[COMPLETE] Dred, A Tale of the Great Dismal Swamp, by H. B. Stowe - tg

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Post by msfry » May 9th, 2019, 2:30 pm

Dred, A Tale of the Great Dismal Swamp, by Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811 - 1896).

This project is now complete! All audio files can be found on our catalog page: https://librivox.org/dred-a-tale-of-the-great-dismal-swamp-by-harriet-beecher-stowe/
This is Stowe's second book, another one depicting the horrors of southern slavery, published 4 years after Uncle Tom's Cabin and 5 years before the commencement of the Civil War, when new territories wanting admittance into the US (Texas, Oklahoma, name the states), were vying to become slave states, threatening to spread the heinous system. While a work of fiction, the book successfully documents the horrors of the slave system, and depicts how some slaves escaped into the Dismal Swamp (a real place spreading over a million acres in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina), where they often lived for years hiding from their pursuers, often in community. Dred, one of Stowe's most unusual heroic characters, proclaims his mission as follows: ". . .the burden of the Lord is upon me . . . to show unto this people their iniquity, and be a sign unto this evil nation!'" The book depicts that slaves were not all passive victims, as so often portrayed, and had many white sympathizers, but all were caught in the grips of a legal system so stacked against them that nobody could overturn it without threats to life and limb. The book was welcomed by the anti-slavery movement in Europe as well as in America, and helped move the needle of sympathy to finally overthrowing the system. ( Michele Fry)
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    Plot summary and character descriptions can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dred:_A_Tale_of_the_Great_Dismal_Swamp
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    PRONUNCIATION GUIDE: Just so we're all on the same page, let's pronounce Nina the Southern way, as Nigh-na, (not Nee-na), and the plantation Canema as Can'-ah-ma, like Canada but with an m. Questions about other proper names, please ask.

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Post by TriciaG » May 9th, 2019, 5:02 pm

This is set up. I've entered your pre-claim, too. :)
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Post by msfry » May 9th, 2019, 8:04 pm

TriciaG wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 5:02 pm
This is set up. I've entered your pre-claim, too. :)
Thanks, Tricia. This could be a long project, but let's relax and take our time and see what happens. Stowe and her historical time period is always interesting (to me at least). I'll get the MW up this week. Thanks for the preclaim, that was sweet of you.
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Post by msfry » May 10th, 2019, 11:29 am

Preface is uploaded. MW is being filled in.

https://librivox.org/uploads/triciag/dred_00_stowe_128kb.mp3 5:10
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Post by williamjones » May 10th, 2019, 1:07 pm

Dred Preface:

Hello Michele.
I was happy to receive your request to Proof the opening 5-minute Preface to Dred.
My experience with your "Keys to Uncle Tom's Cabin" was eye-opening, so perhaps I can even read a couple of sections of this HBS book too.

Only one divergence from the source text, and it probably should be passed by, so, I am adjudicating you the PL OK !

1:41 Heard "her powers" but in the source one sees: "his powers" --- trivial, considering the context.
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Post by msfry » May 10th, 2019, 1:44 pm

Thanks, Bill. I hope you do take on a few sections.
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Post by Henrieke » May 10th, 2019, 2:04 pm

Could read chapter 1, please? I've read uncle Tom's cabin a couple of times. I really like Stowe's way of writing and how she makes me think about slavery. Didn't know about this book, so I'm quite excited to read it.

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Post by TriciaG » May 10th, 2019, 3:36 pm

Moving this to Readers Wanted. :)
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Post by msfry » May 10th, 2019, 7:58 pm

Henrieke wrote:
May 10th, 2019, 2:04 pm
Could read chapter 1, please? I've read uncle Tom's cabin a couple of times. I really like Stowe's way of writing and how she makes me think about slavery. Didn't know about this book, so I'm quite excited to read it.
Hi, Henrieke, I see you're already entered into our catalog and have gotten the OK on your 1 minute test and sent in a 7 minute file on another project. That tells me you are up to speed in finding the text source, recording, editing, naming your file, uploading it to the right folder. So far so good. Now for your second recording you are choosing a piece that kicks off and sets the tone of a whole book, with a chapter about 30 minutes long containing lots of dialogue, and introducing the major characters. I considered tackling this chapter myself but decided it might be too much of a challenge for me without understanding a lot more of the book first!!!! I usually council newbies to look for simpler pieces under 1500 words, no more than 10 minutes long, until they really get a handle on the recording/editing process.

I've put you in the MW and can reserve this for you for 2 months, should you want to cut your teeth on some shorter pieces first. HINT: Group projects with short files, submitting short stories of your own, and participating on our Weekly/Fortnightly poetry projects (which are low key and great fun), are ideal places for newbies to get in some valuable practice. There are some short chapters in this book too.

