The Country of the Pointed Firs and Selected Short Fiction

The Country of the Pointed Firs and Selected Short Fiction The Country of the Pointed Firs and Selected Short Fiction by Sarah Orne Jewett is part of the Barnes Noble Classics series which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the

  • Title: The Country of the Pointed Firs and Selected Short Fiction
  • Author: Sarah Orne Jewett Ted Olson
  • ISBN: 9781593082628
  • Page: 337
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Country of the Pointed Firs and Selected Short Fiction, by Sarah Orne Jewett, is part of the Barnes Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes Noble ClasThe Country of the Pointed Firs and Selected Short Fiction, by Sarah Orne Jewett, is part of the Barnes Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes Noble Classics All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications some include illustrations of historical interest Barnes Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences biographical, historical, and literary to enrich each reader s understanding of these enduring works Even the title of Sarah Orne Jewett s most celebrated work seems to revel in the love of landscape and language that flows through it Though nominally a novel, The Country of the Pointed Firs lacks the coherent, unifying plot of traditional books Instead, Jewett creates a mosaic of tales and character sketches, all set in the fictional Maine fishing hamlet of Dunnet Landing The unnamed narrator, an unmarried female writer like Jewett herself , has come to the town seeking a summer of solitude and work But she s drawn to the villagers she meets Most of them are over sixty, alone, and covering a roiling inner ocean of feeling with a craggy exterior as rocky as the ragged coastline Entranced by their stories, she allows them to enter her life.When the book first appeared, Willa Cather prophesied that the young students of American literature in far distant years to come will take up this book and say a masterpiece Now, than a century later, Cather s words resonate urgently than ever.This edition also includes A White Heron, A Winter Courtship, A Native of Winby, and several other of Jewett s cogent short stories.Ted Olson is Associate Professor at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee, and the author of Blue Ridge Folklife University Press of Mississippi, 1998.
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    1. Sarah Orne Jewett was an American novelist and short story writer, best known for her local color works set in or near South Berwick, Maine, on the border of New Hampshire, which in her day was a declining New England seaport.

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    1. the first salt wind from the east, the first sight of a lighthouse set boldly on its outer rock, the flash of a gull, the waiting procession of seaward bound firs on an island, made me feel solid and definite again, instead of a poor, incoherent being Life was resumed, and anxious living blew away as if it had not been I could not breathe deep enough or long enough It was a return to happiness I seem to keep returning to these tranquil, quiet stories of a time gone by, when life was simpler but [...]

    2. When I decided to read this book again now as a buddy read, I had a residual memory from a distant reading maybe 25 or years ago A memory that was positive but nebulous Now I have a new, and, happily, very precise memory to carry forward I love this book with its portrait of the rural towns and peoples of New England, primarily of the state of Maine and primarily of the town of Dunnet s Landing, seen through the eyes of a visitor from the city, a woman sympathetic to the people and lifestyle.Je [...]

    3. This chronicle of life in a Maine coastal village around the end of the 19 century was a pleassure to read It s a novel, but each chapter has the feel of a short story, stories of this very quaint place and the people who live there It s inhabitants are mostly widows, husbands lost to the sea, and aging seamen, all struggling to make a daily living off the land and sea But best of all, the author paints a visually stunning picture of the landscape and seascape of the setting Jewett was born in t [...]

    4. This is the 4th or 5 the time I ve read this book, and once again I returned to a simpler time with gentle people in a small Maine village Most of the women in these tales are widows or spinsters, making the best of their lives despite disappointments and diminished circumstances, finding happiness in small things a nice cup of tea and a warm fire on a stormy night, an unexpected visit from a neighbor, a beautiful day, or seeing relatives at a family reunion I read these stories at bedtime, and [...]

    5. i feel that my love for this book indicates that i am actually a 57 year old trapped in the body of a 27 year old.

    6. As a teenager, Jewett was inspired to become a writer by her indignation over the sneering condescension with which summer visitors from Boston treated the country people of her beloved native Maine I determined to teach the world, she wrote, that they were not the awkward, ignorant set those people seemed to think I wanted the world to know their grand, simple lives and so far as I had a mission, when I first began to write, I think that was it Most readers of these stories will feel that she f [...]

