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The Town
     

The Town

by Conrad Richter
 

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The Town is part of the The Awakening Land trilogy, which traces the transformation of Ohio from wilderness to farmland to the site of modern industrial civilization, all in the lifetime of one character.

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The Town is part of the The Awakening Land trilogy, which traces the transformation of Ohio from wilderness to farmland to the site of modern industrial civilization, all in the lifetime of one character.

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**** Cited in BCL3. The final novel in Richter's (1890-1968) famous trilogy Awakening land, originally published between 1940 and 1950, and following the story of a pioneering family who pushed westward beyond the Alleghenies and north of the Ohio River at the close of the 18th century. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"The trilogy is unmistakably a single work, unified in its design, sustained in its inspiration. It pulses from beginning to end with the passion of the land, the flesh, and the spirit. It has the American heartbeat in it. Cut it and it bleeds American." —Edward Wagenknecht, Chicago Sunday Tribune

"Simple, unadorned, the prose flows fluidly and rhythmically, power emerging from its simplicity, striking you with the impact of a bullet." —M. G. Checrallah, Library Journal

"'The Town' stands on its own as an entity and may be read on its own as a full, rich and comprehensive novel based upon the lives of ordinary people, brave and even heroic in their own small ways. They talk and act like real people and while here and there, one encounters a crazy one or a criminal, these exist not as specimens for a psychiatrist crowding at the whole of a scene to the exclusion of all else, but as your neighbors and mine in any ordinary American community. Not one of these characters is dull, for the author has that power of good novelists which finds interest in everything, so that he is able to make even the bore an illuminating study of boredom." —Louis Bromfield, New York Herald Tribune Book Review

"There are scenes of sorrow, humor, and excitement; but overshadowing everything like a tall tree in a meadow is Sayward herself. . . . When we leave her, revered and respected by the town, but dying within sound of the new-fangled trains, . . . we feel a personal loss. . . . She might almost stand for a symbol of the pioneer woman. Maybe she is, but more than that she has at least for this reviewr become flesh and blood, an acquaintance, not a charactarization in a book." —H. S. Arnow, Saturday Review of Literature

"Mr. Richter has reproduced the quality and the speech of these people so well that a thousand years from now, one may read his books and know exactly what these people were like and what it was like to have lived in an era when within three or four generations a frontier wilderness turned into one of the great industrial areas of the earth." —Louis Bromfield
 
“There are in the literature of the world few works of historical fiction that make the reader feel that the writer must have been a witness to what he describes; he was actually there and came back—a transmigrated soul—to tell a story. The Awakening Land is such a work . . . it would be a great novel in any literature.” —Isaac Bashevis Singer

 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780821409800
Publisher:
Ohio University Press
Publication date:
05/28/1991
Series:
The Awakening Land Trilogy
Edition description:
2
Pages:
309
Product dimensions:
8.26(w) x 5.46(h) x 0.73(d)

Meet the Author

One of America’s greatest novelists, Conrad Richter (1890–1968) wrote 15 novels, most of them set on the American frontier, including The Light in the Forest and The Sea of Grass, as well as numerous short stories. His novels won the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and many other accolades. David McCullough is the author of The Wright BrothersJohn Adams1776, and many other books of American history and biography.

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