But hey, if you think you are up to the challenge immediately, I'm on board with encouraging you. I wish you the best, look forward to listening, and will help any way I can. :D
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Post by williamjones » May 11th, 2019, 5:20 am

May I please claim chapters 8 "Old Tiff" and 10 "The Preparation" ?
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Post by msfry » May 11th, 2019, 6:56 am

Ok, Bill, you're in for 8 and 10. :D
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Post by Henrieke » May 11th, 2019, 11:11 am

msfry wrote:
May 10th, 2019, 7:58 pm
Henrieke wrote:
May 10th, 2019, 2:04 pm
Could read chapter 1, please? I've read uncle Tom's cabin a couple of times. I really like Stowe's way of writing and how she makes me think about slavery. Didn't know about this book, so I'm quite excited to read it.
Hi, Henrieke, I see you're already entered into our catalog and have gotten the OK on your 1 minute test and sent in a 7 minute file on another project. That tells me you are up to speed in finding the text source, recording, editing, naming your file, uploading it to the right folder. So far so good. Now for your second recording you are choosing a piece that kicks off and sets the tone of a whole book, with a chapter about 30 minutes long containing lots of dialogue, and introducing the major characters. I considered tackling this chapter myself but decided it might be too much of a challenge for me without understanding a lot more of the book first!!!! I usually council newbies to look for simpler pieces under 1500 words, no more than 10 minutes long, until they really get a handle on the recording/editing process.

I've put you in the MW and can reserve this for you for 2 months, should you want to cut your teeth on some shorter pieces first. HINT: Group projects with short files, submitting short stories of your own, and participating on our Weekly/Fortnightly poetry projects (which are low key and great fun), are ideal places for newbies to get in some valuable practice. There are some short chapters in this book too.

But hey, if you think you are up to the challenge immediately, I'm on board with encouraging you. I wish you the best, look forward to listening, and will help any way I can. :D
I see your point... I just thought starting at the beginning of the book would be the easiest :lol: Because you always start a book at the beginning. I will first read a chapter of Catherine Booth, before I will record chapter 1.

What do you think would be best? I'm happy to read another chapter as well. But I could also give it a go. If I do chapter 1, please be very honest if you enjoy listening to the recording. Otherwise I'm perfectly happy for someone else to do the chapter.

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Post by iBeScotty » May 11th, 2019, 3:17 pm

Hi Michele, this looks interesting! May I start with one chapter and perhaps claim another later? I could read #2, or if you have another one you'd like me to start with (I haven't looked over the whole book yet) I'd be happy to read it.
Thanks a bunch!
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Post by msfry » May 11th, 2019, 3:26 pm

Thanks for your sincerity, Henrieke. It is much appreciated.

Your reasoning is sound to start at the beginning as far as reading a book is concerned, but people choose chapters all over the place to record, for who knows what reason, I suspect including length, which does run the risk of the final product of a chapter book sounding a bit disjointed. Some projects have pronunciation guides for proper names, some don't. It is hoped that the reader will consider themselves part of a team, and familiarize themselves with the plot first, at least the Wiki page, but that isn't always available. To bypass this extra homework, some readers prefer taking on sections of plotless books with stand-alone sections, such as Collections of Letters, Essays, Speeches, Short Stories, Poems, plus History, Biographies, etc. There are plenty of those, which is one thing that LV excels at producing.

I'm sure you'll do fine with chapter books that have unfolding stories, and with long files that can take hours to edit, but yes, I recommend you get some practice under your belt first.

You are right, Stowe is a great story teller and magnificent writer, and I love reading her. But she can be tough to enunciate smoothly (what with her long convoluted sentences and parenthetical remarks within parenthetical remarks). No sense toiling. Have fun first. Ease in. There is plenty of time, as this project is large and will take awhile. I look forward to you joining in.
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Post by msfry » May 11th, 2019, 3:38 pm

iBeScotty wrote:
May 11th, 2019, 3:17 pm
Hi Michele, this looks interesting! May I start with one chapter and perhaps claim another later? I could read #2, or if you have another one you'd like me to start with (I haven't looked over the whole book yet) I'd be happy to read it.
Thanks a bunch!
Hi Scotty, yes indeed thanks for joining in. I recommend you read the Wiki page (linked to in the OP) and choose a good character to cozy up to. There's Gordon, the Gordon Family, also Clayton, and the Clayton family. Also, there is Dred himself, the hero, a rabble rouser. I haven't read the book myself yet nor chosen which sections I want to read.
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