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The Beloved Vagabond


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ISBN13: 9781434423078
ISBN10: 1434423077
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William John Locke (1863-1930) was a novelist, short story writer, and playwright born in Demerara, in what is now Guyana. In 1894 he published his first novel, At the Gate of Samaria, but only achieved real success with The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne (1905) and The Beloved Vagabond (1906). His many works have been made into twenty-four motion pictures and four Broadway plays.

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david shapiro, January 17, 2012 (view all comments by david shapiro)
Beloved Vagabond is a delightful romance of a type rarely seen today. The perspective is that of a nineteenth-century ragamuffin from London's streets, who is adopted--purchased--by the title character. The Vagabond chooses to follow his whimsy, and one whim inspires him to educate his young charge. In large part, the education consists of taking a grand tour of Europe, a vagabonding tour that rubs noses--and forks manure--with the peasantry. Beloved Vagabond is less a bildungsroman focused on the young man's coming of age than a swift-moving homage to a bourgeoisie-scorning, philosophical gentleman whose chosen arenas are disreputable cafes and the road. Another thread of the plot hints at this soft-hearted gentleman's well-buried past, which recaptures him--or does it?--as we approach the conclusion.

In addition to the charm of character and travelogue, of high culture and low,I enjoyed succumbing to the temptation to turn every so often to my French dictionary as a word, a phrase, a saying, was interjected, and teased me.(The tidbits of Latin I left alone.)

After too much time spent rereading old science fiction, of leafing through today's cruel murder mysteries, I was delighted to dance innocently through the Europe that was, following a hero whose type I no longer see.
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Locke, William John
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Locke, William J.
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