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The Blue Pavilions   By: (1863-1944)

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The Blue Pavilions by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch is a captivating historical novel that weaves together a tapestry of love, adventure, and intrigue. Set in the enchanting fictional village of Troy-on-the-Fallows, the story takes readers on a journey through time, immersing them in the lives of its vibrant characters.

The narrative centers around Edward Amory, a young and ambitious lawyer who embarks on a quest to uncover the mysterious past of his beloved Troy Manor. The manor, with its renowned blue pavilions, conceals a treasure trove of secrets, serving as the backdrop for an enthralling tale of forbidden romance and hidden identities.

Quiller-Couch’s writing style is richly descriptive, effortlessly transporting readers to the sweeping landscapes and elegant parlors of early 19th-century England. His attention to detail paints vivid pictures of the characters' emotions, their surroundings, and the societal norms that govern their lives. From sparkling ballrooms to clandestine encounters, the author’s prose captures the essence of romanticism, immersing readers in a bygone era.

The novel's strength lies in its well-crafted characters. Edward Amory is portrayed as a complex protagonist, torn between his sense of duty and his own desires. As he unravels the past, his journey becomes a metaphorical exploration of identity and self-discovery. The supporting cast, including Edward's love interest, Anna Millington, and the enigmatic narrator, add depth and intrigue to the narrative, each bringing their own secrets and motivations to the unfolding story.

Quiller-Couch does an exceptional job of interweaving themes of love, loyalty, and the pursuit of truth. As Edward grapples with the consequences of his actions, readers are reminded of the choices we make and the far-reaching impact they can have. The moral dilemmas presented throughout the book provide food for thought, adding a layer of depth to the storyline.

However, at times, the pacing of the novel feels uneven. Quiller-Couch delves into the minutiae of certain scenes, slowing down the narrative and risking the reader's engagement. While these moments allow for a greater understanding of the characters' motivations, they occasionally disrupt the overall flow of the story.

Overall, The Blue Pavilions is a splendid historical novel that transports readers to a world of romance, intrigue, and hidden treasures. Quiller-Couch's meticulous attention to detail and captivating characters make for an immersive reading experience. Despite a few pacing issues, this book is a delightful choice for lovers of historical fiction, providing an entertaining and thought-provoking escape into the past.

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E text prepared by Lionel Sear



Arthur Thomas Quiller Couch (Q).

This e text was prepared from a reprint of a version published in 1891.



I will not write your name, for we have long been strangers; and I, at any rate, have no desire to renew our friendship. It is now ten years and more from the end of that summer term when we shook hands at the railway station and went east and west with swelling hearts; and since then no report has come of you. In the meantime you may have died, or grown rich and esteemed; but that you have remained the boy I knew is clearly beyond hope.

You were a genius then, and wrote epic poetry. I assume that you have found it worth while to discontinue that habit, for I never see your name among the publishers' announcements. But your poetry used to be magnificent when you recited it in the shadow of the deserted fives court; and I believe you spoke sincerely when you assured me that my stories, too, were something above contempt.

To the boy that was you I would dedicate a small tale, crammed with historical inaccuracy. To day, no doubt, you would recognise the story of Captain Seth Jermy and the Nightingale frigate, and point out that I have put it seventeen years too early... Continue reading book >>

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