Life and Liberty in America: Or, Sketches of a Tour in the United States and Canada, in 1857-8, Volume 2

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Smith, Elder and Company, 1859 - Canada
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Page 347 - We never quit Mr. Ruskin without being the better for what he has told us, and we therefore recommend this little volume, like all his other works, to the perusal of our readers." — Economist. " This book, daring, as it is, glances keenly at principles, of which some are among the articles of ancient codes, while others are evolving slowly to the light." — Leader, The Elements of Drawing.
Page 348 - A book than which there are few novels more interesting. It is a romance of the Caucasus. The account of life in the house of Shamil is full and very entertaining; and of Shamil himself we see much.
Page 354 - ' Shirley ' is very clever. The faculty of graphic description, strong imagination, fervid and masculine diction, analytic skill, all are visible. Gems of rare thought and glorious passion shine here and there throughout the volumes.
Page 64 - The women do little hard work, and are protected from the despotism of their husbands by their masters. The negro men and stout boys work, on the average, in good weather, not more than nine hours a day.
Page 355 - Tatler and Spectator days, and is very fitly associated with that time of good English literature by its manly feeling, direct, unaffected manner of writing, and nicely managed, wellturned narrative. The descriptions are excellent ; some of the country painting is as fresh as a landscape by Constable, or an idyl by Alfred Tennyson."— Examiner.
Page 340 - These lectures and addresses are marked by the same cnialities that made the author's sermons so justly and so widely popular. They manifest the same earnest, liberal spirit, the ardent love of truth, the lucid eloquence, the wide sympathy, and singleness of purpose."— Literary Gazette.
Page 353 - To those who attended the lectures, the book will be a pleasant reminiscence, to others an exciting novelty. The style — clear, idiomatic, forcible, familiar, but never slovenly; the searching strokes of sarcasm or irony ; the occasional flashes of generous scorn ; the touches of pathos, pity, and tenderness ; the morality tempered but never weakened by experience and sympathy ; the felicitous phrases, the striking anecdotes, the passages of wise, practical reflection ; all these lose much less...
Page 348 - The book is got up with great care and taste, and forms one of the handsomest works that have recently issued from the English press,"— Saturday Review.
Page 352 - Meadows' book is the work of a learned, conscientious, and observant person, and really important in many respects.
Page 348 - Westgarth has produced a reliable and readable book well stocked with information, and pleasantly interspersed with incidents of travel and views of colonial life. It is clear, sensible, and suggestive.

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