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Robert Coverdale's Struggle Or, On The Wave Of Success   By: (1832-1899)

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In Horatio Alger's novel, we are introduced to the character of Robert Coverdale, a young and ambitious individual who dreams of success and a better life. "Robert Coverdale's Struggle Or, On The Wave Of Success" takes readers on a journey of hardship, determination, and self-discovery.

Set in the late 19th century, the story revolves around Robert's quest to overcome poverty and transcend his humble beginnings. Alger skillfully depicts the challenges faced by Robert as he navigates a society where social mobility is not easily attainable. The author's vivid descriptions of the era and its socio-economic disparities allow readers to immerse themselves in the world of the protagonist.

The enduring theme of perseverance is central to Robert's character, as he encounters numerous setbacks and obstacles on his path. Alger paints a realistic and often poignant picture of the difficulties faced by individuals striving for success against all odds. Through Robert's struggles, Alger emphasizes the importance of hard work, determination, and integrity as essential ingredients for achieving one's aspirations.

Robert's journey also highlights the role of mentors and positive influences in shaping one's destiny. Alger introduces supportive characters who play crucial roles in guiding Robert and providing valuable advice. These relationships portray the significance of finding trusted allies who can help navigate life's challenges, demonstrating that no one truly succeeds entirely on their own.

One aspect that stands out in Alger's narrative is his ability to capture the essence of human nature. Through the characters' motivations and interactions, he portrays the universal desire for success and the lengths some may go to achieve it. The author explores themes of greed, envy, and ambition, and their potential consequences on both individuals and society as a whole.

The prose in "Robert Coverdale's Struggle Or, On The Wave Of Success" is rich and engaging, maintaining a steady pace throughout the book. Alger's writing style is accessible yet manages to convey depth and resonance, allowing readers to empathize with Robert's journey and root for his triumphs.

While the novel may be seen as somewhat predictable, with success often seeming readily attainable despite the odds, Alger's focus lies more on the transformative power of struggle and personal growth. Through Robert's experiences and actions, the author highlights the importance of character development and self-improvement, suggesting that true success lies not only in outward achievements but also in inner strength and resilience.

Overall, "Robert Coverdale's Struggle Or, On The Wave Of Success" is a thought-provoking and inspiring novel that has endured the test of time. Alger's exploration of themes such as social mobility, the human condition, and the pursuit of dreams make it an enjoyable read for those seeking a tale of triumph over adversity.

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Robert Coverdale's Struggle


Author of "Tom Temple's Career,"

"Tom Thatcher's Fortune," "Tom Turner's Legacy,"

"The Train Boy," Etc.






"Robert, have you seen anything of your uncle?"

"No, aunt."

"I suppose he's over at the tavern as usual," said the woman despondently. "He drinks up about all he earns, and there's little enough left for us. I hope you won't follow in his steps, Robert."

"You may be sure I won't, Aunt Jane," said the boy, nodding emphatically. "I wouldn't drink a glass of rum for a hundred dollars."

"God keep you in that resolution, my dear boy! I don't want my sister's son to go to destruction as my husband is doing."

My story opens in a small fishing village on the coast of one of the New England States. Robert Coverdale, whom I have briefly introduced, is the young hero whose fortunes I propose to record.

He is a strong, well made boy, with a frank, honest face, embrowned by exposure to the sun and wind, with bright and fearless eyes and a manly look. I am afraid his dress would not qualify him to appear to advantage in a drawing room.

He wore a calico shirt and well patched trousers of great antiquity and stockings and cowhide shoes sadly in need of repairs... Continue reading book >>

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