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Book Review of Out of This Furnace

Out of This Furnace
Out of This Furnace
Author: Thomas Bell
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction
Book Type: Paperback
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Now that I have finished Out of this Furnace, I feel like I should work harder and love smarter. This multigenerational novel explores the plight of Slovak Immigrants from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. Its an eye opening look at their history, dreams and desires. Bell's novel (which is based on real-life events) exposes the early origins of America's cheap labor addiction.

This was my first foray into historical fiction, and I found these characters to be simple, yet inspirational. I was moved by the relationships, friendships and the family dynamics. I was appalled by the evils that constantly threatened to ruin dreams, take lives, and keep these workers in a continuous cycle of poverty.