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Desk and Debit or, The Catastrophes of a Clerk   By: (1822-1897)

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In Oliver Optic's novel "Desk and Debit or, The Catastrophes of a Clerk," readers are taken on a captivating journey through the life of Joseph Breck, a young clerk in a bank. This delightful story immerses readers in the vibrant world of clerks and their daily struggles, while providing valuable life lessons along the way.

Set in mid-19th century America, the book portrays the realities of the banking industry at that time and brings to light the challenges faced by young clerks like Joseph. Optic superbly captures the essence of the era, providing readers with an authentic and immersive experience. From the descriptive narratives of the bustling bank environment to the nuanced character development, the author's attention to detail shines throughout the story.

One of the greatest strengths of this novel lies in Optic's ability to create relatable and believable characters. Joseph Breck, the protagonist, is a young man with dreams and ambitions, but like any human being, he faces numerous obstacles on his path to success. Optic skillfully navigates Joseph's journey, portraying his growth, resilience, and determination in the face of adversity. As readers accompany him through various trials and tribulations, they will find themselves rooting for this likable protagonist.

Furthermore, the book beautifully explores themes of loyalty, friendship, and the importance of ethical decision-making. Through Joseph's interactions with colleagues and acquaintances, Optic provides insightful commentary on the significance of trust and integrity in personal and professional relationships. These moral dilemmas make the narrative richer, as readers are prompted to reflect on their own values and choices.

Optic's writing style is straightforward and accessible, making the book suitable for readers of all ages. While the language may seem simple, it effectively conveys the story's essence, allowing readers to fully immerse themselves in the world of clerks and their challenges. The pacing of the plot is well-crafted, with suspenseful moments that keep readers engaged throughout.

Though "Desk and Debit or, The Catastrophes of a Clerk" is a work of fiction, it undoubtedly sheds light on the realities and difficulties faced by clerks during that time period. To some, the specialized subject matter may be perceived as a drawback, as it caters to a niche audience. However, readers who appreciate historical fiction and stories of personal growth will find this book a hidden gem worth discovering.

In conclusion, Oliver Optic's "Desk and Debit or, The Catastrophes of a Clerk" is a captivating novel that transports readers to the world of 19th-century clerks. With its relatable characters, insightful themes, and immersive setting, this book offers an engaging reading experience for those seeking a combination of historical fiction and personal growth narratives. Optic's storytelling prowess and attention to detail make this novel a must-read for anyone curious about the trials and triumphs of clerks during the era.

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Transcriber's Note: The advertisement that was located at the beginning of the book has been moved to the end of this e text.

THE UPWARD AND ONWARD SERIES.

DESK AND DEBIT; OR, THE CATASTROPHES OF A CLERK.

By

OLIVER OPTIC,

AUTHOR OF "YOUNG AMERICA ABROAD," "THE ARMY AND NAVY STORIES," "THE WOODVILLE STORIES," "THE BOAT CLUB STORIES," "THE STARRY FLAG SERIES," "THE LAKE SHORE SERIES," ETC.

WITH FOURTEEN ILLUSTRATIONS.

BOSTON: LEE AND SHEPARD, PUBLISHERS. NEW YORK: LEE, SHEPARD AND DILLINGHAM. 1871.

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1871, By WILLIAM T. ADAMS, In the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.

ELECTROTYPED AT THE BOSTON STEREOTYPE FOUNDRY, 10 Spring Lane.

TO THE MEMORY OF

MY GOOD NATURED AND VERSATILE YOUNG FRIEND

EDWIN A. FARWELL ,

WHO, SINCE THIS BOOK WAS WRITTEN, HAS PASSED AWAY FROM THE SCENES OF EARTH, LOVED AND RESPECTED BY ALL WHO KNEW HIM,

THIS BOOK

IS AFFECTIONATELY DEDICATED.

THE UPWARD AND ONWARD SERIES.

1. Field and Forest ; OR, THE FORTUNES OF A FARMER.

2. Plane and Plank ; OR, THE MISHAPS OF A MECHANIC.

3. Desk and Debit ; OR, THE CATASTROPHES OF A CLERK.

IN PREPARATION :

4. Cringle and Cross Tree ; OR, THE SEA SWASHES OF A SAILOR.

5. Bivouac and Battle ; OR, THE STRUGGLES OF A SOLDIER... Continue reading book >>




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