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The Rudder Grangers Abroad and Other Stories   By: (1834-1902)

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The Rudder Grangers Abroad and Other Stories by Frank Richard Stockton is a collection of whimsical, humorous, and adventurous tales that transport readers to various corners of the world. Within its pages, Stockton weaves together a delightful tapestry of characters, settings, and unexpected twists, leaving readers eagerly turning each page.

One of the strengths of this collection lies in Stockton's ability to create vivid and memorable characters. From the wily Rudder Grangers, a group of American tourists traveling through Europe, to the ghostly protagonist in "The Transferred Ghost," each character is distinct and captivating in their own right. Stockton imbues his characters with humanity, humor, and a touch of irreverence, making them relatable and endearing to readers.

The stories themselves take readers on a journey around the world, from the snow-covered mountains of Switzerland to the mysterious pyramids of Egypt. Stockton's vivid descriptions transport readers to these exotic locations, immersing them in the sights, sounds, and smells of each destination. Whether it is the chilling beauty of the Alps or the bustling streets of Cairo, Stockton's attention to detail creates a rich and immersive reading experience.

What sets this collection apart is Stockton's ability to seamlessly blend adventure and humor. From the Rudder Grangers' misadventures in Europe to the unexpected encounters in "The Lady or the Tiger?" and "The Jolly Corner," each story is filled with unexpected twists and turns that keep readers on the edge of their seats. Whether it is a daring rescue mission or a clever scheme, Stockton infuses these tales with a lightheartedness that is sure to bring a smile to readers' faces.

Moreover, Stockton's prose is elegant, yet accessible, making the stories enjoyable for readers of all ages. His writing style flows smoothly, effortlessly carrying readers from one story to the next. Stockton's ability to craft vivid descriptions and engaging dialogue adds depth and texture to each tale, bringing the characters and their adventures to life.

However, some readers may find the collection's overall tone to be a bit dated. The stories were originally published in the late 19th century, and as such, reflect the sensibilities and attitudes of that era. While this may not detract from the storytelling, some readers may find it difficult to fully connect with certain aspects of the narratives.

Overall, The Rudder Grangers Abroad and Other Stories is a delightful collection that showcases Stockton's talent as a storyteller. With its colorful characters, exotic settings, and clever plots, this compilation is sure to captivate readers looking for a lighthearted and entertaining read. Whether read in its entirety or savored one story at a time, Stockton's collection transports readers on a whimsical journey that is bound to leave a lasting impression.

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THE RUDDER GRANGERS ABROAD AND OTHER STORIES

BY

FRANK R. STOCKTON

1891, 1894

CONTENTS.

I. EUPHEMIA AMONG THE PELICANS II. THE RUDDER GRANGERS IN ENGLAND III. POMONA'S DAUGHTER IV. DERELICT V. THE BAKER OF BARNBURY VI. THE WATER DEVIL

EUPHEMIA AMONG THE PELICANS.

The sun shone warm and soft, as it shines in winter time in the semi tropics. The wind blew strong, as it blows whenever and wherever it listeth. Seven pelicans labored slowly through the air. A flock of ducks rose from the surface of the river. A school of mullet, disturbed by a shark, or some other unscrupulous pursuer, sprang suddenly out of the water just before us, and fell into it again like the splashing of a sudden shower.

I lay upon the roof of the cabin of a little yacht. Euphemia stood below, her feet upon the mess chest, and her elbows resting on the edge of the cabin roof. A sudden squall would have unshipped her; still, if one would be happy, there are risks that must be assumed. At the open entrance of the cabin, busily writing on a hanging shelf that served as a table, sat a Paying Teller. On the high box which during most of the day covered our stove was a little lady, writing in a note book. On the forward deck, at the foot of the mast, sat a young man in a state of placidness... Continue reading book >>




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