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Deep Furrows   By: (1882-)

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Deep Furrows by Herbert Joseph Moorhouse is a remarkable piece of literature that delves into the harsh realities of rural life in early 20th century America. Set against a backdrop of the Great Depression and the struggles faced by farmers, Moorhouse's novel offers a profoundly emotional and thought-provoking narrative.

The story follows the life of John Emerson, a young farmer who finds himself burdened by numerous challenges and setbacks. From the loss of his family's land to the constant battle against nature's wrath, Emerson's journey is rife with sorrow, but also resilience and hope. Through vivid imagery and powerful language, Moorhouse masterfully captures the arduous nature of farming, depicting the backbreaking toil and the deep connection farmers have with the land.

One of the most striking aspects of Deep Furrows is Moorhouse's ability to paint a vivid picture of the landscapes, immersing readers in the beauty and desolation of the rural setting. From sun-drenched fields to chilling winter storms, the author brings each scene to life with such intensity that it feels as if one is actually experiencing the hardships alongside the characters.

Furthermore, Moorhouse's character development is exceptional. John Emerson is a deeply flawed protagonist, filled with doubts and internal conflicts. As readers witness his growth from a naive young farmer to a hardened and determined man, they become emotionally invested in his journey. The supporting characters, such as Emerson's resilient wife and their loyal neighbors, add depth and authenticity to the narrative, highlighting the importance of community and support during times of crisis.

Moorhouse's writing style is poetic and evocative, with prose that flows effortlessly. His attention to detail and ability to evoke genuine emotion make for an immersive reading experience. The storytelling is both gritty and poignant, transporting readers to a bygone era where hope was a precious commodity and dreams could easily turn to dust.

Deep Furrows is a testament to the power of human spirit and the enduring resilience of those who toiled the land in the face of adversity. Moorhouse expertly tackles themes of loss, perseverance, and the relentless pursuit of a better future. This book serves as a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by farmers and the importance of honoring their legacy.

In conclusion, Deep Furrows is a captivating and beautifully written novel that masterfully explores the struggles of farmers during one of America's most challenging eras. Through Moorhouse's impeccable storytelling and rich character development, readers are transported to a world filled with heartache, hope, and the indomitable spirit of those who fought against all odds. This book is a must-read for anyone seeking a moving and illuminating portrayal of the human experience.

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Which Tells of Pioneer Trails Along Which the Farmers of Western Canada Fought Their Way to Great Achievements in Co Operation












Foreword I The Man on the Qu'Appelle Trail II A Call to Arms III The First Shot is Fired IV "That Man Partridge!" V "The House With the Closed Shutters" VI On a Card in the Window of Wilson's Old Store VII A Fight for Life VIII A Knock on the Door IX The Grain Exchange Again X Printers' Ink XI From the Red River Valley to the Foothills XII The Showdown XIII The Mysterious "Mr. Observer" XIV The Internal Elevator Campaign XV Concerning the Terminals XVI The Grip of the Pit XVII New Furrows XVIII A Final Test XIX Meanwhile, in Saskatchewan XX What Happened in Alberta XXI In the Drag of the Harrows XXII The Width of the Field XXIII The Depth of the Furrows XXIV And the End is Not Yet Appendix


Once in awhile, maybe, twenty five or thirty years ago, they used to pack you off during the holidays for a visit on Somebody's Farm... Continue reading book >>

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