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The Trail of the Lonesome Pine by John Fox

The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (original 1908; edition 2008)

by John Fox

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Title:The Trail of the Lonesome Pine
Authors:John Fox
Info:Book Jungle (2008), Paperback, 260 pages
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The Trail of the Lonesome Pine by John Jr. Fox (1908)



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I thoroughly enjoyed this tale of the lives of the people of the Kentucky mountains and the way that their lives changed as 'furriners' bring their own notions of law and order and civilisation into the area in the hunt for coal and iron ore. The book was a top seller in 1908 and 1909 and it's easy to see why: Fox's writing is descriptive without being verbose and his tale of warring clans in the mountains is easy to believe. I was a little disappointed with the way Dave's part of the story turned out (I felt Fox had run out of energy at that point), but otherwise thought it was a good read. ( )
  AJBraithwaite | Mar 31, 2013 |
Audiobook......A sweet love story and some interesting historical fiction....This novel is set in the mountains of eastern Kentucky, and chronicles the transition of mountain dwellers from a time of little to no contact with the world at large to a time when the search for coal, the expansion of the rail system, and the influx of speculators changed everything. Family feuds and a sweet love story make it enjoyable as a story, and the history is informative, if not surprising. ( )
  hemlokgang | Dec 31, 2010 |
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She sat at the base of the big tree--her little sunbonnet pushed back, her arms locked about her knees, her bare feet gathered under her crimson gown and her deep eyes fixed on the smoke in the valley below.
Uncle Billy lifted his hand and a hush of expectancy seemed to come even from the farthest star.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0813101565, Paperback)

John Fox Jr. published this great romantic novel of the Cumberland Mountains of Kentucky and Virginia in 1908, and the book quickly became one of America's favorites. It has all the elements of a good romance -- a superior but natural heroine, a hero who is an agent of progress and enlightenment, a group of supposedly benighted mountaineers to be drawn into the flow of mainstream American culture, a generous dose of social and class struggle, and a setting among the misty coves and cliffs of the blue Cumberlands.

Reprinted with a foreword by John Ed Pearce, The Trail of the Lonesome Pine has all the excitement and poignance that caught and held readers' interest when the book first appeared.

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In the early 1900s, the advent of coal and the resulting industrialization of the isolated Cumberland Mountain region of Kentucky and Virginia bring many changes to the feuding Tolliver and Fallin clans. Engineer Jack Hale comes to the region to make his fortune, but stays when he falls in love with the mountains and with a simple mountain girl.… (more)

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