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Autumn   By: (1894-1985)

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Autumn by Robert Nathan is a beautiful tale that vividly captures the essence of the changing seasons. Set in the picturesque landscapes of New England, the book takes readers on a mesmerizing journey through the idyllic countryside during the autumn months.

Nathan's lyrical prose paints a breathtaking portrait of the natural world, immersing readers in the rich hues and scents of autumn. With remarkable precision, he describes the vibrant foliage, the crisp air, and the gentle rustling of leaves. Each page evokes a sense of tranquility, making it impossible not to get lost in the beauty of the surroundings.

At the heart of this enchanting narrative is the story of Daniel and Carolyn, two young individuals whose lives intertwine amidst the autumnal backdrop. As their paths cross, they embark on a soul-stirring journey of self-discovery, love, and redemption. Their connection blossoms against the backdrop of the changing seasons, as they navigate their pasts and embrace the potential of the present.

What sets Autumn apart is its ability to delve into the complexities of human emotions and relationships. Nathan's characters are so exquisitely drawn that they feel deeply relatable and authentic. Their vulnerabilities and desires are laid bare, allowing readers to empathize with their joys and sorrows. Daniel and Carolyn's journey becomes a reflection of our own, reminding us that life, like the seasons, is ever-changing and full of unexpected twists.

Furthermore, the book's exploration of the passage of time invokes a sense of nostalgia. Through his evocative descriptions, Nathan captures the bittersweet nature of autumn, where beauty coexists with the inevitability of decay. This theme resonates throughout the story, serving as a profound metaphor for the transient nature of life itself.

Autumn is a masterfully crafted novel that adeptly captures the magic and melancholy of the season. Nathan's exquisite prose and compelling characters make it a captivating read, leaving an indelible impression on readers long after they turn the final page. It serves as a poignant reminder to embrace the fleeting moments of beauty in our own lives, as we traverse the shifting landscapes of time.

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E text prepared by Al Haines




New York Robert M. McBride & Company Copyright, 1921 by Robert M. McBride & Company





I Mrs. Grumble II School Lets Out III The Barlys IV Mr. Jeminy Builds A house Out of Boxes V Rain VI Harvest VII Mrs. Grumble Goes to the Fair VIII The Turn of the Year IX The Schoolmaster Leaves Hillsboro, His Work There Seemingly at an End X But He is Sought After All XI And is Found in Good Hands XII Mrs. Wicket



On Sunday the church bells of Hillsboro rang out across the ripening fields with a grave and holy sound, and again at evening knocked faintly, with quiet sorrow, at doors where children watched for the first star, to make their wishes. Night came, and to the croaking of frogs, the moon rose over Barly Hill. In the early morning the grass, still wet with dew, chilled the bare toes of urchins on their way to school where, until four o'clock, the tranquil voice of Mr. Jeminy disputed with the hum of bees, and the far off clink of the blacksmith's forge in the village.

At four o'clock Mr. Jeminy, with a sigh, gathered his books together. He sighed because he was old, and because the day's work was done... Continue reading book >>

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