Chicago Review Press
On Sale: November 1, 2017
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Of this second novel in Conrad Richter’s great trilogy,
Louis Bromfield wrote:
“The Fields continues the life of Sayward after her
strange marriage to the ‘educated’ New Englander
Portious, through the raising of their family of eight
children. But it is much more than that; it is also the
tale of the slow battle and eventual victory over the
Trees and that relentless forest which even today marches
in and takes over an Ohio field that has been left
untilled for a year or two. Bit by bit, through hard work
and in hardship, the forest is conquered and the villages
emerge into the light surrounded by fields of great
fertility. . . .
“The story is told with a feeling of poetry and the
picturesque turn of language which characterized the
speech of the frontier and can still be heard in the Ohio
country districts . . . Sayward, the heroine, is the
portrait of a simple, eternal woman dominating in an
instinctive way a husband who is far more educated and
subtle than herself. The children are real children, each
with his own personality. . . .
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