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Stan Lynn A Boy's Adventures in China   By: (1831-1909)

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Stan Lynn: A Boy's Adventures in China by George Manville Fenn is an enthralling journey that takes readers on a remarkable adventure through the vibrant landscape and rich culture of China. Set in the late 19th century, this captivating novel follows the life of young Stan Lynn, an adventurous English boy who finds himself amidst the tumultuous events of the Boxer Rebellion.

Fenn skillfully weaves an intricate plot filled with suspense, danger, and unexpected twists that will keep readers engaged from start to finish. Through Stan's eyes, we witness his transformation from a curious and sheltered teenager to a courageous and resilient young man.

One of the book's strengths lies in Fenn's meticulous attention to detail. His vivid descriptions transport the reader directly into the heart of China, allowing us to experience the sights, sounds, and smells of the bustling streets, the serene countryside, and majestic landmarks. Fenn's extensive research shines through, providing readers with a well-rounded understanding of Chinese history, traditions, and folklore.

Moreover, the characters in this novel are vividly portrayed and thoroughly developed. Stan Lynn, in particular, is a relatable protagonist whom readers will root for. His determination, resourcefulness, and quick thinking often save the day, making him an inspiring role model for young readers. The supporting cast of characters also adds depth to the story, each bringing their own unique perspectives and contributions to the narrative.

Furthermore, Fenn masterfully balances action-packed sequences with moments of reflection, injecting the story with a sense of realism and emotional depth. The themes of friendship, loyalty, and resilience are seamlessly interwoven throughout the narrative, leaving a lasting impression on readers.

However, while the book provides an engaging and educational experience, it occasionally suffers from pacing issues. Certain chapters delve into lengthy descriptions and historical context, momentarily slowing down the plot's momentum. Nonetheless, dedicated readers will find such details rewarding, as they enhance the overall authenticity and historical accuracy of the story.

In conclusion, Stan Lynn: A Boy's Adventures in China is a captivating historical adventure that will leave readers both entertained and enlightened. George Manville Fenn's superb storytelling brings the past to life, offering a valuable glimpse into the rich tapestry of Chinese culture and history. Young readers, in particular, will find themselves engrossed in Stan's remarkable journey, learning important lessons about bravery, friendship, and the power of resilience.

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Stan Lynn, by George Manville Fenn.




"Yes! What is it?"

"Hist, boy! Jump up and dress."

"Oh, it's you, father!" said the newly aroused sleeper, slipping out of bed or, rather, off his bed, for the heat of an Eastern China night had made him dispense with bedclothes.

He made a frantic dash at his trousers, feeling confused and strange in the darkness, and hardly knowing whether he was dreaming or awake, as he whispered:

"Is anything the matter?"

There was no reply, and the lad became conscious of the fact that his father had passed out of the room after awakening him.

Dressing in the darkness is not pleasant. Buttons have a habit of making for the wrong holes, socks and collars and ties of slipping off the bedside chair and hiding underneath anywhere; while if it is very dark, elbows come in contact with pieces of furniture, and the back of the hair brush is liable to come rap against the skull, instead of the yielding, bristly front.

Stanley Lynn went through divers experiences of this kind as he hurried on his clothes, wondering what was the matter the while, and coming to the conclusion that Uncle Jeff must have been taken ill and wanted the doctor... Continue reading book >>

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