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Silas Crockett

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  17 ratings  ·  2 reviews
Silas Crockett traces life on the Maine coast through four generations of a seafaring family. This is a one-hundred-year epic filled with vibrant descriptions of the sweeping cultural, economic, and philosophical changes that washed over Maine. Mary Ellen Chase weaves wonderful historical detail with engaging characters so readers understand what it was like for a young wi ...more
Paperback, 335 pages
Published June 1st 2003 by Islandport Press (first published 1943)
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Snorri Sturluson
This won't be much of a discussion of "Silas Crockett" - just an attempt to get this going-on-two-years-overdue review out of my brain's nag center. Then I might be able to try this reviewing on a regular basis. Silas Crockett is an episodic novel, the episodes being portions of the lives of four succeeding generations of a Maine family. Ms. Chase's goal was to use the change in one family's fortunes as the metaphor (not the best term -help me out, readers) for the change in the cultural and eco ...more
Trish Remley
I enjoyed this book maybe not quite as much as Windswept, but close. I learned so much about the shipping/exploration period over the course of 100 years (1830-1930). I can vividly picture her landscapes/towns/homes based on her excellent descriptions. I really like how Chase explores her characters and you definitely know not everything is going to turn out rosey as not everything in life. It all seems like it could all be very real.
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American educator, teacher, scholar, and author regarded as one of the most important regional literary figures of the early twentieth century.

Mary Ellen Chase received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Minnesota where she served as an assistant professor from 1922 to 1926. She taught at Smith College starting in 1926 until her retirement in 1955.

Chase wrote more than 30 books, many usin
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