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Publisher's Summary

This New York Times best-selling novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Dillard is a mesmerizing evocation of life in the Pacific Northwest during the last decades of the 19th century.
©1992 Annie Dillard (P)1992 HarperCollins Publishers

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Unfortunate abridgment

Many of Dillard's psychological insights, stylistically evocative passages, and even needed character background are lost in this abridgment.

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Exceptional writing, average narration.

Dillard is exceptional as always. her writing is spectacular and this work specifically is a wonderful example of just how singular she is. I appreciate the choice to have the book narrated by a man. I feel a woman's voice would have been wrong for this story. With that said, there was nothing exceptional about this narrator. It was neither good nor bad.

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