just 115 pages, Andy Catlett is a sort of “filler” work in the Port William novels, providing a character’s back story, but there’s not enough here for the novel to stand on its own.