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1979 Book Review: The Shepherd of the Hills by Harold Bell Wright — October Memoir Challenge — 7 Comments

  1. Being from Missouri, I had the same kind of experience with Shepherd of the Hills–when I took my kids to Branson a few years ago and bought a copy, it wasn’t as good as I remembered. Another book like that is Green Mansions by Hudson–I loved it as a child, but when my daughter read it, she pointed out all of its flaws. She is way less romantic and a lot more cognizant of what’s going on in the world than I was at her age.

  2. I think I read Green Mansions when I was about 10. Can’t really remember much of it except that it was always on the family bookshelf with about 10,000 other titles. I remember in 2nd grade taking exception to the Wilder books for their portrayal of Indians…yet another reason for my 2nd grade teacher to be overwhelmed by me. It was her first year, and I was her devil child but I truly didn’t mean to be which made it worse for her because she knew I wasn’t trying to be difficult.

  3. I love that you still have your diary from when you were 16. I misplaced mine a long time ago, although I only ever wrote sporadically in those five year diaries so it’s probably not such a great loss! I recently reread A House with The Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs – it was a book that I read over and over again when I was younger – and I was quite disappointed that it wasn’t the scary read that I remembered it to be.

  4. I still have all my journals but I didn’t do a good job of book reviewing. Movie reviews, I still have but have lost both written and memory! of books I read as a kid. Well, except my few favorites (Narnia) and I wish I hadn’t re-read them as an adult. I think rereading must be a skill picked up early, I still don’t have good experiences rereading books.

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