The Town

The Town Winner of Pulitzer Prize for Fiction The Awakening Land trilogy traces the transformation of Ohio from wilderness to farmland to the site of modern industrial civilization all in the lifetime o

  • Title: The Town
  • Author: Conrad Richter
  • ISBN: 9780821409800
  • Page: 296
  • Format: Paperback
  • Winner of Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 1951 The Awakening Land trilogy traces the transformation of Ohio from wilderness to farmland to the site of modern industrial civilization, all in the lifetime of one character The trilogy earned Richter immediate acclaim as a historical novelist It includes The Trees 1940 , The Fields 1946 , and The Town 1950 and follows the LuWinner of Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 1951 The Awakening Land trilogy traces the transformation of Ohio from wilderness to farmland to the site of modern industrial civilization, all in the lifetime of one character The trilogy earned Richter immediate acclaim as a historical novelist It includes The Trees 1940 , The Fields 1946 , and The Town 1950 and follows the Luckett family s migration from Pennsylvania to Southeastern Ohio It starts when settler Sayward Luckett Wheeler becomes mother to her orphaned siblings on the frontier, and ends with the story of her youngest son Chancey, a journalist in the years before the Civil War The Town won the 1951 Pulitzer Prize and received excellent reviews across the country.

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    • Conrad Richter

      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.

    145 thoughts on “The Town

    • Last book in "The Awakening Land" trilogy. It seems odd rating them individuality, it feels like they should just be one 600 page book, in which case I would give it 4.5 stars.Anyway, this was good, for the most part it wrapped up the characters from the first two books and we finally find out what happened to Suli (I'm not telling, though) as well as Sayward's father and Rosa the school teacher's daughter (interesting relationship there between Rosa and Chancey).Some things are left a mystery w [...]

    • A literary feast! My five stars is less for the THE TOWN (1950) alone and more for its being the culmination of THE AWAKENING LAND trilogy that included THE TREES (1940) and THE FIELDS (1946). (The three books came out separately before being joined in one volume initially during the 1960s.) ** I would not recommend reading THE TOWN without reading THE TREES and THE FIELDS first. Together they offer an astonishingly satisfying novel of the late 1700s and early 1800s in the pioneering world of th [...]

    • A satisfying conclusion to Conrad Richter's family saga about pioneer life in the Ohio River Valley. Nothing could top The Trees, but I was pleased with the way the series wrapped up. As the trees are finally beaten and burned into submission, as a town grows up where once all had been wilderness, the old sense of community gives way to a rush of commerce, of getting and spending. Throughout, there is a sense of melancholy for all that has been lost, rather than a triumph at what has been gained [...]

    • I'm not sure what to rate this, 3 1/2? It's a good conclusion, nearly everything is wrapped up and it's as well written as the first two. My problem with it was mainly Chancey, who if I'd liked him would have been fine. Unfortunately he made me mad. and the whole last half of the book had me glad it wasn't all about him, and wishing that he would grow up. would I recommend you reading this? Yes, you really can't miss the concluding tale. Am I glad I read it? I wouldn't have missed it, I'd have a [...]

    • The last of the series. The Trees have been cleared, the farms have become successful, now it is time to move to town. I highly recommed this series. I will never forget Sayward and the Wheeler family. A perfect ay to learn history and appreciate the early settlers as you will never read any better descrition of their day to day lives.

    • I was actually a little disappointed in the final book of what was otherwise a wonderful trilogy. The new character of Chancey was a major drag on the overall tone of the story. I believe Richter was doing this to make a point about how the current generation views past generations, but Chancey was so negative as to drag down the tone of the story as a whole. Additionally, the character's issues were finally resolved in literally the last three pages of the book: not quite the catharsis I was lo [...]

    • What distinguishes a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel from well-written novels that do not win prestigious awards? I would assert a deeper exploration into the psyche and behavior of the human species. I would also suggest an undertaking of far greater depth and scope than the attention-gaining, quick-moving, character-conflict- resolution-end of story kind of novel. I believe “The Town” meets these conditions.I appreciated these three themes. The accomplishments that one generation achieves and [...]

    • Although Richter won the Pulitzer for this third book of The Awakening Land trilogy, it was my least favorite. The Town seemed to revolve around Sayward's last child, Chancey, who seemed to have an obnoxious teenager's mentality/personality his entire life.As in all the books, the action seems to move in spurts, sometimes giving great detail and then referring back to things that have happened off-stage (things I would have liked to hear more about) with no explanation.I liked the way Sayward ca [...]

    • Don't understand why this third novel in the trilogy won the Pulitzer. Veering away from the admirably understated purity of the first novel, The Woods, it becomes melodramatic, ugly, and overwrought. Disappointing.

    • This novel concludes the trilogy of pioneering family clan, Luckett-Wheeler. It has been a very long time since I have been so moved by a novel -- indeed I was enraptured by the entire series. I find myself still fading into 19th Century Ohio, and meeting Sayward's ghost out of the corner of my eye, she is still so present within me. Richter does for 19thC America what Dickens did for 19thC England: vivid, animated, theatrical; brilliantly painted. I could pull out the thesaurus at this time, an [...]

