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Fiddles 1909   By: (1838-1915)

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Fiddles 1909 by Francis Hopkinson Smith is a wonderfully written historical novel that takes readers on a captivating journey through time. Set in the year 1909, the story unfolds against the backdrop of the bustling seaport of Fiddles, an emblematic representation of America's rapid industrialization.

Smith displays his exceptional storytelling skills as he introduces readers to a rich tapestry of characters who bring the town of Fiddles to life. From the hard-working dock workers to the ambitious merchants, each individual has their own unique story that adds depth and authenticity to the narrative.

One of the novel's greatest strengths lies in its meticulous attention to detail. Smith's vivid descriptions transport readers to the early 20th century, allowing them to immerse themselves fully in the sights, sounds, and even smells of Fiddles. The author's extensive knowledge of the era shines through, painting a realistic picture of the challenges and triumphs faced by the people of this great city.

At its core, Fiddles 1909 is a tale of ambition, resilience, and the pursuit of the American Dream. The characters' desires for success and the interconnectedness of their lives create a captivating sense of drama and tension that keeps readers engaged from the first page to the last.

Smith's prose is simply exquisite, characterized by a lyrical quality that enhances the reading experience. His ability to capture and evoke emotions with his words is truly commendable. From moments of joy and celebration to heart-wrenching scenes of loss and despair, the author masterfully captures the full spectrum of human experiences, making it impossible not to become emotionally invested in the lives of his characters.

Moreover, Fiddles 1909 is not merely a tale of events that occurred in the past; it also serves as a reflection on themes that resonate with contemporary readers. Through his storytelling, Smith explores the impact of progress on individuals and communities, raising important questions about the cost of advancement and the preservation of tradition.

In conclusion, Fiddles 1909 is a literary gem that effortlessly transports readers to a bygone era. Francis Hopkinson Smith's meticulous research, evocative prose, and compelling characters create an unforgettable reading experience. Whether one is a history enthusiast or simply a lover of great fiction, this novel is not to be missed.

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By F. Hopkinson Smith


This is Marny's story, not mine. He had a hammer in his hand at the time and a tack between his teeth.

"Going to hang Fiddles right under the old fellow's head," he burst out. "That's where he belongs. I'd have given a ten acre if he could have drawn a bead on that elk himself. Fiddles behind a .44 Winchester and that old buck browsing to windward" and he nodded at the elk's head "would have made the village Mayor sit up and think. What a picturesque liar you are, Fiddles" here the point of the tack was pressed into the plaster with Marny's fat thumb "and what a good for nothing, breezy, lovable vagabond" (Bang! Bang! Hammer at play now) "you could be when you tried. There!"

Marny stepped back and took in the stuffed head and wide branched antlers of the magnificent elk (five feet six from skull to tips) and the small, partly faded miniature of a young man in a student cap and high collared coat.

I waited and let him run on. It is never wise to interrupt Marny. He will lose the thread of his talk if you do, and though he starts off immediately on another lead, and one, perhaps equally graphic, he has left you suspended in mid air so far as the tale you were getting interested in is concerned. Who Fiddles was and why his Honor the Mayor should sit up and think; why, too, the miniature of the young man and he was young and remarkably good looking, as I well knew, having seen the picture many times before on his mantel should now be suspended below the elk's head, would come out in time if I loosened my ear flaps and buttoned up my tongue, but not if I reversed the operation... Continue reading book >>

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