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Silas Strong

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Silas Strong is a captivating tale of love, sacrifice, and perseverance set in the small town of Pleasant Valley. The protagonist, Silas Strong, is a humble yet remarkably strong man who faces numerous challenges throughout his life. From his tumultuous relationship with his father to the difficulties he encounters in his romantic pursuits, Silas remains steadfast and true to his convictions.

Bacheller skillfully weaves together themes of family, loyalty, and ambition in this heartwarming story. The character development is rich and nuanced, with Silas emerging as a deeply sympathetic and relatable hero. The supporting cast of characters adds depth and charm to the narrative, creating a vivid and engaging world.

The writing is evocative and vivid, painting a vivid picture of small-town life in the early 20th century. Bacheller's prose is both elegant and accessible, drawing readers into Silas's world with its beauty and its hardships. Overall, Silas Strong is a moving and memorable story that will stay with readers long after they've turned the final page.

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Per the author: "The book has one high ambition. It has tried to tell the sad story of the wilderness itself—to show, from the woodsman's view-point, the play of great forces which have been tearing down his home and turning it into the flesh and bone of cities." But this story is much more than that. It revolves around Silas Strong and his distaste for the modernization and destruction of his beloved forest surroundings, and how it pleases him to teach younger folk how to appreciate that which has been given us. He takes matters into his own hands, as only Silas Strong can do.
Addison Irving Bacheller was an American journalist and writer who founded the first modern newspaper syndicate in the United States. He was a graduate of St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York in 1882.

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