The Harvester

The Harvester Gene STRATTON PORTER The Harvester is one of Gene Stratton Porter s romantic novels which combine a love of nature high moral ideals and a good plot This is the story of a young man who liv

  • Title: The Harvester
  • Author: Gene Stratton-Porter
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  • Page: 444
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Gene STRATTON PORTER 1863 1924 The Harvester is one of Gene Stratton Porter s romantic novels which combine a love of nature, high moral ideals and a good plot.This is the story of a young man who lives in the country side with his dog and other animals and grows herbs to sell to medical drug supply houses.One evening, he has a vision of his Dream Girl and this is the sGene STRATTON PORTER 1863 1924 The Harvester is one of Gene Stratton Porter s romantic novels which combine a love of nature, high moral ideals and a good plot.This is the story of a young man who lives in the country side with his dog and other animals and grows herbs to sell to medical drug supply houses.One evening, he has a vision of his Dream Girl and this is the story of his search for her and what happens when he finds her Summary by Readaholic Genre s RomanceLanguage Englishread by Cindy Steib

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    1. Please don't let my wife read this book - I would never hear the end of it. The reader should remember that David Langston, Porter's Harvester, was, after all, only a fictional character. He never really existed. Having said that, I was mesmerized by the sweep, intensity and energy of this book. I don't think I've ever read a more moving love story, albeit one-sided. Porter's premise, her style, her profuse imagery were unique. At times, the narrative and commentary were slow-paced (I kept sayin [...]

    2. My husband thought we should read this book at the same time. His mother read it to him in his youth, and he thought it helped shape his view of how women should be treated.I loved this book! The Harvester is such a wonderful character, an ideal man. He is noble, caring, patient, smart . . . I could go on. This is a wonderful love story. It is passionate while still appropriate. The characters are quirky and endearing. The story is captivating. I love the messages of good moral values, forgivene [...]

    3. This is a beautiful love story with passion and desire with out the lust. A great commentary on how love is deepened with clean living and heartfelt service. Move over Mr Darcy, David Langston is a man with strength, honesty, and straightforwardness not to be placed before tenderness, gentleness and kindness. One of my favorite quotes:"Never can you be truly happy, Ruth, until you have forgiven them The only way on earth to cure [pain] is through forgiveness. That, and that only, will ease it al [...]

    4. I adore this Limberlost book. It is different from the other two Limberlost books in many ways but it's so very ethereal and beautiful. Where was this book when I was 14 years old? I needed this book back then. I'll tell you where it was-- probably out of print! I read the GSP books that I could get my hands on when I was that age and I never came across this one. Thank goodness for this electronic age that we live in that is bringing these old gems back to life!

    5. I read this because it was selected as the quarterly classic group read in one of the groups I'm in. The story is about a man, David Langston who is the harvester. He harvests wild plants for medicines. He lives a simple life with his dog and his plants. One day he has this dream of a woman and knows she is the one for him. Later he sees her in town but was unable to get to her. He then looks for her and eventually he does find her. Her name is Ruth Jameson and she just arrived in the area and l [...]

    6. Three and a half stars. This book started out slow and was a hard for me to get into at first but the story definitely picked up in the second half of the book. I had a hard time placing the setting and time period so it was an unsettling read. At first I was a little worried about the main character's motivations and ideas about love. The love story seemed a too idealized, which can still make for a good story but the author sets the book up to be so much more than an overly romantic love story [...]

    7. Up to this point I've only read the "Big Three" of this author's books, though I've enjoyed them for years. The advent of free/cheap collections of older works on e-book has made it possible to try more, and for my first foray deeper into her collection I chose "Harvester". What an inspired choice! It turned out to be a wonderful old-fashioned love story. I only wish I'd read it years ago. About the first half of this story deals with David, a man who makes his living gathering the wild barks, r [...]

    8. David Langston is The Harvester. Content to live a simple life with his dog and the thought of complicating it with a woman brings on a panic attack…. Until…. The vision of her changed his life. David didn’t know her name or even where she was but he knew that she would be his wife and started preparing for her arrival by building her a home. The harvester grows, tends and cultivates trees, plants, herbs, edible and medicinal fungi. The author displays a cornucopia of colors, smells and te [...]

    9. I thought Laddie would always be my favorite Gene Stratton Porter bookI was wrong. I picked up a worn, weather beaten copy of the Harvester which was published in 1911. It belonged to my husbands grandmother and I have wanted to read it for years, but feared I would ruin it. Yesterday, I gently picked it up and began to try the waters. I put it down twice; once to sleep and the next when I had finished it. It is the most enchanting, inspiring story of love and life that I have yet encountered. T [...]

    10. David Langston lives alone in the Medicine Woods, where he cultivates and harvests plants used for medicines and sells them to doctors and drug companies. His neighbors call him lazy because he hasn't drained his lake and planted corn; really he is hard-working and well versed in the ways of the woods. Each spring with the coming of the first bluebird, he asks his faithful dog whether he should continue with his present occupation or seek his fortune in the city, and the dog always advises him t [...]

    11. The self summary says it all; "Pristine", "Idyllic bliss", "alluring”, "pure, unspoiled". Gene Stratton-Porter is the master of Utopia. Definitely not for the romantically "challenged" or faint of heart for Ms. Porter is also the master of emotional swooning--enough so to cause a pleasant roll of the eyes until she captures you in the story, as she undoubtedly will, and the eye rolling stops and you willingly go along for the ride among perfect people and places (much more enticing than any pr [...]

