The Country of the Pointed Firs

The Country of the Pointed Firs

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by Sarah Orne Jewett
     
 

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This superlative work by late 19th century writer Sarah Orne Jewett shows great literary skill, artistry and charm. THE COUNTRY OF THE POINTED FIRS depicts the close personal and family relationships in a small New England village. In its appreciation of the natural beauty and restorative powers of a small community, it is similar to Thoreau's WALDEN.

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This superlative work by late 19th century writer Sarah Orne Jewett shows great literary skill, artistry and charm. THE COUNTRY OF THE POINTED FIRS depicts the close personal and family relationships in a small New England village. In its appreciation of the natural beauty and restorative powers of a small community, it is similar to Thoreau's WALDEN.

Ahead of its time with an important social message and written in the careful prose that marked 19th century literature, THE COUNTRY OF THE POINTED FIRS is an exciting and memorable narrative creation.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780684819099
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
03/04/1997
Edition description:
CommonPlace Edition
Pages:
141
Product dimensions:
6.93(w) x 9.79(h) x 0.83(d)

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There was something about the coast town of Dunnet which made it seem more attractive than other maritime villages of eastern Maine. Perhaps it was the simple fact of acquaintance with that neighborhood which made it so attaching, and gave such interest to the rocky shore and dark woods, and the few houses which seemed to be securely wedged and tree-nailed in among the ledges by the Landing. These houses made the most of their seaward view, and there was a gayety and determined floweriness in their bits of garden ground; the small-paned high windows in the peaks of their steep gables were like knowing eyes that watched the harbor and the far sea-line beyond, or looked northward all along the shore and its background of spruces and balsam firs. When one really knows a village like this and its surroundings, it is like becoming acquainted with a single person. The process of falling in love at first sight is as final as it is swift in such a case, but the growth of true friendship may be a lifelong affair.

After a first brief visit made two or three summers before in the course of a yachting cruise, a lover of Dunnet Landing returned to find the unchanged shores of the pointed firs, the same quaintness of the village with its elaborate conventionalities; all that mixture of remoteness, and childish certainty of being the centre of civilization of which her affectionate dreams had told. One evening in June, a single passenger landed upon the steamboat wharf. The tide was high, there was a fine crowd of spectators, and the younger portion of the company followed her with subdued excitement up the narrow street of the salt-aired, white-clapboarded little town.

Meet the Author

Sarah Orne Jewett grew up in South Berwick, Maine, near the border of New Hampshire, in Jewett's day a declining New England seaport, where she set most of her fiction.

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The Country Of The Pointed Firs 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stories within a story woven together in such a way that when you put it down you will know you've just read a great book. This is a short book. Hard to call it a novel but it's not quite a short story either. Regardless, don't miss it.
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Ordering this edition will get you a cheesy print-on-demand volume, approximately 9"x12", resembling a grade-school workbook. For a reader with limited vision, its fairly large font is a possible advantage. My advice is to go for a better edition of this wonderful novella.