The Fields

The Fields A 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 twoThe story

A 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 twoThe story is told with a filling of poetry and the picturesque turn of language which characterized the speech of the frontier and can still be heard in the Ohio country district A 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 twoThe story is told with a filling 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 Louis Bromfield

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  1. Conrad Michael Richter October 13, 1890 October 30, 1968 was an American novelist whose lyrical work is concerned largely with life on the American frontier in various periods His novel The Town 1950 , the last story of his trilogy The Awakening Land about the Ohio frontier, won the 1951 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1 His novel The Waters of Kronos won the 1961 National Book Award for Fiction 2 Two collections of short stories were published posthumously during the 20th century, and several of his novels have been reissued during the 21st century by academic presses.

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  1. 3.5 StarsSecond novel in The Awakening Land series, the first being The Trees.Here we have the forest slowly but surely coming under the thumb of civilization and Sayward s family expanding until she bears nine children by the end and I believe to come in book three.There is excitement in the form of snake bite and one horrible burn accident but overall I felt this book was tamer than its predecessor, almost as though the author was attempting to show that with civilization comes a certain calm [...]


  2. For some, the woodsies who made their living hunting and trapping game, the great trees in the Ohio valley s primeval forests were friends But for the settlers who came west hoping to farm the rich land of the valley, the trees were obstacles, massive barriers to the light and rain cultivated crops needed Over the course of some fifteen years the Ohio River Valley is transformed, the land is tilled, the stumps torn out by brute force and fire, and the river becomes a great watery highway linking [...]


  3. The Fields is the second book in the Awakening Land Trilogy Richter received the Pulitzer Prize for The Town, the third book of the trilogy about American pioneers, and according to the short biography in the back, the first book, The Trees, was the one he felt was most alive This is the middle book, and I d rate it only a smidgin below the first It s mostly told through the point of view of Sayward Luckett, who was fifteen years old when she came to the Northwest Territory with her family The b [...]


  4. This book, the second in a trilogy, continues the story of Sayward and her growing clan as they continue to carve their lives out of the forests of Ohio, at the turn of the 19th century Having hewn out a clearing for themselves, quite literally, the pioneers can now begin to look out on open fields of wheat and corn with a measure of hopefulness that they are making progress against the frontier Even so the war rages on no longer battling the dense forests, their open fields are perfect targets [...]


  5. These 3 books The Trees, The Fields, The Town are collectively known as The Awakening Land Series They give an accurate view of what life was like for pioneers settling into N America, specifically migrating from Pennsylvania to the wild unsettled area of what is now Ohio They are narrated by the main character who begins the series as a teenager and then ends with her as an old woman in the last book Richter is a great writer and really pulls you into what is going on with this family over the [...]


  6. This is the second book in Conrad Richter s Land Awakening trilogy, following The Trees, and preceding The Town, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1951 The Trees introduced us to Sayward Luckett, a strong and sharp witted, albeit uneducated, young woman who was bringing up her siblings in the Ohio backwoods of the 1700s, after burying her mother and seeing her father disappear in to the woods At the close of the first novel, Sayward married Portius Wheeler, a Bay State Lawyer Although their marria [...]


  7. I first read The Awakening Land trilogy in 7th grade, some 46 years ago, and then I lost The Fields while rereading it Then I discovered that these books, published initially in 1940, 1942, and 1946 respectively, were back in print from the Ohio University Press They re every bit as good as I d remembered.The books follow the life of a woodsy, Sayward Luckett Wheeler, who, in the latter part of the 18th century, carves a living along with her family in the deep forests of Ohio In this particular [...]



  8. Conrad Richter s The Fields is the second novel of The Awakening Land trilogy, which chronicles changing frontier life in southern Ohio beginning after the American Revolution and lengthening into the Nineteenth Century Sayward Luckett Wheeler, the novel s main character instinctively wise, competent, emotionally balanced faces now different challenges Long gone from her life are her father Worth, the inveterate hunter her mother Jary, buried so long ago and two sisters the child Sulie, taken aw [...]


  9. Not as consistently well written as the first novel this book strikes me as a strange blend of young adult sensibilities with much darker adult themes Again, the protagonist, Saywatd Wheeler is a great character, and this is still a very interesting glimpse of the early nineteenth century on the American frontier Still carving life out of the deep woods, this book takes the reader through time of the young farms carved between the big butts , to the beginnings of an early river settlement town S [...]


  10. I read The Trees a few years ago and loved it, and I loved this second book in the series as well Captivating description of American frontier expansion during post Revolutionary War era But don t let that scare you off, if you re not into that sort of thing It s all wrapped up with great characters in a simple but compelling story While the writing and plot can stand alone, I recommend reading these books in order so you don t miss some of the finer details Looking forward to reading the third [...]


  11. A wonderful sequel to the first story in the trilogy, Trees The reader is carried forward in time as the ancient forest yields to the settlers axes and civilization begans in the Ohio territory A wonderful story.


  12. I love the writing style Very informative, great characterization of strong woman in early American settlement, AND enjoyable.


  13. I read this to fulfill the Read Harder Challenge 2017 in the category, Read a book that you have read before I last read this book as high school junior in Nampa, Idaho I was surprised and pleased that I did remember parts of the book At the time, I suppose I thought of this as a heroic tale of man versus nature Nature is almost a enemy in this book, particularly the trees which get in the way of building homes and planting crops Sayward, woman who is the point of view in this book, looks forwar [...]





