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The Fortunes of Oliver Horn by Francis Hopkinson Smith
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Aug 29, 2009

it was amazing
Recommended to Maria by: Hardings Book shop of rare, old, used books
Recommended for: fans of Gone With the Wind..reminds me of it.
Read in August, 2009 , read count: 1

I've learned just from reading this story alone that life can be fortunate even though ones own ambitions are flawed. Oliver wants to be an artist, and the only thing stopping him is his stubborn mother. She wishes him to be a lawyer just has his father was before he gave it up to be an inventor. Oliver gets sent away to New York to make his fortune..to study law. Instead he meets an artist and attends an art academy where he meets his love Madge.(Margaret) she is the only woman in the school and is from the North. Oliver is the "outcast southerner".They spend a summer painting together and fall in love -they come from two opposing places. The story gets more complex in that relationships are tested and family ties are loosened. The war is in progress and trust is lacking. Oliver paints a mystery woman and sells the painting..his big break! Madge has her own studio.Oliver's father has his big break while he is on his deathbed.-never too late, huh? The story ends with Ollie and Madge getting married and having a son named Richard after his father. Very sweet simple story. My favorite character is Malachi, the "slave" turned butler.
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Reading Progress

08/19/2009 page 206
62.8% "So far so good."
08/23/2009 "Oliver wants to be an artist. This Is the story of his fortunes along the way."
08/23/2009 "North vs South??? Who will win the war??"
08/23/2009 "North vs South??? Who will win the war?? Oliver wants to be an artist. This is the story of his fortunes along the way."
08/23/2009 "North vs South??? Who will win the war?? Oliver wants to be an artist. This is the story of his fortunes along the way."

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