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God's Country And The Woman
by James Oliver Curwood
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In the Canadian wilderness hero, Phillip Weyman, agrees to help Josephine Adare, her family, and friends against the wiles and lechery of an outlaw gang. The archaic moral code and flowery description of emotions in this 1915 novel are familiar to all those who read Victorian fiction. The reading is often exciting; however, the narrator's voice is not as successful with men's voices as she is with women's. (A female reader is a strange choice for this story.) Although one hears occasional page turning, it does not detract from the reading. James Curwood is similar to Zane Grey and thus a good choice for libraries with Western novel readers. E.F. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
"Facing the barbarism of one man, this is a story of two women who suffer pain and experience humiliation. Unfolding in the Northwest of Canada, the work portrays the lawlessness and rule of might prevailing in the beginning of nineteenth century. Depicting the grave realities of life, this is a brilliant work by Curwood."
Philip Weyman's buoyancy of heart was in face of the fact that he had but recently looked upon Radisson's unpleasant death, and that he was still in a country where the water flowed north. He laughed and he sang. His heart bubbled over with cheer. He talked to himself frankly and without embarrassment, asked himself questions, answered them, discussed the beauties of nature and the possibilities of storm as if there were three or four of him instead of one.
About the Author
James Oliver Curwood lived most of his life in Owosso, Michigan, where he was born on June 12, 1878. His first novel was The Courage of Captain Plum (1908) and he published one or two novels each year thereafter, until his death on August 13, 1927. Owosso residents honor his name to this day, and Curwood Castle (built in 1922) is the town's main tourist attraction. During the 1920s Curwood became one of America's best selling and most highly paid authors. This was the decade of his lasting classics The Valley of Silent Men (1920) and The Flaming Forest (1921). He and his wife Ethel were outdoors fanatics and active conservationists
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