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A Girl of the Limberlost by [Stratton-Porter, Gene]
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Deeply wounded by her embittered mother's lack of sympathy for her aspirations, Elnora finds comfort in the nearby Limberlost Swamp, whose beauty and rich abundance provide her with the means to better her life.

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A Girl of the Limberlost is unquestionably the most cherished books. It is the timeless story of an impoverished young girl, Elnora Comstock, growing up on the edge of the Limberlost swamp, and in order to pay for her education, she collects moths.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 790 KB
  • Print Length: 267 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612790712
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0084B07Z0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,910 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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This is the most entertaining and unusual book I have read for a while. It is a "coming of age" romance (bordering on melodrama) set in the fictional town of Onabasha (Indiana) in the early 1900's. Expect a lot of strong feelings and deep emotions.

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.
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I read this (as a teenager I think) a great many years ago and really enjoyed it. Seeing the title recently, I remembered that I had read the book, but had no recollection of the story so bought it.
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.
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My father spoke highly of this story which he read when a boy. Going through his possessions I came across this book, in very poor condition, hence my reason to purchase from Amazon. The story lives up to my expectations as a good story written by an author over 70 years ago and gives an interesting insight into the ways of life and word usage at that time. The girl, Elnora, funds her education collecting and selling moths ( nowadays probably endangered species) from the swamps near her home for mounting and selling to collectors. Elnoras's mother is embittered by her husbands behaviour who died in the swamp on the way to visit a girlfriend. She treats her daughter abominably in the first half of the story, and then reconciles with her daughter when a nice man appears on the scene who takes an interest in Elnora. That's as far as I have got!
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American terminology and academic culture is a bit bewildering. Content slanted towards readers who are dedicated naturalists, so need to skim some of the relevant detail. Fascinating reading about the swamps. The plot is intriguing, but I have not finished the book yet.
My opinion so far.
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I agree with a previous review; the book has been printed very poorly with tiny print filling every corner of the page. It's more like a magazine in feel than a book. Decided to reorder a different version.
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My mum gave me this book when I was a teenager and it transported me to a world that I had never heard of. I loved that world, I loved the way it was written and I loved the characters, so much that I cried and still do. This is a timeless classic, one that I have bought for friends and family ever since, and they love it too. Well worth it xx
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I first read this book when I was nine years old. I loved it then and now fifty years later I still enjoyed revisiting my old passion for butterflies but this time with the added advantage of enjoying the love interest as well.
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Probably the most well known of the author's work and one that really does put the reader experiencing the life and adventures in that environment.
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