A Girl of the Limberlost: A Classic of Indiana Literature (Classic American Literature) Paperback – 30 Apr 2018
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Gene Stratton Porter
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As an English person, this is the most "American" novel I have come across. Naturally enough it expresses American values of truth, integrity, faith and family, and it describes a contemporary mixture of American rural and town life. However, the most unusual aspect (for me) was the uninhibited use of American vernacular. Not only are there unexpected phrases, but also curious ways of constructing sentences which presumably sound natural to the American ear. Coupled with that are phonetic spellings of some dialect words and, delightfully, the use of standard English terms to represent a concept entirely unfamiliar to the Anglo-Saxon. Words that you thought meant one thing clearly mean something else to Americans! It takes a bit of getting used to but it is a most enjoyable challenge.
The whole narrative is a well judged balance of mystery (when the reader does not know what is happening but the characters do), suspense (when the characters do not know what is happening but the reader does), unexpected events and downright good story telling. I really looked forward to picking up my Kindle again and trying to predict the what would unfold next. (I was rarely correct.)
Another unusual feature is the use of very long passages of monologue. These are actually part of a dialogue, but each character speaks for such a long time that the reader may temporarily forget that the other character is there listening. Extended speeches do not occur on every page but they are far more common in this book than I have come across elsewhere.
I would make two very minor criticisms of the author's technique. The first is that the chapters are also rather long, with no "pause points" so it is difficult to stop reading at a satisfactory stage in the middle of a chapter. The second is that each chapter has a short summary at the beginning which tells you what is about to happen. Once I realised that this was the case, I passed over the summary and continued at the first genuine paragraph so that I would have no hint of the what was coming up. I preferred it that way.
I found no proof-reading mistakes in the eBook although sometimes it was difficult to tell because of the deliberate phonetic spellings and the broad American vernacular.
I strongly recommend this book if you like a good romance, enjoy stimulating personal relationships and are interested in American culture of a bygone era.
It's a poignant story of a girl living with her bitter mother in the Limberlost and becoming a resourceful young woman.
Once again I thoroughly enjoyed the tale, more than earlier perhaps because reading as an adult there are references and observations that a younger person would not appreciate.
My opinion so far.