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The Trees by Conrad Richter
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Jun 02, 08

Read in June, 2008

I just finished re-reading this book. I last read it when I was maybe 12 or 13. The story is appropriate for any age, and complex enough that I was held by it even today.

It's a brilliant story about pioneer America that leaves me with a strange longing for a simpler (though by no means easier) time, when the purpose of work was to survive, and even shoes were seen as luxuries for the rich.

The characters are incredible, and the story is paced very well. It's not overly romanticized, and Richter's talent as an author is clear in his manipulation of language -- not only the spoken language of the characters, but also the influence of that language on the narrative of the story in various parts. The forward on this topic is fascinating, too.

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