The Friendly Persuasion

The Friendly Persuasion

Large Print - 2007
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A San Francisco Chronicle Western 100.

Best Book of the Twentieth Century.

The Birdwells are a pacifist Quaker family in southern Indiana during the Civil War. A quintessential American heroine, Eliza Birdwell is a wonderful blend of would-be austerity, practicality, and gentle humor when it comes to keeping her faith and caring for her family and community. Her husband, Jess, shares Eliza's love of people and peaceful ways but, unlike Eliza, also displays a fondness for a fast horse and a lively tune. With their children, they must negotiate their way through a world that constantly confronts them - sometimes with candor, sometimes with violence - and tests the strength of their beliefs. Whether it's a gift parcel arriving on their doorstep or Confederate soldiers approaching their land, the Birdwells embrace life with emotion, conviction, and a love for one another that seems to conquer all.

Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., 2007
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781602850323
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 299 p. (large print) ; 23 cm


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Jan 18, 2016

This book was somewhat disappointing compared to the movie. The chapters are like individual stories and seem rather disconnected. The author should have spent some time showing the transitioning of time because the reader was curious at the end to find out so many years had passed by. While I would not recommend the book, the movie is wonderful.

Jun 25, 2013

Their strong Christian beliefs are frequently expressed rather than just being background information. If you are interested in the Quaker religion this may be a good way to understand their belief system as it is woven into the stories. If however, you dislike constant references to Christianity this book is not for you.

Dec 28, 2010

This is a wonderful book! It is very hard to put down.
It is written as a series of related vignettes about a Quaker family in middle to late 19th century Indiana.
The book is full of wisdom and thoughtful regard to life. It is evocative of an era of simpler times, but still very relevant to people of today.
The main characters are fully drawn and unforgettable.
The writing is beautifully descriptive and the reader is compelled to read and reread passages of particularly beautiful description as well as the writer's gentle, but thoughtful wisdom.

If you are not aware of the Movie based on the book and named "Friendly Persuasion" starring Gary Cooper and Dorothy McGuire, you would be well rewarded to make the effort to view it. It is mostly faithful to the novel though not as fully developed.


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