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The Great Meadow (Southern Classics Series) [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Elizabeth Madox Roberts , J. S. Sanders

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April 1992 Southern Classics Series
Set at the time of the western migration from Piedmont Virginia to her native Kentucky, Ms. RobertsAIs novel recounts the heroism of the Kentucky pioneer. Roberts was that rare thing, a true artist...She was one of the indispensables.O-Robert Penn Warren. Southern Classics Series.


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...A noble piece of work. Chicago Tribune


Set at the time of the western migration from Piedmont Virginia to her native Kentucky, Ms. RobertsAIs novel recounts the heroism of the Kentucky pioneer. Roberts was that rare thing, a true artist...She was one of the indispensables.O-Robert Penn Warren. Southern Classics Series.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Epic Tale of Pioneer America 3. Juli 2009
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Elizabeth Madox Roberts (1881-1941) earned quite a reputation in her lifetime. Of her two finest novels ("The Time of Man" and "The Great Meadow"), the former had the distinction of being published by the prestigious Modern Library. Fellow Kentuckian Robert Penn Warren revered her. The poets Allen Tate and Hart Crane both regarded her as one of the finest American writers of their time. But in the decades following her death, her reputation slipped until Elizabeth Madox Roberts became an obscure figure. Yet the two best books have remained in print, and of late there is renewed interest in her work, a reevaluation that will hopefully place her securely in the American canon, the place she rightfully deserves.

"The Great Meadow," along with her other best works, ranks with the finest achievements of Willa Cather and Ellen Glasgow, to name just a few of her literary contemporaries. If the style and tone of the writing seem designed to give the pioneer experience an epic quality, there is nothing artificial in the effort. It is a conscious artistic choice, and is no more phony than the stylistic devices employed by many of the other great Moderns of the early 20th century, whose works are still celebrated to this day.

Roberts does not sentimentalize the pioneer or romanticize the wilderness. The vast, unspoiled natural world is a "wonder to dread." When one of the women in the story is brutally murdered and scalped by Indians, word trickles back to the pioneers that her hair is honored among the Shawnee, her heroic last fight celebrated in story by the very men who scalped her. When the woman's son goes to avenge her death and retrieve his mother's scalp, he embarks on an odyssey that lasts years. His eventual return to safety is made possible only by the kind intervention of Indians, who take him into their tribe as one of their own. Yet even this skirts sentimentality and is moored in complexity, the real merit of this book on every level; the Indians view the white wayfarer as a friend, for the most part, but in times of adversity, they grow wary and see him as a potential human sacrifice provided for them to appease angry gods.

The novel's main character, Diony Hall, wants to understand "complete justice," which surely must prevail even in this untamed world. But in the end she cannot arrive at a "final point by which to be guided, but rather she saw a little harmony which men are able to make with one another." Diony comes to see the life of the wilderness as "eternal," a way of life and morality "older than kings, older than beliefs and governments."

The utter lack of easy moralizing, the matchless depictions of the natural world in all its beauty and terror, the evocation of human life in its most basic quest for sustenance and love and harmony with the rest of mankind---these are among the many hallmarks of "The Great Meadow," qualities that entitle the book and its author to be read and remembered for all time.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent Historical Fiction 1. Dezember 2003
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This book is a very well written work of fiction that provides a positive picture of the pioneers of traditional America. The author combines detailed historical knowledge of the life and customs of Seventeenth and Eighteenth century America with superb writing skills. Her descriptions of nature are unmatched. This work has been too often ignored in contemporary America.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent story of young pioneer woman of KY. 12. April 2012
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Beautiful prose; history relived through a young Virginian who travels The Wilderness Trail into KY at the edge of The Revolution. Realistic life of a young woman during enduring times.
Excellent reading.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen The Great Meadow 8. Oktober 2012
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This book is long and often superfluous. Simple concepts are explained in ever increasingly complex ways which seem to only be for the point of adding to page counts. There is a section of the book where he digresses into a theoretical concept of Native American lifestyles and resource usage only to conclude with saying that this is all what he thinks might have happened, but in all his research there is absolutely no proof to substantiate it. He digresses in this way quite often telling his preferred theoretical history then explaining that it is all made up and that there is no way to prove it. Overall it seems like the book was written as a weak argument against Cronon's Changes in the Land.

The book would have been better with serious editing and presented in a scholarly journal rather than a book. While some of his facts are interesting and engaging, he lacks sufficient content and makes up for adding excessive and redundant wordiness to fill in the gaps.
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