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Laddie: A True Blue Story (Library of Indiana Classics) Paperback – October 22, 1988
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So vivid a story, I am pleased to be reading this as an adult. Somehow I wasn't required to read it in public school growing up, and therefore just didn't.
Of particular interest were Parkman's references to things which exist "today" referring to his time, the mid to late 1800's. As such, the reader is treated to a double dose of history by viewing past events through the eyes of someone who wrote over 100 years ago. The book was an exciting and enjoyable read.
My only criticisms of the book were that the volume of the footnotes was somewhat distracting, and that a few key phrases were not translated from French. Otherwise, excellent.
This is not James Michener (as much as I have enjoyed his works) packaging and making sense of history -- or the dry, intellectualized expert texts I had to read in school -- or the politically correct wholesome simplified upbeat teachings of my youth, with for example the perfect Puritans and the friendly Indians sharing Thanksgiving.
This is what really happened, detail by detail, based on exhaustive research of original texts -- letters, reports, maps, government documents, earlier histories, etc. Fortunately for Parkman, the early adventurers did a lot of writing, including many of the members of religious orders who accompanied or in some cases led the explorations.
My main takeaway from these true histories is how incredibly dangerous, unsuccessful, and unpredictable the courses of events were in these times (and probably in our time as well). In a way they are like anti-stories, or anti-history.Read more ›
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I ordered the book because it was a favorite with my 94 year-old friend. It's well out of date.Published 23 days ago by Carolyn Franks
I read my first Gene Stratton-Porter novel some months ago and loved it! I am now in the process of reading them all in the order they were published. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Probably one of my favorite books ever. I usually hate reading about nature, but the way she weaves it into the story made me love it!Published 5 months ago by M. Jansen
A romantic story of idyllic childhood. Though the sometimes pages of description lost me in my youth, I could skim over them and back to the heart of the story. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Once upon a time...
This is my favorite book by author Gene Stratton Porter. The main character is a feisty little girl and Laddie is her adored older brother. Read morePublished 10 months ago by WendyCat