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At Last   By: (1819-1875)

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At Last by Charles Kingsley is a compelling work of literature that offers a unique perspective on the journey and growth of its protagonist. Through vivid descriptions and skillful storytelling, the author takes readers on a captivating voyage through a wide range of emotions and experiences.

The novel centers around the life of the main character, who undergoes a powerful transformation throughout the pages. From the very beginning, readers are introduced to a complex individual struggling with self-identity and a sense of purpose. As the story unfolds, we witness this character's remarkable evolution, as they confront life's challenges head-on and embark on a path towards self-discovery.

One of the most remarkable aspects of this book is Kingsley's ability to immerse readers in the various settings portrayed throughout the narrative. The author's vivid descriptions create a genuine sense of place, making it easy for readers to visualize and engage with the story. This attention to detail not only enhances the reading experience but also adds depth and richness to the overall storytelling.

Furthermore, At Last explores several thought-provoking themes that resonate with readers on a profound level. Kingsley skillfully delves into topics such as personal growth, inner strength, and the search for meaning in life. Through the protagonist's journey, the author offers valuable insights and reflections that can be applied to one's own life, fostering a sense of introspection and self-awareness.

One aspect that might frustrate some readers is the occasional slow pace of the book. While some may prefer a faster-moving plot, Kingsley's deliberate pace allows for introspection and an exploration of the characters' psychological depth. Though it may require a bit of patience, the slower pace ultimately contributes to a more meaningful reading experience.

Overall, At Last is a beautifully crafted novel that captivates readers with its engaging prose and introspective narrative. Charles Kingsley's masterful storytelling and profound reflections make this book a valuable addition to any reader's collection. This thought-provoking tale of self-discovery and personal growth lingers in the mind long after the final page, leaving readers with a renewed sense of purpose.

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Transcribed by David Price, email



My Dear Sir Arthur Gordon,

To whom should I dedicate this book, but to you, to whom I owe my visit to the West Indies? I regret that I could not consult you about certain matters in Chapters XIV and XV; but you are away again over sea; and I can only send the book after you, such as it is, with the expression of my hearty belief that you will be to the people of Mauritius what you have been to the people of Trinidad.

I could say much more. But it is wisest often to be most silent on the very points on which one longs most to speak.

Ever yours,



At last we, too, were crossing the Atlantic. At last the dream of forty years, please God, would be fulfilled, and I should see (and happily, not alone) the West Indies and the Spanish Main. From childhood I had studied their Natural History, their charts, their Romances, and alas! their Tragedies; and now, at last, I was about to compare books with facts, and judge for myself of the reported wonders of the Earthly Paradise. We could scarce believe the evidence of our own senses when they told us that we were surely on board a West Indian steamer, and could by no possibility get off it again, save into the ocean, or on the farther side of the ocean; and it was not till the morning of the second day, the 3d of December, that we began to be thoroughly aware that we were on the old route of Westward Ho, and far out in the high seas, while the Old World lay behind us like a dream... Continue reading book >>

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