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A Hero and Some Other Folks   By: (1860-1925)

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A Hero and Some Other Folks by William A. Quayle is a well-crafted collection of stories that captivates readers with its vivid characters and thought-provoking narratives. Although lacking a clear overarching theme, the book offers an insightful exploration of the complexity of human nature, presenting a varied cast of characters who each possess their own unique struggles and virtues.

Quayle's writing style is elegant and poetic, drawing readers into the world of each individual story. He effortlessly brings to life the emotions and motivations of his characters, enabling readers to form a deep connection with them. The author’s ability to delve into the minds of his protagonists, exposing their inner turmoil and struggles, adds a layer of depth to the overarching narratives.

The book presents a diverse range of characters, from heroes to ordinary individuals, all beautifully intertwined through their shared experiences. Each story unfolds with a different pace and tone, keeping readers engaged and intrigued. Additionally, Quayle presents the stories in a non-linear fashion, creating an interesting blend of plotlines and perspectives that further adds to the uniqueness and appeal of the book.

One of the book's strengths lies in its ability to evoke a wide spectrum of emotions. From heartwarming moments of love and friendship, to the darker depths of human nature, Quayle takes readers on an emotional rollercoaster. The author explores themes such as sacrifice, redemption, and the power of hope, forcing readers to reflect on their own lives and choices.

However, the lack of a clear unifying theme or narrative arc may leave some readers yearning for a stronger structure or connection between the stories. While each piece is captivating on its own, the book as a whole seems to lack a cohesive thread that would elevate it to a truly outstanding work.

In conclusion, A Hero and Some Other Folks is a book that showcases William A. Quayle's exceptional storytelling talent. With his beautifully crafted prose and unforgettable characters, Quayle succeeds in delivering a collection of tales that engage readers on an emotional and intellectual level. While the book may benefit from a more defined overarching theme, it remains an enjoyable read for those seeking thought-provoking stories that explore the depths of the human experience.

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E text prepared by Al Haines

A HERO AND SOME OTHER FOLKS

by

WILLIAM A. QUAYLE

Author of "The Poet's Poet and Other Essays"

Cincinnati: Jennings & Pye New York: Eaton & Mains Copyright, 1900, by The Western Methodist Book Concern

To think some one will care to listen to us, and to believe we do not speak to vacant air but to listening hearts, is always sweet. That friends have listened to this author's spoken and written words with apparent gladness emboldens him to believe they will give him hearing once again.

May some one's eyes be lightened, some one's burden be lifted from his shoulders for an hour of rest, some one's landscape grow larger, fairer, and more fruitful, because these essays have been written.

WILLIAM A. QUAYLE.

Contents

I. JEAN VALJEAN II. SOME WORDS ON LOVING SHAKESPEARE III. CALIBAN IV. WILLIAM THE SILENT V. THE ROMANCE OF AMERICAN GEOGRAPHY VI. ICONOCLASM IN NINETEENTH CENTURY LITERATURE VII. TENNYSON THE DREAMER VIII. THE AMERICAN HISTORIANS IX. KING ARTHUR X. THE STORY OF THE PICTURES XI. THE GENTLEMAN IN LITERATURE XII. THE DRAMA OF JOB

A Hero and Some Other Folks

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Jean Valjean

The hero is not a luxury, but a necessity. We can no more do without him than we can do without the sky... Continue reading book >>




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