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The Earth Trembled   By: (1838-1888)

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The Earth Trembled by Edward Payson Roe is a captivating work of historical fiction that immerses readers in the tumultuous period of the American Civil War. Set against the backdrop of battlefield clashes and the ever-present societal divide, the novel follows the intertwined destinies of several characters, unveiling their struggles, triumphs, and sacrifices during this pivotal era.

Roe's writing style is smooth and vivid, instantly transporting readers to the heart of the story. His descriptive prose captures the essence of the time, allowing us to witness the horrors of war and the challenges faced by ordinary citizens caught in its wake. The author's attention to historical detail is commendable; it is evident that extensive research has been conducted to recreate the period's atmosphere with such accuracy.

One of the strengths of The Earth Trembled lies in its character development. Roe skillfully introduces a diverse cast of characters, each with their unique backgrounds and motivations. Whether it is the determined Union soldier or the conflicted southern belle torn between loyalty and love, each protagonist's journey is compelling and relatable. The depth of emotion portrayed in the novel is truly touching, reminding us that war affects not only soldiers but also families, communities, and the very fabric of society.

Additionally, the author adeptly weaves together multiple plotlines, effortlessly switching between perspectives and locations. This narrative technique keeps the story engaging and prevents it from becoming monotonous or predictable. Readers will find themselves eagerly turning the pages to follow the various story arcs and discover how they eventually converge.

While The Earth Trembled primarily delves into the personal experiences of the characters, it also highlights important historical events and issues of the time. Roe uses his fictional narrative as a platform for exploring themes like patriotism, social class, abolitionism, and the dehumanizing effects of war. By intertwining these larger societal concerns with the intimate stories of his characters, the author effectively creates a balanced and thought-provoking narrative.

However, there are instances where the pacing of the novel slows down, particularly during detailed battle scenes or prolonged introspective moments. While these moments add depth to the story, they might discourage readers seeking a fast-paced read. Nonetheless, the moments of respite between intense action sequences give readers a chance to reflect on the characters' emotional growth and the broader implications of their actions.

In conclusion, The Earth Trembled is an absorbing historical novel that transports readers to a tumultuous era in American history. Edward Payson Roe's meticulous attention to detail, compelling characters, and thoughtful exploration of the human experience during wartime make this book a must-read for fans of both history and fiction. The author's ability to blend fact and fiction seamlessly creates a narrative that is both educational and emotionally resonant. Whether you are a Civil War aficionado or simply enjoy a well-crafted tale, The Earth Trembled is a worthy addition to any bookshelf.

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The Works of E. P. Roe

VOLUME FIFTEEN

THE EARTH TREMBLED

ILLUSTRATED

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I MARY WALLINGFORD CHAPTER II LOVE'S AGONY CHAPTER III UNCLE SHEBA'S EXPERIENCE CHAPTER IV MARA CHAPTER V PAST AND FUTURE CHAPTER VI "PAHNASHIP" CHAPTER VII MARA'S PURPOSE CHAPTER VIII NEVER FORGET; NEVER FORGIVE CHAPTER IX A NEW SOLACE CHAPTER X MISS AINSLEY CHAPTER XI TWO QUESTIONS CHAPTER XII A "FABULATION" CHAPTER XIII CAPTAIN BODINE CHAPTER XIV "ALL GIRLS TOGETHER" CHAPTER XV TWO LITTLE BAKERS CHAPTER XVI HONEST FOES CHAPTER XVII FIRESIDE DRAMAS CHAPTER XVIII A FAIR DUELLIST CHAPTER XIX A CHIVALROUS SURPRISE CHAPTER XX THE STRANGER EXPLAINS CHAPTER XXI UNCLE SHEBA SAT UPON CHAPTER XXII YOUNG HOUGHTON IS DISCUSSED CHAPTER XXIII THE WARNING CHAPTER XXIV "THE IDEA!" CHAPTER XXV FEMININE FRIENDS CHAPTER XXVI ELLA'S CRUMB OF COMFORT CHAPTER XXVII RECOGNIZED AS LOVER CHAPTER XXVIII "HEAVEN SPEED YOU THEN" CHAPTER XXIX CONSTERNATION CHAPTER XXX TEMPESTS CHAPTER XXXI "I ABSOLVE YOU" CHAPTER XXXII FALSE SELF SACRIFICE CHAPTER... Continue reading book >>




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