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The Golden Dream

R. M. Ballantyne

Book Overview: 

A thoroughly engaging, at times even harrowing, adventure tale set in the San Francisco gold rush. Detailed depiction of its time and place, complete with everything from mining techniques to societal attitudes. You’ll feel like you’re in the diggings.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .No, nothing. I have no relations—no friends—no enemies, even, now. Yes,” he added, quickly, “I have one friend. You are my friend. You have spoken kindly to me—a beggar. You deserve the name of friend. Listen, I want you to be my heir. See here, I have had my will drawn up long ago, with the place for the name left blank I had intended—but no matter—what is your name?”

“Edward Sinton.”

“Here, hand me that ink-horn, and the pen. There,” continued the man, pushing the paper towards him, “I have made over to you the old boat, and the ground it lies on. Both are mine. The piece of ground is marked off by four posts. Take care of the—”

The man’s voice sank to a mere whisper; then it ceased suddenly. When Ned looked at him again, he started, for the cold hand of death had sealed his lips for ever.

A feeling of deep, intense pity filled the youth’s heart, as he. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A great adventure story during the time of gold being discovered in California. Starts in England as a young man sails to California. Some adventures at sea but most are in California and in the gold fields. Great close up and personal stories of what it was really like then but Ballantyne also h...more

Gold fever (worldwide) in the middle of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth Century’s often reached epidemic proportions and often with as devastating effect of any plague. As to be expected, in a gold rush you have winner and losers. Losers are the vast majority but the least heard...more

This book was a slow start and mostly uninteresting. It was certainly not what I was hoping it would be.