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Farthing's Fortunes

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  20 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
Farthing’s Fortunes is a rollicking,picaresque tale that follows the fortunes of Bill Farthing as he travelsthroughout North America at the turn of the 20th century.Seduced at 15 by his amorous guardian, Mrs. Fletcher, and fleeing ruralCanada for a life of adventure, Farthing joins up with an irrepressiblecompanion, Cass Findlater, perhaps one of the last great Americanent ...more
Hardcover, 333 pages
Published January 1st 1976 by Atheneum
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Aug 19, 2016 Richard rated it it was ok
I loved "Clara Callan", which, of course, came much later in Mr. Wright's bibliography. I found many of the coincidences in this book just too obvious. The leap from the battlefield of WW1 to a Vets Hospital in Canada and on into the trials and tribulations of the Great Depression elicited a giant groan from me. I came close to throwing the book out the window, but decided to plow on the land of the ridiculous, in hopes of finding some redemption. I did.....this book was published in 1976. "Clar ...more
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Dec 11, 2013 J. E. Hewitt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So good! I love this author and want to read more. Great story told from a very engaging narrator. You get sucked in to his adventures from the very first page. The best kind of historical fiction, where you're right in the action with the character and you're with the common man not the uber rich. Don't want to spoil it for you so I won't say more, but highly recommend this one.
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The description says this book is a picaresque tale. That is the PERFECT description. It was a fun weekend read.
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Richard B. Wright is a Canadian novelist.

Born in Midland, Ontario, Wright attended Trent University, from which he graduated in 1970. He is the author of 13 published novels and two children's books. Many of his older novels were out of print, but were republished after his novel Clara Callan won three of Canada's major literary awards in 2001: the Giller Prize; the Trillium Book Award; and the Go
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