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Paul Revere and the World He Lived In (1942)

by Esther Forbes

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Esther Forbes wrote Paul Revere with a good natured, almost folksy tone. I could almost see the twinkle in her eye by her choice of words. Here are some quotes to illustrate my point, "Like so many men of his years and period, Mr. Coney was enjoying his third wife - 'Prudent Mary,' Judge Sewall calls her" (p 8), "Boston had not yet run out of either rum or religion fervor" (p 13), and "Only once did she save labor by twinning" (p 21). I could go on and on.
But, just because Ms. Forbes wasn't didactic in her tone doesn't mean she wasn't informative. Her narrative paints a thoroughly detailed and informative account of Paul Revere's life and times. As an added bonus, the city of Boston also is biographied. One such fun detail is about Boston's streets: If the present day street is straight it probably used to be sea bottom. "Wherever the streets are snarled up, you are standing in the ancient town itself" (p 49). ( )
  SeriousGrace | Dec 19, 2016 |
The writing style of the book took a little bit getting used to since it was very informal. Forbes does a great job explaining the use of mobs leading up the American Revolution and gives a more "people's" perspective. Most of the sources for the book seems to come from newspaper advertisements and personal remembrances of pre-revolution Boston. I learned a few new things about Paul Revere that I did not know in the past, such as Revere usually just modifying his newspaper plates rather than creating them from scratch. The book also has several moments of pure eloquence in explaining complicated principles. I particularly enjoyed the paragraph on page 62 explaining the British Empire after the French and Indian War. ( )
  Atabeyounis | Dec 15, 2014 |
Forbes won the Pulitzer Award for this book and then wrote a story set in Paul Revere's world. That book, Johnny Tremain, won the Newbery Medal, and is one of the finest children's novels ever written. Forbes is an excellent writer. Readers will find her book informative and challenging.
1 vote mebrock | Apr 1, 2014 |
1926 Paul Revere & the World He Lived In, by Esther Forbes (read 9 May 1985) (Pulitzer History prize in 1943) I've wanted to read this book since 1942, when it was a Book of the Month Club selection. It is really well-done. Paul Revere lived till 1818, and the book is good genealogically as well as historically. ( )
1 vote Schmerguls | Aug 25, 2008 |
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This vivid account of the life and times of Paul Revere was first published in 1942 to great acclaim and a Pulitzer Prize. An elegant storyteller and expert historian, Edith Forbes paints a memorable portrait of American colonial history and of this most legendary of revolutionary heroes -- "not merely one man riding one horse on a certain lonely night of long ago, but a symbol to which his countrymen can yet turn."

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Recounts the life and times of Paul Revere of Massachusetts.

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