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A Girl of the Limberlost (Library of Indiana Classics) Paperback – September 22, 1984
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Elnora Comstock has barely signed up for college when she discovers that she can't afford it -- tuition and textbooks cost too much, and her shabby clothes are mocked by her classmates. Even worse, her half-crazy, malicious mother refuses to cough up any money.
But she soon finds that she can pay another way -- a strange lady called the Bird Woman is willing to pay money for moths, butterflies, caterpillars and chrysalids, which Elnora can easily find in a vast dangerous swamp called the Limberlost. And her friends Margaret and Wesley are happy to help her in any way they can -- clothes, a violin -- until the day when Mrs. Comstock comes to a shocking realization about her daughter.
Then Elnora encounters a wealthy young man named Philip Ammon, who has the same love of nature that she has -- as well as a wealthy socialite fiancee named Edith. But when a party in honor of Edith and Philip's engagement is wrecked by a butterfly and a fit of jealousy, he begins to realize what his true feelings for Elnora are...
"A Girl of the Limberlost" can be divided into two sections -- the first is a Cinderellaesque story about a strong, intelligent young girl who is pursing her music and education, despite her nasty old mother's loathing of her. But once that storyline is wrapped up, the second half of the book becomes a haunting, passionate love story.Read more ›
This is a book that I have loved reading and re-reading for the past 20 years, since I was about 13 years old.
When the novel opens, Elnora is determined to attend the high school in a nearby township. Her neglectful, sometimes abusive mother, Katharine, is equally determined to discourage her and ruin her dreams. Elnora and Katharine live in a cabin on the edge of the great Limberlost swamp, a place of wonder and danger, located three miles from the township where Elnora wants to go to school. The hard, cold Katharine is haunted by the death of her husband on the very day Elnora was born. She blames her only child for the death of her beloved husband because her birth kept Katharine from having the strength to aid her husband when he was drowning in the swamp.
On the first day of high school, Elnora's tacky clothes and inability to fit in with the snooty mean girls, along with the fact that she learns she will needs an unexpected amount of money for books and tuition leads her to brief despair. But her own ingenuity, along with the help of a loving neighbor couple, Margaret and Wesley Sinton, solve some of Elnora's problems.
I love the many intricate details in this book about Elnora's life in a rural early twentieth century world. For instance, the Sintons purchase clothing and accessories so that Elnora can fit in with her classmates.Read more ›
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I read this in grade school so many years ago ago and have wanted to reread it for 50+ years . I am so very happy to be able to do so again. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Good story, but not as interesting to me at my age, would have LOVED it had I read it when I was younger.Published 3 months ago by June Edington
Gene (Eugenia) Stratton Porter was from the Black Swamp area of northeastern Indiana. This was her second book, I believe. It was very popular in the early 1900s. Read morePublished 3 months ago by KJB, Warren Co., VA
I read some Gene Stratton-Porter books as a child, delighted to find some I hadn't read. It takes me back to my childhood days when life was slower and more enjoyable.Published 4 months ago by Ann Braselton
I loved this book because it shows the author has a great knowledge, love and respect for nature. The story is beautifully drawn around that love of nature.Published 4 months ago by Carrie Smith