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Towards the Goal   By: (1851-1920)

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Towards the Goal by Humphry Ward is a remarkable exploration of one man's journey towards achieving his dreams. Set against the backdrop of early 20th-century England, this novel weaves together themes of ambition, self-discovery, and the pursuit of a higher purpose.

The protagonist, Albert Meredith, a young and ambitious lawyer, is the driving force behind this engrossing tale. From the very beginning, readers are captivated by his relentless determination and desire to rise above his humble beginnings. As the narrative unfolds, we witness Albert's triumphs and setbacks, sharing his joys and sorrows.

Ward's writing is both evocative and introspective, allowing us to delve deep into Albert's psyche. The author employs vivid descriptions, effectively capturing the essence of the time period and the societal challenges that Albert must navigate. The dialogue feels authentic, bringing the characters to life and immersing readers in their world.

What sets this novel apart is its masterful exploration of the human condition. Through Albert's experiences, Ward examines the complexities of ambition and the sacrifices one must make to fulfill their goals. The story delves into the darker corners of the human soul, touching upon themes of greed, betrayal, and moral dilemmas. It poses thought-provoking questions about the true meaning of success and whether it is worth sacrificing personal relationships and one's own happiness to achieve it.

The supporting characters in Towards the Goal are equally compelling. Each one brings a unique perspective to the narrative, challenging Albert's beliefs and shaping his journey. From his mentor, Mr. Ainsworth, to his love interest, Marion, and his estranged family, they all play a crucial role in Albert's evolution. Their interactions add depth and richness to the plot, making the story all the more engrossing.

While some may find the pacing of Towards the Goal to be slow at times, it is precisely these quieter moments that allow for introspection and character development. Ward's prose is elegant and measured, allowing readers to absorb the intricacies of Albert's journey.

Ultimately, Towards the Goal is a thought-provoking and introspective novel that explores the inherent tensions between ambition and personal fulfillment. Ward's writing is nuanced, and his characters are richly developed. This book will appeal to readers who enjoy historical fiction that delves into the inner lives of its characters. An absorbing read from start to finish, Towards the Goal leaves a lasting impression and reminds us of the importance of staying true to our own path, no matter the obstacles we may face.

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With an introduction by THE HON. THEODORE ROOSEVELT


To ANDRÉ CHEVRILLON True Son of France True Friend of England I dedicate this book.


England has in this war reached a height of achievement loftier than that which she attained in the struggle with Napoleon; and she has reached that height in a far shorter period. Her giant effort, crowned with a success as wonderful as the effort itself, is worthily described by the author of this book. Mrs. Ward writes nobly on a noble theme.

This war is the greatest the world has ever seen. The vast size of the armies, the tremendous slaughter, the loftiness of the heroism shown, and the hideous horror of the brutalities committed, the valour of the fighting men, and the extraordinary ingenuity of those who have designed and built the fighting machines, the burning patriotism of the people who defend their hearthstones, and the far reaching complexity of the plans of the leaders all are on a scale so huge that nothing in past history can be compared with them. The issues at stake are elemental. The free peoples of the world have banded together against tyrannous militarism and government by caste. It is not too much to say that the outcome will largely determine, for daring and liberty loving souls, whether or not life is worth living... Continue reading book >>

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