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The Faith Doctor A Story of New York   By: (1837-1902)

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In "The Faith Doctor: A Story of New York" by Edward Eggleston, readers are transported back to the bustling streets of New York City in the late 19th century. Set against this vivid backdrop, the author weaves a captivating tale of faith, love, and societal expectations.

The central character, Doctor Ryder, is a complex and multi-dimensional individual whose journey forms the heart of the narrative. A skilled physician, he is revered by the community for his medical expertise, but it is his spiritual beliefs that truly set him apart. As a staunch advocate of Christian Science, he challenges the conventional medical practices of the time, leading to significant controversy and prejudice against him.

Eggleston's portrayal of Doctor Ryder is intricate and nuanced, shedding light on the inner conflicts faced by those who challenge established norms. Through the doctor's interactions with his patients, colleagues, and friends, the author explores the delicate balance between faith and reason, and the potential consequences of holding steadfast to one's convictions.

The book also offers a thought-provoking glimpse into the social dynamics of the era, where religion played a significant role in people's lives. It examines the tensions arising from contrasting belief systems, the power of societal judgment, and the consequences of breaking free from traditional expectations. The exploration of these themes adds depth and substance to the narrative, elevating it beyond a mere character study.

Eggleston's writing style is eloquent and evocative, vividly capturing the sights, sounds, and atmosphere of New York City. The prose flows seamlessly, carrying readers along on a journey that is at once historical and deeply personal. The author's meticulous attention to detail ensures the story remains grounded in its time and place, making it all the more immersive for the reader.

While the book succeeds in exploring important themes and providing historical context, there were moments when the pacing felt sluggish. Some sections could have been condensed to maintain a more consistent flow. However, this minor flaw does not significantly detract from the overall enjoyment of the story.

"The Faith Doctor: A Story of New York" is a compelling tale that delves into the complexities of faith, identity, and societal expectations. It is a thought-provoking read that seamlessly melds historical context with themes that remain relevant today. Edward Eggleston's skillful storytelling and well-developed characters make this novel a worthwhile addition to any reader's collection.

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Though there is no life that I know more intimately and none that I have known for so long a period as that of New York, the present story is the first in which I have essayed to depict phases of the complex society of the metropolis. I use the word society in its general, not in its narrow sense, for in no country has the merely "society novel" less reason for being than in ours.

The prevailing interest in mind cure, faith cure, Christian science, and other sorts of aƫrial therapeutics has supplied a motive for this story, and it is only proper that I should feel a certain gratitude to the advocates of the new philosophy. But the primary purpose of this novel is artistic, not polemical. The book was not written to depreciate anybody's valued delusions, but to make a study of human nature under certain modern conditions... Continue reading book >>

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