They have traveled to California to brave primitive conditions as they pan for gold in the streams that rush down from the Sierras. The hundred or so men come from across the world and from every walk of life. Some are criminals, many bear scars and mutilations that show they have been in fights, and none displays any sign of education or refinement. Cherokee Sal, "a coarse and, it is to be feared, a very sinful woman," is the only female in the camp, which reflects the fact that in California at the time women made up only a very small proportion of the population. When the story opens, Sal is in the throes of childbirth. Death, generally by violence, is an everyday occurrence in this community, but birth is an unprecedented event.
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Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. In this short story by Bret Harte, first published in the August issue of Overland Monthly, a baby boy is born an orphan in a gold mining camp in California and raised by a grizzled bunch of miners. This story helped to put Bret Harte to international prominence as a writer, and contains a veritable cornucopia of descriptive words- a great tool for learning and expand In this short story by Bret Harte, first published in the August issue of Overland Monthly, a baby boy is born an orphan in a gold mining camp in California and raised by a grizzled bunch of miners.
This story helped to put Bret Harte to international prominence as a writer, and contains a veritable cornucopia of descriptive words- a great tool for learning and expanding your literary horizons. Get A Copy. Paperback , 42 pages.
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Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Luck of Roaring Camp. Jun 10, classic reverie rated it it was amazing Shelves: , tragedy , bret-harte , short-stories , western , old-time-radio-reference , american-writer. I only recently started to read Western stories and have enjoyed the few I have read already.
What was strange about this short story is I know I had heard about it before, either from a radio adaption or maybe a TV portrayal with a different ending but I am only guessing here. This story was written in and has all the feel of the American West during that time.
I found it interesting, looking online, that The Roaring Camp was a real gold mining settlement in California, that 49 men lived. What I like about this story is how a little baby born into The Roaring Camp changed the rough men's lives who they named the baby, Thomas Luck. I will not say more about the story since it is extremely short and it is better not to spoil but one thing which I also read I will mention; the editors did not want the prostitute to be mentioned in the story but luckily to the story it stayed in.
If they had removed that part the story would have lost its value and poignancy, IMO. I read another edition; look under my Bret Harte shelf for collection of his works.
View all 3 comments. A superb story that somehow manages to fuse tragedy and beauty together very well. Well worth the read if you ever get a chance! I think Harte has a very romantic way of describing endings, I really enjoyed that part, but also the demystification of the hard and rude West villagers, such a good short story.
May 13, Ann T rated it really liked it Shelves: audiobook , classics , fiction , short-stories , classics-buffet-challenge , classics-book-club. A Cherokee woman comes into a men's camp in labor with child. Unfortunately she passes during childbirth and the men must decide what to do about the child. It was mentioned the only other female in camp was an ass, literally, that could help to rear the child with the asses milk.
All the men agreed. This child brought luck to the camp, so Thomas Luck was the child's name. He was christened and that was the only time God was NOT said in profanity. The Luck's cabin was kept so clean that the othe A Cherokee woman comes into a men's camp in labor with child. The Luck's cabin was kept so clean that the other men throughout the camp also cleaned up themselves. If they were to hold The Luck then they had to be clean.
The men were not permitted to be loud so conversation was in whisper and profanity was no longer used. The men started to find beauty in wild flowers, the pebbles in the creek, and the many treasures of the woods and hillsides.
It was a fairyland. During the winter, the snow was so deep that every creek became a river and eventually jumped the levees and washed the camp away. The Luck has disappeared. Fortunately a boat has had rescued a man holding the The Luck but both perished. It still amazes me to this day, how the birth of a child can change the hearts of the roughest men and bring them to their knees to do what is right by a child. I really enjoyed this story, though wish The Luck could have survived.
May 07, Rachel Self added it Shelves: short-stories. The Luck of Roaring Camp centers on a gold mining shanty town in California, which is having a large bad luck streak. The men are also engaging in bad behavior until the only woman in town dies in childbirth, leaving behind a baby boy.
As the men change so does their environment, as plants grow and they aspire to build a hotel. Everything ends whe The Luck of Roaring Camp centers on a gold mining shanty town in California, which is having a large bad luck streak. Everything ends when a flood kills Luck, symbolically killing their last bit of hope. The way this baby changes the men wholly reflects a Man vs. Society context, as their entire group changes behavior and perspective with the addition of one child.
