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Talkers With Illustrations by John Bate is an intriguing and thought-provoking collection of short stories. The book is divided into several sections, with each section exploring different aspects of human communication and the power of words.

One of the standout features of this book is Bate's impeccable storytelling skills. His narratives are engaging, making it difficult to put the book down. Each story is unique and delves into various themes such as love, loss, and the complexities of human relationships. Bate's ability to articulate the inner thoughts and emotions of his characters is remarkable, creating a deep connection between the reader and the story.

What sets Talkers With Illustrations apart is the integral role that illustrations play throughout the book. The illustrations, beautifully crafted by Bate himself, add an extra layer of depth and meaning to each story. They capture the essence of the emotions and situations portrayed in the narratives, further immersing the reader into the stories.

Furthermore, Bate's exploration of communication is both fascinating and thought-provoking. Through his characters, he highlights the power of words, their ability to bridge gaps, and their potential to both heal and hurt. The stories touch upon the importance of effective communication, as well as the consequences of miscommunication, emphasizing how the words we choose can have a lasting impact on those around us.

Despite its many strengths, Talkers With Illustrations can be challenging to navigate at times. The non-linear structure and varying narrative styles may require some concentration and effort from the reader. However, for those willing to engage fully with the book, the rewards are substantial.

In conclusion, Talkers With Illustrations is a captivating collection of stories that shines a light on the complexities of human communication. John Bate's masterful storytelling, combined with his exquisite illustrations, make this book a must-read for anyone who appreciates compelling narratives and profound reflections on the power of words.

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With Illustrations.



Author of "Cyclopædia of Illustrations of Moral and Religious Truths," etc., etc.

"Sacred interpreter of human thought, How few respect or use thee as they ought." COWPER.

London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, E.C.; and Sold at 66, Paternoster Row. 1878.

Hazell, Watson, and Viney, Printers, London and Aylesbury.


The power to talk, like every other natural power of man, is designed for profit and pleasure; but in the absence of wisdom in its government, it fails to fulfil either.

The revelations of human life in the past show that the improper employment of this power has brought upon individuals, families, churches, and empires some of their most grievous evils. The revelations of human life in the present show that this power is still unwisely used, and the cause of similar lamentations and woes. Every man in his own circle, to go no farther, may learn the sad effects following the abuse of the faculty of speech. That member of the body, when "set on fire of hell" (and how often is this!) what conflagrations it brings about wherever its sparks and flames are spread! As a lucifer match in the hands of a madman, when struck, may be the occasion of blowing up castles or burning down cities, so the tongue may "set on fire the course of nature... Continue reading book >>

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