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That Printer of Udell's by Harold Bell Wright
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Mar 20, 09

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Read in March, 2009

Had high hopes for this book. This was Ronald Reagan's favorite book. Turns out it's a cross between Tom Sawyer and an evangelical text. The characters are presented without great depth, and I'm not sure the accents are that authentic, either. Basically, a Horatio Alger story draped over a church life commentary. It's a morality play, where evil doers are never quite given believable motivations, and the evils of drink are way over-wrought. I sorta see why Reagan liked it, but am not sure that it's applicable in the nuanced new century.

Not recommended unless you love evangelical stories.
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