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Adventures of Working Men From the Notebook of a Working Surgeon   By: (1831-1909)

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Adventures of Working Men From the Notebook of a Working Surgeon by George Manville Fenn is a captivating novel that takes readers on a thrilling journey through the lives of ordinary men in extraordinary situations. Fenn, known for his ability to weave mesmerizing tales, once again delivers a gripping narrative that keeps readers hooked from page one.

The story follows the experiences of a working surgeon who encounters various individuals from different walks of life. Through his eyes, we are given a glimpse into the struggles, triumphs, and tragedies of these working men. Fenn's vivid descriptions and attention to detail create a vivid tapestry of the industrial era, bringing to life the gritty streets, bustling factories, and cramped living conditions of the time.

One of the book's greatest strengths lies in Fenn's ability to delve deep into the psychology of his characters. Each working man is grappling with their own set of challenges, whether it be poverty, ill health, or the constant threat of accidents in their dangerous professions. Their resilience and determination in the face of these hardships make them relatable and endearing. As the surgeon becomes emotionally invested in their lives, so too does the reader.

Fenn's narrative style is fast-paced and offers a perfect balance of action, suspense, and introspection. His dialogue is authentic and portrays the working-class vernacular of the era, adding an additional layer of realism to the story. The author's medical background also shines through in the detailed descriptions of surgeries and medical procedures, providing an intriguing glimpse into the field of medicine during that time.

However, one minor criticism of the book lies in the sheer number of characters introduced. While Fenn succeeds in developing most of them into fully realized individuals, some may find it difficult to keep track of everyone. Yet, this slight flaw does not detract from the overall enjoyment of the narrative as each character serves an integral purpose in the surgeon's exploration of the working-class experience.

Adventures of Working Men From the Notebook of a Working Surgeon is an enthralling novel that transports readers to a bygone era, illuminating the lives of the working men who built the foundations of our modern society. Fenn's storytelling prowess captivates and educates, leaving the reader with a renewed appreciation for the unsung heroes of history. This book is a must-read for anyone seeking an immersive, character-driven tale that celebrates the indomitable spirit of the working class.

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Adventures of Working Men From the Notebook of a Working Surgeon By George Manville Fenn Illustrations by Anon Published by Cassell, Petter, Galpin & Co, London. Adventures of Working Men, by George Manville Fenn.




I have had patients enough in a busy life as a working surgeon, you may be sure, but of all that I have had, young or old, give me your genuine, simple hearted working man; for whether he be down with an ordinary sickness or an extraordinary accident, he is always the same enduring, forbearing, hopeful, and with that thorough faith in his medical man that does so much towards helping on a cure.

Wealthy patients as a rule do not possess that faith in their doctor. They always seem to expect that a disease which has been coming on, perhaps, for months, can be cured right off in a few hours by a touch of the doctor's hand. If this result does not follow, and I may tell you at once it never does unless it be in a case of toothache, and a tooth is drawn the patient is peevish and fretful, the doctor is looked upon as unskilful, and, money being no object, the chances are that before the doctor or surgeon has had a chance, another practitioner is called in... Continue reading book >>

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