    7. The Country of the Pointed Firs was first published in 1896, when Sarah Orne Jewett was about 47 years old The only thing I had previously read by Sarah Orne Jewett was The White Heron, which seems to be the short story that is always chosen for the anthologies It is a fine story, but it seems to be a rather limited example of Jewett s writing, which is otherwise so full of human interactions and details of social life in coastal Maine.The details are the glory of this book I learn what it was l [...]

    8. 1 The ReturnThere was something about the coast town of Dunnet which made it seem attractive than other maritime villages of Eastern Maine Perhaps it was the simple fact of acquaintance with that neighborhood which made it so attachingLike the unnamed narrator of The Country of Pointed Firs, I also felt a gentle happiness at my return to Dunnet Landing in my second reading of this book How I love its quiet serenity On the surface, it, like Cranford, is about a town full of dear old ladies whose [...]

    9. I have just rediscovered a favorite old author One of the antique books from the 1800 s sitting on my bookshelf is a collection of Sarah s short stories, and I love every one of them.The setting for many of these stories is coastal Maine, and so the pull of the sea and the old village way of life is very strong in them.I m charmed with her language from the past and the postcard view of a simpler time long gone, when Nature spoke and pies were the solution to the world s problems, when Watchers [...]

    10. This is classically prosed dialect as spoken in a certain mid summer place and time It is exquisite The locale is late nineteenth century into earliest 1900 s Maine coastal town and the web of islands that surround its rocky shores Surroundings are detailed to form and purpose and entwined within its occupants mood The characterizations of these elder women, the visitor and some of the sea faring men who visit come completely alive Beautiful read.

    11. Recommended to me by my daughter, this book is just a literary masterpiece I will never know why I had to read Ivanhoe in high school instead of something like this I never knew this author existed Jewett s use of language just sets a standard few authors have ever mastered I just loved it.

    12. Country of Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett is not a book many would lift off the library shelf but I d read a few of her short stories, including one that I used successfully in an intermediate level ESL class with a large variety of students For that reason, I was curious to read the author s longer work and found its descriptions of Maine landscapes to be interesting but exceedingly bleak Entering Jewitt s world was like being cast backward into a time near the start of the 20th Century, to [...]

    13. I completed my annual re read of Country of the Pointed Firs in love with it and my native New England than ever So much so that I did something I had for some inexplicable reason not yet done I continued on and read the titular Other Stories There is something happening in Jewett s writing that borders on perfection And I don t mean that hyperbolically Her slice of small town life is not for every occasion, I ll admit it If you re in the mood for a thriller or something wrought with high drama [...]

    14. I have no idea where this book came from, sometime in the past few years it just sort of appeared on the bookshelf in my old room at my parentsI probably picked it up at a yard sale before leaving for school one summer.Anyway, it is regarded as something of a classic and despite my misgivings at having it be lumped with Huck Finn and the Scarlet Letter, two books I despise, I decided to give it a whirl.It s full of engaging sentences, dead on dialect and good folkisms it s real slice of life stu [...]

    15. Sarah Orne Jewett was a woman profoundly admired by the young Willa Cather and, in fact, Jewett told Cather paraphrasing to stop writing like Henry James, and just tell the story Cather was so affected by Jewett s influence that she dedicated her 1913 novel, O Pioneers to Jewett This collection of Jewett s short stories is magnificent they are a quiet, pastoral, lovely and idyllic look at a small slice of Americana in a small Maine sea side village at the end of the 19th century, and told from t [...]

    16. Written in 1896 the year after my grandmother was born, this book made me think so much of my own life and family I was continually distracted as I made comparison after comparison of life in a small rural community where all such small towns run together It just made me think of the simpler time of my own life back when there were noo computers, no pagers, no cellphones ringing all the time We had one phone and the number was always something like Oxford 2 3462 and a black and white TV with 3 c [...]

    17. A nice, little known American classic I ve been meaning to read this for years, and I m glad I did, although it wasn t quite a good as I had hoped for.It wasn t always an easy book to read, IMO, but the character studies and sense of place were beautifully drawn by Jewett, with some real food for thought to mull over and savor.This collection of loosely woven story vignettes will likely bore a reader craving plot and action However, if you re in the mood to cerebrally explore a small Maine coast [...]

