Deeply wounded by her embittered mother's lack of sympathy for her aspirations, Elnora finds comfort in the nearby Limberlost Swamp, whose beauty and rich abundance provide her with the means to better her life.Deeply wounded by her embittered mother's lack of sympathy for her aspirations, Elnora finds comfort in the nearby Limberlost Swamp, whose beauty and rich abundance provide her with the means to better her life.Read Less
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Gene Stratton Porter was a well-known naturalist and Christian author in the late 1800s to the early1900s, writing Laddie, Freckles, The Magic Garden and others. Her novels focus on a protagonist placed in circumstances that try their character, Christian and personal values, and their resolve in advancing them.
Girl of the Limberlost was probably her most autobiographical work, along with Laddie. Mrs. Porter grew up on a farm in southern Indiana with a strong family. She had an early interest in the natural world around her, just like her protagonist, and lived as an adult near the real Limberlost Swamp. Feminists will like her insistence that women be given opportunities commensurate with their interests and abilities.
My favorite novel of hers is Laddie, apparently a tribute to her real-life brother. The Magic Garden actually has a magical feel to it, about a "poor little rich girl" befriended by a kindly old gentleman with an enchanting garden.
Her books are a treasure and linger in my soul long after they return to the shelf.
Apr 14, 2012
It'll Take You Back
A friend waxed enthusiastic about this book from her childhood, so I bought it, too. You'll enjoy it.
Sep 3, 2009
I bought this book as a gift. I had read another addition that I own. I was very happy to find this new addition online at such a great price. My friend is very satisfied with it.
Oct 8, 2008
Many years ago my mother tried to convince me that this was her favorite book, but I was resistant, thinking it was some trite old fashioned book. . While taking my mom on a trip to see her favorite niece (Mom was over 80 by then), I decided to read the book rather than listen to so much of their "good old days" conversation. I was quickly lost in the world of butterflys and grief and a young girl coming of self. I have read it every year since then and have given so many copies away to friends that I currently don't even have a copyof my own. It's a wonderful book, the story of a delightful girl who finds her calling in the nature around her and delights the town she lives in with her simplicity and talent.
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