I have ever had pleasure in obtaining any little anecdotes of my ancestors.
He meets rogues and swindlers, has The charm and pleasure of this book, for me, is that it is not about the famous Benjamin Franklin, the inventor and one of the fathers of the American Revolution, but that it is about the young Franklin; about his education and apprenticeship as a printer to his brother, about his love of books and his determination to improve his writing skills, about how he uprooted himself from his birthplace and family and moved to Philadelphia, and began a business there.
He meets rogues and swindlers, has unexpected fortune both good and ill, and eventually prospers through his own cleverness and industry.
The first half of the book - and parts of the second half - is as entertaining as any novel. I especially like what it reveals about early and midth century America and its inhabitants.
The journey from Boston to Philadelphia was far different in those days! The way he talks about men being "bred" to their various professions is fascinating, as is his discussion of religious beliefs and doctrines of the time.
Franklin is a sly and entertaining narrator. The book does have some serious flaws. For one thing, it is an abandoned WIP, ending abruptly with his passage to England in He also laid it down in the middle for a long time, and the second half is markedly different from the first; when he starts again, he repeats himself quite a bit, and then goes into this rather preachy and to me boring discussion of virtue, and how he attempted to become a Better Person through diligent self-examination.
I also thought his accounts of his involvement in the French and Indian War a little dull in parts.
But overall, I really enjoyed this book. I listened to the audiobook version of this book, narrated by Adrian Cronauer, whose own story formed the basis for the movie Good Morning, Vietnam. Cronauer has a pleasant voice, but in my opinion he reads too fast, and his uncompromisingly modern American accent is somewhat at odds with the 18th-century language.
I think the audiobook would have been improved by using the accent used in e.
This book is written somewhat sloppily - changing narrative styles throughout, carrying on from time to time, and not even finishing it - but the content is truly amazing. In addition to his kite flying escapade, he invented a better type of wood burning furnace, and a better street lamp.
He created the first public university in America U. Pennhelped create one of the first public hos.Exhibits Explore Benjamin Franklin's life and legacy through his character traits.
The exhibit area is divided into five "rooms" with each room focusing on a particular trait: ardent and dutiful, ambitious and rebellious, motivated to improve, curious and full of wonder, and strategic and persuasive. quotes from Benjamin Franklin: 'Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.', 'Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.', and 'They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.'.
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Franklin wrote his autobiography in the form of an extended letter to his son. While recording the events of his life, he adds instructions for good living which makes . Written initially to guide his son, Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography is a lively, spellbinding account of his unique and eventful life, now a classic of world literature that is . Complete text of the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin.
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