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Castle Nowhere: Lake-Country Sketches [KINDLE] ✽ Castle Nowhere: Lake-Country Sketches Author Constance Fenimore Woolson – Thomashillier.co.uk Castle Nowhere is Constance Woolson s collection of stories set for the most part in the Great Lakes, in particular northern Lake Michigan and Lake Huron near DetroitSeveral themes inhabit Woolson s w Castle Nowhere is Constance Woolson s collection of stories set for the most part in the Great Lakes, in particular northern Lake Michigan and Lake Huron near DetroitSeveral themes inhabit Woolson s writing an environmental consciousness and concern with landscapes an awareness of the complexities of race and an abidingly careful eye for the shallowness that Castle Nowhere: MOBI :↠ sometimes accompanies wealth or social pretensions She also had a unique perspective as a woman who pioneered the use of controversial subjects such as unrequited or misplaced passion and methods in fiction during a time that valorized domesticityAs Margot Livesey notes in her introduction, reading about thwarted love is only one of the pleasures to be found in Castle Nowhere The majority of these stories are set in remote areas on the shores of Lake Michigan, which Woolson evokes with great vividness and beauty while always remaining keenly aware that beauty in no way mitigates hardship As a writer, she was nearly always looking over her shoulder, and many, if not all, of these stories were written at a time when she no longer visited the Lake and her beloved Mackinac Island Contemporary readers will find a curiously modern atmosphere in Woolson s stories, as well as a distinct regional flavor in her careful renderings of the Great Lakes landscape As such, Castle Nowhere represents a rare woman s voice in literature of its period and settingConstance Feni Woolson was born in New Hampshire and moved to Cleveland shortly thereafter She spent time on Mackinac Island, Michigan, then traveled to Florida before moving to Europe Much of her time there was spent in Italy She died in Venice inNovelist Margot Livesey is the author of Eva Moves the Furniture and Homework.


10 thoughts on “Castle Nowhere: Lake-Country Sketches

  1. Teresa Teresa says:

    After reading two of these stories in Miss Grief and Other Stories St Clair Flats and Solomon , then threein the incomplete Castle Nowhere, I scoured the internet for the remaining four of this collection My reviews of the former volumes can be found here and Each story is set in the Great Lakes region, in rough settlements, for the most part, with setting determining plot Peter the Parson is rea After reading two of these stories in Miss Grief and Other Stories St Clair Flats and Solomon , then threein the incomplete Castle Nowhere, I scoured the internet for the remaining four of this collection My reviews of the former volumes can be found here and Each story is set in the Great Lakes region, in rough settlements, for the most part, with setting determining plot Peter the Parson is realistic and unsentimental, especially in its ending Misery Island is significant for gender reversal, with a boy racked with fever due to unrequited love Wilhelmina is set within a community of Zoarites, German Separatists living in a valley of Ohio At one point I wondered if the story might be a precursor of sorts to A Study in Scarlet part of which describes an early Mormon settlement There is no mystery, murder or violence yet menace is implied during the covert whisperings of the leaders over those who want to leave Lady of Little Fishing turns out to be an O Henry type tale another author Woolson came before Interestingly, the phrase he was like a third horse is used in this story to mean, as far as I could tell, the same thing as our time s fifth wheel


