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Ramsey Milholland   By: (1869-1946)

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Ramsey Milholland, written by Booth Tarkington, is a compelling coming-of-age novel that explores the complexities of identity, ambition, and societal expectations. Set in the early 1900s, the story follows the life of Ramsey Milholland, a young man from a modest background who strives to rise above his circumstances and make a name for himself.

Tarkington's writing captivates readers from the very beginning with his vivid descriptions and rich characterization. Ramsey is a sympathetic protagonist whose dreams of success and self-discovery resonate with readers of all ages. As the story unfolds, we witness Ramsey's struggles as he navigates through the intricacies of love, family dynamics, and the influence of social class.

One key aspect that stands out in this novel is the exploration of societal expectations and the pressure to conform. Ramsey's journey is marked by his internal struggle to balance the pull of his upbringing and desire for social acceptance with his own sense of individuality. These themes are masterfully woven into the narrative, prompting readers to reflect on their own experiences and dilemmas.

Another noteworthy aspect of Ramsey Milholland is the nuanced depiction of the various relationships in Ramsey's life. From his complicated bond with his ambitious mother to his friendship-turned-romance with a confident young woman, Tarkington examines the multifaceted nature of human connections. These relationships not only add depth to the story but also provide opportunities for readers to resonate with the characters on a personal level.

Furthermore, Tarkington's prose transports readers to the early 20th century, immersing them in a world replete with both charm and constraints. The vivid imagery and historical authenticity of the setting contribute to the novel's overall appeal, providing readers with a unique glimpse into a bygone era.

Though Ramsey Milholland is a relatively lesser-known work compared to Tarkington's more renowned novels, such as The Magnificent Ambersons, it is a hidden gem that should not be overlooked. With its engaging storytelling, relatable characters, and thought-provoking themes, this book appeals to readers seeking a satisfying blend of literary depth and entertainment.

In conclusion, Ramsey Milholland is a captivating novel that delves into themes of identity, ambition, and societal expectations. Booth Tarkington showcases his storytelling prowess, creating a nuanced and engaging narrative that leaves a lasting impact on the reader. Whether you are a fan of Tarkington's works or enjoy coming-of-age tales set in the early 20th century, this book is a worthwhile read that will leave you pondering its lessons long after you turn the final page.

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by Booth Tarkington

To the Memory of Billy Miller (William Henry Harrison Miller II) 1908 1918 Little Patriot, Good Citizen Friend of Mankind

Chapter I

When Johnnie comes marching home again, Hurrah! Hurrah! We'll give him a hearty welcome then, Hurrah! Hurrah! The men with the cheers, the boys with shouts, The ladies they will all turn out, And we'll all feel gay, when Johnnie comes marching home again!

The old man and the little boy, his grandson, sat together in the shade of the big walnut tree in the front yard, watching the "Decoration Day Parade," as it passed up the long street; and when the last of the veterans was out of sight the grandfather murmured the words of the tune that came drifting back from the now distant band at the head of the procession.

"Yes, we'll all feel gay when Johnnie comes marching home again," he finished, with a musing chuckle.

"Did you, Grandpa?" the boy asked.

"Did I what?"

"Did you all feel gay when the army got home?"

"It didn't get home all at once, precisely," the grandfather explained. "When the war was over I suppose we felt relieved, more than anything else."

"You didn't feel so gay when the war was , though, I guess!" the boy ventured.

"I guess we didn't... Continue reading book >>

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