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Struggling Upward, Or, Luke Larkin's Luck

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Relates the adventures of Luke Larkin, a poor boy of the nineteenth century, who perseveres against many odds and gains success.
Paperback, 148 pages
Published October 1984 by Dover Publications (first published 1868)
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Nov 17, 2009 Mainstreetmuseum rated it really liked it
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There is little to say about this book other than that it is terrible and I couldn't stop reading it.
Apr 16, 2016 Kim rated it it was ok

"Struggling Upward, Or, Luke Larkin's Luck" is a novel by Horatio Alger published in 1890, over twenty years after his all-time best seller, Ragged Dick . I've read that many Americans associate Alger with becoming successful by being honest, industrious, and hard working. Also that his books and others like it come in the category of the "Horatio Alger myth". Horatio Alger myth is the "classic" American success story and character arc, the trajectory from "rags to riches". I'm not sure how man
Oct 08, 2011 Kathryn rated it liked it
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Horatio Alger wrote quite a few books about young American men in the late 1800s. The constant theme of each is rags-to-riches; even in the few cases where the boy starts the story well-off, he will be reduced to poverty at some point and will have to work his way back up the ladder. The boy hero of each book is, of course, virtuous, brave, and at least clever if not intelligent, and devotes himself to work and study and supporting his family (as applicable), eschewing such time- and money-wasti ...more
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Nov 28, 2014 Sel (◠‿◕✿) rated it it was amazing
I've read so many Horatio Alger books as a child, and it's amazing in retrospect how much they've shaped my moral upbringing and work ethic.

Now, as a more cynical young adult, I can understand how it's an overly simplified lens of looking at life and gauging success. In spite of that, his stories are still an indispensable part of my childhood and I'm immensely grateful to the positive force they've had on me.

Amongst his many many works, this remains my all-time favorite as well as the one tha
Mar 07, 2008 Howard rated it it was amazing
It's like the Game of Life, with slightly more developed characters.

When I give Horatio Alger novels five stars, to indicate they're amazing, I mean more that I'm amazed whenever I read one.
Aug 08, 2013 Gale rated it liked it
Making His Own Luck—at Home and on the Road”

Living with his widowed mother in a small town Luke Larkin is a nice teenager struggling with poverty and social stigmatization. Appreciated by his school teacher and invited to a fancy party by socialite, Florence, he still works hard as part time school janitor.
But young Duncan Randolf, the banker’s only son and Luke’s nemesis (there is always a blatant bully in Alger’s formulaic books about poor-but-honest boys trying to improve their lot) is out
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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 ...more
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