    18. 4.5 stars The Country of the Pointed Firs itself was a solid 5 for me, but most of the short stories were like a 4 My favorites of the short stories were A Native of Winby, Decoration Day, The Flight of Betsey Lane, and The Hiltons Holiday.

    19. I am in good HISTORICAL company when I state that this short book is one the finest literary pieces ever written by an American When it was published at the beginning of the 20th Century, America s greatest writers did indeed sit up and take notice Later it seemed to be forgotten amidst the phony he man fiction of the next generation.Jewett s prose here is the densest but not ornate and most rewarding of almost any American prose I can think of It is not a book to be read quickly, but it is lik [...]

    20. I share the nostalgia and love for the people of Maine depicted through the imaginary narrator in this lovely novel Our spokesperson comes to a small town to find inspiration and solitude Her generous and open heart invites her into the lives of these isolated folks, and I like to think that she is forever changed.For example, when the narrator travels to an isolated island to meet the mother of her hostess, Mrs Todd she writes, Lookin pretty well for an old lady, ain t she said Mrs Todd s mothe [...]

    21. No Maine classics, I promise But this loosely structured novel from 1896 a collection of sketches set in a fictional coastal town is an unsung gem and fully deserving of the label classic Jewett like Miriam Colwell, author ofContentment Cove was a Down East lady in a Boston marriage she dedicated her life to Annie Fields, the widow of a prominent publisher Field and Jewett with their two maids spent a month summering in Martinsville, Maine, believed to be the inspiration for Dunnet Landing.Will [...]

    22. One of those important books by women that were not part of the canon when I was in college.At first it feels as if each chapter is a character sketch of an inhabitant in a small town But gradually the sketches intertwine And the context grows from individual to family to the town community and beyond as characters become part of Dunnetts Landing, Dunnetts Landing becomes part of Maine, Maine becomes part of New England, and New England becomes part of the world as the sea provides a link with E [...]

    23. Published in 1896, this well known novella covers the summer stay of a fictional seacoast town in Maine There is little plot, merely some interesting portraits of local characters and charming depictions of typical village scenes and events intended to evoke a way of life that was disappearing even then An old sea captain entertains her with tales of his career and a shipwreck The visitor befriends her herbalist landlady and accompanies her on forays, including a boat trip to visit her mother an [...]

    24. While there is not much that is truly remarkable about Jewett s stories, they are, for me, very comfortable I hope to do study of her work in the future in order to understand all the reasons that they are comfortable yet unremarkable The most obvious is that her stories are regional and portray good stories about strong women Recommended for those who enjoy female writing from the late 19th and early 20th century.Update 2014 last summer I visited Southern Maine and the house where Jewett lived [...]

    25. This is a feel good book with none of the guilt It s smart, it s beautifully written and it s got no love story despite its being about a young, single woman on her own in a small town The depiction of Maine is as vivid as a photograph The setting is the 1800s, so a woman without a husband and not LOOKING for a husband is something of an oddity in the first place But the people she meets are interesting, and there s a restfulness to each chapter that s rare in fine literature I genuinely liked e [...]

    26. Female friendship and love Pleasure in boredom This book was boring in a healthy meditative way that I loved and beautifully written I adored it all Perhaps it was the simple fact of acquaintance with that neighborhood which made it so attaching, and gave such interest to the rocky shore and dark woods, and the few houses which seemed to be securely wedged and tree nailed in among the ledges by the Landing At first the tiny house of Mrs Almira Todd, which stood with its end to the street, appear [...]

    27. I wish people had appreciation for this type of writing I wish Jewett had written and I wish of what she wrote was still available.I first read an excerpt from the principal story in my college American Lit course and it whetted my appetite for the full novella Unfortunately, there never seemed to be any urgency about getting to it In the college course, it was classified as local color I prefer to think of it as just very good writing Jewett s portrayals of dialect and character are as good [...]

    28. A pleasure to read If you do visual imagery to relax and go to your happy place, add reading this book with your feet up, by a sweet little pond, sipping a tall drink, add some of your favorite things here_______________.

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