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The Story of a New York House   By: (1855-1896)

The Story of a New York House by Henry C. Bunner

The Story of a New York House by Henry C. Bunner is a captivating novel that takes readers on an incredible journey through the history of a house located in New York City. Bunner's superb storytelling abilities shine through each page, effortlessly transporting readers to different time periods and generations.

The house itself serves as the central character, symbolizing the constant evolution of New York City. From its construction in the early 1800s to modern times, the house witnesses the rapid changes and development of the city, acting as a silent witness to the highs and lows of its inhabitants.

One of the strengths of Bunner's narrative is his remarkable attention to detail. He vividly portrays the distinct architectural styles, interior decorations, and furnishings of each era, allowing readers to visualise the house's transformation. As characters come and go, Bunner skillfully interweaves their stories into the fabric of the house's history, forming a rich tapestry of interconnected lives.

Moreover, Bunner's characters are well-developed and relatable. Each generation of residents carries their own dreams, hopes, and struggles, capturing the essence of human experience. Through their stories, we witness the social, economic, and cultural changes of the city, as well as the universal themes of love, loss, and resilience.

The pacing of the novel is steady, with each chapter dedicated to a different era or significant event in the history of the house. Bunner masterfully navigates between past and present, seamlessly blending different timelines without confusing or overwhelming the reader. This technique enhances the suspense and intrigue, ensuring that the story remains engaging from beginning to end.

Furthermore, Bunner's writing style is elegant and evocative. His descriptions of the various architectural details, from ornate chandeliers to intricate wallpapers, evoke a sense of grandeur and timelessness. Additionally, his ability to capture the spirit and energy of New York City, both past and present, is commendable. The bustling streets, the vibrant neighborhoods, and the relentless pace of life in the city are all vividly depicted, immersing readers in the quintessential New York experience.

While The Story of a New York House is undoubtedly a compelling tale, some readers may find certain transitions between time periods less seamless, occasionally interrupting the flow of the narrative. Additionally, the sheer number of characters introduced throughout the book may be overwhelming for some readers, making it challenging to forge a deep emotional connection with each individual.

Overall, The Story of a New York House is a remarkable novel that celebrates the enduring spirit of New York City through the lens of a single house. Henry C. Bunner's storytelling prowess and his ability to transport readers to different time periods make this book a worthwhile read for anyone seeking a captivating historical fiction novel.

First Page:

[Illustration: Then out of the door came Jacob Dolph.]









Press of J. J. Little & Co. Astor Place, New York.


A. L. B.


Then out of the door came Jacob Dolph FRONTISPIECE


"I thumped him" 14

"It's a monstrous great place for a country house, Mr. Dolph" 18

There was only one idea, and that was flight 28

The light flickered on the top of the church spire 32 ( By F. Hopkinson Smith. )

They hesitated a second, looking at the great arm chair 37

"Stay there, sir you, sir, you, Jacob Dolph!" 41

After awhile he began to take timorous strolls 46

Jacob Dolph the elder ... stood on his hearth rug 51

And then he marched off to bed by himself, suffering no one to go with him 55

In quiet morning hours ... Continue reading book >>

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