I am sure middle school students have been told to or directly changed behavior from an influence as well, which turned out for the better. Society context widely, talking about the only woman in camp, the men, or even Luck. Sep 20, Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly rated it liked it. Along the hill-side of some great mountains was the Roaring Camp in the year The lone woman there, a prostitute, gave birth to a baby boy then she died. The baby was left with the camp's men, about a hundred of them.
Coarse, weather-beaten men: gamblers, miners, loggers, fugitives from justice and all. They named the child "Tommy Luck" or "The Luck" for he seemed to bring good fortune as, indeed, his presence alone profoundly changed them and the camp itself.
The child even changed how they Along the hill-side of some great mountains was the Roaring Camp in the year The child even changed how they meet Death itself.
Shelves: short-stories , california , s. After his mother dies in childbirth in a gold-mining camp, the orphaned baby is "adopted" by the camp miners and a resulting civilizing of the camp follows as they seek a better life for the child they name Lucky.
Feb 01, K. Anna Kraft rated it it was ok. I've arranged my thoughts into a haiku: "Paternal instinct Inspires even the coarsest To self betterment. May 16, Melinda rated it it was amazing. You know that you're amid grandeur -- having your world assumptions upended for good -- when you come across an observation, an insight, as this author's in "The Luck of Roaring Camp": "The assemblage numbered about a hundred men.
One or two of these were actual fugitives from justice, some were criminal, and all were reckless. Physically they exhibited no indication of their past lives and character. The greatest scamp had a Raphael face, with a profusion of blonde hair; Oakhurst, a gambler, ha You know that you're amid grandeur -- having your world assumptions upended for good -- when you come across an observation, an insight, as this author's in "The Luck of Roaring Camp": "The assemblage numbered about a hundred men.
The greatest scamp had a Raphael face, with a profusion of blonde hair; Oakhurst, a gambler, had the melancholy air and intellectual abstraction of a Hamlet; the coolest and most courageous man was scarcely over five feet in height, with a soft voice and an embarrassed, timid manner The strongest man had but three fingers on his right hand; the best shot had but one eye.
Within minutes of reading the first pages, I traveled an immeasurable distance, where the destination was and is a new way of seeing and understanding. In short, a world of hopeful possibilities. May each of us, from birth and throughout life, know the same inviolate love bestowed on the main character, "The Luck" Tommy Thomas Luck , and may this be as regenerative and as transformative to all.
This is an absolute gem of a legend, which its author has bequeathed for us to make a reality. Jul 08, Tim Pendry rated it really liked it Shelves: literature-general , nineteenth-century , north-american , humour.
A brilliant piece of American good humour that eventually made the name of Bret Harte outside his own country. It was initially regarded as problematic morally because of the 'cussing' of the miners and the fact that it is clearly a prostitute who gives the gold miners of Roaring Camp their 'luck', their little orphan mascot. But, being mid-nineteenth century in a puritan country, it is a moral tale nevertheless.
Short Story: ‘The Luck of Roaring Camp’ by Bret Harte
There was commotion in Roaring Camp. It could not have been a fight, for in that was not novel enough to have called together the entire settlement. The ditches and claims were not only deserted, but "Tuttle's grocery" had contributed its gamblers, who, it will be remembered, calmly continued their game the day that French Pete and Kanaka Joe shot each other to death over the bar in the front room. The whole camp was collected before a rude cabin on the outer edge of the clearing.
THE LUCK OF ROARING CAMP AND OTHER TALES
Our story today is called, "The Luck of Roaring Camp. Here is Harry Monroe with our story. Roaring Camp was the noisiest gold mining town in California. More than one-hundred men from every part of the United States had come to that little camp — stopping there for a short time on their way to getting rich. Many of these gold miners were criminals. All of them were violent.
The Luck of Roaring Camp: Characters & Quotes
The men of the camp decide to raise the child themselves, and his presence inspires them to stop fighting and gambling and to clean up themselves and the camp. When they discover gold, they believe that the child has brought them the fortune. Tragedy strikes, however, when a flood sweeps the camp, killing both the Luck and his protector. The story is a sentimental tall tale told by an ironic first-person narrator and is notable for its characterizations and wealth of local colour. The Luck of Roaring Camp.
The Luck of Roaring Camp
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