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The Ark Hardcover – June, 1953
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Despite that bleak environment for the story, this is an uplifting book, speaking of the resilence of the human heart and of the power of nature to help in healing even the deepest hurts. One of my favorite scenes is when Margret has been up all night caring for dying puppies, and as she goes about her chores the next morning, she sees a newborn foal. "'Life!' Margret thought. It was too much for her; it overpowered her...." I always think of this as a turning point for Margret, when she will be able to let go of the painful past and realize life can be beautiful, after all.
The book is rather old-fashioned in its nostalgic tone, and some of the characters, particularly Mrs. Lechow, are a little too perfect to be completely realistic. However, I'm willing to forgive the book those flaws because of its strengths. In our media-saturated, instant gratification, fantasy-oriented culture, this book seems to me to be a refreshing reminder that there IS substance in the midst of all the glitz, if we only take the time to notice it.
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This is a great book that I orginally read as a teenager. I have been looking for a copy for a number of years.Read more