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Beside Still Waters   By: (1862-1925)

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Beside Still Waters by Arthur Christopher Benson is a compelling and thought-provoking novel that explores the intricate dynamics of human relationships and the solace found in nature. Set against the backdrop of rural England, this book paints a vivid portrait of an idyllic countryside and the emotional journey of its protagonist.

The story follows the life of a young man named John Compton, who, after experiencing personal tragedy, retreats to a remote village seeking solace and inner peace. It is through John's introspective and soul-searching narrative that the reader is effortlessly drawn into his world, feeling every ounce of his sorrow and yearning for redemption.

What sets this novel apart is Benson's exceptional ability to intricately weave together the themes of nature, spirituality, and the human condition. The author's descriptive prose is eloquent, capturing the beauty of the countryside, while simultaneously reflecting the internal struggles of his characters. From the peaceful stillness of a lake to the vibrant-colored autumn foliage, each scene vividly comes to life, making it easy for the reader to immerse themselves into the story.

Despite its tranquil setting, Beside Still Waters delves deep into the complex emotions that lie dormant beneath its characters' calm exteriors. Through John's encounters with the locals, the reader is exposed to a plethora of personalities, each grappling with their own demons. Benson masterfully depicts the intricacies of friendship, love, and loss, highlighting the transformative power of human connections.

Furthermore, the novel serves as a contemplative exploration of spirituality and the search for meaning in life. As John engages with the natural world around him, he begins to question the deeper significance of existence, leading him on a philosophical journey of self-discovery. Benson's lyrical and profound reflections on life, death, and the soul inject an additional layer of depth into the narrative, leaving the reader pondering long after the final chapter.

Beside Still Waters is a poignant and stirring novel that strikes a perfect balance between introspection and storytelling. Arthur Christopher Benson's skillful writing transports the reader into a realm where the beauty of nature merges with the complexity of human emotions, resulting in a truly unforgettable literary experience. This book is a must-read for those seeking a captivating tale that is as evocative as it is thought-provoking.

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[Transcriber's note: This book had varying page headings. They have been collected into chapter titles, and into a Table of Contents.]






" I will run the way of Thy commandments; when Thou hast set my heart at liberty. "





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Printed by BALLANTYNE, HANSON & Co. At the Ballantyne Press, Edinburgh


I The Family The Scene The Church Childhood Books II The Schoolmaster School Life Companions III The Public School Friendships The Opening Heart The Mould The Last Morning IV Undergraduate Days Strain Recovery A First Book V Practical Life The Official World Drudgery Resignation Retirement VI His Father's Friendship His Sister's Death The Silent River VII Liberty Cambridge Literary Work Egotism VIII Foundations of Faith Duality Christianity The Will of God IX Art The End of Art X Retrospect Renewal of Youth The New Energy XI Platonism The Pure Gospel The Pauline Gospel The Harmony XII Sacrifice The Church Certainty ... Continue reading book >>

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