A 3-in-1 volume of Allen's trilogy of Colonial America:The Forest and the FortBedford VillageToward the MorningAlso contains the chapters of the fourth volume, The City in the Dawn, that Allen had completed before his death....
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The City in the Dawn Reviews
I wouldn't recommend reading this because the author had a heart attack in the shower before he completed the story. While it is interesting, you will alwys be hanging there, wanting to understand his intent. This actually an omnibus edition of The Forest and the Fort, Bedford Village, Toward the Morning. I've finished the first two novels with some degree of enjoyment, but I would recommend keeping a character roster if you read them back to back. People reoccurred, sometimes beyond my ability to recollect. This is a very pro-Scottish novel, and I have reason to doubt the kilted romanticism-I think this is a Victorian innovation. The number of anti-Welsh, anti-Irish, anti-Catholic, anti-Quaker comments could be calculated by a more diligent reader. But generally speaking Albine's exploits are interesting, and the story of his parents makes perfect sense. Allen has a keen eye for psychological detail, although all of his characters seem to conform to ethnic and gender norms. The Scots and English really come off as the heroes, with Scots usually being sent as the Imperial troops designed to serve the British settlers. The book is full of the strife between the kilted military and the redcoats, with the third faction of local milia, clad in everything from linsey-woolsey, buckskins to more native adaptations. The owner of the book has also given me Inglis Fletcher books to read, a novelist of the same vein and romantic tendencies, but purportedly historically accurate. The Scots are plagued by alcholism, the Irish women are seers, and all the Welsh sing. Most of the women are of low character and there is lttle reflection of the roles they fulfilled as printers, brewers or business people in places were there were not a dirth of men to fulfill these roles.Salathiel is perplexing, partially because the concept of mongamy was enforced on his savage self before he was able to give really an informed consent. But his later holistic attachment to Phoebe is swept away when his pursuit of Jane is sidelined by his reception for Frances. There is a fair amount of tension in Mr Albine as he choses to avoid Mrs. Albine and who he would have made Mrs Albine (Phoebe) as he sports the pretender Mrs. Albine(Frances Melissa) on his arm. Yet he never questions his right to careen about between these women because he is a savage, or a "savage-killer," or possibly, simply a man who can't really connect. The romantic aspects aside, I think this is a worthwhile novel to read if you are curious about the history of Pennsyvannia. I read it because I am curious about the role Bedford played in the emmigration of settlers to Ohio. Bedford, previously known as Raystown has played an interesting role in the settlement of Ohio territories and the dispersal of Swedenborgianism, albeit somewhat later. It is also a salient place in the biography of Andrew Carnegie. The novel points out that in 1763-5 there had been numerous Indian raids and the population of the town swelled massively. It did not yet have the industrial aspect detailed in Andrew Carnegie's era. During this period, various evangelists took advantage of the captive population of the fortified town. The number of young boys creating mischief for the military necessitated the opening of the Cpt. Stewart's Academy run by a Mr. Hume. Later a Bedford Academy served as a place employ for Alexander Kinmont, a prominent educator how served as a lay lecturer and preacher for Swedenborgians in Ohio, but his time in Bedford is still cloaked in mystery. While the time period of the novel is clear in mind at this point, I would check on Mr Kinmont's timing which I know to be closer to the time of the Civil War.This book served to clarify the diverse topography of Pennsylvania, and the various threshold which were settled in phases. Sometimes repeatedly depending on the state of the Indian relations.