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The Pearl of Orr's Island: A Story of the Coast of Maine

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  98 ratings  ·  9 reviews
The rural tranquillity of the lonely, pine-girthed shores of the Maine coast is the setting for this beautiful novel of conflicting aspirations written by one of the most prolific and influential writers in American history. Here is the heartwarming story of a young girl's struggle to belong and fit in, in the face of adversity, and of her upbringing among strong women, gr ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published February 20th 2001 by Mariner Books (first published January 1st 1970)
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Well, Harriet Beecher Stowe, you turned a perfectly good romance into religious moralizing. I'm not sure why I'm surprised. High five for acknowledging it, at least:

There are no doubt many, who have followed this history so long as it danced like a gay little boat over sunny waters, and who would have followed it gayly to the end, had it closed with ringing of marriage-bells, who turn from it indignantly, when they see that its course runs through the dark valley. This, they say, is an impositio
Set on 19th century Orr's Island, Maine, this is the story of two orphaned children and the small rural/sea coast community they grow up in. Harriet Beecher Stowe lived in near-by Brunswick for several years, and her familiarity with the area comes through in the small details of life on the island and the characters of the inhabitants.
I was thinking my mind needed a rigorous work-out, and I got it with this book. A very slow, winding read, it was first published in 1866. The English is very antiquated, but it transported me back in time to my teen years when I enjoyed this genteel type of literature.
I got this book because I was taking a trip to Maine. The story happened to take place exactly where I was vacationing in Maine -- Harpswell. So, that was very neat to read about. It's about the lives of two families on the coast of Maine in the late 1800s. It's an ok story, just very slow in some parts.
A good, simple (and sometimes slow) book about a life lived. Beautiful imagery of east coast scenery and a simple commentary of life in Maine in the late 1800s.

Thoughtful religiously-grounded story of a good life and death.
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Received as a gift an 1889 edition of this book - it's the 30th edition of the 1862 novel.
Julia Prater
Catching up on some oldies; this one is a delight. Love the style of prose!
OMG. So boring. I can't believe I made it to the end.
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My favorite Harriet Beecher Stowe novel.
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Harriet Elizabeth Beecher Stowe (June 14, 1811 – July 1, 1896) was an American author and abolitionist, whose novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852) attacked the cruelty of slavery; it reached millions as a novel and play, and became influential, even in Britain. It made the political issues of the 1850s regarding slavery tangible to millions, energizing anti-slavery forces in the American North. It anger ...more
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