    • The final book in the trilogy. You join the main character as she nears the end of her life. Her life and the life of the society around her has experienced mighty change. In the beginning her family was one of the first, hearty souls to move into the untamed forest. There followed the replacement of forest with fields and the eventual creation of a town. The story engenders interesting reflection on the relative values ascribed to the different peoples and lifestyles experienced by the differen [...]

    • "The Town," the third in Conrad Richter's famous Awakening Land Trilogy, is more than an interesting educational classic. It is a must read for all Americans. It will enable you to get as close as you can to living vicariously at the time our pioneering ancestors first began to migrate westward with the intention of settling permanently. They began with the mindset of conquering the supposedly endless forest. A few generations later, perceptions began to shift. In this third book, one comes full [...]

    • After reading the first two books in the series, which are very nice, I was pleasantly impressed with The Town. It is a much more evolved novel in comparison. There are multiple points of view throughout, more interesting character interaction, and a more defined philosophy. I don't want to ruin it for any would be readers, and I hate to review by comparison, my advice is to read all three novels back to back to back. Reading as the writer develops is an intriguing subtext to the story.

    • I absolutely love this series. I read it over and over again, probably twice a year at least. I would love to know if anyone has any ideas on what happened to Portius in the Bay State that made him come to Ohio and live as a Solitary? I know Sayward thought it was a woman, but when Portius' father wrote to George Roebuck, he told him that the "that business" back home had been settled.Just wondering anyone else might think or maybe found out in research, etc.

    • I read The Trees, The Fields, and then The Town one after the other. They follow the story of one girl who grows up in Ohio after walking there with her family from Pennsylvania to the Ohio Territory. Rather a grown up version of The Little House in the Big Woods. Makes me thankful to be living today. The pioneers were very strong in body and mind.

    • I read this trilogy in 1979. I know that most of you were too young to even read that year but I highly recommend them. The author was able to bring to life what life was like for the women that helped to settled this country. As I was struggling with raising my own family, it helped to remember just how easy my life really was. Enjoy!

    • Simple story of a pioneer woman Sayward Wheeler and her family set in growing town of Ohio describes many aspects of daily life with a combination of history and the traditional beliefs, customs and stories of a community with some memorable scenes, e.g. sleighing party.

    • The final novel of "Awakening Land" series in which Sayward completes her mission and lives to see her family grow up. "The Trees" has progressed into "The Fields," and, finally, "The Town." I can't recommend these books any more highly.t

    • Still good, but sad a little bit. I didn't like Chancey very much as a main character, and I had a hard time relating to him. But I still loved Sawyard and her family!!

    • An incredibly under-rated trilogy in classic American literature. A strong female character with class, sense, and power.

    • See review of The Trees, first book in Awakening Land Trilogy. Well worth reading. Food for the mind and soul. Have reread many times and enjoy again and again.

    • This book. This book.It is very rare for a book to make me laugh, cry, root for the downtrodden, shake my head at the noble, and think about the general scope and sequence of life. To me, The Town departs rather drastically from the voice presented in The Trees and The Fields but in a way that fits the story perfectly. Conrad Richter has [had?] an amazing way of truly putting you in the setting of his books. The Trees were oppressive and dark, The Fields were bright but toilsome, while The Town [...]

    • Richter's "The Town" was just so-so and a real disappointment compared to the spare, authentic voice of Sayward Luckett Wheeler in the first of the trilogy: "The Trees". Although Richter nicely involved the Reader in the 19th century changes of what was previously an Ohio wilderness, he resorted to quite a bit of moralizing when it came to character development. Sayward's beliefs and outlook are contrasted to that of her youngest child, Chancey, who is born delicate. He's contrary and lazy and c [...]

    • This is a typical, though very well done, Pulitzer-Prize winning saga of a large pioneer family. Follows at various times the matriarch of the family, Sayward, a seemingly simple middle-aged woman with surprising depths who once owned all the land now occupied by her town, Portius, her eccentric and hard-drinking husband, and her youngest child Chancey, who goes from a sickly toddler whose survival is a miracle to a spoiled young man lacking in gratitude. It started slowly but began to build to [...]

    • The "Awakening Land" series (The Trees, The Fields & The Town) was so much more 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 t [...]

    • For those interested in environmental history, especially forest history, Chapter 23, called "The Trees" is worth reading all by itself. The central character came of age during a time when European settlers often feared the giant, ancient trees they found in eastern North America. But within a single lifetime, this character realizes what has been lost and begins bringing trees back into what has become a city.

    • I can't remember ever describing a book as being delightful before (other than a few kid's books). This one certainly is. It being the last book of Richter's "Awakening Land" trilogy kept my rating at 4 stars but, I'm sure taken as a whole the complete trilogy rates a resounding 5. Wonderfully erudite yet beautifully and humorously folksy.

    • I loved reading this trilogy, but this 3rd & final book was my least favorite. It seemed to focus too much on Sayward's youngest son, Chancey, who I found to be a tedious character and hard to warm up to. That being said, it's still an excellent book. Richter touches on some interesting social conflict that is still relevant today. I am going to miss Sayward and Portius!

    • “Wasn’t it the saddest thing in this world that you always had to be yourself, that you couldn’t be somebody else, that never, never, never could you be the person you most wanted to be.”The Town is a book about legacy and our great lengths to preserve it or obtain it.

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