  14. The Awakening Land series The Trees, The Fields The Town was so much than I originally expected It started out as a man vs nature story about pioneers heading west into the Ohio territory immediately after the American revolution They had to walk the long distance through wilderness learn to coexist with or avoid the native Americans and finally cut a homestead from the land that would sustain them The story revolves mostly around the women s stories of how they supported their men while raisin [...]


  15. I enjoyed reading this novel, THE FIELDS, by Conrad Richter I enjoyed reading THE FIELDS, which is the second novel in THE AWAKENING LAND TRILOGY, as much as I enjoyed reading its predecessor, THE TREES however, I did find that the plot moved a little slowly throughout these pages than it did in the previous I appreciated the fact that Conrad Richter s elegant writing style was just as active throughout THE FIELDS as it was in THE TREES The pictures that his well chisel, descriptive, and eloque [...]


  16. Conrad Richter really hit the ground running with The Trees, the first novel in his Awakening Land series, but his follow up, The Fields, is far less worthwhile How unfortunate The Fields continues the saga of Sayward Luckett and her family, only now, Sayward is married, has children, and her and the rest of the local families having cleared away many of the trees in their commune are living as farmers instead of hunters And this brings us around to the two main reasons why I think I liked this [...]


  17. This novel is a continuation of its prequel, The Trees It follows the life of Sayward Luckett Wheeler and her family Their cabin has come out of the trees and is now a farm with plenty of fields As the novel progresses, Sayward s land slowly becomes developed and by the end of the novel, the settlement is referred to as a town Thus setting us up for the next novel, The Town The novel is written like its prequel, each chapter a story on its own that fits into the story as a whole There is no real [...]


  18. While I didn t like The Fields as much as The Trees, it was still very enjoyable Overall, this is one of the best series or trilogies that I can remember reading Of course, the lead character Sayward makes the story for me I have never come across another female character that is so strong, so demanding of respect, so independent, so supportive and loving towards her family and neighbors, so talented and hard working and yet so human For me the strongest image of Sayward is drawn with her speech [...]


  19. Continuing Richter s Awakening Land saga from where The Trees left off, this book marks a southeastern Ohio settlement s period of transition between forested, hunter gatherer society and a small agricultural village Fittingly, a much larger amount of the conflict in The Fields takes place between the Lucketts now the Wheelers after Sayward s marriage and other members of the community, rather than just among the family themselves After marrying Portius, Sayward soon finds herself mother to a la [...]


  20. Someone described this trilogy as Little House on the Prarie for adults only in the Ohio frontier.These books are a lyrical ode to pioneer lives.Conrad writes beautifully, blending the frontier argot with his own brilliant metaphor.This results in a prose that feels colloquial and raw, yet poetic at once.His detailed descriptions of the area, wilderness and everyday life of the Wheeler family often amaze me with his depth of familiarity It feels as if he himself came from this time and place.Som [...]


  21. This book is refined in comparison to The Trees which comes as no surprise as it is the second in the series of three, the third, The Town won the Pulitzer and is next on my agenda I didn t think I d continue with the series after The Trees but, thankfully, grabbed The Fields and enjoyed it thoroughly The story is simple and matter of fact, there are no difficult analogies to try to remedy or social commentary to absorb It is simply pleasant reading The story is congruent than The Trees which [...]


  22. This is the second book in Richter s The Awakening Land Series and although an excellent book it proved nearly impossible to live up to the initial offering The Trees The third novel in this series I will read as soon as I can find a copy to purchase and look forward to that experience because of the excellence of the first two books and because Richter was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for the final endeavor The Town There are many books and series that after six months you question your memory co [...]


  23. It took me longer to get into this one than it did The Trees The first several vignettes seem a little forced and I wasn t able to catch my breath with all the bad things happening one after the other Sheesh The years went by so quickly one paragraph Sayward had one baby and the very next paragraph she had four kids The jumps were happening too fast for me Once the story settled down and slowed down, I was completely drawn in I was so affected by Sayward s relationship with her oldest son perfec [...]


  24. I put this down to read Rae Meadows I will send rain and came back right at the part when baby Sulie died, that was intense It was fun to compare contrast the characters of these two books Different points of history, but a lot of similarities breaking new ground.Sayward, started getting on my nerves in this book I hope she doesn t turn out to be a total jerk in part 3 by then all the trees will be gone, so she ll have one less thing to complain about.It would have been nice to have than a coup [...]


  25. Continuing the story of Sayward and her family and their battle against the forest The author makes their lives seem so stark and joyless, but they must have had some happy times I guess his aim was to show the hardships they encountered and overcame The book is written in dialect and there are some words I don t know and I guess I never will know It s odd that the Shawnee play such a small part in this and the first book of the series but, again, I assume the author wanted the story to focus on [...]


  26. In this second of Richter s trilogy, the frontier settlement of The Trees is evolving into a town, and shifting the relationship of Sayward and her husband In the previous book, he was out of place as a rebellious New England lawyer, and dependent on his much younger wife from a nearly feral family of woodsy survivors But with settlement comes a need for laws, and registry books and literacy, and Sayward has to adapt to a newly stratified society where he is back in a place of paternal authority [...]


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