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Ships in Harbour   By: (1886-1957)

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Ships in Harbour by David Morton is an introspective tale that elegantly captures the complexities of human relationships. The book provides a deep dive into the lives of the characters, traversing through their pasts, present dilemmas, and uncertain futures.

Morton's writing style is lyrical and evocative, painting vivid pictures with his words. His narrative prowess shines through as he weaves together multiple storylines, seamlessly blending them into one cohesive tapestry. The author's attention to detail is commendable, as the reader is completely immersed in the intricacies of each character's thoughts and emotions.

The protagonist, a young woman named Lily, serves as the anchor for the story. Through her eyes, we witness the various ships in the harbor symbolizing relationships and the constant ebb and flow of life. Her experiences are nuanced and relatable, making her journey all the more captivating. Morton skillfully delves into themes of love, loss, forgiveness, and self-discovery, relentlessly tugging at the heartstrings of the reader.

The supporting characters are equally well-developed, each contributing their own unique perspectives to the overarching narrative. From Lily's enigmatic love interest to her complicated family dynamics, the secondary cast adds depth and dimension to the story. Their interactions and conflicts are explored in a way that resonates with authenticity, leaving a lasting impression on the reader.

At its core, Ships in Harbour is a meditation on the inherent contradictions of the human condition. It explores the delicate balance between vulnerability and strength, independence and dependence, and the fragility of our connections to others. By delving into these universal themes, Morton crafts a story that has the ability to touch the hearts of readers from all walks of life.

While the pacing of the novel may be slower at times, this allows for a more profound exploration of the characters' inner struggles. The introspective nature of the book may not appeal to those seeking fast-paced action, but for those who appreciate a thought-provoking and emotionally rich storyline, Ships in Harbour is an absolute gem.

In conclusion, Ships in Harbour is a beautifully written novel that delves into the depths of the human experience. David Morton's storytelling prowess shines as he takes readers on a journey of self-discovery, love, and the intricate dynamics of relationships. It is a poignant and introspective tale that will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression on all who embark on its pages.

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Note: Images of the original pages are available through the Kentuckiana Digital Library. See idx?c=kyetexts;cc=kyetexts;view=toc;idno=B92 224 31182748

Transcriber's note:

Minor punctuation errors have been corrected without notice. One printer's error has been changed, and it is listed at the end. All other inconsistencies are as in the original.




G. P. Putnam's Sons New York and London The Knickerbocker Press 1921

Copyright, 1921 by G. P. Putnam's Sons

Printed in the United States of America


For the privilege of reprinting some of the poems included in this book, the author's thanks are due to The Bookman , The Century , The New York Evening Post , Harper's Magazine , Poetry: A Magazine of Verse , The Designer , The Nation , The New York Sun , Collier's Weekly , Good Housekeeping , The Bellman , Contemporary Verse , Everybody's Magazine , The Smart Set , Ainslee's , The Sonnet , McCall's Magazine , The Touchstone Magazine , The Forum , and The Lyric .



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