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Christy (1967)

por Catherine Marshall

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Christy Huddleston left home at 19 to teach school in the Smokey Mountains. There she came to know and love the wild mountain people with their fierce pride, their dark superstitions, their terrible poverty, their yearning for beauty and truth. Christy found her faith severely challenged in these primitive surroundings; and, confronted with two young men of unique strength and needs, she found her own growing yearnings challenged by love.… (más)
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    The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek por Kim Michele Richardson (cbl_tn)
    cbl_tn: Both books are about young women in the early 20th century trying to educate Appalachians and break the cycle of poverty.
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    Tisha: The Story of a Young Teacher in the Alaska Wilderness por Robert Specht (dara85)
    dara85: Both teachers go into isolated areas, Tisha to Alaska and Christy to Kentucky. Both deal with illness in the story.
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    The Thread That Runs So True por Jesse Stuart (JenniferRobb)
    JenniferRobb: Both discuss schoolteachers in rural settings. Marshall's is set in Appalachia while Stuart's is mostly in rural Kentucky.
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    The Water Is Wide por Pat Conroy (JenniferRobb)
    JenniferRobb: Christy goes to teach in the Appalachians and Conroy goes to teach on Yamacraw Island, but both deal with students who don't know the basics of education as we think of them.
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TRIGGER WARNING:
This book contains a story of the rape of a teenage girl and may not be suitable for all audiences. It is not particularly graphic but has very raw emotions.


This book is very real. Real emotions, real situations. Real characters.
As such it is at times emotionally jarring and at others, nearly blissful.
We can all take lessons from Christy and Miss Alice. ( )
  FaithBurnside | Aug 17, 2022 |
I first read this book when I was a teenager, and I remembered really nothing of the story except that Christy was a girl who left her home in Asheville to work at a mission in the Appalachians and that I had liked the book. I think this book was more geared to my younger self, that youthful person still searching for her own path in life and wanting to codify her beliefs.

There is much truth, and dozens of truisms, in this book. Catherine Marshall was married to a famous pastor and she has a serious purpose in mind in writing this book. It is a Christian story and meant to be a serious search into what Christianity entails for the individual.

Already I could see that although I tried to capture truth, truth could never be wholly contained in words. All of us know it: at the same moment the mouth is speaking one thing, the heart is saying another; or events are carrying us in one direction when all the while the real life of the spirit is marching in another.

Embedded in the novel are some beautiful observations and descriptions of life in the mountains of Tennessee and the troubles and joys that come with an isolated life. Living among descendants of Scottish clansmen, the girl, Christy, is forced to look at life through a different lens and put aside some of the ideas that come from a privileged, educated city life.

Once I began to notice I heard the old ballads everywhere. Strange how music and poetry can preserve the feel of another way of life. Sitting on a cabin porch, I’d see an English manor house with clipped lawns and lords and ladies strolling arm in arm.

The first half of the book seemed quite lovely to me. The weight of the second half was at times overwhelming. It simply went on too long. The religious philosophy stretched itself into passages that seemed more like sermons. I agreed with Marshall’s points and themes, but I admit to wanting to get back to the story, and ultimately to the end.

So many people never pause long enough to make up their minds about basic issues of life and death. It’s quite possible to go through your whole life, making the mechanical motions of living, adopting as your own sets of ideas you’ve picked up some place or other, and die–never having come to any conclusion for yourself as to what life is all about.

On how to justify a belief in immortality:

Because man’s a part of the natural order, and dying each winter and being resurrected each spring is part of the rhythm, the normal ebb and flow of life. Surely if it happens to mere flowers and trees, it happens to us.”

There is wisdom in both those passages, and one that struck me as quite significant to today’s world circumstances was this one:

I’d long since learned that no difference in viewpoint should ever be allowed to cause the least break in love. Indeed, it cannot, if it is real love.

I am not sorry to have read this book, and I would heartily recommend it to anyone who is soul searching or trying to understand the nature of God and the struggles of what God might have planned for your life that you cannot know to plan for yourself.



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  mattorsara | Aug 11, 2022 |
The train taking nineteen-year-old teacher Christy Huddleston from her home in Asheville, North Carolina, might as well be transporting her to another world. The Smoky Mountain community of Cutter Gap feels suspended in time, trapped by poverty, superstitions, and century-old traditions. But as Christy struggles to find acceptance in her new home, some see her, and her one-room school, as a threat to their way of life. "Her faith is challenged and her heart is torn between two strong men with conflicting views about how to care for the families of the Cove. Yearning to make a difference, willhttps://www.librarything.com/talk Christy's determination and devotion be enough?" (Publisher)
  staylorlib | Jul 23, 2022 |
It was a very meh book. I enjoyed the overall story, but the religion was very heavy handed and of a sort that I find somewhat annoying.
  eri_kars | Jul 10, 2022 |
This is such a delightful book. My mom, sister and I used to love watching historicals together when we were younger, and I remember watching this when it was made into a miniseries. The book is even better, giving a great glimpse of the poverty and lack of opportunity in Appalachia back in the early 1900's when young Christy Huddleston goes into the Smoky Mountains to become a schoolteacher. Such memorable characters and just a great all-around read. 4.5/5 stars. ( )
  KatKinney | Mar 3, 2022 |
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Christy Huddleston left home at 19 to teach school in the Smokey Mountains. There she came to know and love the wild mountain people with their fierce pride, their dark superstitions, their terrible poverty, their yearning for beauty and truth. Christy found her faith severely challenged in these primitive surroundings; and, confronted with two young men of unique strength and needs, she found her own growing yearnings challenged by love.

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