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A Mountain Europa   By: (1863-1919)

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A Mountain Europa by John Fox is an enchanting and vibrant tale that transports readers to the picturesque Appalachian mountains of Kentucky. Set in the late 19th century, this novel effortlessly weaves together vivid descriptions of the landscape alongside themes of love, self-discovery, and the clash of cultures.

The story follows the protagonist, John Hale, a young artist from the North who ventures into the rugged heartland of Appalachia. Hale finds himself immediately captivated by the breathtaking beauty and wildness of the mountains, and the author's poetic prose beautifully conveys the intricacies of the land, making it come alive on every page.

As Hale digs deeper into the community and its people, he encounters a fascinating array of characters, each with their own hopes, dreams, and struggles. The author meticulously portrays the complexity of life in the mountains, exploring the tensions between tradition and progress, the clash of social classes, and the struggle to preserve one's heritage while still embracing the changing times.

But it is the romance that blossoms between Hale and Mary, a local mountain girl, that truly takes center stage. Their relationship is tenderly depicted, offering a nuanced exploration of the challenges faced by two souls from different worlds. Fox's ability to convey their emotions with such depth and authenticity is truly remarkable, keeping readers invested in their journey and yearning for a satisfactory resolution.

What sets A Mountain Europa apart is Fox's keen eye for detail and his ability to seamlessly blend the natural world with the human experience. His descriptions of the Appalachian landscape are remarkably vivid, making the mountains a character in their own right. One can almost feel the crisp mountain air, hear the rustle of leaves, and witness the play of sunlight on the verdant hills.

While the pacing of the novel may be slower compared to modern literature, it is precisely this unhurried rhythm that gives readers the opportunity to immerse themselves fully in the story. Fox's rich historical context and his insightful exploration of the human condition create a deeply satisfying narrative that lingers with the reader long after the final page is turned.

A Mountain Europa is a timeless tale that will resonate with readers who appreciate not only a beautifully crafted story but also a deep connection to nature and the complexity of human relationships. John Fox has crafted a masterful work of art that stands as a testament to the power of literature to transport readers and provide a window into different worlds, different times, and the depths of the human experience.

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A Mountain Europa By John Fox, Jr.



As Clayton rose to his feet in the still air, the tree tops began to tremble in the gap below him, and a rippling ran through the leaves up the mountain side. Drawing off his hat he stretched out his arms to meet it, and his eyes closed as the cool wind struck his throat and face and lifted the hair from his forehead. About him the mountains lay like a tumultuous sea the Jellico Spur, stilled gradually on every side into vague, purple shapes against the broken rim of the sky, and Pine Mountain and the Cumberland Range racing in like breakers from the north. Under him lay Jellico Valley, and just visible in a wooded cove, whence Indian Creek crept into sight, was a mining camp a cluster of white cabins from which he had climbed that afternoon. At that distance the wagon road narrowed to a bridle path, and the figure moving slowly along it and entering the forest at the base of the mountain was shrunk to a toy. For a moment Clayton stood with his face to the west, drinking in the air; then tightening his belt, he caught the pliant body of a sapling and swung loose from the rock. As the tree flew back, his dog sprang after him. The descent was sharp. At times he was forced to cling to the birch tops till they lay flat on the mountain side... Continue reading book >>

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