This superlative work by Sarah Orne Jewett, a late 19th century writer, shows great literary skill, artistry and charm.
The Country of the Pointed Firs depicts the close personal and family relationships in a small New England village. In its appreciation of the natural beauty and restorative powers of a small community, it is similar to Thoreau's
Ahead of its time with an important social message, and written in the careful prose that marked 19th century literature, The Country of the Pointed Firs is an exciting and memorable narrative creation.
Cindy Hardin Killavey uses an alert and welcoming tone in her performance of Sarah Orne Jewett’s The Country of the Pointed Firs, which Henry James described as a "beautiful little quantum of achievement".
Jewett’s 1896 novella takes place in a Maine fishing village named Dunnet Landing. The story’s narrator has returned to the fishing village after getting to know it a few years earlier and finds a place to stay with a feisty widow, Mrs. Todd. As she spends time in Dunnet, she gets to know other local characters, like the aging seaman, Captain Littlemore, and Mrs. Todd’s shy, eccentric brother, William.
Killavey’s inflections change to accommodate the regional dialect employed in Jewett’s loving evocation of coastal Maine.
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