The Trees

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The Trees is a moving novel of the beginning of the American trek to the west. Toward the close of the eighteenth century, the land west of the Alleghenies and north of the Ohio River was an unbroken sea of trees. Beneath them the forest trails were dark, silent, and lonely, brightened only by a few lost beams of sunlight. Here, in the first novel of Conrad Richter’s Awakening Land trilogy, the Lucketts, a wild, woods-faring family, lived their roaming life, pushing ever westward as the frontier advanced and as ...

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Overview

The Trees is a moving novel of the beginning of the American trek to the west. Toward the close of the eighteenth century, the land west of the Alleghenies and north of the Ohio River was an unbroken sea of trees. Beneath them the forest trails were dark, silent, and lonely, brightened only by a few lost beams of sunlight. Here, in the first novel of Conrad Richter’s Awakening Land trilogy, the Lucketts, a wild, woods-faring family, lived their roaming life, pushing ever westward as the frontier advanced and as new settlements threatened their isolation.This novel gives an excellent feel for America's lost woods culture, which was created when most of the eastern midwest was a vast hardwood forest—-virtually a jungle. The Trees conveys settler life, including conflicts with Native Americans, illness, hunting, family dynamics, and marriage.

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**** The trilogy, Awakening land, of which The Fields, The Trees and The Town are members, is endorsed by BCL3 together with virtually all lists of great American literature. Originally published by Knopf in 1940. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780821409787
  • Publisher: Ohio University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1991
  • Series: The Awakening Land Trilogy
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 167
  • Sales rank: 560,695
  • Product dimensions: 5.55 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Conrad Richter was born in Pennsylvania. His family on his mother’s side was identified with the early American scene, and from boyhood on he was saturated with tales and the color of Eastern pioneer days. In 1928 he and his family moved to New Mexico, where his heart and mind were soon captured by the Southwest. The Sea of Grass and The Trees were awarded the gold medal of the Societies of Libraries of New York University in 1942.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2005

    Excellent Book!

    I, too, read The Trees as a high school student, and I loved it. This novel vividly depicts frontier life through characters that are engaging and well-developed. The Trees, when read with The Fields and The Town, creates such a well-rounded portrait of American pioneers that one cannot help but relate to their struggles and apply them to the modern world. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves fiction or history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2001

    Maybe Better For Adults

    I wanted to review this book because I read the review by the high school student and felt so much sympathy for her/him. The book gave me an insight into the lives of American pioneers. The characters are so real, and it is so easy to see how different personalities fit into the pioneer movement. I read this book as an adult, as well and The Fields and The Town. I don't think I would have enjoyed them as a teenage, but they are some of the best books I have ever read. I tried to read Wuthering Heights as a teen and couldn't, and when I read it a few years ago I loved it, too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2000

    True Bore

    I was assinged to read this for over the summer. I love to read, even when I need to read for school, my teachers normally give out good book assignements. I hated this book. After 2 months, I wasn't half way done. Every time I started to read it, I'd fall asleep, or give up out of boredom. There was no plot, no climax, and you only feel connected to Sayward, who lives a hugly boring life. Perhaps this book was written above a highschool level of understanding... or perhaps, it was to cure insomnia. Whichever, I wouldn't recomend this to my worst enemy... I like them too much. If it was an option, I would have given 0 stars.

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