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The Golden Magnet   By: (1831-1909)

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The Golden Magnet by George Manville Fenn is a captivating adventure tale set in the backdrop of the renowned Dutch East Indies. Fenn masterfully weaves together an enthralling narrative full of intrigue, suspense, and danger.

Set in the 17th century, the story follows the experiences of a young Englishman named Richard Coppinger and his quest for fortune and adventure. Lured by the promise of gold, Richard embarks on a treacherous journey across the high seas, facing storms, shipwrecks, and encounters with pirates that keep readers on the edge of their seats.

Fenn's attention to detail is remarkable, painting vivid descriptions of the exotic landscapes and cultures encountered throughout Richard's journey. The meticulous research shines through, transporting readers back in time and allowing them to vividly experience the trials and tribulations faced by these intrepid explorers.

The characters in The Golden Magnet are well-developed and multi-dimensional, each with their own motivations and flaws. Richard's transformation from a naive young man to a seasoned adventurer is especially compelling, as he grapples with moral dilemmas and battles his inner demons. Alongside Richard, the supporting cast adds depth and variety to the story, with memorable characters such as the enigmatic Cornish Jack and the fierce warrior-like Javanese princess, Dewi.

One of the book's strengths is its ability to blend history with fiction seamlessly. Fenn expertly integrates authentic historical events, such as the Dutch colonization of the East Indies and the political tensions between various trading powers, into the narrative. This not only adds richness to the story but also educates readers about this fascinating period in history.

Moreover, Fenn's writing style is engaging and fluid, making it a pleasure to read. The dialogue is well-crafted and realistic, adding authenticity to the characters' interactions. The pacing of the story is also commendable, as it alternates between high-action sequences and quieter moments of introspection, ensuring the reader remains invested throughout the book.

However, one aspect that could be improved upon is Fenn's treatment of certain female characters. While Dewi, the Javanese princess, is a standout character in her own right, some of the other women feel slightly one-dimensional and their roles seem limited to being objects of desire or sources of conflict. Nevertheless, this minor flaw does not significantly detract from the overall quality of the storytelling.

In conclusion, The Golden Magnet is a highly enjoyable historical adventure novel that is sure to captivate readers of all ages. Fenn's meticulous attention to detail, well-paced narrative, and compelling characters make for an immersive reading experience. Fans of seafaring adventures and historical fiction will find themselves thoroughly engrossed in Richard Coppinger's thrilling quest for the fabled golden magnet.

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The Golden Magnet, by George Manville Fenn.

Books by George Manville Fenn are full of dreadful situations which the reader cannot see the way out of. This one is no exception, in fact we would easily say that it is one of his best.

Harry goes adventuring, and with him goes Tom, a young worker at Harry's father's soap boiling factory. Tom is wonderful. He gets Harry out of numerous dire situations, and the book would not work without him. He is down to earth, and full of commonsense and energy.

Despite all sorts of adverse conditions and persons, they get the gold, and put everybody's affairs to rights, killing the villain, of course, on the way. And marrying the heroine, even though she is his first cousin.

A good example of a late nineteenth century teenager's book, and if you like that sort of thing you will enjoy it too, for it is what used to be called a crackingly good yarn.




Daybreak in the Incas' realm on the far western shores, known to our fathers as the great wonderland the great country discovered by adventurous mariners, and thought of, dreamed of, seen through a golden mist raised by the imagination a mist which gave to everything its own peculiar hue; and hence the far off land was whispered of as "El Dorado," the gilded, "the Golden Americas," and the country whose rivers ran over golden sand, whose rocks were veined with the coveted ore; and nations vied with each other in seeking to humble the haughty Spaniard, whose enterprise had gained him the strongest footing in the coveted region... Continue reading book >>

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