The Shepherd of The Hills

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"Here and there among men, there are those who pause in the hurried rush to listen to the call of a life that is more real. He who sees too much is cursed for a dreamer, a fanatic, or a fool, by the mad mob, who, having eyes, see not, ears and hear not, and refuse to understand."
—From The Shepherd of the Hills
Originally published in 1907, The Shepherd of the Hills is Harold Bell Wright's most famous work. Pelican Publishing Company is honored to bring this classic novel back to print as part of the Pelican ...

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Overview

"Here and there among men, there are those who pause in the hurried rush to listen to the call of a life that is more real. He who sees too much is cursed for a dreamer, a fanatic, or a fool, by the mad mob, who, having eyes, see not, ears and hear not, and refuse to understand."
—From The Shepherd of the Hills
Originally published in 1907, The Shepherd of the Hills is Harold Bell Wright's most famous work. Pelican Publishing Company is honored to bring this classic novel back to print as part of the Pelican Pouch series. In The Shepherd of the Hills, Wright spins a tale of universal truths across the years to the modern-day reader. His Eden in the Ozarks has a bountiful share of life's enchantments, but is not without its serpents. While Wright rejoices in the triumphs, grace, and dignity of his characters, he has not naively created a pastoral fantasyland where the pure at heart are spared life's struggles and pains. Refusing to yield to the oft-indulged temptation of painting for the reader the simple life of country innocents, Wright forthrightly shows the passions and the life-and-death struggles that go on even in the fairest of environments that man invades. The shepherd, an elderly, mysterious, learned man, escapes the buzzing restlessness of the city to live in the backwoods neighborhood of Mutton Hollow in the Ozark hills. There he encounters Jim Lane, Grant Matthews, Sammy, Young Matt, and other residents of the village, and gradually learns to find a peace about the losses he has borne and has yet to bear. Through the shepherd and those around him, Wright assembles here a gentle and utterly masterful commentary on strength and weakness, failure and success, tranquility and turmoil, and punishment and absolution. This tale of life in the Ozarks continues to draw thousands of devotees to outdoor performances in Branson, Missouri, where visitors can also see the cabin where the real Old Matt and Aunt Mollie lived.
Harold Bell Wright also is the author of That Printer of Udell's (pb) and The Calling of Dan Matthews (pb), both published by Pelican.

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New York Times
"There are many bits of excellent description in the course of the story, and an atmosphere as fresh and sweet and free from modern grime as one would breathe on the Ozark trails themselves."--New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882898841
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/1992
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 466,631
  • Product dimensions: 4.21 (w) x 7.11 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Harold Bell Wright religious practices led him to write the first of many books, all of which address particular problems. His main goal for writing lay within his desire to write about the goodness of mankind.

Joyce Haynes, a resident of Pineville, Missouri, has won numerous local, state, and national awards for her illustrations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2012

    The ARose Books publication of this story has been carefully edi

    The ARose Books publication of this story has been carefully edited producing a beautiful book. The Nook version was created from the published book, which was NOT a scanned copy.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2006

    Wonderful, Classic Book

    I read this book many years ago and have since re-read it. It's just timeless and classic. Don't let this slip by you. It's an incredible, tender story of suspense and human relationships. I am a native of this beautiful Ozark Country. The story hit it right on.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2002

    A must read for everyone

    A perfect mixer for all aspects of a book. It brings life, romance and the true meaning of faithful all together in a very inspiring way. I am from the Ozarks and Bell's description is perfect in describing the sheer beauty. The story gradually carries you through the rough terrain of the mountains and into a world of average everyday people who are very loyal and accepting of an elderly man who is searching for something he has lost. The ending is far from what you would expect but very fitting to the story. Happy reading.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 24, 2012

    Great book - intriguing story, interesting, loved it!

    Great book - intriguing story, interesting, loved it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 24, 2009

    I had to force myself to put this down to sleep

    This was a great book with each chapter heading urging you to continue to read on. It never became boring with the events following in order to the final page. THe book has mystery drama and romance painted in the beauty of the Ozark Mountains.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2002

    Warm human interest story

    Travel the back hills of long ago along a path that no one knows is how old. This warm human interest story begins with a lonely old man traveling in search of something that he does not know. He finds rest and comfort in the quiet life among friends who do not know the deep dark secret he possesses. 'Dad' as he is come to be known by the simple backwood folk of the Ozarks, soon builds a lasting friendship. A climatic end finally brings to light the dark secret and joins the two families together.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 24, 2013

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    Be careful of which copy you get if you wish to read this classi

    Be careful of which copy you get if you wish to read this classic. This edition is a good copy and wasn't scanned. Most of the free copies are virtually unreadable on the nook.
    As for the book itself. A wonderful classic. I give it 3 stars (stingy with stars) and recommend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    Rcommended

    Will be going to the Ozarks in the future. Feel this books gives me good idea of the history, geography, and people in the area. Good story that has a surprise ending.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2000

    Family story of values, challenges, victories and peace!

    This story touched my heart, and inspired me to be a better person. The Ozark tale is a must read, especially for those in the Mo. Ozarks.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    A Classic Favorite

    One of my all time favorites

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2012

    An excellent book

    Story and characters are wonderful. If you are familiar with the Ozark mountain region, you'll love the setting too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2012

    Not Good

    Looks like this is a scanned copy converted to text. Get the Amazon kindle version.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2011

    Sample of the book

    Misleading when trying to download the full version

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 29, 2009

    Must Read

    A book everyone should read.

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