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A Boy's Voyage Round the World   By: (1852?-)

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In "A Boy's Voyage Round the World" by Samuel Smiles, readers are taken on a captivating journey filled with adventure, discovery, and personal growth. This engaging travel memoir follows the protagonist, a young boy, as he embarks on a remarkable voyage that spans the globe.

One of the most compelling aspects of this book is the vivid and detailed descriptions of the various destinations visited by the protagonist. Smiles effortlessly paints a vivid picture of exotic lands, their vibrant cultures, and the unique experiences encountered along the way. From the bustling cities to the uncharted territories, readers find themselves immersed in the sights, sounds, and smells of each location, making the voyage come alive in their minds.

As the young boy explores these foreign lands, readers witness his personal growth and development. Smiles beautifully captures the protagonist's transformation from an innocent and naive youngster to a more worldly and mature individual. Through a series of challenges and encounters, the boy learns valuable life lessons, gaining a deeper understanding of himself and the world around him.

Furthermore, the book delves into the significance of human connections and friendship. The boy befriends people from diverse backgrounds and embraces the opportunity to learn from them. These relationships shape his perspective and reinforce the importance of empathy, tolerance, and acceptance.

The writing style of "A Boy's Voyage Round the World" is elegant, yet accessible. Smiles strikes a perfect balance between informative narration and captivating storytelling. Through his evocative prose, readers are able to visualize each scene, allowing the story to unfold seamlessly.

Additionally, the book contains numerous moral messages, making it not only an enjoyable adventure tale but also a thought-provoking piece of literature. Smiles seamlessly weaves in themes of perseverance, courage, curiosity, and the pursuit of knowledge, which adds depth to the narrative.

However, one possible drawback of the book is the occasional slow pacing, particularly when the protagonist's journey intersects with historical events or cultural observations. Some readers may find these sections less captivating, wishing for a quicker return to the more action-packed moments of the voyage. Nonetheless, these moments still contribute to the overall richness of the story.

In conclusion, "A Boy's Voyage Round the World" is a delightful and enlightening travel memoir that takes readers on a thrilling journey. Samuel Smiles provides a compelling narrative that combines adventure, personal growth, and important life lessons. With its vivid descriptions, engaging storytelling, and thought-provoking themes, this book is a truly enjoyable read.

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A BOY'S VOYAGE ROUND THE WORLD

EDITED BY SAMUEL SMILES, LL.D.

AUTHOR OF 'SELF HELP,' ETC.

LONDON JOHN MURRAY, ALBEMARLE STREET

1905

[Illustration: OUTWARD BOUND. See p. 27.]

PREFACE.

I have had pleasure in editing this little book, not only because it is the work of my youngest son, but also because it contains the results of a good deal of experience of life under novel aspects, as seen by young, fresh, and observant eyes.

How the book came to be written is as follows: The boy, whose two years' narrative forms the subject of these pages, was at the age of sixteen seized with inflammation of the lungs, from which he was recovering so slowly and unsatisfactorily, that I was advised by London physicians to take him from the business he was then learning in Yorkshire, and send him on a long sea voyage. Australia was recommended, because of the considerable time occupied in making the voyage by sailing ship, and also because of the comparatively genial and uniform temperature while at sea.

He was accordingly sent out to Melbourne by one of Money Wigram's ships in the winter of 1868 9, with directions either to return by the same ship or, if the opportunity presented itself, to remain for a time in the colony. It will be found, from his own narrative that, having obtained some suitable employment, he decided to adopt the latter course; and for a period of about eighteen months he resided at Majorca, an up country township situated in the gold mining district of Victoria... Continue reading book >>




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