This was a delightful read which did not take more than a couple of lazy afternoons. I did get distracted by reading the lengthy intorduction, so suggest that in this edition, you skip that part written by Sarah Way Sherman. Otherwise, it was such a lovely book with colorful characters, thoughtful narrative and beautiful imagery. You can almost hear the native Maine dialect come thru the pages as you read about the author's involvement in the little coastal community.
Entertaining throughout. Sweet, sentimental stories that harken us back to a time long ago. If you enjoy turn of the century tales chock full of wonderful details, and empathy for life at that time, you will be pleased. Has a slow but steady pace. Ahab's Wife would be a great companion book to this. Recommend. Flows quickly.
Very enjoyable audiobook where Sarah Orne Jewett tells various stories of her experiences living on the coast in Maine during the 19th century. She boarded for a time with a woman who made things from herbs she gathered around home and on the islands of Maine. They went to a family reunion by carriage, meeting folks along the way. Old fashioned customs and just everyday life is interestingly different from our now sometimes hectic pace of life. That is what, in part, makes this a very relaxing read as you find yourself slowing down as you listen to the blissful days of living during those times in a small fishing village on the coast of Maine.
Unabridged - 210 min. with a good narrator.
From the back cover:
First published in 1896, The Country of the Pointed Firs has grown in reputation and readership and has now achieved recognition as a classic of American Literature. This edition of the novel also includes the four "dunnet Landing" stories that properly belong with The Country of the Pointed Firs: "A Dunnet Shepherdess," "The Foreigner," "The Queen's Twin," "William's Wedding," and four more tales: "A White Heron," "Miss Tempy's Watchers," "Martha's Lady," and "Aunt Cynthy Dallet."
A classic of American literature.
Tells the story of a woman writer who comes one summer to Dunnet Landing, a Maine seacoast town, to find seclusion for her work.
Jewett's 1896 novel and selected stories about the fictional town of Dunnett Landing in rural Maine.