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Page 281 - is perhaps the finest piece of fiction that has been published this year, as ' Almayer's Folly ' was one of the finest that was published in 1895 ... Surely this is real romance — the romance that is real.
Page 288 - The histories of medicine which exist are for the most part only fitted for the intellectual digestion of Dryasdust and his congeners. Of the men who made the discoveries which have saved incalculable numbers of human lives, and which have lengthened the span of human existence, there is often no record at all accessible to the general reader.
Page 104 - Prayer of the minister of the Cumbrays, two miserable islands in the mouth of the Clyde : ' O Lord, bless and be gracious to the Greater and the Lesser Cumbrays, and in thy mercy do not forget the adjacent islands of * Archibald Campbell, Esq., Lord Lieutenant of Renfrewshire, and often MP for Glasgow.
Page 286 - It has nearly all the qualities which go to make a book of the first-class. Before you have read twenty pages you know that you are reading a classic." — Literary World. "All of that vast and increasing host of readers who prefer the novel of action to any other form of fiction should, nay, indeed, must, make a point of reading this exceedingly fine example of its class.
Page 289 - Chichester. (4) The Buccaneers and Marooners of America. Edited and Illustrated by Howard Pyle. (5) The Log of a Jack Tar. Being the Life of James Choyce, Master Mariner. Edited by Commander V. Lovett Cameron. (6) Ferdinand Mendez Pinto, the Portuguese...
Page 280 - A work which, for the first time, renders it possible for the English reader to understand the part which literature has played not only in ancient or in mediaeval or in modern India, but in India from the earliest times to the present day. . . The sense of development is never absent from his story, nor does he fear to touch on topics from which the ordinary orthodox writer in England shrinks.
Page 281 - Almayer, his wife, his daughter, and Dain, the daughter's native lover — are well drawn, and the parting between father and daughter has a pathetic naturalness about it, unspoiled by straining after effect. There are, too, some admirably graphic passages in the book. The approach of a monsoon Is most effectively described. . . . The name of Mr. Joseph Conrad is new to us, but it appears to us as if he might become the Kipling of the Malay Archipelago...
Page 288 - Yet the story of these men's lives, of their struggles and of their triumphs, is not only interesting, but in the highest degree stimulating and educative. Many of them could have said with literal truth what Sir Thomas Browne said figuratively, that their lives were a romance.
Page 287 - The series will be under the general editorship of Mr. HF Wilson, formerly Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, and now private secretary to the Right Hon. J. Chamberlain at the Colonial Office. Each volume will be placed in competent hands, and will contain the best portrait obtainable of its subject, and a map showing his special contribution to the Imperial edifice. The...