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His Own People

3.13  ·  Rating details ·  16 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
The glass-domed "palm-room" of the Grand Conti-nental Hotel Magnifique in Rome is of vasty heights and distances, filled with a mellow green light which filters down languidly through the upper foliage of tall palms, so that the two hundred people who may be refreshing or displaying themselves there at the tea-hour have something the look of under-water creatures playing u ...more
Hardcover, 168 pages
Published July 1st 2007 by Kessinger Publishing (first published October 1907)
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Perry Whitford
American innocent abroad gets fleeced by faux-aristocratic European cardsharpers.

If only this flimsy novelette had been written by the original author of The Innocents Abroad! It may have raised a few chuckles if Twain had spent half an hour over it. The only remarkable thing about Booth Tarkington's take on this old chestnut is that something so unremarkable could have been written by a two-time winner of the Pulitzer prize.

Nicely illustrated and designed though.
Feb 09, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: literature, fiction
After numerous stories which take place in the U.S., and the Midwest for the most part, Tarkington at last returns to Europe for the setting of his novella “His Own People”. Unfortunately, this one doesn’t recapture the fun of “Monsieur Beaucaire”. The story is light easy reading, but at the same time there is little of substance included. The book was originally published in October of 1907, and is the fourth of his novella length works, and his eighth book overall.

The hero is Robert Russ Melli
Dec 08, 2016 rated it liked it
This was a fun story, one I stumbled upon as part of a writing exercise. I found the opening to be beautiful, written in a style you would be unlikely to see nowadays. The story was predictable but entertaining. Since I found the most successful aspect of this story to be Tarkington's description of physical locations, I wish there had been more of that. There was very little, but what there was is memorable.
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Booth Tarkington was an American novelist and dramatist best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning novels The Magnificent Ambersons and Alice Adams.
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