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What Will He Do with It?   By: (1803-1873)

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Edward George Bulwer-Lytton's book, "What Will He Do with It?", is an intriguing and captivating novel that delves into the lives and choices of its characters. Set against the backdrop of 19th-century England, the story follows the complex and convoluted journey of its protagonist, Austin Caxton.

From the moment we are introduced to Austin, it becomes clear that he is a multifaceted character with conflicting desires and ambitions. Bulwer-Lytton brilliantly explores Austin's inner turmoil as he grapples with the age-old question of what to do with his life. This question becomes the driving force behind the novel, sending Austin on a series of adventures as he tries to find his true purpose.

Bulwer-Lytton's storytelling is intricate and immersive, drawing the reader into the vividly depicted world of 19th-century England. The author's attention to detail is commendable, as he paints a rich and realistic picture of the era, capturing the social and political intricacies that shaped the lives of his characters.

One of the most remarkable aspects of this book is Bulwer-Lytton's ability to create a diverse and memorable cast of characters. From the enigmatic and charming Pisistratus Caxton, Austin's cousin, to the fierce and independent Lady Ellinor, the strong-willed woman who captures Austin's heart, each character is skillfully developed and adds depth to the narrative.

Although the story is set in the past, the themes explored in "What Will He Do with It?" remain relevant today. Bulwer-Lytton beautifully unravels the complexities of human nature, exploring concepts such as love, ambition, and the pursuit of happiness. Through Austin's journey, the author prompts us to reflect on our own lives and the choices we make, forcing us to consider what truly matters in the grand scheme of things.

However, it is worth noting that at times, the novel can be slow-paced, with lengthy descriptions and digressions that may test the patience of some readers. Nonetheless, the overall beauty and depth of the story compensate for these occasional lulls, as Bulwer-Lytton's prose remains engaging and thought-provoking throughout.

"What Will He Do with It?" is a truly remarkable novel that captivates the reader from start to finish. With its well-rounded characters, rich historical backdrop, and exploration of universal themes, it is a book that is sure to leave a lasting impression. Edward George Bulwer-Lytton's masterful storytelling and profound insights make this a literary work not to be missed.

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By "Pisistratus Caxton"

(Lord Lytton)






In which the history opens with a description of the social manners, habits, and amusements of the English People, as exhibited in an immemorial National Festivity. Characters to be commemorated in the history, introduced and graphically portrayed, with a nasological illustration. Original suggestions as to the idiosyncrasies engendered by trades and callings, with other matters worthy of note, conveyed in artless dialogue after the manner of Herodotus, Father of History (mother unknown).

It was a summer fair in one of the prettiest villages in Surrey. The main street was lined with booths, abounding in toys, gleaming crockery, gay ribbons, and gilded ginger bread. Farther on, where the street widened into the ample village green, rose the more pretending fabrics which lodged the attractive forms of the Mermaid, the Norfolk Giant; the Pig faced Lady, the Spotted Boy, and the Calf with Two Heads; while high over even these edifices, and occupying the most conspicuous vantage ground, a lofty stage promised to rural playgoers the "Grand Melodramatic Performance of The Remorseless Baron and the Bandit's Child... Continue reading book >>

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