Joe the Hotel Boy or Winning Out by Pluck
"What do you think of this storm, Joe?" "I think it is going to be a heavy one, Ned. I wish we were back home," replied Joe Bodley, as he looked at the heavy clouds which overhung Lake Tandy. "Do you think we'll catch much rain before we get back?" And Ned, who was the son of a rich man and well dressed, looked at the new suit of clothes that he wore. "I'm afraid we shall,...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published by IndyPublish.com
(first published 1906)
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Apr 05, 2012 Kathryn rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
My fondness for Horatio Alger is inexplicable even to me. I can't help laughing at the outrageous coincidences and the exaggerated virtues of his heroes, coupled with his cartoonish villains (though they at least have a reasonable motivation: money) and the preposterously stilted dialogue. The titular hotel boy, Joe, lives with a man who claims to be (and, in a stunning twist for Alger, actually is) his uncle. His father is missing and presumed dead, and his mother is long dead. When his uncle d...more
Horatio Alger, Jr. (January 13, 1832 – July 18, 1899) was a prolific 19th-century American author, most famous for his novels following the adventures of bootblacks, newsboys, peddlers, buskers, and other impoverished children in their rise from humble backgrounds to lives of respectable middle-class security and comfort. His novels about boys who succeed under the tutelage of older mentors were h...moreMore about Horatio Alger Jr....