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"Some Say" Neighbours in Cyrus   By: (1850-1943)

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Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards’ novel, "Some Say" Neighbours in Cyrus, paints a vivid portrait of life in a small town blinded by prejudice and tradition. Set in Cyrus, a fictitious New England town, the plot revolves around the complex relationships between the townspeople as they face personal struggles, societal expectations, and moral dilemmas.

The author effortlessly weaves a tapestry of diverse characters, each with their own unique voice and perspective. Through their conversations, thoughts, and actions, readers gain insight into the deep-seated prejudices that plague Cyrus. Richards masterfully delivers a commentary on the detrimental effects of judgment, fear, and conformity within a community.

The narrative primarily centers around twelve-year-old Polly Whinnery, who becomes a victim of gossip and alienation due to her family's reputed unconventional ways. As readers follow Polly's journey, they witness her resilience and courage in the face of adversity. Often, Polly serves as the moral compass of the novel, challenging the prejudices and misconceptions deeply ingrained in her town. Richards beautifully captures Polly's growth, as she navigates the blurred lines between childhood innocence and the harsh realities of adult life.

The novel also explores various themes, including friendship, identity, and the power of community. Richards artfully demonstrates the transformative power of genuine human connection and the importance of accepting others despite their differences. She addresses universal themes in a profoundly relatable way, leaving readers examining their own preconceived notions and biases.

One of the book's highlights is Richards' picturesque prose, perfectly capturing the essence of small-town life. The author's attention to detail breathes life into Cyrus, making the reader feel like an integral member of the community. From lush descriptions of sprawling meadows to the comforting aroma of freshly baked pies, the imagery Richards employs adds another layer of depth and beauty to the narrative.

While "Some Say" Neighbours in Cyrus is undoubtedly an exceptional piece of literature, it occasionally loses momentum due to its slow pacing. Readers seeking a fast-paced thriller may find the novel's slower tempo challenging to engage with. Nonetheless, those willing to invest in the character-driven exploration of the human condition will find the novel rewarding.

Overall, "Some Say" Neighbours in Cyrus by Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards is a thought-provoking and poignant exploration of small-town life, prejudice, and the pursuit of acceptance. Richards' skillful storytelling and memorable characters breathe life into the town of Cyrus, inviting readers to introspect on their own judgments and biases. The novel's occasional pacing struggles are eclipsed by its deeply resonant themes and beautifully crafted prose.

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Author of "Captain January," "Melody," "Queen Hildegarde," "Five Minute Stories," "When I Was Your Age," "Narcissa," "Marie," "Nautilus," etc.




Copyright, 1896 ,


All rights reserved

Colonial Press:

C. H. Simonds & Co., Boston, Mass., U.S.A.

Electrotyped by Geo. C. Scott & Sons




Part I.

"And some say, she expects to get him married to Rose Ellen before the year's out!"

"I want to know if she does!"

"Her sister married a minister, and her father was a deacon, so mebbe she thinks she's got a master key to the Kingdom. But I don't feel so sure of her gettin' this minister for Rose Ellen. Some say he's so wropped up in his garden truck that he don't know a gal from a gooseberry bush. He! he!"

The shrill cackle was answered by a slow, unctuous chuckle, as of a fat and wheezy person; then a door was closed, and silence fell.

The minister looked up apprehensively; his fair face was flushed, and his mild, blue eyes looked troubled... Continue reading book >>

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