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Jewett : Novels and Stories : Deephaven / A Country Doctor / The Country of the Pointed Firs / Dunnet Landing Stories / Selected Stories & Sketches (Library of America) Hardcover – February 1, 1994

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This hearty volume combines the longer pieces Deephaven , A Country Doctor , The Country of the Pointed Firs , and Dunnet Landing Stories with a selection of shorter stories and sketches and commentary by Professor Michael Davitt Bell. This fine addition to the series is tailor-made for American literature and women's collections.
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An incandescence of humanity ... [and] descriptions so sharply etched you want to put them in your pocket like magic pebbles. -- Chicago Tribune
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Product Details

  • Series: Library of America (Book 69)
  • Hardcover: 950 pages
  • Publisher: Library of America (February 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0940450747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0940450745
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kirk Dangler on January 18, 2009
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Sarah Orne Jewett is exquisite in her poetic prose. This collection of short novels has kept me intrigued. It's been like a visit back to the life of young exploration to the late 1800's. I've enjoyed her writing very much.
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The Country of the Pointed Firs (1896)(Sarah Orne Jewett 1849-1909)
Okay, the time has finally come for me to make a horrible personal admission. I've had a secret for years now, one that strikes right to the core of my manhood : of an evening, I enjoy a nice cup of tea. Actually, it's an enormous mug and I steep the tea until it looks like coffee, but I still acknowledge how sketchy it all appears. Nor do I imagine my case will be helped if I state that I most often enjoy said beverage on Sunday nights during Booknotes on CSPAN, though as a general matter I do occasionally partake when I sit down to read, after we get the kids to bed. There--I've said it--that monkey's off my back. Why here? Why now? Because, this book may be the sine qua non of tea-sipping books.
Perhaps the central theme that we've been developing over the course of these reviews is the existence of a fundamental tension in human affairs, between the basically feminine desire for security and the basically masculine desire for freedom. We've examined many examples of the latter--everything from Huckleberry Finn to One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest--but good examples of the former have been rarer, presumably because I just read fewer women authors. (Though we have found some good examples, try particularly the review of The House of Gentle Men) Now we come to Sarah Orne Jewett's lovely short novel, The Country of Pointed Firs, and the very essence of the book is the value of friendship (particularly female friendship), community, and continuity in providing an atmosphere of security and a bulwark against the encroachments of a changing world.
The semiautobiographical novel tells of a young woman writer spending a summer in the fictional town of Dunnett Landing on the coast of Maine.
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Wonderful, delightful human stories. Sarah immerses you on these places, people and environments in such an intense way you just can't believe they're fictional!!!
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Wonderful book - I've read 2 of the novels and about 12 of the short stories so far. Every one was well written and interesting. The copy I got was a former library book which looked like it had hardly been read. Too bad, library patrons! You missed a very good read. You get a realistic idea what life was like late 1800s when Jewett wrote them.
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