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People You Know   By: (1866-1944)

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George Ade's "People You Know" is a compelling and thought-provoking collection of short stories that offers a deep exploration of various human experiences. Ade's storytelling prowess shines through as he skillfully weaves together narratives that captivate readers from beginning to end.

The book's greatest strength lies in its relatability. Ade presents a diverse cast of characters, each carefully crafted to reflect the complexity of human nature. From the ambitious businessman to the struggling artist, every individual embodies a unique set of challenges, fears, and aspirations that resonate with readers on a personal level. Ade's ability to capture the intricacies of human relationships is truly remarkable.

The author's writing style is simple yet sophisticated, allowing the stories to flow effortlessly. Ade employs a clever use of humor throughout the book, infusing each narrative with wit and levity. This comedic element not only serves to entertain but also adds depth and charm to the overall reading experience.

Furthermore, Ade's exploration of themes such as ambition, love, and the pursuit of happiness is both insightful and thought-provoking. Each story acts as a mirror, forcing readers to reflect on their own lives and choices. The book's underlying message is powerful, reminding us of the importance of self-discovery and embracing the inherent flaws and strengths that make us who we are.

However, one minor drawback of "People You Know" is that some stories may feel predictable or formulaic. While Ade's character development and storytelling abilities are exceptional, there are instances where the plot unfolds in a way that feels somewhat clich├ęd. Nonetheless, this does not detract significantly from the overall reading experience.

In conclusion, "People You Know" is a remarkable collection of stories that will both entertain and enlighten readers. Ade's unparalleled ability to capture the essence of human existence through his multifaceted characters is truly remarkable. This book is a must-read for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the intricacies of human nature and the joys and challenges of everyday life.

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PEOPLE YOU KNOW

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PEOPLE YOU KNOW

BY GEORGE ADE

ILLUSTRATED BY JOHN T. MCCUTCHEON AND OTHERS

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PREFACE

This little book is not supposed to contain any new information. It is made up of plain observations concerning people who live just around the corner. If the reader will bear in mind that only the people who live around the corner are discussed in this volume, there will be no chance for painful misunderstandings. I have no desire to rub the wrong way anyone who proves his true friendship by purchasing a copy of this Work. It may be advisable to explain that these Fables are written in the colloquial American language. The vocabulary employed is one that has become familiar to the ear, although it is seldom seen on the printed page. In other words, this volume contains a shameless amount of slang. If any part of it is unintelligible to the reader, he should be glad that he has escaped what seems to be an epidemic.

THE AUTHOR.

CONTENTS

The Periodical Souse, the Never Again Feeling and the Ride On the Sprinkling Cart, 13

The Kind of Music That Is Too Good for Household Use, 23

The One or Two Points of Difference Between Learning and Learning How, 26

The Night Watch and the Would Be Something Awful, 37

The Attenuated Attorney Who Rang In the Associate Counsel, 46

What Father Bumped Into at the Culture Factory, 54

The Search for the Right House and How Mrs... Continue reading book >>




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