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That Printer of Udell's [Paperback]

By Harold Bell Wright (Author)
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Dick Falkner's childhood consisted of poverty and abuse from an alcoholic father. Recognizing his life for what it was, he ran away from his home, but he could not run away from all of his problems. Sixteen years later he found himself hungry of body and empty of spirit in a small Midwestern town. He was determined to make something of himself and to not be controlled by alcohol. Initially, he finds no help in this so-called Christian town. Eventually, he is taken in by George Udell, a local publisher and a kind-hearted man. George Udell gives the young man a job, and something more important: spiritual support. Through hard work and Christian morals, the man who becomes known as "that printer of Udell's" rises above his past to a new life with God, inspiring those around him along the way. As in Wright's The Shepherd of the Hills and The Calling of Dan Matthews, both also published by Pelican, good deeds and a strong belief in God form the basis for a happy life, no matter what the past.

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"Decidedly interesting"--The New York Times "(A) thoroughly good novel"--The Boston Globe Dick Falkner's childhood consisted of poverty and abuse from an alcoholic father. Recognizing his life for what it was, he ran away from his home, but he could not run away from all of his problems. Sixteen years later he found himself hungry of body and empty of spirit in a small Midwestern town. He was determined to make something of himself and to not be controlled by alcohol. Initially, he finds no help in this so-called Christian town. Eventually, he is taken in by George Udell, a local publisher and a kind-hearted man. George Udell gives the young man a job, and something more important: spiritual support. Through hard work and Christian morals, the man who becomes known as "that printer of Udell's" rises above his past to a new life with God, inspiring those around him along the way. As in Wright's The Shepherd of the Hills and The Calling of Dan Matthews, both also published by Pelican, good deeds and a strong belief in God form the basis for a happy life, no matter what the past.

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Studio: Pelican Publishing
Pages   346
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 4.25" Height: 7"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2003
Publisher   Pelican Publishing Company
ISBN  1565541219  
ISBN13  9781565541214  


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The Printer of Udall's  Oct 15, 2008
The reason that I read the book was because of the mention of it in the story of Ronald Reagan. I wanted to know what it was that influenced Ronald to be what he was besides the amazing religious training that he had by his mother. This was the first book of Harold Bell Wright that I have read, and have subsequently read some other of the same author. The story line is amazing in it's detail as it traces the difficulties that faced those who have started off with nothing and yet have ascended to a meaningful station in life through the practicing of the golden rule to "do as you would be done by". As I have also a strong religious upbringing, there can be seen in the book the moral overtones from a Bible based mind, which leads to the ultimate thought of the commendation of Christ "inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these, ye have done it unto me"
The book is rewarding in its story and provides the reader with the reasons to accept the moral picture being painted and ultimately reflected in a great President who started off in a difficult era as a boy who's greatest riches was the spiritual upbringing he received and which he practiced as he made his way through life.
 
Human nature hasn't changed much since 1902   Aug 15, 2005
In reading a biography of Ronald Reagan, I learned that when eleven year old Reagan finished reading this book he went to his mother and said, "I want to be like that man." Intrigued, I wanted to find out what "that man" was like. So, when I read this story I did so with an eye toward understanding Reagan and the development of his character. I was immediately struck by the similarities between Reagan and the book's hero, Dick Falkner. Both were raised in poverty, both had alcoholic fathers, both were straight shooters, and both seem to have had an abiding faith in their fellow man. I found the book's colorful language quite charming, its character development excellent, and the problems and concerns presented very true to life. As I read along I could almost sense young Reagan's character taking form. I was particularly struck by the fact that the problems of 1902 in Boyd City are in large measure today's problems---human nature seems to have changed very little over the years. My only complaint about the book is that the broad sweep evident in the early part of the story seemed to narrow in the latter pages, resulting in a somewhat quick and surprising ending based on several poorly explained coincidences. All in all, I greatly enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone with a love for our 40th President or a desire to better understand him, as well as those who simply like a good story.
 
For another time  Jun 21, 2001
I found my copy of this book at a flea market ..., and I figured I couldn't go wrong [the] price [I paid]. ... I have given the book three stars simply because its Christian theme and style of writing was new to me, and as a result it did keep me occupied and involved until the end. ... The author has built the story and its resolution upon amazing coincidences after conincidences. Maybe the reader can swallow one of them, two at the most, but this is an unending chain. As this is a Christian book, possibly the reader of the era in which it was written -- the turn of the 20th Century -- would look upon the happenings as God's will, but I found it totally unbelievable. I'm glad I read the book, because it is most unusual and foreign to today's modern literature, but I don't believe I would want to read another of Wright's books. Maybe if I was living at the turn of the century with that trusting mindset, he would become a favorite author. But, today the book is just a curiosity piece.
 
Standard HBW Quality  Oct 31, 2000
Another salutary story showing how Harold Bell Wright earned the sobriquet of "Storyteller to America." I did not know but am not surprised by the previous reviewer's observation that Ronald Reagan read this work as a boy and was profoundly touched by it. There is something so American about Mr. Wright's works and this upright, exciting tale is no exception. Fleshed out characters populate a fast-paced allegory where true Christianity is venerated while those who are Christian in name only are seen to be lacking.

This release was one of Mr. Wright's first -if not his actual debut novel, and it made a promise that his prolific career kept.

 
Essential to understanding Ronald Reagan  Aug 6, 2000
Any political junkie or political scientist who wants to understand Ronald Reagan the man and the politician must start with this book. Young Reagan read it when he was 11 years old and promptly decided that he wanted to become an evangelical Christian, informing his Mother that he wanted to be baptized. Reagan obviously identified with the protagonist of this story who like Reagan was the son of an alcoholic father who through the power of faith became a better man and works to change his community through his church. The book concludes with his marching off to Washington to assume a political career. Sound familiar?

Don't miss this book!

 

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