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Book Title: The Bears of Blue River|
The author of the book: Charles Major
Edition: Start Publishing LLC
Date of issue: January 3rd 2013
ISBN 13: 9781625583338
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 439 KB
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This book was one of my first favorites, and it still holds a soft spot in my heart. It reads almost like serialized accounts of the protagonists' various encounters with bears and his life in frontier Southern Indiana. It seamlessly covers a wide gamut of human's interactions with nature. And for young kid (probably boys especially) it's exciting as hell.
I loved it because I felt like it connected me to the history of the place that I grew up, and fueled my imagination on fishing trips with my grandpa, drives staring out the window at the Indiana landscape, and geode harvesting explorations to the creek behind the house. It also was one of the first ways I understood my family history--my dad first read it to me (I was enthralled, and almost willed myself to be literate while he read, and then as soon as I was capable I read it myself)--and his Dad had read it to him. As I later learned more about my grandfather's rural upbringing on the farm in Indiana, it provided a (romantic) basis for understanding that life.
I should read it again, to refresh all of the senses mentioned above, and to see how it holds up now. I remember my dad loved it too, but I wonder if sentimentality clouded his judgement. I know if I have kids I'll read it to them, and I'm sure sentiment will rule that day as well. Part of me sort of hopes there would be enough substance in it that I could consider it my own personal rural Hoosier Harry Potter, it's definitely a page turner, and if there's enough substance I would start to call it a hugely underrated book, but like I said, I have to go back and see if that's the case.
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Read information about the authorCharles Major (July 25, 1856 – February 13, 1913) was an American lawyer and novelist.
Born to an upper-middle class Indianapolis family, Major developed in interest in both law and English history at an early age and attended the University of Michigan from 1872 through 1875, being admitted to the Indiana bar association in 1877. Shortly thereafter he opened his own law practice, which launched a short political career, culminating in a year-long term in the Indiana state legislature.
Writing remained an interest of Major, and in 1898, he published his first novel, When Knighthood Was in Flower. The novel about England during the reign of King Henry VIII was an exhaustively researched historical romance, and became enormously popular, holding a place on the New York Times bestselling list for nearly three years. The novel was adapted into a popular Broadway play by Paul Kester in 1901, premiering at the Criterion Theatre that year. The novel also launched relatively successful film adaptations in 1908 and 1922.
With a successful writing career, Major gradually lessened his legal obligations, closing his law practice over a year after his first novel, in 1899. Published in 1902, his third novel, Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall, another historical romance, this time set in Elizabethan times, rivaled the success of his first. Once again, the novel was adapted for the theater by Paul Kester, and saw a film release in 1924 starring Mary Pickford.
Major continued to write and publish several additional novels, to varying degrees of success, as well as a number of children's adventure stories, most set in and around his native state of Indiana. Charles Major died of liver cancer on February 13, 1913, at his home in Shelbyville, Indiana.
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