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Rural grammar, but a heartwarming story

June 13, 2006|by ADDIE CUMPATA

"The Life All Around Me By Ellen Foster" is a unique and invigorating fiction story by Kaye Gibbons. This book accentuates the highs and lows of life of a country girl, Ellen, who has great dreams and hopes of one day graduating from Harvard University. I personally could connect with Ellen, because we share that goal.

The overall plot is deep and heartwarming, but the style of writing the author uses reflects Ellen's rural North Carolina vocabulary and grammar - crude at some points of the story and at other times, certain details in the plot are quite unorganized.

However, the book is a good choice for a rainy day. Here is an excerpt from the book that will give you a glimpse of the author's style and an overall layout of the story: "When you compare and contrast the duties you stay expected to perform because of all the outlandish gifts you were given when you were little and talents you were furnished in your womb, if you accumulated everything that's ever expected of you, they'd never amount to more than the kind of mean little pile of coins misers sit around and trick between their fingers continually, not much of a wonder of achievements at all."

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