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Michael O'Halloran

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Excerpt: ...that is Mr. Bruce's car coming. Goodbye! Be good to yourself!" With a spring from where he was standing Mickey arose in air, alighted on ... Show synopsis

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DrewGirl

Need a pick-me up? Read this book!

by DrewGirl on Apr 5, 2007

Like the rest of her books, Gene Stratton-Porter's Michael O'Halloran is an excellent book for someone looking to feel hopeful about the world and about humanity. It follows the adventures of a street orphan, Mickey, as he stubbornly refuses to give in to the degradation that characterizes so many of his peers and does his best to convince everyone around him to "be square." Mickey may be small in size, but his huge heart more than makes up for it! By the end of the novel, there are very few people that are not left better because of his influence. The most pervasive theme of this book, I think, is that of the importance of family and home and is best summed up by Leslie ("...would the money have been of more advantage to me than the benefits of his society and his personal hand in my rearing? I think not! I prefer my Daddy! ... [I think] home better than any other place on earth") and Peter's neighbors (who "awaken and begin to develop a settled conviction as to what constituted the joy of life, and that the place to enjoy it was at home"). I wholeheartedly agree with them: home IS where the heart is - or where it should be - and our society needs to start remembering that! Although some people might think of this as backward and non-feminist, I would disagree. I believe the author would, too, for she lets Mickey point out: " 'Women's work' - Well never you mind about the 'woman's work' part of it...that doesn't cut any ice with me. It's men's work to eat, and I don't know who made a law that it was any more 'woman's work' to cook for men than it is their own. If there is a law of that kind, I bet a liberty-bird the men made it." Focusing on home and family doesn't mean giving up the rest of the world and becoming a chore-driven slave. It just means realizing what a treasure we all could have in our homes and our families, if EVERYONE did their best to treat those institutions with respect and to make sure they're not destroyed by our selfishness. What a great message!

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