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Thursday, September 24, 2015

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Christy by Catherine Marshall



Have you ever read a book nonstop and then gotten mad at yourself because you finished it too soon? That’s what I did with this one. And unlike a lot of the books I read, this one actually had a satisfactory ending. 


I think I liked it so much because the main character, and the perspective it’s written from, was someone I could easily relate to, and almost exactly my age. It had the perfect balance of romance, morals, suspense, comedy and gore (well, not really gore, but the descriptions of some of the medical cases and poor conditions were a little graphic at times. Or maybe I’m just entirely too squeamish and spoiled.)


On that note, it’s the kind of book that makes you really grateful to live in your present time era. Even though this one was set in 1912 (a somewhat progressive time), the town it took place in (Cutter Gap, Tennessee) was majorly backwoods and poverty-stricken. It’s a reality check too, and makes you wonder at how materialistic we’ve become and what really matters in life.


My least favorite character of all was David (clearly I’m not like the typical swooner at the tall, dark and handsome). He just never knew what he stood for. Even in the end, he never figured out the answers to those questions Aunt Polly Teague and Christy asked him. It’s probably typical of a lot of today’s preachers and missionaries, but the main ministers to Cutter Gap had no idea how to answer questions like what happens after we die and why does God let bad things happen. I didn’t like the fact that this book never really offered those answers, it just showed how a lot of the characters were confused at them (Christy, David, Fairlight, McNeil). And to me, before you ever go into a mission field (which Cutter Gap pretty much was), you should know what you really believe. But at the same time, these ministries often show us what we really believe, so maybe that was what Marshall was trying to point out.


McNeil, on the other hand, was my favorite. He was just so straightforward and never played around. The right kind of man is one who challenges you, though he may have been a little too challenging. His cockiness did get on my nerves but that was fixed in the end. Plus he’s Scottish, which, isn't that alone a good enough reason to like anybody?


My opinion of Ms. Alice wasn’t as high as Christy’s was, though. The best part about her was her cabin and how ornately and cozily it was decorated. But all her Quaker thee’s and thou’s annoyed me. It was really fun to read all those mountain accents, though. Sometimes I just wanted to slam the book shut and shout “Lordamercy!”


Towards the end I was really curious about how she would tie it up, because there wasn’t any real resolve until the last few pages. But even though she was vague about how the Mission continued after the book, I think Marshall brought it all together really well. 


I also loved how there was a full map of Cutter Gap in both the front and back of my copy. It was so interesting referring to it throughout the book when the characters would travel from place to place, or when I just wanted to see where they lived in relation to their neighbors.


Overall, it was amazing. But yeah, now I’m mad at myself.


Borrowed a 1967 (super old, I know) copy from mom’s bookshelf. Several copies are available for .01 cent (plus $3.99 shipping) on Amazon.


Also, I made a cute sign from one of the book quotes and hung it above my bed.

“Hope is always right.”

-Catherine Marshall

What good books have you read lately? Or, if you've read this one, would you agree with my opinion?

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