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The Shepherd of the Hills

A book by Harold Bell Wright

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One heck of a story

  • Jun 21, 2009
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The first time I read this book was on a New Year's Eve spent at my grandparents' house. I was probably around 10 or 11 years old. I didn't want to go to sleep & I had always seen this book sitting on my grandpa's desk, so I decided to give it a try.

I will admit that I didn't understand a lot of what was going on, that first time, because much of the language is of the old Ozark Mountain dialect. I still thought it was an exciting & sweet story. After my grandpa passed away, my Grandma asked me if there was anything of his that I wanted. I asked for this book.

I've since read it several more times & have come to understand it much better. The story is a simple one about a community of simple people living in the Ozarks of Missouri. It has some very suspenseful scenes mixed in with tender & heartwarming moments. This book is laden with messages about what it means to be a good human being that almost anyone should be able to appreciate.

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July 18, 2009
Thanks for the review. I found a 1907 copy of the book on amazon and ordered it.Did you know that it was made into a John Wayne film in the 1940s? If you like stories about rural life you might pick up "The Sojourner" by Marjorie Rawlings which is one of my most favourite books. Kind regards!
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Quick Tip by . July 09, 2010
Wright wrote a slew of books that had Christian imagry and took place inn the Ozark hills. This is by far the best of the lot.
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Hello Everyone,    I live in Missouri, which is almost exactly in the middle of the United States. Many people refer to it as "Misery" but I think it's a great place to live. I live … more
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To the beautiful Ozark hill country comes a man from the world of cities.  Among the people of the distric, with their simle, direct ideals and way of life, he finds the peaceful atmosphere he craves, while his more itellectual philosophy and character come to be valuable elements in the lives of his new friends.

From his relationship with "Sammy" Lane and the Matthews family arise in dramatic fashion the gripping situations and thrilling incidents that bring him into a peculiarly intimate connection with these people, their country, and their simple life.
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Author: Harold Bell Wright
Genre: Classic Fiction
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap
Date Published: 1907

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