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Freckles Paperback – January 26, 2013
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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 Angel...to 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, yeah...it'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.
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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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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved loved this book! Read this and then read "A girl of the Limberlost"Published 7 days ago by Christine Manzo
I first encountered "Freckles" when I was about ten. I enjoyed it then, and I enjoy it now, over half a century later. If you have not read it, you have truly missed out.Published 14 days ago by Sylvia's Daddy
A companion piece to A Girl of the Limberlost which I loved. I would recommend reading this one first although they are not sequels. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Kay
I recommend this book, also, The Girl of the Limberlost - which is the first "adult" book I ever read.Published 24 days ago by Kindle Customer
GREAT Story of the Love of Humans and the Love of Nature!Published 2 months ago by Stephanie Perrin
In this age of sometimes dark and dismal content, it's a pleasure to read a book with fresh, innocent characters and a happy, albeit somewhat unbelievable ending. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cathy Wilson
Oh to live in a world where everyone is as good and fine as Freckles, Angel, McLean, and the Duncans. It was a pleasure to visit that world. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is indeed a classic. I loved it. I had read this many years ago and was delighted to see it in a digitized format. Read morePublished 3 months ago by A Scott