Silas Strong


Read by Roger Melin

(4.5 stars; 19 reviews)


Per the author: "The book has one high ambition. It has tried to tell the sad story of the wilderness itself—to show, from the woodsman's view-point, the play of great forces which have been tearing down his home and turning it into the flesh and bone of cities." But this story is much more than that. It revolves around Silas Strong and his distaste for the modernization and destruction of his beloved forest surroundings, and how it pleases him to teach younger folk how to appreciate that which has been given us. He takes matters into his own hands, as only Silas Strong can do.
Addison Irving Bacheller was an American journalist and writer who founded the first modern newspaper syndicate in the United States. He was a graduate of St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York in 1882. - Summary from Book preface, Wikipedia, Roger Melin (8 hr 11 min)

Chapters

Chapter 1 28:36 Read by Roger Melin
Chapter 2 6:49 Read by Roger Melin
Chapter 3 9:50 Read by Roger Melin
Chapter 4 20:19 Read by Roger Melin
Chapter 5 15:05 Read by Roger Melin
Chapter 6 8:33 Read by Roger Melin
Chapter 7 8:23 Read by Roger Melin
Chapter 8 17:36 Read by Roger Melin
Chapter 9 24:32 Read by Roger Melin
Chapter 10 13:49 Read by Roger Melin
Chapter 11 15:56 Read by Roger Melin
Chapter 12 23:13 Read by Roger Melin
Chapter 13 11:19 Read by Roger Melin
Chapter 14 13:07 Read by Roger Melin
Chapter 15 9:15 Read by Roger Melin
Chapter 16 19:13 Read by Roger Melin
Chapter 17 6:59 Read by Roger Melin
Chapter 18 21:45 Read by Roger Melin
Chapter 19 11:50 Read by Roger Melin
Chapter 20 9:01 Read by Roger Melin
Chapter 21 9:00 Read by Roger Melin
Chapter 22 15:36 Read by Roger Melin
Chapter 23 13:13 Read by Roger Melin
Chapter 24 9:55 Read by Roger Melin
Chapter 25 16:40 Read by Roger Melin
Chapter 26 12:51 Read by Roger Melin
Chapter 27 7:46 Read by Roger Melin
Chapter 28 7:31 Read by Roger Melin
Chapter 29 11:28 Read by Roger Melin
Chapter 30 42:01 Read by Roger Melin
Chapter 31 8:06 Read by Roger Melin
Chapter 32 8:44 Read by Roger Melin
Chapter 33 5:52 Read by Roger Melin
Chapter 34 11:31 Read by Roger Melin
Chapter 35 8:47 Read by Roger Melin
Chapter 36 7:28 Read by Roger Melin

Reviews


(1 stars)

easy to see how the worship of nater began. although not my point of view, I did try to give it a go.

Well Read Tale of a Man Whose Life is Disappearing


(4 stars)

Silas Strong lives simply in the Adirondack woods. But the lumber barons want to cut down his forest. Will this sentimental but laconic man win his fight for Mother Nature and his way of life, or will the villains of Turn of the Century capitalism finally destroy him? This is seemingly one of those books about quaint gentle country people with their strange dialects and odd country ways, told in a gentle, discursive manner. But there is enough melodrama in the story to keep it moving along, and the author conveys a melancholy completely appropriate to the subject matter. This story is also quite well read.

POIGNANT TRUTH


(5 stars)

One reviewer noted the passing of a way of life. That is certainly in the story, but above that is a greater truth. In the misused term "progress" we see the very history of our country being rapaciously destroyed and/or badly altered by selfish magnates whose battle cry is "that's business!". Whether is is forests, oil. gold. silver. copper, or any of a thousand other things, millions of us have been robbed (like Silas) of nature's beauty. A good story with a strong moral.

Amazing


(5 stars)

Wonderfully sad story of a bushman and all that he loved and the damnable effects of progress


(5 stars)

ole timey but timless nonetheless. well read and we'll developed.