Wandering into a TV version of this, you might be tempted to switch straight over – that would be a pity. Jayber Crow’s story is that of a time long gone. Of simple Kentucky river folk, farmers and honest tradesmen who took pride in their toil. As Jayber looks back on his memories, people are sometimes kind to each other, sometimes not, but an underlying thread of decency never quite snaps, though pushed to the limit. It is also a love story, but don’t look for fireworks. If, like Jayber, you’re prepared to observe and admire, you might with patience, discover something beautiful.
This rather weird and wonderful novel is for the discerning.