|Elizabeth Gaskell, Jane Austen, Zora Neale Hurston, George Eliot, Rose Wilder Lane, Louisa May Alcott, & Virginia Woolf.|
Without realizing it, I immediately began comparing this writing with that of Montgomery from my reading of the Green Gable series last year. However, after reading 3-4 pages I very quickly realized two things: (1) this is a much simpler writing style geared to a lower-level reader than that of Montgomery, and (2) I was thrilled that this series of books, which I felt might be too tough for my one granddaughter to read yet, is probably about perfect for her. I am so excited by this latter realization! She will definitely be receiving her own set of these books from "Book Grandma" next month! :)
I agree with Francesca in her review of the whole book that even within these first few pages, the detailed descriptions are what fascinate me. The language is quite simple and the voice is common and immediately draws the reader into an intimate connection.
Well, besides the obvious reason that I am a cohost of this reading event for 2016, I am truly interested in exactly these details of everyday life for such pioneers as the Wilder family. I think this is what makes historical fiction/autobiographical memoir so pertinent--it takes us to a time from which our current world has evolved and can help us each understand at least something from the past a bit better. This can take the form of daily pragmatic details of living in a particular setting and/or time or can include a better understanding for behaviors, thoughts, and beliefs from that time period/location. It just makes for learning in a typically more entertaining format than straight nonfiction writing might provide. Though I have read some absolutely wonderfully written nonfiction in the past...The Big Burn by Timothy Egan, The Wave by Susan Casey, and Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton, to name a few.
On to chapter #2! :)