Publish date: August 1st 2006
Publisher: Echo Library
Pages no: 120
Edition language: English
Series: Ragged Dick series (#1)
This 3 1/2 star children's book is almost unknown today. Horatio Alger, Jr. was a prolific and popular author in the 19th century. He wrote many books in the same formulaic style, which is "poor boy" becomes respectable through hard work. However, this was the first book I read and I quite enjoyed i...
Hilariously didactic in a way that I'm sure would make it completely unreadable to actual young people. It's a novel bent on Improving Youth, that mostly succeeds in being a parody of itself. The ending was completely random. Still, it was fun for the unintended humour, and period details.
I read this book because I kept hearing liberals criticize the "Horatio Alger stories" that conservatives like to tell about America. According to these reputable sources, such rags to riches tales are no longer realistic for most of the nation's poor. Ragged Dick is a charismatic bootblack who, thr...