The Mitford Years: At Home in Mitford, A Light in the Window, These High, Green Hills, and Out to Canaan

The Mitford Years: At Home in Mitford, A Light in the Window, These High, Green Hills, and Out to Canaan

by Jan Karon
     
 

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Readers everywhere have discovered Mitford is good for the soul. Peopled with a lovable cast of characters and filled with mysteries and miracles, Mitford has become one of the most memorable small towns in recent literature. Boxed set includes: At Home in Mitford, A Light in the Window, and These High, Green Hills Out to Canaan.

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Readers everywhere have discovered Mitford is good for the soul. Peopled with a lovable cast of characters and filled with mysteries and miracles, Mitford has become one of the most memorable small towns in recent literature. Boxed set includes: At Home in Mitford, A Light in the Window, and These High, Green Hills Out to Canaan.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal - Library Journal
Karon does a remarkable job of giving voice to the inhabitants of her fictional North Carolina mountain town in this boxed four-book set of her popular Mitford series. Yet fans will be disappointed in the abridgment, which eliminates so much that the entire series is now shorter than the unabridged recording of any one of the four books (e.g., Out to Canaan, Audio Reviews, LJ 12/97). Although this version leaves the plot relatively intact, a number of minor characters are omitted. The abridgment, while usually seamless, is occasionally slightly choppy as detailed information is summarized by tacking a few words onto the end or beginning of a sentence. Readers of the Mitford novels will miss the odd details that give the books much of their charm and humor, like the prayer that Father Tim utters each morning before entering his office. His growing relationship with neighbor Cynthia Coppersmith also suffers as many of their scenes together are left out. Those new to the Mitford series can certainly follow the general plot of the books by listening to these abridged recordings, but they will lose much of what gives it its following. Karon, whose pleasant voice holds more than a hint of the South, does a splendid job of providing distinct voices to the diverse Mitford residents. This attractively packaged set is more appropriate as a gift for a fan rather than as a library purchase. Not recommended.--Leah Sparks, Bowie P.L., MD

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780147712561
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
03/19/1999
Series:
Mitford Series
Edition description:
Boxed Set, Volumes 1-4
Product dimensions:
5.22(w) x 7.98(h) x 3.04(d)

Meet the Author

Jan Karon, an American novelist from North Carolina, is best known for her bestselling Mitford novels featuring the Episcopal Priest Father Timothy Kavanagh, from the fictional town of Mitford. In addition to the 12 Mitford novels, she has also written 13 other books, including two Father Tim novels, a cookbook, and several books for children. Her determined path to the top of The New York Times bestseller list is novel-worthy in itself.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Blowing Rock, North Carolina
Date of Birth:
1937
Place of Birth:
Lenoir, North Carolina
Website:
http://www.mitfordbooks.com

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