Barren Groundby Ellen Glasgow
This antiquarian book contains Ellen Glasgow's 1925 novel "Barren Ground". It is the story of a girl named Dorinda Oakley, who lives on a Virginia farm from 1890 to 1920. Her life is suddenly turned upside down however, with the arrival of an unplanned pregnancy. One of Glasgow's finest novels, "Barren Ground" is not to be missed by fans of her powerful work, and would make for a great addition to any bookshelf. The chapters of this book include: 'Biography of Ellen Glasgow', 'Preface', 'Part First – Broomsedge', 'Part Second – Pine', and 'Part Third – Life-Everlasting'. This book was first published in 1907, and is being republished now in an affordable, high-quality, modern edition. It comes complete with a specially commissioned biography of the author.
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This is a wonderful book with a plot and good if you're looking for something just to read or if you're looking for a book for school. The only problem I have with the book isn't any actual part of the book itself. I'm not sure if the publisher didn't have spellcheck or just a simple editor but there are, literally, dozens of typos and spelling mistakes. Sometimes so much that you cannot tell what the book is trying to say. Also I'm not quite sure why this book is so expensive. Barnes and Noble was the cheapes place I could find it at $26. Amazon and eBay both are more expensive. I really don't know why this book was so expensive but the book itself is a wonderful book with lots of figurative language, symbolism, and themes.
This lengthy story covers the life of a farm girl in rural Virginia around 1890 through the early 1920's. The novel starts out with her madly in love with another villager. A day before her wedding she is dumped. Her financee decides he is going to marry another villager. She decides she is through with love and finds that men are more trouble than they are worth. The character's reasons, resoltuions, and actions are extremely admirable. Not focusing on relationships, she is able to rise from poverty to run a successful dairy farm. On the other hand, just about everyone else in the town become failures and poor (including her financee and his wife). Sometimes, I found myself admiring the main character, Dorinda, and other times feeling pity that her loveless life was filled with work only. It seemed one-faceted and at times filled with biting man-hating resentment. There was a lot of substance to this book and much could be written and studied about it. Another book to be filled under "read again." This is definitely one of Glasgow's best pieces of work.