1830s Adventure in America
March 13, 2014
The Uncorrupted Heart: Journal and Letters of Frederick Julius Gustorf, 1800-1845 is a wonderfully written travel journal by an educated German gentleman who came to America in the 1830s. His desire was to investigate the German immigrants who had settled in Illinois and Missouri and to see how they were getting along in America. Gustorf also wanted to compare his experience with those of other German authors.
What I liked best about this book was Frederick’s descriptions of the everyday. The plentiful amount of trees along the rivers he traveled, the houses he visited, the places he stayed, and the people he encountered along the way. He detailed it so that I could visualize those places in my head, and I felt as though I was right there with him. He also named towns, communities, and landmarks that are still in existence today. It was nice that I could look up those places on the Internet as I was reading along. The book left me with a great appreciation of the writing ability of the author and a look into what life in 1830s America was like. If you like a little adventure, history of early America, and what people were like at that time, then this book will give you all of that and more from an uncorrupted German gent.
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