    12. This was such a sweet story. It concerns a man named David Langston who harvests herbs (Harvester!) to sell to druggists and doctors to cure people from their ailments. He is somewhat a loner and his best friends are his dog Belshazzar, his horse Betsy, and all the wildlife in the Medicine Woods. One day after getting upset when his dog "tells" him he should get married (David asked Bel!) he dreams of a beautiful girl. When he awakes he forgives Belshazzar for "telling" him to go courting that y [...]

    13. David Langston, known as "the Harvester" or the "Medicine Man" to people in the town, lives out in the forest and harvest plants and herbs that are used to make medicines for doctors to give their patients. One morning, he decides it is finally time to find a wife. After having a dream about the girl he should marry, without even meeting her, he builds a beautiful home to bring her to. Then, one day, he sees her in real life, and has to search for her. And once he finds her, he needs to court he [...]

    14. Could be that I especially loved this book after just having finished The Outlander. It was such a beautiful expression of "He loved us first". I loved the description of the reason we need to forgive on p. 320, "The only way on earth to cure the pain is through forgiveness. That, and that only, will ease it all away, and leave you happy and free for life and love. So long as you let this rancour eat in your heart, you are not, and never can be, normal. You must forgive them. Then your heart wil [...]

    15. I really liked the characters in this book - very life-like and realistic. The Harvester, David Langston, was hardworking, resourceful, and caring. It was interesting to read about how he cultivated his herbs on his land and sold them to doctors and druggists. He was quite successful in making a living through it. I liked Ruth too: so nice she got to have such a good life after some hardships she faces earlier! Granny Moreland was hilarious, I thought. There were references to evolution now and [...]

    16. Another lovely story from Mrs. Stratton-Porter. This one has the same landscape and trademark story telling of Freckles and Girl of the Limberlost but has an entirely different feel. Unlike the coming of age and journey to happiness through self-reliance that we see in the first two Limberlost books, this one more of a grown up romance. Innocent and lovely and inspiring but less instructive and gritty and compelling. I enjoyed this book very much for its beautiful prose and lovely descriptions. [...]

    17. There are a lot of sweet moments here. The Harvester gives a great case for the importance of virtue and why it is worthwhile. I enjoyed the book but don't think it is her best. I would start with "Girl of the Limberlost" if you are a beginning Gene Stratton-Porter fan. You realize she is the bird woman right?As much as I wanted to I just couldn't fall in love with the Harvester. He is a bit of a control freak and has exact ideas of how a sweetheart should be. I felt like he was too controlling [...]

    18. Love how Gene Stratton-Porter writes, so was excited to read The Harvester. It's a sweet love story, of how the Harvester woos his Dream-Girl, and as always, the beautiful world is described in vivid detail by Mrs. Porter's pen. It moved a little slowly at the beginning and I didn't care for some of the beliefs portrayed in it (specifically concerning nature and death), which is why it's not a favorite, but still a good, sweet read. I prefer A Girl of the Limberlost and A Daughter of the Land ov [...]

    19. 3.5 stars. It was slow at first, but picked up near the middle. As always loved the author's description of nature, and the medicine man's work with medicinal herbs. There are so many wonderful sayings and thoughtful gems throughout Gene Stratton-porter's novel. David Langston, the harvester is a wonderful man, but just a little too perfect This novel was published in the 1911, so it's a bit flowery and syrupy, but still worth reading The love story made me cry.

    20. Quentin the psychic was emphatic that I needed to read this so I would recognize my soul mate when he came along. It's taken me months to get into it (I put it down for a loooong time), but I'm looking forward to reading it tonight. That's good, right?

    21. I love to read Gene Stratton-Porter books because they are packed with good morals and standards that have been long buried and forgotten in society today. It is a wonderful refreshment to read about these strengths of character that she incorporates into her stories that existed long ago.

    22. This isn't my favorite Gene Stratton-Porter book, but it is right up there. The last third of the book is especially enjoyable, she ties up the story with some life lessons very well. However, Girl of the Limberlost is still the best!

    23. This is a delightful story, almost like a fairy tale. I loved the simple language and felt I could "see"the cabin,woods, and the herbs. Thank you Melinda, for loaning it to me.

    24. If you are not interested in nature, steer clear away from this book (unless you are willing to be converted to the ways of the woods). As a person who thoroughly enjoys reading about all things in nature, I found this to be immensely entertaining. I enjoyed reading the one-sided dialogue of the main character, David Langston, and I was glad to revisit the woods of "A Girl of the Limberlost," as well as the writing of Gene Stratton-Porter.This is an extremely sentimental book. I was in the mood [...]

    25. If I could have, I'd give it 3.5 stars. I enjoyed this book. Gene Stratton-Porter is a talented writer; she's so descriptive and her settings are always so beautiful. I learn so much about nature and wildlife when I read her books. Almost every time she's telling about the scenery I'm Googling the names of the flowers and birds so I can picture what she's talking about. I also love that Gene Stratton-Porter always has such honorable and wholesome characters. While I loved the characters in this [...]

    26. David Langston is The Harvester, a man who lives out in the woods with minor contact with civilization. Who needs human companionship when you have animals and plants to talk to? Then one day David up and decides to get married. He just goes ahead and starts building a new house and decorating it, with the 'wife' kind of being a last minute detail. Did you ever see that Andy Griffith episode where the farmer came to town to pick out a wife and expected the task to take one afternoon to get done? [...]

    27. One of my favorite authors! She has a way of telling stories of people that look for the good, defeat the odds, do their best, & succeed in ways they didn't see coming! And this book follows the same path. Not to mention the sweetness tucked into her pages!

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