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My Terminal Moraine 1892   By: (1834-1902)

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My Terminal Moraine 1892 by Frank Richard Stockton is a captivating historical fiction novel that takes readers on a fascinating journey to the late 19th century. Set against the backdrop of a rapidly changing world, the book skillfully explores themes of greed, ambition, and the encroaching modernization of society.

The protagonist, Henry, is a young and ambitious geologist who finds himself entangled in a web of personal and professional challenges. As he embarks on a scientific expedition to study glaciers in a remote region, his life takes an unexpected turn. Stockton's meticulous attention to detail immerses readers in the harsh and unforgiving beauty of the icy landscape, creating a vivid and atmospheric setting.

One of the book's greatest strengths is its complex and multi-layered characters. Henry, driven by a desire for recognition and success, evolves throughout the story, facing moral dilemmas and questioning his own ambitions. His relationships with the other members of the expedition, including the enigmatic professor and his fellow scientists, add depth to the narrative.

Stockton's prose is elegant and evocative, painting a vivid picture of the environments and emotions the characters experience. The author masterfully balances descriptive passages with dialogue, keeping the narrative flowing naturally. Furthermore, the pacing of the novel is well-executed, creating an immersive reading experience that keeps readers engaged from start to finish.

The historical context of the late 19th century serves as a thought-provoking backdrop to the story. Stockton addresses themes of societal change and the clash between tradition and progress. Through the characters' interactions and the challenges they face, the novel raises important questions about the impact of industrialization and its effect on both the natural world and human relationships.

While Stockton's storytelling is captivating, My Terminal Moraine 1892 also benefits from its well-researched scientific aspects. The author seamlessly weaves geological knowledge into the narrative, imparting interesting information about glaciers and their significance. This inclusion adds a layer of educational value to the book, making it appealing to readers who enjoy learning along with being entertained.

Overall, My Terminal Moraine 1892 is an engrossing and thought-provoking novel that offers much more than a simple historical fiction story. Stockton's vivid prose, well-developed characters, and exploration of significant themes make for an enthralling reading experience. Whether you are a fan of historical fiction, interested in scientific expeditions, or simply enjoy a well-written tale, this book is a must-read.

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By Frank E. Stockton

Copyright, 1892, by P. F. Collier

A man's birth is generally considered the most important event of his existence, but I truly think that what I am about to relate was more important to me than my entrance into this world; because, had not these things happened, I am of the opinion that my life would have been of no value to me and my birth a misfortune.

My father, Joshua Cuthbert, died soon after I came to my majority, leaving me what he had considered a comfortable property. This consisted of a large house and some forty acres of land, nearly the whole of which lay upon a bluff, which upon three sides descended to a little valley, through which ran a gentle stream. I had no brothers or sisters. My mother died when I was a boy, and I, Walter Cuthbert, was left the sole representative of my immediate family.

My estate had been a comfortable one to my father, because his income from the practice of his profession as a physician enabled him to keep it up and provide satisfactorily for himself and me. I had no profession and but a very small income, the result of a few investments my father had made. Left to myself, I felt no inducement to take up any profession or business. My wants were simple, and for a few years I lived without experiencing any inconvenience from the economies which I was obliged to practice... Continue reading book >>

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