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The Trees by Conrad Richter
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Mar 09, 2012

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From a purely storyline point of view, this is not a particularly compelling fictional narrative. It's essentially about everyday life of a family in a small community. Yet, this story is about early American settlers shortly after the founding of the country. It is most definitely not a Walt Disney Daniel Boone-Davey Crockett type accounting of life back then. These settlers enter the real frontier much like we might imagine going into the deepest parts of the Amazon jungle in present day. Life is barebones and extremely rustic. And the author does not stop there. He studied exactly how people talked back then, their phrasing, etc., and presents his narrative in the same language style. This adds significantly to the realism of the story. Unfortunately, it also makes the reader struggle more than usual with the flow of the writing, much like the average person may struggle somewhat with the person speaking their shared language with a really strong foreign accent. The reader has to "learn" the vernacular along the way. Nevertheless, the struggle is worth it.
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