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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (987 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sarah Orne Jewett Narrator: Cindy Hardin Killavey Publisher: Jimcin Recordings Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN:
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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 Walden.

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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather B. | 2/16/2014

    " The character sketches are definitely appealing, but I was hampered by the accent of all but the author's voice. It was not a quick or easy read, but worthwhile. Some very beautiful descriptions. I almost didn't read the "and other stories" part of this collection, but am glad I did. I found Jewett's short stories very affecting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 2/15/2014

    " this has been on my to-read list for years, and i finally picked it up this fall. i've only just read the main novella; i'd really like to read the stories after it, but i'm just not in a place to do that with any reasonable speed right now. i really wanted to be absorbed by this more than i was, and maybe i will be some other time - it wasn't as plot driven as the stuff i've been reading lately, and i had to force myself to get chapters done here and there. maybe next time! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roxanne | 2/15/2014

    " I first encountered Jewett's work in American Lit, first year of college, and I really admired the short story we read, and had been meaning to read more of her work. Jewett lived in Maine in the late 1800s; she was the daughter of a doctor, and as a child she accompanied him on his rounds and got to know the people of her region really well. As a writer, she does dialect well enough that you hear the voices in your head but without stumbling over odd spellings, which I think is really hard to do. She writes these beautiful stories of rural life and gentle characters. In some ways this book reminded me of L.M. Montgomery's work (although of course Jewett came first)--Montgomery does something similar in how she captures the atmosphere of her place and the voices of the people she knows and the quaint sounds of small town life. Jewett, though, doesn't have the equivalent of an Anne, and her work has less of the cuteness that Montgomery's work does. Overall these are quiet stories, telling small tales of the joys and sorrows of simple people--but that doesn't make them any less affecting. I teared up several times as I read. Recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Randilyn | 2/5/2014

    " A very quiet read--not a lot of action, but still good. Made me want to visit Maine! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eve | 1/31/2014

    " I've been moving this book around with me since freshman year of college where we were supposed to read it but ran out of time in the semester ... I'm reading it now because I'm tired of moving unread books around ... and i do like it and think that her writing really is lovely "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsey | 1/31/2014

    " (3.5 stars) A little gem of a novel about New England's vast landscapes and quaint people. The narrator is quite devoid of personality and information about herself, making this feel like a survey observation of a New England village. Parts are delightful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 E Walburg | 1/21/2014

    " An interesting novel that steps out from normal, plot-driven books. I can't seem to get a feminist analysis out of my head from an article I read on the book. A pretty nice read, overall. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 1/15/2014

    " One of my all-time favorites. I first read excerpts in an English lit class, and have read it through twice since. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nan | 12/4/2013

    " Small sweet story of the characters in a Maine coastal town. Reminded me a lot of Cranford because of all the strong woman. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachael | 10/25/2013

    " A Maine book! This woman was friends with Willa Cather. I never imagined Willa having friends. But anyway, kookily quiet stories about a Maine coastal town populated by bold women and ex-sailors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abbie | 10/19/2013

    " Really good it just took me a while to get through it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colly | 7/28/2013

    " One of my favorite American novels, am currently teaching as one of the texts in my short story cycle course. Debate: is the book actually a short story cycle or, as advertised, a novel with apocryphal tales? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jacob | 7/26/2013

    " I felt as if I was sitting at a VFW hall listening to a group of women reminisce about the "good ol' days". Not a completely useless book, but not my cup of tea. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 D | 7/5/2013

    " Beautiful, unforced narration of daily life in a nineteenth-century town in Maine. A lovely insight into an era passed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kris | 7/4/2013

    " A quiet kind of book. Life on the coast of Maine at the turn of the last century. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marnie | 2/18/2013

    " An obscure American classic...gorgeous, evocative prose. One of my favorites. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wil | 7/14/2012

    " I have planned to read something by Sarah Orne Jewett for years, essentially because Willa Cather was so impressed by her. I was not disappointed. The book is unassuming, but exudes an authenticity and charm that is irresistable. And the story grows on you as you read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam Wylie | 5/4/2012

    " Lovely quiet detailed story of people's lives in seaside Maine at the turn of the 20th century. Very memorable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 7/30/2011

    " A pleasure to read. If you do visual imagery to relax and go to your happy place, add reading this book with your feet up, by a sweet little pond, sipping a tall drink, add some of your favorite things here_______________. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne Makeig | 2/10/2011

    " I loved the compassionate description of the characters. Reading it was like visiting old friends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aleighdavis | 12/6/2010

    " Somewhat perplexing in its perambulations, but certainly a pleasant novel of affect. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 6/15/2008

    " This was extremely interesting, but took a while to read since it was written in the 1800's and short fiction/short stories. Maybe I needed to pay attention more in high school.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 1/23/2008

    " I have read this book numerous times...first for classes, and then I have returned to it for pleasure reading. The descriptions of the Maine coast and the people of the village are wonderful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marta | 12/13/2007

    " An interesting portrait of Maine in the 1890's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 10/24/2007

    " read this in my modern novel class an age ago. lovely, sweet, and very female friendly sans the lesbian vibe. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 D | 8/1/2007

    " Beautiful, unforced narration of daily life in a nineteenth-century town in Maine. A lovely insight into an era passed. "

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About the Author
Author Sarah Orne Jewett

Sarah Orne Jewett (1849–1909), novelist and short-story writer, was born and raised in South Berwick, Maine. The daughter of a country doctor, she received a lady’s education but maintained that her real learning came from her father, who fostered her writing talents and let her accompany him on his rounds. At age nineteen, she had her first short story published in the Atlantic Monthly. Her vignettes of the gently perishing glory of the Maine countryside and ports won her a place among the most successful of the local-color writers.