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Masters of the Wheat-Lands   By: (1866-1945)

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Masters of the Wheat-Lands by Harold Bindloss is a captivating and enchanting novel that takes readers deep into the heart of the Canadian prairies. With a skillful blend of compelling characters, vivid descriptions, and a gripping storyline, Bindloss delivers an enthralling tale that keeps readers immersed from beginning to end.

The novel revolves around Don Shipley, a young and ambitious farmer who dreams of success and prosperity. As he navigates the challenges of running his family farm, he becomes entangled in a complex web of relationships, betrayals, and unexpected alliances, all against the backdrop of the harsh wheat-laden landscape.

Bindloss's prose is rich and evocative, vividly capturing the essence and beauty of the wheat fields. Through his expert storytelling, he transports readers to a time and place where nature reigns supreme, painting a vivid picture of the difficulties faced by early settlers and the resilience required to endure such a life.

The characters in Masters of the Wheat-Lands are compelling and multifaceted, each with their own dreams, ambitions, and flaws. Don Shipley is a relatable and sympathetic protagonist, whose determination and drive captivate readers as he confronts a series of trials and tribulations. Whether it's the enigmatic and charismatic fortune hunter, Bessie Saint Clare, or the gruff and stoic neighbor, Tom Seaforth, each character adds depth and complexity to the narrative.

One of the novel's strengths lies in Bindloss's ability to juxtapose the grandeur of nature with the inner struggles of his characters. The vast wheat fields, symbolizing both opportunity and hardship, serve as a fitting backdrop to the emotional journeys of the protagonists, heightening the tension and intensity of key moments.

Moreover, Bindloss masterfully weaves themes of love, loyalty, and sacrifice throughout the story. As relationships are tested and loyalties are questioned, readers are immersed in a world where choices have consequences, and sacrifices must be made to achieve one's dreams.

If there is a minor critique to be made, it would be that the pacing occasionally feels uneven. Certain sections appear less focused and meander, detracting slightly from the overall momentum of the narrative. However, this small flaw does not diminish the overall quality of the novel.

In conclusion, Masters of the Wheat-Lands is a masterfully written novel that transports readers to a bygone era of struggle and opportunity. Harold Bindloss's descriptive prose, compelling characters, and gripping storyline make for an engaging read that history enthusiasts and fiction lovers alike will appreciate. This book is a testament to the author's storytelling prowess and solidifies his rightful place among the greats of Canadian literature.

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Author of "Thurston of Orchard Valley," "By Right of Purchase," "Lorimer of the Northwest," etc.

With Four Illustrations by Cyrus Cuneo


A. L. Burt Company Publishers :: New York

All Rights Reserved, Including That of Translation into Foreign Languages, Including the Scandinavian

Copyright, 1910, by Frederick A. Stokes Company Published in England Under the Title, "Hawtrey's Deputy" October, 1910


CHAPTER PAGE I. Sally Creighton 1 II. Sally Takes Charge 11 III. Wyllard Assents 22 IV. A Crisis 33 V. The Old Country 44 VI. Her Picture 55 VII. Agatha Does Not Flinch 66 VIII. The Traveling Companion 78 IX. The Fog 92 X. Disillusion 104 XI. Agatha's Decision 117 XII. Wanderers 130 XIII. The Summons 143 XIV. Agatha Proves Obdurate 154 XV. The Beach 165 XVI. The First Ice 177 XVII. Defeat 187 XVIII... Continue reading book >>

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