  2. Sandy Sandy says:

    Seeking a quick read to lighten up some dreary winter days, I chose this book for my literary birthday project The lake country in the title refers to the North American Great Lakes Having spent my youth in relative proximity to Lake Superior, and being familiar with the unique culture of the region, I was excited to find this collection of stories The beginning of the title story, Castle Nowhere, is very enticing A mysterious, nameless character is camped with his dogs in the hinterland n Seeking a quick read to lighten up some dreary winter days, I chose this book for my literary birthday project The lake country in the title refers to the North American Great Lakes Having spent my youth in relative proximity to Lake Superior, and being familiar with the unique culture of the region, I was excited to find this collection of stories The beginning of the title story, Castle Nowhere, is very enticing A mysterious, nameless character is camped with his dogs in the hinterland north of Lake Michigan The descriptive prose is beautiful and seems very realistic Just what I wanted Oops sorry The appearance of another strange character who seems to materialize out of the fog and disappear into thin air made it obvious that this story would be a fantasy or a fairy tale However, by then I was hooked my expectations had shifted and I ventured into the fog which shrouded northern Lake Michigan.Things are not always what they seem to be, especially in a fantasy world, and the plot twists and surprise revelations kept me interested The stereotypical hidden lodging, beautiful maiden, black housemaid, unrequited love, physical hardships, illness, death, crime, happily ever after ending, and moral dilemmas place this work firmly in the genre The adventure was lots of fun As the author s first published book, this collection seems to hold great promise However, a word of caution to modern readers is in order Towards the end of the story, an attempt is made to inject some humour based, unfortunately, on racism and religious prejudice While such humour may have been acceptable at the time of publication 1875 , it may offend modern sensibilities as it has mine.This book, as originally published, is a collection of nine short stories the title story being the longest The book which I downloaded from Project Gutenberg contains only three stories from the original collection, one additional story, and one poem The original nine story collection can be downloaded at The Internet Archive For the moment, this review is based only on the title story and will be edited after I have read the original nine story collection


  3. Humphrey Humphrey says:

    The title story is the best here it and Waiting Samuel follow Harriet Prescott Spofford in their ethereal blend of the psychological and the fantastic Others are effective local color stories that explore the insider outsider dichotomy, puncture the fantasy of naturalness simplicity, and highlight the small intimacies and sadnesses of local life As with so much of Woolson s career, one feels that she has already mastered and written meta fictions about the forms before she even wrote in t The title story is the best here it and Waiting Samuel follow Harriet Prescott Spofford in their ethereal blend of the psychological and the fantastic Others are effective local color stories that explore the insider outsider dichotomy, puncture the fantasy of naturalness simplicity, and highlight the small intimacies and sadnesses of local life As with so much of Woolson s career, one feels that she has already mastered and written meta fictions about the forms before she even wrote in them


  4. Colin Colin says:

    Castle Nowhere Lake Country Sketches, is a book written by Constance Feni Cooper towards the end of the 19th century The story, which is in factof a novella, centers around a man named Jarvis Waring who seeks refuge from the crime and poverty ridden New York City of the late 1800s in Michigan s sparsely populated Upper Peninsula He sets out on Lake Michigan in a canoe with no destination in mind He knows only that he wants to get as far away from human civilization as possible an Castle Nowhere Lake Country Sketches, is a book written by Constance Feni Cooper towards the end of the 19th century The story, which is in factof a novella, centers around a man named Jarvis Waring who seeks refuge from the crime and poverty ridden New York City of the late 1800s in Michigan s sparsely populated Upper Peninsula He sets out on Lake Michigan in a canoe with no destination in mind He knows only that he wants to get as far away from human civilization as possible and lead an authentic existence in harmony with nature Shortly after the beginning of his journey he is robbed by a man called Amos Fog, and he follows Fog to his hideout, which is called Castle Nowhere, to seek his revenge Upon arriving at the wooden fortress, Waring discovers that Fog lives with a housekeeper and a beautiful daughter who knows nothing of death, love, or the outside world Her passions are growing things and keeping seagulls Jarvis Waring ends up getting snowed in for the winter and stays with the family, falling in love with the girl, and she with him, though she does not know what the feelings she has for Waring mean This is a story I would teach to 11th and 12th grade students, primarily because of the difficult 19th century lexicon employed by Woolsen throughout However, this story is captivating and particularly relevant to Michigan students who don t often see their state, especially the remote northern regions, represented in literature This is a story of innocence, ignorance, ethics, love, compassion, and survival, and there is ample room for discussion of all of the above after reading this story This story is also a great example of Realism though there are surrealistic and almost dreamlike sections and Regionalism, and would serve as a great introduction to the various artistic and philosophical movements of history


  5. Etta Madden Etta Madden says:

    Woolson has been among my favorite 19th c authors since 2010, when a colleague introduced me to her works This collection only increases my fascination with her insight, imagination, and aesthetic talent Hope to use this collection in a course next spring


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