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The Luck of Roaring Camp: And Other Tales

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The defining stories from one of America’s great wits

In the mid-nineteenth century, the Wild West grabbed ahold of American consciousness and never let go. With the discovery of gold, all eyes and wagons turned westward.

This collection of stories brings readers back to the American frontier. In “The Luck of Roaring Camp,” when a Native American woman die
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Kindle Edition, 165 pages
Published December 30th 2014 by Open Road Media
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Michael D. Kanner
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
I do not fault Bret Harte for this volume. I fault the editor. The first section of the book shows the elegance of the short story form and why Harte was so good at it. The plots are not complicated, the characters interesting and the pace quick.

Where the editor's effort fell apart was when it got to the series of 'short novels.' Obviously they are pastiches of popular novels of the period (Les Mis, Christmas Story, and Moonstone are represented), but would only work if the reader ha
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Lawrence Duffield
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Classic 19th Century American fiction. Always worthy of a re-read. Harte captures the attitudes and values of his audience along with a whiplash ending.
George Polansky
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
A collection of short stories. Easy reads and very entertaining.
Irene
A collection of stories which appeals to a wide audience, many I found interesting, a few I found boring, some had weird endings but on the whole, many had me wanting to read more. Some of the stories are recognisable so may well be extracts from draft versions of the actual book. I would recommend you read the book.
Jerry Nicholas
Difficult to read

Because of the nineteenth century language and style this is another on that is difficult to read and sometimes impossible to understand. Some of the stories are fun, some are sad and some just silly.
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Francis Brett Hart, known as Bret Harte (August 25, 1836 – May 5, 1902), was an American short story writer and poet, best remembered for his short fiction featuring miners, gamblers, and other romantic figures of the California Gold Rush. In a career spanning more than four decades, he wrote poetry, plays, lectures, book reviews, editorials, and magazine sketches in addition to fiction. As he mov ...more