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Slow and Sure The Story of Paul Hoffman the Young Street-Merchant   By: (1832-1899)

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Slow and Sure by Horatio Alger is a captivating and inspiring tale of perseverance and determination. The book follows the journey of Paul Hoffman, a young street-merchant, as he navigates the challenges of life and strives to achieve success.

Set in the bustling streets of 19th-century America, the narrative beautifully captures the spirit of the time. Alger's vivid descriptions transport readers to a world where hard work and integrity hold the key to success. The author's ability to paint a realistic picture of the era adds depth and authenticity to the story, making it easily relatable and engaging for readers of all ages.

The protagonist, Paul Hoffman, is a relatable character who embodies the core values of Alger's narratives. Despite facing numerous setbacks and hardships, Paul remains steadfast in his pursuit of a better life. His unwavering determination and resilience make him an endearing and inspirational character. Readers will find themselves rooting for Paul every step of the way, eagerly turning the pages to see how he overcomes obstacles and makes progress in his journey.

One of the notable aspects of Slow and Sure is Alger's focus on the importance of honesty and hard work. Through Paul's experiences, readers learn valuable lessons about integrity, ethics, and the rewards of diligent effort. Alger weaves these moral teachings seamlessly into the story, without coming across as preachy. This is a testament to the author's skill in creating stories with both entertainment value and moral substance.

The plot of Slow and Sure unfolds at a steady pace, mirroring its title. While some readers may prefer a faster tempo, this deliberate pace adds to the charm of the book. It allows for a more in-depth exploration of Paul's character development and showcases Alger's ability to create well-rounded and relatable characters.

The writing style in Slow and Sure is accessible and easy to read, making it suitable for readers of various ages and reading levels. Alger's prose flows smoothly, brimming with descriptive details that bring scenes to life. This attention to detail enhances the readers' immersion into the story, making it an enjoyable and immersive reading experience.

Overall, Slow and Sure by Horatio Alger is an uplifting tale that will leave readers feeling inspired and motivated. Alger's timeless message of hard work, honesty, and perseverance is as relevant today as it was when the book was first published. A classic in its own right, Slow and Sure is a must-read for anyone seeking an engaging and heartwarming story that transcends time and resonates with the human spirit.

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[Frontispiece: Julius made the rope fast, and then boldly got out of the window and swung off Page 192. Slow and Sure. ]

Slow and Sure



Author of "The Train Boy," "Tony the Hero," "Tom Turner's Legacy," "Tom the Bootblack," etc., etc.



"SLOW AND SURE" is a volume of the stories of New York street life inaugurated by Ragged Dick. While it chronicles the advancement of Paul, the young street merchant, from the sidewalk to the shop, a large portion of it is devoted to the experiences of a street waif, who has been brought up by burglars, and passed the greater part of his time among them, without being wholly spoiled by his corrupt surroundings. His struggles between gratitude and duty on the one hand, and loyalty to his vicious guardians on the other, will, it is hoped, excite the interest and sympathy of the reader. The author has sought to indicate some of the influences which make it difficult for the neglected street children to grow up virtuous and well conducted members of society. Philanthropy is never more nobly employed than in redeeming them, and "giving them a chance" to rise to respectability.


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