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Bill Hope: His Story by Clifford Browder

Bill Hope: His Story

by Clifford Browder

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What a story! A little New York trickster in the 1870s gets arrested for pickpocketing but finds himself freed a few days later. A mysterious man bailed him out. And so a mysterious story unravels where Bill Hope uses his brain and gets involved in ludicrous con games.

Sure, our little grafter tries hard to find his way into legal straits. But not before testing before a Senate Committee, a visit to the asylum house and lot of other dubious adventures. And - well, it's intricate. Read yourself!

Despite the story is told in a sort of flash language it's an easy read - and very enjoyable! ( )
  viennamax | Apr 25, 2017 |
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This was a fun book. The main character seemed like a cross between Huck Finn and a Charles Dickens' character. It is set in the late 1800's and involves the main character, Bill Hope, who was a street wise young man who had made his way by stealing items from people on the street until he met up with men involved in con games . However, Bill Hope was a likeable character who had his own principles and who actually testified before Congress about the graft going on during that time and refused to get others in trouble. The story revolved around his various adventures while painting a picture of what New York City was like in the late 1800s. A very enjoyable book. I would recommend this. ( )
  stephvin | Apr 16, 2017 |
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Engrossing novel that makes you want to continue reading in order to find out what happens next in the life of Bill Hope. Many ups and downs make it a truely enjoyable read, about a bygone time. ( )
  terry19802 | Apr 7, 2017 |
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The story of Bill Hope, begins with Bill as a youth pick pocket. But Bill does not want to be a pick pocket forever. He wants to work his way up in the world, first as a thief and then in general. He goes to prison, the insane asylum and meets many interesting people along the way, many of whom want to harm him or help him.
It was difficult to get into the novel at first, partially because it was written how Bill spoke. But he improved his writing as the novel progressed. Lots of action and interesting characters, left you guessing at what was going to happen next. ( )
  Shoosty | Apr 6, 2017 |
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I sat down to read this book around 6 p.m.; it's 11:20 p.m. and I've just finished it. I couldn't put it down. This is a very engaging, fast-moving first-hand "biography" of a turn-of-the-century petty thief turned con man which held me enthralled from start to finish.
  graham072442 | Mar 30, 2017 |
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