Wednesday, October 21, 2009

I Am In Love with a Fictional Man…The Harvester

the harvester

I have read this book yearly whenever i am in a sweet mood it seems. the harvester by gene stratton-porter is one of my most loved books. it should appeal to many of you. the central character david langston has spent his entire lfe in the medicine wood living and harvesting with the seasons, so lots of good herbie related passages throughout. while for those who like a little romance and beauty, which again speaks to all of us with the love of nature and sweet innocent love. david has spent his life studying and cultivating herbs and plants and sells them to hospitals in the hopes of lessening the pain in the world. he is a noble man and this is an inspiring book, with a many love stories, interspersing and freely vining throughout the story.  the spots where we folklore and fairy lovers will smile are in passages such as this

“the harvester broke from a tree a large fan-shaped fungus, the surface satin fine, the base mossy, and explained to the girl that these were the ballrooms of the woods, the floors on which the little people dance in the moon light at their great celebrations. the he added a piece of woolly dog moss, showing her how each separate spine was like a perfect little evergreen tree. that is spine where the fairies get their christmas pines, he explained.

do you honestly believe in fairies?

surely! who would tell me when the maples are dripping sap, and the mushrooms springing up, if the fairies didn’t whisper in the night?….”

here is a nice link about the author

so go out and find a copy of the harvester! i am sure it is reasonable at amazon and also through library loan systems. go on, i dare you not to fall in love with david langston also!lol


Rosalee said...

Have you read Girl of the Limberlost? One of my favorite all-time books by the same author.

Comfrey Cottages said...

ooo it is on my list rosalee! i am reading her book the keeper of the bees right now and it is just lovely. have you read the harvester? you will love him

Betsie said...

You can download a public domain (i.e. free) audio book version from

As well as other audio books by Gene Stratton Porter:

(I recorded a couple of the chapters of Freckles and Girl of the Limberlost)

Enjoy! =)

Comfrey Cottages said...

bless you for the info betsie:) so nice of you to share with us! what a nice surprise this morning:) thank you for visiting! i just finsihed the keeper of the bees and loved it:)

*Ulrike* said...

I am going to check this one out. I have not had a lot of time to read lately, but with winter coming I may be able to read one. (Which if you've known me for a long time, you would say what?! you haven't read anything?!!)

Jeff said...

I read this about once a year myself. .One of my favorite books