My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I had never heard of Elizabeth Stoddard before seeing her name in our anthology of American literature. I looked forward to reading her work, until I started reading it. I did not care for the work that we had to read – “Lemorne Versus Huell.” First of all, I thought it would be something about two farmers fighting over land, etc. The title just made me think about it. The piece seemed as though it was going to be entirely too funny. I was disappointed.
Instead, the work was some type of legal case or suit and there was something about a couple or a love affair. It was difficult to read because it was something entirely different from what I was expecting. It got better towards the end, but by then I wasn’t too sure about what happened in the beginning. It was hectic in some ways. It seemed at times like a sentimental romantic story that could have come from a romance book or something like that. There wasn’t any meat to the whole piece at least in my opinion.
We were asked to compare it to Harriet Beecher Stowe’s work. I tried, but I see Uncle Tom’s Cabin as something completely different from this or any of the other works that we read. I did see some erotic parts to it, but more importantly, I saw some potential in it – at least, I mean, some potential for me to like it. I realized what it was about at the end, but by then I had missed so much, and when I reread parts of it, I was still locked into my first interpretation which I couldn’t get past.
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by.