The Book Buyer Volume 24

The Book Buyer Volume 24

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ... less than his vernacular. The heroes of the early California period had among readers no more devoted admirers than women; one can hardly imagine, on the other hand, any feminine clientele worth mentioning being drawn to the yarns of the cattleman. They are essentially the sort of stories to be enjoyed by a large class of boys and men. READABLE NOVELS AT what point does gratitude cease to be an obligation in peculiarly confusing circumstances? This question furnishes the plot of Mr. E. W. Hornung's new story, At Large, in which, more suo, he takes his characters from the Australian bush to an English country-house. A bushranger who refrains from robbing a new chum of his hard-won first earnings is the cause of it all. The young man makes his fortune with the modest sum thus generously left to him, returns to England, and---finds his friend, the desperado, under the roof of the father of his fiancee, a welcome guest, and, apparently, a favored suitor. This is all that can be told of the plot without injustice to the author, whose ingenuity has furnished a series of events, in which harm comes of the young man's feeling of obligation toward his friend, the enemy, the Ewig Weibliche, so puzzling to the simple, straightforward Englishman of fiction, adding immeasurably to his misery. It may be added that there are other episodes in the bushranger's past besides this one act of generosity, which enables Mr. Hornung to reach a dramatic ending without doing violence to the probabilities. Philippines, China, and South Africa is dovetailed and combined in the most telling manner. Captain Jinks, playing with tin soldiers in his infancy, hazed at West Point, made a hero by the yellow press, returning home to be kissed by fair...show more

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  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 327g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236769031
  • 9781236769039