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Luke Walton   By: (1832-1899)

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In the riveting narrative of Luke Walton by Horatio Alger, readers are taken on an inspiring journey through the life of an ambitious young man. Set against the backdrop of the late 19th century, this coming-of-age tale explores themes of perseverance, determination, and the unwavering pursuit of one's dreams.

The story revolves around the eponymous protagonist, Luke Walton, a remarkably likable and relatable character. From the very beginning, readers are drawn to his genuine sincerity and the indomitable spirit that drives him forward. Alger masterfully crafts Luke's character, allowing readers to feel a deep connection to his struggles and victories.

The plot intricately weaves together various elements, keeping readers engaged and yearning for more. Luke's desire to rise above his humble beginnings and make a name for himself propels the narrative forward, making each chapter more compelling than the last. Alger expertly portrays the ups and downs of Luke's journey, ensuring an emotional rollercoaster that resonates with readers.

One of the book's notable strengths lies in Alger's attention to detail. The author paints a vivid picture of the era, skillfully bringing the setting to life. The descriptions of bustling city streets, austere rural landscapes, and even the architecture of the time all add an authentic flavor to the story. Through Alger's words, readers can truly immerse themselves in the world of Luke Walton.

Another commendable aspect of this novel is Alger's exploration of societal and class dynamics. Luke's interactions with individuals from different backgrounds not only provide insights into the social fabric of the time but also serve as platforms for ideological discussions. These moments add depth to the story, enriching the reader's experience and encouraging introspection.

Furthermore, Alger's prose is elegant and accessible, making the book accessible to readers of all ages. His writing style effortlessly blends engaging dialogue, vivid descriptions, and insightful reflections. This harmonious fusion ensures that the story flows smoothly, making it a pleasure to read from beginning to end.

If there is one aspect that some readers might find lacking, it is the predictability of certain plot developments. Alger adheres to the traditional conventions of a coming-of-age tale, resulting in a few anticipated outcomes. However, this minor drawback should not deter readers from embracing the overall charm and heart of the story.

In conclusion, Luke Walton by Horatio Alger is an enthralling novel that captivates readers with its relatable characters, compelling plot, and richly detailed backdrop. Alger masterfully weaves together themes of determination, ambition, and social dynamics, creating a story that lingers in the hearts and minds of its readers. This is a book that deserves a place on the shelves of anyone seeking inspiration and a reminder that dreams can be realized with unwavering perseverance.

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[Frontispiece: "Luke rescues Mrs. Merton."]

LUKE WALTON

BY

HORATIO ALGER, JR.

Author of

"ANDY GORDON," "THE TELEGRAPH BOY," "SAM'S CHANCE," "BOB BURTON," "FRANK MASON'S SECRET"

[Insignia]

MADE IN U. S. A.

M. A. DONOHUE & COMPANY

CHICAGO :: NEW YORK

CONTENTS

I A CHICAGO NEWSBOY II A LETTER FROM THE DEAD III LUKE FORMS A RESOLUTION IV AN ATTACK IN THE DARK V HOW LUKE ESCAPED VI MR. AFTON'S OFFICE VII A STRANGE ENCOUNTER VIII A MARKED MAN IX STEPHEN WEBB X STEPHEN WEBB OBTAINS SOME INFORMATION XI A HOUSE ON PRAIRIE AVENUE XII A PLOT THAT FAILED XIII TOM BROOKS IN TROUBLE XIV LUKE HAS A COOL RECEPTION IN PRAIRIE AVENUE XV A WELCOME GIFT XVI THOMAS BROWNING AT HOME XVII A STRANGE VISITOR XVIII HOW JACK KING FARED XIX A SENSATIONAL INCIDENT XX AMBROSE KEAN'S IMPRUDENCE XXI A FRIEND IN NEED XXII HOW AMBROSE KEAN WAS SAVED XXIII STEPHEN WEBB IS PUZZLED XXIV MRS. MERTON PASSES A PLEASANT EVENING XXV MRS. TRACY'S BROTHER XXVI THE PRODIGAL'S RECEPTION XXVII UNCLE AND NEPHEW XXVIII HAROLD'S TEMPTATION XXIX HAROLD'S THEFT XXX LUKE WALTON IS SUSPECTED OF THEFT XXXI WHO STOLE THE MONEY? XXXII HAROLD AND FELICIE MAKE AN ARRANGEMENT XXXIII HAROLD'S PLOT FAILS XXXIV HAROLD MAKES A PURCHASE XXXV A SKILLFUL INVENTION XXXVI WARNER POWELL STARTS ON A JOURNEY XXXVII THOMAS BROWNING'S SECRET XXXVIII FELICIE PROVES TROUBLESOME XXXIX LUKE WALTON'S LETTER XL FACE TO FACE WITH THE ENEMY XLI MR... Continue reading book >>




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