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I need to respond to a few comments made by one customer, who seemed very frustrated by some elements in the book Freckles. She did have some major concerns, but understanding the background of the author and the times she wrote in helps. This customer emphasized the fact that Freckles never believed himself to be a good, noble human being, and that the rich characters looked down on others, and that humble folk always respected the rich people. Those things were the attitudes and behavior of people in the times in which the book was written. That was the way it was quite often, unfortunately. In regards to Freckles always believing bad about himself, he did so because he had no way of knowing who he really was, so he assumed the worst--many people do that. This attitude is called "determinism," which is basically the belief that people cannot rise above their background, heritage, circumstances, or physical conditions--that they are helpless to change their circumstances and lot in life. Determinism was a major concern in the works of many authors of Gene Stratton Porter's time period, especially in Latin-American and generally North American literature of the last few years of 1800's and the early 1900's.Read more ›
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A boy with no past, longs to belong somewhere, to have honorable work to do, to live with courage and honor, to whom gentlemanly manners come naturally. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Jonathan W. Pierce
My first Gene Porter book and I'm hooked :-) I grew up reading and being read this book and can probably say I've read it 6 times. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Kindle Customer
I've enjoyed all of the Limberlost series. Great works by Gene Stratton-PorterPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
They do not write books with this kind of emotion anymore. They are just not written the same today. Can't really put my finger on it but you feel like you are in the story.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
great story about good character; this was my grandfather's childhood book in the early 1900's, and was one of the few he saved, and my dad loved it enough to save it. me too!Published 8 months ago by K. Brown
This is a favorite that I read several times while growing up. Reading it again after all these years was like bumping into a long lost friend.Published 8 months ago by Constance S. Pittenger