Here is a novel of reality and enchantment; a tale of upstate New York in the days of land grants, of frontier hardship and robust love-making. Old flan Post, who couldn't tolerate home, family life, or farmin', turned his back on all three when fate burned down his house and killed his wife. This left Eldest, Dan'l, and Young'un to carry on the farm as Dan'l thought Pa woHere is a novel of reality and enchantment; a tale of upstate New York in the days of land grants, of frontier hardship and robust love-making. Old flan Post, who couldn't tolerate home, family life, or farmin', turned his back on all three when fate burned down his house and killed his wife. This left Eldest, Dan'l, and Young'un to carry on the farm as Dan'l thought Pa would want it to be. And Young'un bears on her young shoulders a full share of the responsibility for Dan'l's stubborn dream. Backed by the neighborly generosity of Gunsmith she helps Dan'l fight the ornery Sim Higgins when he covets the beloved oxen. But as well as hard work, there is full-blooded rejoicing when the new log house is rolled up. There is lusty humor in the spitting contest in which Young'un ties with Preacher; and there is the stark bitter tale of a winter's cold. Here is life with rich truthfulness of background, of atmosphere and incident. Young'un especially is no storybook prodigy. Young'un swimming in the mountain pool and stretching out to dry; Young'un so swaggering-proud of her boyish prowess, uncertain of her desire to grow to womanhood, yet lured by a rose-strewn gown. Young ' un realizing that Dan'l's worship of Pa is ridiculous, furious at her menfolk and loyal to both; and through her love for Hank finding a way to make both of them happy. This is, in sum. a full and happy tale: escape reading as it ought to be....
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I really like this book - and will definitely be on the lookout for more books by this author. Here's a quote, just to capture a bit of the flavor from p. 38, "It was a day when sorrow and laughter started off in opposite directions, only to meet, unexpected, like squirrels chasing each other around a tree hole. And there was a sort of happiness lurking in the sorrow, and when you laughed there was a kind of choke deep inside you."I noticed this year for the first time (in our new house), that the sun changes positions in it's setting and rising as the seasons change. I was telling my mom about this and that same day read this on page 86, "Next morning's sun rose clear and hot as though September hadn't come and gone. It didn't rise up from beyond the Lake, of course, as it did in summer, but most over the peak of old Hunchback. Pa had showed how to tell the months that way,"
This book is a lot like the "Little House" books. The use of rural backwoods language is great "suchlike" and cal'lated. The three children are orphaned after their mother is burnt up in their log cabin and their pa heads out into the woods. The community of Cold Creek help them out by raising a house and giving them the opportunity to work for their food. The feeling of how harsh life must have been to depend on nature for food and shelter is felt throughout the writing.
I loved this 1944 book made for the "war" years. Old Man Post wasn't no settler. He was a mountain man. His children learned to settle without him. The language is unique to each character and fun. I will find his list for I'd like to read more of Best's.