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A Girl of the Limberlost Kindle Edition
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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.Read more ›
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.
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Very pleased to get the book at such and good price and so speedilyPublished 4 months ago by chris magness
I read this first when I was 11. I loved it then and still do. I bought this for my book loving goddaughter and she was delighted with it. Read morePublished on 11 Jun. 2015 by Sally Taylor
A wonderful trip down memory lane! A favourite of my wife's as a teenager and has proved a very popular gift.Published on 11 April 2015 by J.K. Currie
This is very well written although I last read it as a 12 year old (I am now 87). I was surprised how good it was.Published on 25 Jan. 2015 by Bobbie
The story is good, however this print of the book is not. The type is so tiny that the text is almost unreadable, and the margins are so small that you have to significantly move... Read morePublished on 20 Jan. 2015 by Tammy
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