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Found at Blazing Star   By: (1836-1902)

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In Found at Blazing Star, Bret Harte takes us on a captivating journey through the gold rush era in California. Set in the mid-1800s, this novella follows the lives of various characters, each with their own unique aspirations and struggles.

Harte's vivid descriptions transport readers to the bustling mining town of Blazing Star, where dreams and fortunes are made and lost in the blink of an eye. The author's attention to detail showcases his deep understanding of the time period, bringing the narrative to life with authenticity and richness.

One of the standout aspects of Found at Blazing Star is Harte's ability to create well-rounded and relatable characters. From the ambitious prospector to the weary saloon owner, each individual's story unfolds with depth and realism. Whether it is the comedic banter between friends or the heartbreaking choices they face, the characters' journeys intertwine seamlessly and keep the reader fully engaged.

Harte's writing style is both poetic and introspective, offering profound commentary on the human condition. Amidst the pursuit of wealth and success, he delves into themes of loneliness, greed, and redemption. Through his vivid prose, he explores the moral dilemmas faced by his characters, leaving room for introspection and reflection.

The pacing of Found at Blazing Star is well-balanced, keeping readers on their toes and eager to turn the pages. Harte skillfully weaves together multiple storylines, creating a tapestry of interconnected lives that culminate in a satisfying and thought-provoking conclusion.

Although the novella is relatively short, the impact it leaves is profound. Harte's ability to paint a vivid picture with words, combined with his insightful exploration of human nature, makes Found at Blazing Star an enjoyable and thought-provoking read.

In conclusion, Found at Blazing Star is a beautifully written novella that captures the essence of the gold rush era in California. With its compelling characters, richly descriptive prose, and engrossing narrative, Bret Harte delivers a literary gem that will resonate with readers beyond the final page.

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By Bret Harte

The rain had only ceased with the gray streaks of morning at Blazing Star, and the settlement awoke to a moral sense of cleanliness, and the finding of forgotten knives, tin cups, and smaller camp utensils, where the heavy showers had washed away the debris and dust heaps before the cabin doors. Indeed, it was recorded in Blazing Star that a fortunate early riser had once picked up on the highway a solid chunk of gold quartz which the rain had freed from its incumbering soil, and washed into immediate and glittering popularity. Possibly this may have been the reason why early risers in that locality, during the rainy season, adopted a thoughtful habit of body, and seldom lifted their eyes to the rifted or india ink washed skies above them.

"Cass" Beard had risen early that morning, but not with a view to discovery. A leak in his cabin roof, quite consistent with his careless, improvident habits, had roused him at 4 A. M., with a flooded "bunk" and wet blankets. The chips from his wood pile refused to kindle a fire to dry his bed clothes, and he had recourse to a more provident neighbor's to supply the deficiency. This was nearly opposite. Mr. Cassius crossed the highway, and stopped suddenly. Something glittered in the nearest red pool before him... Continue reading book >>

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