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The Shepherd of the Hills: 10/04/09
Some how I ended up with two copies of The Shepherd of the Hills by Harold Bell Wright, a story that has become an outdoor play in Branson Missouri. It was also a John Wayne film (1941). It was apparently the first book in the United States to sell one million copies. Despite all that praise, I wasn't able to finish it.
The novel set in the Ozarks has a similar set up to Lorna Doone by R. D. Blackmore. There is an orphan boy with a long dark history. Now though an old man, known as the Shepherd has come to ask questions and stir up painful memories.
All of this though is told through a heavy Ozark dialect and purposely vague plot progression. While the goal may be to set the scene and keep the reader guessing, it turned me off completely. After two attempts I didn't make it past about page 50.