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W.H. Hudson
Green Mansions

William Henry Hudson was an author, naturalist and ornithologist. He was born in the Quilmes Partido in Buenos Aires Province, Argentina, where he is considered to belong to the national literature as Guillermo Enrique Hudson, the Spanish version of his name. He spent his youth studying the local flora and fauna and observing both natural and human dramas on what was then a lawless frontier, publishing his ornithological work in Proceedings of the Royal Zoological Society, initially in English mingled with Spanish idioms. He settled in England during 1869. He produced a series of ornithological studies, including Argentine Ornithology (1888-1899) and British Birds (1895), and later achieved fame with his books on the English countryside, including Hampshire Days (1903), Afoot in England (1909) and A Shepherd's Life (1910). His best known novel is Green Mansions (1904), and his best known non-fiction is Far Away and Long Ago (1918). His other works include: The Purple Land (That England Lost) (1885), A Crystal Age (1887), The Naturalist in La Plata (1892), A Little Boy Lost (1905), Birds in Town and Village (1919), Dead Man's Plack and an Old Thorn (1920), and A Traveller in Little Things (1921). (http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/h/w-h-hudson/)

Plot Synopsis
Green mansions is a romantic novel about a kid named Abel from Venezuela, who runs away when his corrupt father is killed. He runs away with his friend in fear of being killed, and they decide to just go on an adeventure and travel. Years go by and Abel decides to settle down, and he meets this indian tribe in the Guyana forsest, southeastern part of Venezuela. While Abel was there, the indians told him about a magical evil forest with an evil Didi living in it. Abel goes to this forest and meets a beautiful girl named Rima. Abel falls in love with her, but Rima is not used to those kind of feelings from a white man that she doesnt know. Abel fights for her love, and he fights to find out where Rima came from .

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What worked
I very much enjoyed reading this novel. It was very exciting in the beginning and it really got my attention early to read it. The book kept you on the edge of your chair through the entire thing. You never new what was going to happen next, and it kept making me want to come back and read some more. Green Mansions wasn’t a big dialogue book, it was more of a narrative, which made it great because he used such strong language to always describe what was going on, he put the picture he was seeing into words and made it seem like you were there. Like Hudson friend says, Sir Edward Grey, said "That Hudson is a person who could add strangeness to beauty, as someone who had the gift of pure observation and the power of being moved to think and feel, without any desire to interfere, nowhere is this special gift more apparent than in Green Mansions" (Hudson back cover). The way Hudson also went into depth about the background in the beginning of the story was something that really drew my attention quick. He really developed a really good plot line from the beginning and it was easy to follow.

What didn’t work
At times, the author did stretch a little too much and it would get a little boring at times. Being that he didn’t use to much dialogue he did tend to ramble on, but it was for the purpose of really describing what was happening. When he rambled on, he also started to lose my interest, and it then started to get hard to understand, but Hudson kept that to a minimum. Another thing he could have done well was to tell his story of how he got to the first Indian village better. He just kind of jumped right from background to the present time, and he didn’t really give me enough detail of how he got there or if there was any story behind that. In my mind it would have made the story better.

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Literary Information
Book- Green Mansions
Author- William Henry Hudson
Type of work- Novel
Genre- Romantic Novel
Narrator- Abel
Point of view- First person
Setting- Guyana jungle of southeastern Venezuela in 1904


"Have you ever observed a humming-bird moving about in an aerial dance among the flowers--a living prismatic gem that changes its color with every change of position".

"Here Nature is unapproachable with her green, airy canopy, a sun-impregnated cloud--cloud above cloud; and though the highest may be unreached by the eye, the beams yet filter through, illuming the wide spaces beneath--chamber succeeded by chamber, each with its own special lights and shadows".


why this book is on the "Outstanding Books List"
This book is on the outstanding books list because it has outstanding usage of rhetoric through the entire book. Hudson uses loaded language that puts a picture of what’s going on in the story. It’s a dramatic romance and its exciting, and a very fun book to read.

Why would I recommend it
I recommend this book to anyone who is into adventure and romance books because, this book not only gives you that but the way the author tells this story naturally draws your attention and it makes you not want to put the book down. Grexternal image 115995.jpgeen Mansions is a fun and an easy book to read, Hudson uses strong words and a creative way of describing everything going on in a way that anyone can understand. He goes into so much depth into everything without you knowing it, and he basically draws out the entire book for you with his descriptive writing.

What makes this book OUTSTANDING
This book by William Henry Hudson is outstanding because you never know what’s going to happen next, he is always keeping you on the edge of your seat guessing what is going to happen. This book goes so deep into describing what is going on and it puts the image right into your head, it’s a fun and easy read, and it’s full of adventure. It’s a love story that takes place in Venezuela; it’s a perfect setting for an amazing book.

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Work Cited
"Green Mansion Quotes". Litquotes. 25 March 2009. http://www.litquotes.com/quote_title_resp.php?TName=Green%20Mansions
"Green Mansions". Wikipedia. 5 January 2009. 26 March 2009. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Mansions

"W.H. Hudson". Fantastic Fiction. 8 March 2009. 25 March 2009. http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/h/w-h-hudson/
Hudson,William. Green Mansions. United Kingdom: Duckworth & Co,1904.