A Place in the Woods

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5 - Excellent Review


Written in the 1950's, this is the story of how a suburban couple leaves all the comforts of modern civilization, in order to experience a less complicated existence in the Minnesota wilderness. The book takes on a "Little House on the Prairie" quality, as Helen Hoover details the struggles she and her husband go through as they learn to cope without electricity, close neighbors, and access to the amenities of modern life. She describes the breathtaking scenery of the forest beautifully, but her true gift is in bringing the animals to life on paper. Without childlike condescension or personification, she showcases the intelligence and personality of such woodland neighbors as squirrels, mice, and weasels. I was sad to see the book come to an end. I've only just discovered this author, but I hope to read more from her. "A Place in the woods" is on my list of alltime favorites. It makes for delightful reading, and it would be a wonderful novel to read as a family.