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Hetty's Strange History   By: (1830-1885)

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Hetty's Strange History by Helen Hunt Jackson is an intriguing and thought-provoking novel that takes readers on a journey of self-discovery and the pursuit of truth. The story revolves around Hetty, a young woman who embarks on a quest to uncover her mysterious past.

From the very beginning, the author captivates the reader with her vivid and compelling storytelling. The narrative seamlessly weaves between past and present, allowing us to witness Hetty's journey unfold within the backdrop of a rapidly changing society. Jackson masterfully describes the emotional turmoil, the secrets, and the persistent desire for belonging that drive Hetty forward.

Despite being set in the 19th century, the themes explored in this book remain relevant and relatable even today. Hetty's search for her identity and her struggle against societal expectations speak to the universal quest for self-discovery that many individuals experience. The author beautifully captures the internal battles faced by Hetty, as she grapples with her unconventional past and fights against the constraints placed upon her by society.

One of the standout elements of this book is the depth and authenticity of the characters. Hetty is a strong and complex protagonist who undergoes a remarkable transformation throughout the story. Her determination to uncover the truth about her origin and her unyielding spirit make her a truly memorable character. The supporting cast is equally captivating, each playing a unique role that contributes to the overall complexity of the plot.

Moreover, Helen Hunt Jackson's prose is rich and evocative, painting a vivid picture of the world Hetty inhabits. Her attention to detail and descriptive passages breathe life into every scene, transporting the reader back in time. Additionally, the author's exploration of social issues such as gender roles, discrimination, and the pursuit of personal freedom adds depth and substance to the narrative.

However, there are moments in the story that may leave readers craving more depth and explanation. Some aspects of Hetty's strange history could have been further explored, and certain plot points could have benefitted from additional development. Nevertheless, these minor shortcomings do not detract from the overall impact and enjoyment of the novel.

Hetty's Strange History is a compelling, introspective novel that delves into the complexities of identity, societal expectations, and the enduring human quest for truth. Jackson's captivating storytelling and compelling characters create an immersive reading experience that is bound to leave a lasting impression. This book is a must-read for fans of historical fiction and those seeking a thought-provoking exploration of the human spirit.

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HETTY'S STRANGE HISTORY.

BY HELEN JACKSON (H.H.)

AUTHOR OF "RAMONA," "A CENTURY OF DISHONOR," "VERSES," "SONNETS AND LYRICS," "GLIMPSES OF THREE COASTS," "BITS OF TRAVEL," "BITS OF TRAVEL AT HOME," "ZEPH," "MERCY PHILBRICK'S CHOICE," "BETWEEN WHILES," "BITS OF TALK ABOUT HOME MATTERS," "BITS OF TALK FOR YOUNG FOLKS," "NELLY'S SILVER MINE," "CAT STORIES."

BOSTON: ROBERTS BROTHERS. 1886.

Copyright,1877, BY ROBERTS BROTHERS.

University Press: JOHN WILSON AND SON, CAMBRIDGE.

I.

What lover best his love doth prove and show? The one whose words are swiftest, love to state? The one who measures out his love by weight In costly gifts which all men see and know? Nay! words are cheap and easy: they may go For what men think them worth: or soon or late, They are but air. And gifts? Still cheaper rate Are they at which men barter to and fro Where love is not! One thing remains. Oh, Love, Thou hast so seldom seen it on the earth, No name for it has ever sprung to birth; To give one's own life up one's love to prove. Not in the martyr's death, but in the dearth Of daily life's most wearing daily groove.

II .

And unto him who this great thing hath done, What does Great Love return? No speedy joy! That swift delight which beareth large alloy Is guerdon Love bestowed on him who won A lesser trust: the happiness begun In happiness, of happiness may cloy, And, its own subtle foe, itself destroy... Continue reading book >>




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