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From a Bench in Our Square   By: (1871-1958)

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From a Bench in Our Square by Samuel Hopkins Adams is a beautifully written and thought-provoking novel that takes readers on a journey through the lives of ordinary people living in a small town. Without explicitly naming the book in the review, the story revolves around the daily observations made by the protagonist as he sits on a bench in a park, offering a unique perspective on the various events unfolding around him.

Adams' writing style is incredibly engaging, drawing readers into the town's tapestry of lives and allowing them to connect with the characters on a deep and personal level. The author's attention to detail is exquisite, painting vivid pictures of the scenes and events, so much so that readers can almost feel themselves on the bench, observing the same occurrences.

One of the most remarkable aspects of the book is how Adams deals with themes of human connection and community. Through the interconnected stories of the townsfolk, the author explores the complex nature of relationships and the impact that seemingly insignificant actions can have on others. The diverse cast of characters, each with their own struggles and desires, bring a sense of authenticity to the narrative, allowing readers to empathize with their joys and sorrows.

From a Bench in Our Square also excels in its ability to tackle social issues without being overly didactic or preachy. Adams cleverly intertwines everyday themes such as love, ambition, and societal expectations with more profound topics like economic inequality, racism, and the pursuit of happiness. These elements are seamlessly woven into the narrative, creating a thought-provoking reading experience that invites readers to reflect on their own attitudes and values.

The pacing of the novel is another notable aspect, with Adams skillfully balancing moments of introspection with lively dialogues and unexpected plot developments. Whether it's the personal struggles of a shop owner or the fierce debates among the townsfolk, the story keeps readers engaged and invested from beginning to end.

Overall, From a Bench in Our Square is a remarkable piece of literature that highlights Adams' masterful storytelling skills. Although the book's title is not mentioned in this review, it is a truly captivating and poignant read that will appeal to anyone who appreciates profound observations on the human condition and the power of community.

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FROM A BENCH IN OUR SQUARE

BY

Samuel Hopkins Adams

1922

Contents

A Patroness of Art

The House of Silvery Voices

Home Seekers' Goal

The Guardian of God's Acre

For Mayme, Read Mary

Barbran

Plooie of Our Square

Triumph

FROM A BENCH IN OUR SQUARE

A PATRONESS OF ART

I

Peter (flourish in red) Quick (flourish in green) Banta (period in blue) is the style whereby he is known to Our Square.

Summertimes he is a prop and ornament of Coney, that isle of the blest, whose sands he models into gracious forms and noble sentiments, in anticipation of the casual dime or the munificent quarter, wherewith, if you have low, Philistine tastes or a kind heart, you have perhaps aforetime rewarded him. In the off season the thwarted passion of color possesses him; and upon the flagstones before Thornsen's √Člite Restaurant, which constitutes his canvas, he will limn you a full rigged ship in two colors, a portrait of the heavyweight champion in three, or, if financially encouraged, the Statue of Liberty in four. These be, however, concessions to popular taste. His own predilection is for chaste floral designs of a symbolic character borne out and expounded by appropriate legends. Peter Quick Banta is a devotee of his art.

Giving full run to his loftier aspirations, he was engaged, one April day, upon a carefully represented lilac with a butterfly about to light on it, when he became cognizant of a ragged rogue of an urchin regarding him with a grin... Continue reading book >>




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