The Colossus

A Novel

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Author: Opie Read
Published: 1893
Language: English
Wordcount: 65,839 / 190 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 87.7
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 562
Added to site: 2005.02.16 9635

Henry DeGolyer, a struggling newspaper writer who seems never to get the breaks he deserves, is sent by his editor on a special assignment to Costa Rica. Early in the trip, an encounter with Henry Witherspoon grows into a fast friendship which ends only at Witherspoon's death. On his deathbed Witherspoon tells a bizarre tale of having been stolen in infancy by an uncle, and requests DeGolyer to assume his identity and seek out his aging parents who live in Chicago. The Colossus is the story of DeGolyer's adjustment to his new life and his change of fortune.

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of talk knocks me; but say, don't be away any longer than you can help."

"I won't!" He rode a short distance, turned in his saddle, waved his hand and cried: "God bless you, my boy."




Delays and difficulties of traveling, together with his own determination to do the work thoroughly, prolonged DeGolyer's absence. Nearly three months had passed. Evening was come, and from a distant hill-top the returning traveler saw the steeple of Ulmata's church--a black mark on the fading blush of lingering twilight. A chilly darkness crept out of the valley. Hungry dogs barked in the dreary village. DeGolyer could see but a single light. It burned in the priest's house--a dark age, and as of yore, with all the light held by the church. The weary man liberated his mule on a common, where its former companions were grazing, and sought the house of his friends. The house was dark and the doors were fastened. He knocked, and a startling echo, an a


Average Rating of 4 from 1 reviews: ****

The story is worth reading, but not one of Opie Read’s best in my opinion. There’s a twist in the plot that makes it an interesting adventure, but the ending was less than what I expected.

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