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Shepherd of The Hills, The Paperback – February 29, 1992
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Joyce Haynes, a resident of Pineville, Missouri, has won numerous local, state, and national awards for her illustrations.
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Harold Bell Wright creates a masterpiece. And that is an understatement. Several plots develop throughout the story, each one seeming irrelevent when compared to another, yet they are all interwoven masterfully by the end of the book. There is the lonely stranger, who wanders into the hills, and changes the community and then learns something about himself and the meaning of life. Readers then watch Sammy Lane struggle to become a "sure 'nough lady," and will most likely cheer on Young Matt as he fights to steal Sammy's heart from Ollie Stewart, though he knows Ollie promises Sammy a rich city life. Readers are also involved in Young Matt's and Wash Gibb's struggles to the title of "Strongest Man in the Hills." And Old Matt, Aunt Mollie and the Shepherd are forced to relive the past and learn from it, no matter how strong the pain is.
In conclusion, I just want to recommend this book to all people looking for some quality summer reading. The book may seem somewhat long, but it is hard to put down and you'll go through it quickly, wishing it would never end. Read this book and enjoy!
For those interested in a book that is as lively as Tom Sawyer or Huckleberry Finn, this is a good addition. Why, because the language is much the same as what Twain uses in his book. The author was once a minister, and the main character in the book is a former minister working as a shepherd of a flock of sheep.
The reader should understand there are plenty of references to God in this book, but this is not the main tenet of this book.
This is a pleasant read and there is an inspirational message in the story. I read this 250 odd page book in less than a day, so the reading is light and at first difficult due to the language used. However, I would recommend this book to anyone desiring to read about the endless conflict of right versus wrong. This book is based on true events.
In his attempt to create a readable version of the novel for contemporary readers, presumably school children, Phillips has omitted lines and references to characters, rewritten Wright's awkward sentences, and omitted Ozark vernacular still spoken today.
The 1907 edition, reprinted by the Shepherd of the Hills Historical Society in 1987, serves as a basis for my comments. Phillips omits the Wright's dedication of the book to his wife as well as the quotation from Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida, both of which give insight into Wright's insipiration for his novel.
Future literary historians and linguists will not glean the richness of the Ozark dialect because Phillips omits phrasing peculiar to the region. For example, "I don't guess" which is used today by people in southern Missouri and northern Arkansas is rewritten as "I don't think" on page 23.
Similarly Colonel Dewey's "Bal'" is rewritten as "the mountain up there." Indeed, "Bal'" is not recognizable as mountain; but "Bal'" is the pronunciation of "Bald," which refers to the clear-cut top of the mountain.
The vigilante group, known as the "Bald Knobbers," would meet at night on the top of such mountains devoid of forest.
"Dod durned" is changed to "hog tied" on page 25; the former is a mild expletive, the latter is vapid.
"You can't see much of it though on account of the fog," page 32, is actually "mists." Mountain mists are not exactly the same as fog; moreover, the sadness of the conversation is one of mists artistically.Read more ›
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This book was excellent reading. Well written and very inspiring to me. The subject matter was well researched and the presentation was excellent. Read morePublished 14 days ago by miss abby
The Shepherd of the Hills is an old story told in the most beautiful prose. It tells the story of the Ozarks of the early 1900s and a life and environs of a simple beauty that has... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Richard Gremillion
I had seen the movie and like it. The book is different but always better!Published 23 days ago by cgt
I love this book. Do not prejudge this book by the 1941 movie that starred John Wayne. Hollywood butchered this story. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Ronald D. Johnson
I purchased this book for it's title that matches the title of a favorite movie of mine. The book is by far the better of the two. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Daddy J