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John Jones's Dollar   By: (1890-1967)

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In "John Jones's Dollar" by Harry Stephen Keeler, readers are thrust into a perplexing and convoluted world where a single dollar bill sets in motion a chain of events that leave you questioning everything you thought you knew.

The story revolves around John Jones, an ordinary man with an extraordinary dilemma. When he discovers a dollar bill that seems to defy logic, John embarks on a quest to uncover the truth behind its origins and purpose. As he delves deeper into the mystery, he encounters a web of eccentric characters, each with their own motivations and secrets.

Keeler's narrative style is uniquely dense and complex, offering a perplexing ride from start to finish. The plot twists, turns, and intertwines in ways that keep readers constantly on their toes. At times, it can feel overwhelming, with numerous subplots and details that seemingly take us further away from the central mystery. However, Keeler's meticulous attention to detail and his ability to tie seemingly disparate elements together ultimately pays off, resulting in a thought-provoking and satisfying conclusion.

One of the standout aspects of this novel is Keeler's characterization. From the enigmatic John Jones to the array of peculiar supporting characters, each person feels authentically crafted, complete with their quirks and idiosyncrasies. While it may be challenging to keep track of everyone at first, their distinct personalities and motivations gradually intertwine, adding depth and nuance to the overall narrative.

The setting of the story, primarily set in Chicago during the 1930s, adds an extra layer of authenticity. Keeler's descriptions of the cityscape, the social climate, and the cultural references transport readers back in time, immersing them in a bygone era.

As with many of Keeler's works, "John Jones's Dollar" is not for the faint of heart. The intricate plotting and intricate writing style may not appeal to everyone, and some readers might find themselves lost in the labyrinthine narrative. Yet, if you are willing to be challenged and appreciate a story that defies traditional storytelling conventions, this book is a rewarding and mind-bending experience.

In the end, "John Jones's Dollar" is an ambitious and intellectually stimulating novel that tests the limits of storytelling. Keeler's unfathomable imagination, though at times overwhelming, provides a thrilling journey full of unexpected twists and turns. For those seeking a literary puzzle to unravel, this book will undoubtedly prove an engrossing and entertaining read.

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Take a board with 64 squares on it. Put a grain of wheat on the first square two on the second four on the third. Keep doubling in this manner and you will find there isn't enough wheat in the world to fill the sixty fourth square. It can be the same with compound interest.

On the 201st day of the year 3221 A.D., the professor of history at the University of Terra seated himself in front of the Visaphone and prepared to deliver the daily lecture to his class, the members of which resided in different portions of the earth.

The instrument before which he seated himself was very like a great window sash, on account of the fact that there were three or four hundred frosted glass squares visible. In a space at the center, not occupied by any of these glass squares, was a dark oblong area and a ledge holding a piece of chalk. And above the area was a huge brass cylinder; toward this brass cylinder the professor would soon direct his subsequent remarks.

In order to assure himself that it was time to press the button which would notify the members of the class in history to approach their local Visaphones, the professor withdrew from his vest pocket a small contrivance which he held to his ear. Upon moving a tiny switch attached to the instrument, a metallic voice, seeming to come from somewhere in space, repeated mechanically: "Fifteen o'clock and one minute fifteen o'clock and one minute fifteen o'clock and one min " Quickly, the professor replaced the instrument in his vest pocket and pressed a button at the side of the Visaphone... Continue reading book >>

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