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I hated this book. The writing in it was atrocious and extremely difficult to read. I understand that it wasn't written by a modern author, but I have read historical documents before and didn't find ... Read full review
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Page 419 - It is not a book that can be laid down at the middle of it. The reader once caught in its whirl can no more escape from it than a ship from the maelstrom.
Page 433 - The story is full of action, it Is alive from cover to cover, and is so compact with thrill* ing adventure that there is no room for a dull page. The chevalier tells his own story, but he is the most charming of egoists. He wins our sympathies from the outset by his boyish naivete, his downright manliness and bravery. . . . Not only has Mr. Yeats written an excellent tale of adventure...
Page 420 - It is a capital book for the young, and even the less hardened nerves of the middle aged will find here no superfluity of gore or brutality to mar their pleasure in a bright and clean tale of prowess and adventure."— NATION, NEW YORK. "A well-told tale, with few, if any, anachronisms, and a credit to the clever talent of Stanley J. Weyman.
Page 429 - In its splendor of description, weirdness of imagery, its astonishing variety of detail, and the love story which blends with history and fantasy, the book without doubt is a creation distinct from previous tales. Maya, the Lady of the Heart, is an ideal character.
Page 418 - I cannot fancy any reader, old or young, not sharing with doughty Crillon his admiration for M. de Marsac, who, though no swashbuckler, has a sword that leaps from its scabbard at the breath of insult. . . . There are several historical personages in the novel ; there is, of course, a heroine, of great beauty and enterprise; but that true 'Gentleman of France,* M. de Marsac, with his perseverance and valor, dominates them all.
Page 429 - ... and history, and the unforeseen crisis of the tale, shows that the quality that most distinguishes the author's former works is still his in abundance. . . . The tale as a whole is so effective that we willingly overlook its improbability, and so novel that even those who have read all of Rider Haggard's former works will still find something surprising in this."—THE CRITIC.
Page 426 - This is a story of English life, brightly told, a little on the long side, but interesting and entertaining throughout. Moreover, it is altogether wholesome reading, which is more than can be said of many stories published nowadays. Its lessons are good. There is one for young girls and women, and one, too, for men. Much of the telling of the story is managed by conversations, and these, though oftentimes very amusing, are simple and natural — very different from the smart persiflage and elegant...
Page 418 - ... perfect touch and sympathy . . . it carries the reader out of his present life, giving him a new and totally different existence that rests and refreshes him."— NY WORLD.
Page 421 - Weyman, and no single writer of thit number can be said to have approached him, much less to have equaled him in the romantic world of the historical novel ... he has the art of story-telling in the highest degree, the art which instinctively divines the secret, the soul of the story which he tells, and the rarer art, if it be not the artlessness, which makes it as real and as inevitable as life itself. His characters...
Page 426 - It is a remarkably good character study. The quiet adventures and pleasant happenings of the various members of the family are most interesting, and one enjoys the society of a wholesome group throughout the whole story." —FINANCIAL RECORD, NEW YORK. "A very bright social study, and the author succeeds in thoroughly arousing the reader's interest in the love-making of William Farrell, who, in the guise of an honored member of society, is a consummate scoundrel.