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Standish of Standish A story of the Pilgrims   By: (1831-1894)

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Standish of Standish: A Story of the Pilgrims is a captivating historical novel set in the early 17th century. Written by Jane G. Austin, this book delves into the compelling yet little-known story of Myles Standish, a key figure in the journey of the Pilgrims to the New World.

From the very first page, Austin's immersive writing style transports readers back in time, allowing us to witness the hardships and triumphs of the Pilgrims. The author's meticulous attention to detail makes the narrative come alive, painting a vivid picture of the settlers' struggles in their quest for religious freedom.

What makes Standish of Standish truly stand out is the depth and complexity of its characters. Myles Standish, the central protagonist, is portrayed as a valiant yet conflicted man torn between his loyalty to his comrades and his personal desires. Austin does an excellent job of humanizing Standish, exploring his relationships, fears, and innermost thoughts. Readers witness his growth as he navigates through treacherous landscapes, battles with Native Americans, and faces the challenges of leadership.

Throughout the novel, the author seamlessly weaves together historical events with fictional elements, creating a well-rounded and engaging story. The account of the Pilgrims' arrival on the Mayflower, their struggles in Plymouth Colony, and their interactions with various Native American tribes are all expertly interwoven into the narrative.

Moreover, Austin's in-depth research shines through in the accurate and comprehensive portrayal of the period. From the social dynamics within the Pilgrim community to the daily routines and hardships faced by the settlers, the author's attention to historical authenticity is commendable. The rich historical backdrop adds depth and credibility to the story, making it a truly immersive reading experience.

One aspect that may occasionally frustrate some readers is the detailed language used by the author. While it enhances the historical ambiance, it may slow down the pacing of the story for those seeking a more fast-paced adventure. However, for those who appreciate a deeper exploration of characters and the historical context, this attention to detail adds substance and authenticity.

Overall, Standish of Standish: A Story of the Pilgrims is a captivating novel that sheds light on a lesser-known aspect of American history. Jane G. Austin's masterful storytelling, combined with her extensive knowledge of the time period, creates an immersive reading experience that leaves a lasting impression. This book is a must-read for history enthusiasts, as well as anyone who enjoys a well-crafted, character-driven narrative.

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Transcriber's note:

Inconsistencies in hyphenation have been maintained. Archaic usage of words such as "salvage" for "savage" and "randevous" for "rendezvous" have been maintained. Several misprints and punctuation errors have been corrected. A list of corrections can be found at the end of the text.


A Story of the Pilgrims


Jane G. Austin

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A Story of the Pilgrims



Author of "A Nameless Nobleman," "The Desmond Hundred," "Mrs. Beauchamp Brown," "Nantucket Scraps," "Moon Folk," Etc., Etc.


Boston and New York Houghton, Mifflin and Company The Riverside Press, Cambridge 1892

Copyright, 1889, by Jane G. Austin. All rights reserved

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