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About the Author

American novelist and photographer. Many of Porter's works became best-sellers and are famous for their vibrant depiction of natural life. She began her career as a photographer but later turned to fiction.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461039290
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461039297
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,102,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By jbtandem on March 2, 2013
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I read this book for school with my literature class over the span of 2 weeks. While I thought it went off to a good start, as the chapters wore on I became less and less impressed.
First, I began to realize that Freckles was simply too perfect. Yes, he has an arm lopped off, but his personality and way of going about things is almost to the extent of a Gary-Stu. The way he spends quiet days in the forest he loves, guarding anything precious to him with a fierce passion...while it's a fairly good role model, it's extremely boring to read. The poor lad lacks originality.
The Swamp be blunt, I despised every scene she was in. If Freckles is a Gary-Stu, then in the light of her he's a normal guy. Her only flaw is being absolutely perfect.
At the resolution of the book, I nearly screamed. I shan't give anything away, but let's simply say that it's a perfect end to a sickeningly perfect story.

Yeah,'s a classic romantic story, just not my sort of thing. It's like a really mushy cereal. Some people like that, and that's okay. But in my taste, mushiness is just a substitution for filling.

Alright...I don't know anyone who likes mushy cereal. Maybe that wasn't the best analogy in the world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ChristineMM TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 17, 2012
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This was an assigned reading for my son's class. I started reading it aloud to him, I could not stop due to my curiosity so I read it to myself over a couple of days. It just hooked me and I wanted to find out what happened.

Freckles was published in 1904. The story of the female author is interesting and worthy of a few minutes of your time. A few things I will share that are important to know about her that relate to this novel are that Stratton-Porter lived near the Limberlost Swamp in Indiana, which is the setting of this story. She was a naturalist and nature lover and was concerned over loss of habitat of the swamp; her love of the birds and wild creatures is evident in this book. Some elements of her own life are idential to the books' character: "Bird Woman".

Freckles is the main character, a twenty year old man, an orphan raised in an orphanage and whose former foster parents abused him. Freckles has only one hand, a problem that makes finding paid employment difficult. Being poorly educated did not allow him to find work in certain career fields. He is homeless at the start of the story and winds up being hired by a lumber company owner to guard the Limberlost Swamp from tree poachers for a year before the trees will be harvested.

Several times daily Freckles must hike the perimeter of the fenced in swamp. He spends all his time alone and soon comes to befriend the birds and wild creatures of the swamp. He rents a room in the home of an empty nester couple and they become parent figures to Freckles, especially the woman as a positive mother figure. The lumber company owner also takes a liking to him and becomes a father figure.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LP King on March 26, 2012
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Even as I write this, I toy with a "C minus" rating for dear Gene Stratton Porter. Porter was a turn of the century writer and naturalist who rightly receives credit for the impact she had on conservation in Indiana. I also have a lot of reverence for classic literature, and while I appreciate what Porter was trying to do with this book, I have to be honest with my readers (all two of them) that this novel sadly does not quite stand the test of time.

My 5th grade daughter and I read this aloud together and I feel it is an example of a classic that would truly benefit from an update and an abridgment. While the plot is slow in developing, the chief drawback is the dated language, which is probably fixable.

The main story concerns a disabled, orphaned young man ("Freckles") who finds a job and home protecting lumber interests in the massive Indiana swamp/forest known as the Limberlost. Freckles is mostly disabled by his own low self-esteem, however, and despite his meaningful job and caring friends, he still questions his worth in life.

Even "The Swamp Angel," object of Freckles affection and unattainable daughter of the wealthy "Man of Affairs," is unable to convince Freckles of his value and her unconditional love. Porter solves this conflict by providing miraculous proof of Freckles parentage. Not only does she provide this solution at the last possible moment, she also provides the miracle of a rags to riches story.

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By Hannah on July 31, 2014
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I loved this book. The characters were all incredibly likable, and I think Freckles has made my list of favorite fictional characters. It was a calm read, but the plot didn't slow and my attention was kept the entire time I was reading it.
Freckles (the character) made me laugh. A lot. I was laughing out loud for a good chunk of the book. Of course, other characters, not to mention scenes, were funny, but Freckles has the most.
The first time we meet the Swamp Angel, she annoyed me, and I didn't want her to be friends with Freckles. But then she grew on me, and became a very good character. I enjoyed her relationship with Freckles.
The end of the book was a bit surprising to me, and made it all the better. After finishing it, I can't imagine it ending any other way. I stayed up until 2:00 a.m. to finish this book, when I had plans early the next day, not to mention studying to do.
I borrowed this book, and now I'll have to own it. I loved it, and it may even be my favorite classic. Either that or Wuthering Heights, which is funny since they are nothing like each other.
I got tired of trying to read this book, so I listened to a lot of it on audio, using my computer. I believe that it was read by volunteers, so a few narrators I wasn't fond of. But I got used to it. The narrators did change almost every chapter. If you want to listen to it, because you absolutely can't stand to wait (Which I don't blame you for),here is the link. They are linked chapter by chapter.

Read it. You won't regret it.
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