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Old Crow   By: (1857-1948)

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Old Crow by Alice Brown is a riveting tale that takes readers on a journey through the life of a young girl named Lucy. Set in a small New England town during the early 1900s, the narrative beautifully captures both the struggles and joys of growing up in a close-knit community.

The author skillfully paints a vivid picture of Lucy's life, focusing on the intricate details that make her experiences relatable to readers of all ages. Lucy's character feels authentic and authentic, making it easy to invest emotionally in her story. From her strained relationship with her parents to her insecurities and struggles at school, Lucy is a character that is difficult not to sympathize with.

One of the most captivating aspects of Old Crow is the way it subtly explores the themes of friendship and self-discovery. Lucy's blossoming friendship with a mysterious woman in town named Lula empowers her to confront her fears and discover her own strengths. Through this friendship, the story touches on the transformative power of human connection and the importance of embracing one's true self.

Furthermore, Alice Brown's writing style is nothing short of enchanting. Her prose flows effortlessly, evoking powerful imagery that transports readers back in time to a bygone era. The attention to detail in the descriptions of the town, its inhabitants, and even the smallest of everyday objects immerses the reader in the story, breathing life into each scene.

While the pacing of the plot is deliberate, it allows for a deeper exploration of the themes and the development of the characters. There are moments of both heartache and triumph, each one adding another layer to the complexity of Lucy's journey.

However, it is worth noting that at times the story meanders, and certain subplots could have been further developed to enhance the overall narrative. The conclusion also feels slightly rushed, leaving some loose ends untied and leaving the reader longing for more closure.

Despite these minor shortcomings, Old Crow is a well-crafted novel that delves into the intricacies of human nature, highlighting the resilience and growth that can emerge from even the most challenging circumstances. Alice Brown's delicate storytelling and unforgettable characters make this book a worthy addition to any literary collection.

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Copyright, 1922, By THE MACMILLAN COMPANY.

Set up and electrotyped. Published October, 1922.



John Raven sat in the library of his shabby, yet dignified Boston house, waiting for Richard Powell, his nephew, whom he had summoned for an intimate talk. He was sitting by the fire making a pretense of reading the evening paper, but really he was prefiguring the coming interview, dreading it a good deal, and chiefly for the reason that there was an argument to be presented, and for this he was insufficiently prepared, and must be, however long it might be delayed. When he telephoned Dick to come he was at last armed with a bold conviction of being able to proffer a certain case to him (his own case, in fact); but, as these last moments went on, he weakened sensibly in any hope he might have had that Dick would be able to meet him from any illuminating viewpoint of his own. This was mid winter, two years after the end of the War, where Dick and his uncle had worked in the Ambulance Corps to the limit of their capacities Dick, no soldier, because of what seemed to him a diabolic eccentricity of imperfect sight, and Raven, blocked by what he felt to be the negligible disability of age... Continue reading book >>

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