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Defending the Island A story of Bar Harbor in 1758   By: (1848-1912)

Defending the Island A story of Bar Harbor in 1758 by James Otis

Defending the Island by James Otis is a vivid and captivating historical account, shedding light on the lesser-known events that unfolded in Bar Harbor in the year 1758. The author skillfully weaves together a compelling narrative that transports readers back to a time of uncertainty and conflict, as the British and French battled for control over this small, but strategically significant, island.

Written with meticulous attention to detail, Otis masterfully recreates the atmosphere and ambiance of the period, painting a vivid picture of life in Bar Harbor during this pivotal moment in history. Through his extensive research, the author provides a wealth of historical context, giving readers a deeper understanding of the events that took place and their broader significance.

One of the strengths of this book is the well-rounded characters that populate its pages. From dignified British commanders to brave local residents, each individual is expertly developed and plays a vital role in the unfolding narrative. Otis succeeds in establishing an emotional connection between the reader and these characters, evoking empathy and sympathy as their lives are impacted by the forces of war.

The pacing of Defending the Island is impeccable, keeping readers engaged and eagerly turning page after page. Otis strikes a fine balance between descriptive passages, which immerse readers into the lush landscapes and bustling town, and action-packed scenes that leave no room for boredom. The battles are vividly depicted, with seemingly insurmountable odds heightening the suspense and leaving readers on the edge of their seats.

Furthermore, Otis's prose is elegant and well-crafted. His writing style captures the essence of the time, incorporating historical language and terminology without overwhelming or alienating the reader. This attention to linguistic authenticity contributes to the overall immersive experience of the book, further enhancing its appeal.

While Defending the Island is undoubtedly a rich historical account, it is not a dry or dense read. Otis infuses the narrative with personal stories and anecdotes, providing a human touch and making the historical events relatable. This aspect adds depth and emotional resonance to the story, ensuring that readers become invested in the outcome and the fates of the characters.

In conclusion, Defending the Island by James Otis is a masterfully written historical novel that transports readers back to the tumultuous events of 1758 in Bar Harbor. With its engaging characters, meticulous research, and expert storytelling, this book offers an immersive and enlightening reading experience for history enthusiasts and fiction lovers alike. Otis's attention to detail, both in terms of historical accuracy and literary craftsmanship, make this a must-read for anyone seeking an enthralling journey into the past.

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Defending the Island.

[Frontispiece: Friend or enemy? (see Chapter III.)]

DEFENDING THE ISLAND A STORY OF BAR HARBOR IN 1758 BY JAMES OTIS

Boston DANA ESTES & COMPANY PUBLISHERS

Copyright, 1904 BY DANA ESTES & COMPANY All rights reserved

CONTENTS I. THE ISLAND II. THE FIRST ASSAULT III. A DAY OF SUSPENSE IV. AN ATTACK V. FIRE VI. THE WRECK

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

Friend or enemy? (See Chapter III.) Frontispiece "'Indians skulking on the harbor island!'" "The stout hearted girl set about the task" "Susan stood guard at the gateway" "The children had improvised platforms" "Mark saw a canoe put off from the Harbor Island" "'You shall not have the smallest chicken inside this stockade!'" "'Look! Look! A vessel!'" "He returned with a heavy log" "'Do you refuse to surrender?'" "An instant later the entire party was in retreat" "Susan's arm was being rebandaged" "He re├źntered the house with a bucket two thirds full of muddy water" "Again the crash of thunder drowned all sounds" "The next knowledge was that the women were trying to nurse him back to life" "He gazed at the struggling wretches on the bottom of the wreck"

Defending the island.

CHAPTER I

THE ISLAND

In the year of grace 1758 there were two families living on that island which we of to day call Mount Desert; but Champlain named Mons Deserts, because its thirteen high, rugged mountains could be seen from the seaward a distance of twenty leagues, making it the first landmark of the coast for seamen... Continue reading book >>




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