Complete and unabridged, and read with meticulous care, in this story Miles Standish and John Alden both seek the hand of the fair Priscilla. See the Mayflower abandon the first settlers as it returns to England. Feel the heated vision of the Indians, perpetually keeping their watch in the dark forest. Love and adventure collide in one of Longfellow's most famous works.
Public Domain (P)2007 B.J. Harrison
Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.
Longfellow wrote this hour long, loosely organized poem, based on family lore. It relates a love triangle at Plymouth Rock with both men loving the fair Priscilla. The reading was just fine, but felt like reading from a hard copy would be more enjoyable.
This is a story told me long ago by my mother who explained the line that delighted her: `Why don`t you speak for yourself, John?". A wonderful listen -- and now I know even better why she loved the tale. Portrait of the proud military hero, Miles Standish, is very well crafted, as is that of his counterpart and young friend - the writer, John Alden. John is sent on a mission to bear a marriage proposal on behalf of Miles Standish -- to the lovely Priscilla, already secret queen of John's own heart. How does one carry out an order like that one? I loved the tale, and its beautiful writing, though it is hard to excuse some of the phrases in which the native Americans were described . A small flaw in a great story, I thought.
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