Bride of the Mistletoe

Bride of the Mistletoe Bride of the Mistletoe by James Lane Allen

  • Title: Bride of the Mistletoe
  • Author: James Lane Allen
  • ISBN: 9781461066910
  • Page: 429
  • Format: Paperback
  • Bride of the Mistletoe by James Lane Allen

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    1. More than anything, The Bride of the Mistletoe is a tragedy at its core. The author blends the tragedy with lush descriptions of nature, particularly trees and of course his native state of Kentucky.The story involves two middle aged people in a Kentucky farm house who have had children, have had deaths in the family and have intimately shared each others lives and thoughts for decades. The tragedy comes wrapped on Christmas eve, also significantly their wedding anniversary, in a gift from the h [...]

    2. Set aside the racism ("frolicking servants"), sexism (a wife whose world revolves around her husband), and purple prose style, this is an odd little Christmas tale in which Allen seems to be trying to make a parallel between a modern marriage and a legend that ancient druids sacrificed a mistletoe bride to the god of the oak tree.As you may gather, it seems to be a species of horror story.Allen is considered Kentucky's local colorist. Mark Twain is the only writer who rose above that genre. Alle [...]

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