Orrain: A Romance

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Longmans, Green, and Company, 1904 - France - 364 pages
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Page 371 - contains, in its earlier part, a series of incidents that is, we believe. the most ingenious yet planned by its author. . . . The adventure develops and grows, the tension increases with each page, to such an extent that the hackneyed adjective, * breathless,' finds an appropriate place." —NEW YORK MAIL AND EXPRESS. " ' Sophia,' his latest, is also one of his best.
Page 382 - ... A tale of more than usual interest and of genuine literary merit. . . . The characters and scenes in a sense seem far removed, yet they live in our hearts and seem contemporaneous through the skill and philosophic treatment of the author. Those men and women seem akin to us; they are flesh and blood, and are impelled by human motives as we are. One cannot follow the fortunes of this hero without feeling refreshed and benefited.
Page 382 - A capital story of the Dumas- Weyman order. . . . The first chapters bring one right into the thick of the story, and from thence on the interest is unflagging. The Chevalier himself is an admirably studied character, whose straightforwardness and simplicity, bravery, and impulsive and reckless chivalry, win the reader's sympathy. D'Auriac has something of the intense vitality of Dumas's heroes, and the delightful improbabilities through which he passes so invincibly have a certain human quality...
Page 385 - 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 389 - Is an altogether delightful story. ... If more of such novels were written, pure, wholesome and bracing, redolent of everything that is pleasant to the senses, the world would be all the better." — BRISTOL MERCURY. " An idyll of Dorsetshire life, as natural and fresh and wholesome as the old stone dairy in which some of the scenes take place. . . . The book is redolent of the charm of English country life, pure and sweet, as it were, with the scent of the gorse and the breath of the kine, of all...
Page 371 - Sophia,' his latest, is also one of his best. A delightful spirit of adventure hangs about the story ; something interesting happens in every chapter. The admirable ease of style, the smooth and natural dialogue, the perfect adjustment of events and sequences conceal all the usual...
Page 382 - Chevalier is the typical hero of romance, fearing nothing save a stain on his honor, and with such a hero there can not but be vigor and excitement in every page of the story.
Page 385 - 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.
Page 382 - A book that may be recommended to all those who appreciate a good, hearty, rollicking story of adventure, with lots of fierce fighting and a proper proportion of love-making. . . . There is in his novel no more history than is necessary, and no tedious detail ; it is a story inspired by, but not slavishly following, history. . . . The book is full of incident, and from the first chapter to the last the action never flags. ... In the Chevalier the author has conceived a sympathetic character, for...
Page 380 - Father Sheehan's latest work is in many respects his best. It is a more pretentious literary effort and a more finished work than ' My New Curate.' .... His characters are strong and lifelike. All things considered ' Luke Delmege' is one of the best things that have been published lately." —ROSARY MAGAZINE, NY " We have just read ' Luke Delmege,' and of all the books of the year, sermon or song or story, we put it first.

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