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Aladdin & Co. A Romance of Yankee Magic   By: (1861-1925)

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In "Aladdin & Co. A Romance of Yankee Magic" by Herbert Quick, readers are taken on a captivating journey through the world of innovation, ambition, and the unforeseen consequences of unchecked power. The story centers around the life of a brilliant inventor named Aladdin, whose exceptional talent for creation empowers him to reshape the destiny of entire nations.

Quick's writing style is wonderfully descriptive and evocative, transporting the reader to a bygone era filled with steam-powered contraptions and awe-inspiring technology. Through vivid imagery and clever metaphors, he brings the characters and settings to life, immersing the reader into Aladdin's tumultuous journey.

The protagonist, Aladdin, is a complex and masterfully developed character. His intense desire for recognition and power initially fuels his impressive inventions, but as he delves deeper into his own creations, he becomes blinded by his own ambitions. This transformation exposes the stark contrast between the potential of human progress and the dangers of unchecked ego, reminding readers of the importance of humility and responsibility.

One of the novel's notable strengths lies in its exploration of the ethical implications of technology. Quick raises thought-provoking questions about the role of invention in society and its impact on individual lives. Through Aladdin's creations, he examines the balance between progress and preservation, highlighting the potential consequences of diverting too far from our natural roots. This ethical dilemma is skillfully integrated into the narrative, leaving readers contemplative long after they turn the final page.

Another highlight of "Aladdin & Co." is the portrayal of characters, including Aladdin's close associates, such as the charismatic journalist and the wise but skeptical friend. Their interactions with Aladdin provide a multifaceted perspective on his actions and showcase the dynamics of true friendship amidst trying circumstances.

While the novel's pacing is generally well-maintained, there are moments when the intricate descriptions and philosophical ponderings slow down the narrative's progression. However, these instances are compensated by the stimulating ideas presented, allowing readers to reflect on the broader implications of Aladdin's story.

"Aladdin & Co. A Romance of Yankee Magic" is a thought-provoking and captivating read that combines elements of fantasy, adventure, and introspection. It challenges readers to consider the ramifications of human ambition and the responsibility we bear in our pursuit of progress. Herbert Quick's masterful storytelling, combined with his exploration of ethical quandaries, makes this book a compelling addition to any reader's collection.

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Author of "Virginia of the Air Lanes," "Double Trouble," etc.

GROSSET & DUNLAP Publishers New York

Copyright 1904 Henry Holt and Company

Copyright 1907 The Bobbs Merrill Company


PAGE CHAPTER I. Which is of an Introductory Character 1

CHAPTER II. Still Introductory 13

CHAPTER III. Reminiscentially Autobiographical 20

CHAPTER IV. Jim Discovers his Coral Island 39

CHAPTER V. We Reach the Atoll 46

CHAPTER VI. I am Inducted into the Cave, and Enlist 55

CHAPTER VII. We Make our Landing 67

CHAPTER VIII. A Welcome to Wall Street and Us 77

CHAPTER IX. I Go Abroad and We Unfurl the Jolly Roger 86

CHAPTER X... Continue reading book >>

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