Freckles, a plucky young man, lands a job as a watchman for a lumber company that logs timber in a mysterious forest swamp called the Limberlost.
©1916 Gene Stratton Porter (P)1985 Books in Motion
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4 out of 5 stars
By Nadene on 01-09-12

tear jerking, poor narration

My disappointment is that the narrator reads like a competent mother or teacher to her children. I would have preferred an actor to read this who could have honored Freckles great language and Irish brogue, voiced the Angel and the other characters.

The story was beautiful and well rounded--continuing through to the end of the tale where other authors would have dropped the reader. My only criticism is that I think Freckles should have been closer to 17-18 rather than 20. I understand his background intimidated him and made him more innocent than the average boy, but I felt his reactions to Angel were a little too naive.

Loved the book. Highly recommended!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Joy on 31-05-12

A Beautiful, Old Fashioned Tale

Written around 1904, this is a story of noble heart and good character during a time when love was pure and honor meant more than life.

Freckles is a young man with only one hand who had been raised in an orphanage with no idea of who his parents were. He had gone through life consumed with the thought that his mother had cut off his hand and then abandoned him. Hungry and lonesome, he comes into a lumber camp in the “Limberlost,” a section of prime woods in rural Indiana, and applies for the job of watchman. The owner hires him without even looking at his missing hand, and thus begins a tale of honor and true love and Freckles grows into a man.

Alone in the Limberlost, Freckles faces fears and dangers but refuses to quit as this is the only job he has and he desires to belong. Finally he discovers the beauty of the place and learns to love it and the creatures that live there. He is hired to protect the forest and does his best to do just that. In a clearing he creates a beautiful “garden” and one day takes his “Swamp Angel” to it. She falls in love with him but he refuses to allow himself to even consider it because he has no notion of his birth. She sets out to find out the truth.

This is a beautiful story but is written in old fashioned terms and manner. It is a classic in literature.

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