This is the tale of Eben Holden, a homely hired hand, and the archetype of the wise old man. It chronicles his flight with young Bill from Vermont to Paradise Valley and his role in Bill's childhood and coming of age in the Brower household. It is also about the courtship of Bill and Hope Brower....
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Eben Holden Reviews
This is said to have been my grandfather's favorite book. It sounds like him, so close to the land. As I read it, I could see him walking through the woods.
This was a two year bestseller, coming in at number five for both 1900 and 1901. Somewhat a strange title in that while Eben Holden is a major character in the book, he's not the hero of the story. Kind of like having a book about Luke Skywalker and naming it R2D2. The story is about his nephew William Brower and written in the first person from his perspective. The book covers William growing up as an orphan in his uncle's care from about age 6. Most of the book takes place in upper New York near the St. Lawrence river border with Canada but the final quarter or so finishes in New York City. The time period is about 1820-1880. I really enjoyed reading the book and found myself unusually eager to read it. Not a lot happens in the book but I enjoyed the scenes of early 19th century farm life. Compared to other books written about the same time Eben Holden is very easy to read. I liked weaving the real life Horace Greeley into the story. There is a Dickens-like twist at the end that I didn't see coming. It was kind of corny but didn't ruin the story in any way. I would recommend if you want to read about a slice of early 19th century rural America.
Moralistic, sentimental and predictable—on the surface, Eben Holden doesn't seem to have a lot to recommend it. But it was among the top ten bestselling novels for two years (1900-1901). If you're seeking insight into the values and interests of the average American at the tail end of the 19th century, you could do a lot worse. The episodic plot follows a boy from backwoods to big city to battlefield, guided by the gentle humor and good, common sense of his "Uncle Eb." Along the way, we meet Horace Greeley, Abraham Lincoln, and a good many fictional characters of the same kidney. There are jokes, little bumps along the road to romance, suspense that never raises the heartbeat, and no surprises whatsoever, unless you count the fact that this pleasant, mostly-unoffensive little story ever lost its audience. As a soothing, escapist read it goes down pretty smoothly even now.
Captures country personality & good character. Historical America
A novel about the Adirondacks during the middle of the 19th century. Mostly anecdotal, it gives a hopefully accurate portrayal of life in that place in those times. Unfortunately, it loses momentum once the title character leaves the story and the narrator goes to New York City to pursue a career in journalism and woo his childhood sweetheart. There is an interesting but melodramatic section about the Battle of Bull Run and then the story lags again despite the return of Uncle Eb. I don't know if I was tired or what but his scenes were almost impossible to understand toward the end. How the author finally ends the novel was something of a let down.
fair. it felt like two different novels because it starts with prairies and farms and ends in NYC with a little Civil War in the middle. but that's the nature of a biography, I suppose. also the sudden return of the long "dead" son was completely out of sync with the rest of the book which was very practical. and it was all in dialect too which is just a distraction to me when I read. you'd probably like it if you love historical fiction which I usually don't.
Beware of the "swifts"