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The Country of the Pointed Firs and Other Stories (1896)

de Sarah Orne Jewett

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The Country of the Pointed Firs (1896) is Sarah Orne Jewett's most popular book. In its elegantly constructed sketches, a worldly, anonymous writer spends the summer in a tiny Maine fishing village where she hopes to find peace and solitude. As she gains the acceptance and trust of her hosts, the community's power and complexity are slowly revealed. While its episodes portray the difficulty and loneliness of rural life, they also display its dignity and strength, particularly as expressed in the bonds between women: mothers, daughters, and friends. Written during a time of rapid change and national conflict, surprisingly modern in its treatment of character and its literary techniques, The Country of the Pointed Firs addresses the delicate and uncertain art of understanding others. This centennial edition contains a facsimile of the original text, thereby restoring the novel to Jewett's own version, which had been considerably altered in other published versions, plus four related stories. Further enhancing the importance of this volume is editor Sarah Way Sherman's introduction, which includes a sketch of Jewett's life and professional development, a commentary on textual accuracy, and a discussion of the book's themes and techniques as well as its historical context.… (mais)
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    Cranford de Elizabeth Gaskell (InfoQuest)
    InfoQuest: In both Gaskell and Jewett's novels, a young woman (the first-person narrator) comes to visit a rural community in a series of related vignettes. Jewett's is the more poetic, and Gaskell's is the more humorous, but both are lovely little books which center on the experiences and relationships of women in the 19th century.… (mais)
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    Anne of Green Gables de L. M. Montgomery (cransell)
    cransell: The Country of Pointed Firs really reminded me of Anne of Green Gables - although not at all focused of a child or growing up. But if you enjoy one, you'll likely enjoy the other.
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    Castle Nowhere de Constance Fenimore Woolson (CurrerBell)
    CurrerBell: Lovers of Jewett might also want to investigate the less well known Constance Fenimore Woolson (a contemporary and friend of Henry James), some of whose earlier writings include regionalism similar to Jewett's. In particular, Woolson's Castle Nowhere stories are of Michigan's Mackinac Island and partly united by a common narrator, much as in Pointed Firs… (mais)
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    The Edge of Darkness de Mary Ellen Chase (CurrerBell)
    CurrerBell: Mary Ellen Chase was the "successor" to Sarah Orne Jewett among Maine regionalists. The Edge of Darkness, which apparently was Chase's own favorite among her works, has a definite resemblance to The Country of the Pointed Firs as a collection of vignettes that are united around a central character.… (mais)
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    The Summer Book de Tove Jansson (aprille)
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    The Fortnight in September de R. C. Sherriff (aprille)
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I know this is not everyone's cup of tea, but this was such a quick and insightful read. I absolutely ADORED the gossip and storytelling. I think it's really important that the older community in Dunnet Landing (and everywhere else) are considered and fully formed in discussions like this. It's wise, tear jerking at times, and just so darn realistic. I love these ladies and the select men that appear. They are all unique yet I love them all the same. ( )
  yosistachrista | Jul 22, 2024 |
Absolutely nothing happens in this book and I love it. ( )
  nogomu | Oct 19, 2023 |
My review has disappeared.
And has been found: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2347137.The_Country_of_the_Pointed_Firs?ac=1...

apparently I never wrote a review for the other stories in this edition and only posted for the main story. ( )
  mattorsara | Aug 11, 2022 |
I'm not sure how to categorize this -- it's literary fiction, and quite beautiful literary fiction at that, but it reads like a quiet and cadenced memoir and it's a novel made up of short stories. Sarah Orne Jewett's language is a delight, and something about the structure and the telling makes the reader feel as though they are the mysterious visitor, writing, observing, and ever enjoying Mrs. Todd and her circle of community. It's a beautiful respite to visit Dunnett's Landing -- a story from a different space and time, one, I think, that was fading even as the book was written. Lovely, and like stepping through a window into historical Maine, or any secluded seaside town. ( )
  jennybeast | Apr 14, 2022 |
I came across a description of this book somewhere somehow and it somehow got my attention and I said to myself you should probably read this. Since I don't read a lot of fiction I decided yes it's for your own good. So I read it. And I went back and forth on whether it was a waste of my time. Overall it added to my thinking it was worthwhile.

Written apparently around the turn of the last century it depicts the experience of a woman on a summer vacation type stint somewhere up in Maine along the rocky coast there. The woman she stays with is a fixture in the community of plain clannish types supported primarily be a seagoing and fishing workforce.

Individual stories of some of these individuals is laid out in an enticing enough way to keep ones interest. Of special note was a woman who lived entirely by herself out in the remote due to a past incident in her life there. Having past on she is still somewhat memorialized by the locals. It winds up with a reunion of many of the related people and finally a old man who live the previous woman lives alone and mourns his wife eternally.

The sense of life as it was in those days and how it does or does not relate to how we conduct our lives today with our rampant and intrusive technology was the impression this work left me with. Also how the human drams continues to play out much like the past no matter how the present plays itself out. ( )
  knightlight777 | Apr 11, 2022 |
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The Country of the Pointed Firs (1896) is Sarah Orne Jewett's most popular book. In its elegantly constructed sketches, a worldly, anonymous writer spends the summer in a tiny Maine fishing village where she hopes to find peace and solitude. As she gains the acceptance and trust of her hosts, the community's power and complexity are slowly revealed. While its episodes portray the difficulty and loneliness of rural life, they also display its dignity and strength, particularly as expressed in the bonds between women: mothers, daughters, and friends. Written during a time of rapid change and national conflict, surprisingly modern in its treatment of character and its literary techniques, The Country of the Pointed Firs addresses the delicate and uncertain art of understanding others. This centennial edition contains a facsimile of the original text, thereby restoring the novel to Jewett's own version, which had been considerably altered in other published versions, plus four related stories. Further enhancing the importance of this volume is editor Sarah Way Sherman's introduction, which includes a sketch of Jewett's life and professional development, a commentary on textual accuracy, and a discussion of the book's themes and techniques as well as its historical context.

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