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The strength of the novel is attributed to the three characters and the relationships that are established within a cosmopolitan landscape of New York along with other children that the three encounter and befriend. As one reads each passage of the book, Kirby does a good job of showing the independent minds that these band of youthful individuals exhibited with very little mention of parental guidance but rather reliance on each other to arduously survive as working-class children who helped to support themselves and their families. With each of the character's stories intertwined within the novel, one thing breathes through, these individuals were children despite having to work from morning until night and possibly never had the opportunity to go to school, they too still possessed child-like qualities of innocence, such as Hannah's story. But it is the chance encounters that are surprising, and by he end of the book all come together.Read more ›
I believe at some time every child, no matter who or where they are, feels at least once and maybe several times like a slave of sorts, even in the best of times and in the most favorable of conditions. I know I did, and most of the people I've talked to enough about it to know, did also. Even though I was raised in pleasant circumstances with everything I needed, I did. Nonetheless, I had red hair and freckles, and my skin burned like the dickens. Ginger hair and abundant freckles that multiplied like crazy when I stayed out too long in the sun didn't appeal to me, not at all. Neither did the painful blisters from my sunburns. And that is putting it mildly. I felt like my light complexion made me a slave to it. I knew that my red hair made me an object of ridicule and bullying, and there were times when I utterly hated it and thought almost no one else, except perhaps another redhead, could ever understand.
THE CLOCKWORK THREE is the title of Matthew J. Kirby's novel about three young people that every person can identify with who is in or has experienced similar circumstances of crises, big or small: Giuseppe, Hannah, and Frederick. It is set on the eastern seaboard in a bustling city of the United States around 1900. Those three young characters provide ample opportunity for every young reader to find a friend to identify with relative to feelings of enslavement to something, whether it's freckles and red hair or something else much more or less serious.Read more ›
The story follows three very different children, all of whom find that their destinies are intertwined together. One of them is Hannah, a young girl who has been forced to give up her schooling in order to work at a local hotel because her father has fallen horribly ill. Another is Giuseppe, forced to work the streets playing his violin for a cruel padrone after having been kidnapped & sold by an equally cruel uncle. Finally there's Frederick, an orphan saved from the orphanage by a clockmaker after showing a talent for gears. As the story unfolds, each will find themselves caught up in things beyond their control, whether it is a green violin with a heavenly sound, a mysterious treasure that's been hidden by an eccentric man, or a clockwork head with the ability to speak & think. One thing is for certain- in order to get through all of this they'll need to learn to trust each other.
This was a pretty decent story & Kirby has a very real flair for storytelling. While the story was somewhat slow to kick off, I did manage to get a good feel for the characters & after a while I did grow to care about what happens to them. The descriptions in the book are some of the best parts, with the depiction of an America in the late 1800s that doesn't pull any punches & I admire Kirby for that. He strives very hard to show an existence where schooling was often cast aside for work as well as one where orphanages put children to work in looms that could cost them their lives or cripple them.Read more ›
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I thoroughly enjoyed this novel - great descriptions and the wonderful weaving of each character into the others' life was very interesting. Read morePublished 11 days ago by awr
This a good book about three kids that each have a story. Each chapter is a different character. Their stories come together at the end. My favorite character was Guiseppe.Published 14 days ago by Leah B.
A work of quiet brilliance, a perfectly woven plot, and a magnificent finish. I plan to find any more books this author has written an devour them.Published 1 month ago by James Cornwell
I loved every bit of it. It was perfect.
I would recommend it to any and everyone.
I rated it a 5, because it was perfect.
It's. So. Good. I couldn't put this riveting book down for a second.Published 5 months ago by dreamzz
The Clockwork Three Review
The inspirational novel The Clockwork Three by Matthew J. Kirby was something I won’t forget. Read more
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