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Cruel Barbara Allen From Coals Of Fire And Other Stories, Volume II. (of III.)   By: (1847-1907)

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Cruel Barbara Allen From Coals Of Fire And Other Stories, Volume II. (of III.) by David Christie Murray is a captivating collection of stories that offers readers a glimpse into the depths of human emotions and the intricate complexities of life. The book is masterfully written, showcasing Murray's immense storytelling skills and his ability to craft well-rounded characters that readers can connect with.

One of the standout stories in this collection is "Cruel Barbara Allen." Set in a small English village, the story revolves around the enigmatic and alluring Barbara Allen, whose name strikes fear in the hearts of both men and women alike. Murray skillfully delves into the psychology of Barbara, painting her as a complex character driven by her past experiences and a desire for revenge. The author explores themes of love, obsession, and the destructive power of vengeance with great tact and sensitivity, leaving readers in awe of his narrative prowess.

The other stories in this volume are equally enthralling, each presenting a unique tale that leaves a lasting impact on the reader's mind. Murray's writing style is elegant and evocative, transporting readers to the settings of his stories with ease. Whether it's the lush countryside or the bustling streets of London, every scene comes alive through Murray's vivid descriptions.

In addition to its compelling storytelling, this collection also touches upon important social issues of the time. Murray subtly addresses topics such as gender roles, class inequality, and societal expectations, adding depth and relevance to the narratives. These themes are seamlessly woven into the fabric of the stories, allowing readers to reflect on these issues long after they've turned the final page.

While the book's title may not provide much insight into its content, it is worth mentioning that this volume is part of a three-volume series. However, each story within this installment stands on its own, allowing readers to fully immerse themselves in the world created by Murray without feeling disconnected.

In conclusion, Cruel Barbara Allen From Coals Of Fire And Other Stories, Volume II. (of III.) is a remarkable collection that showcases David Christie Murray's immense talent as a storyteller. With its gripping narratives, well-developed characters, and thought-provoking themes, this book is a must-read for fans of classic literature and anyone who appreciates a well-crafted story.

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By David Christie Murray

From Coals Of Fire And Other Stories By David Christie Murray In Three Volumes Vol. II.

Chatto & Windus, Piccadilly 1882


Christopher was a fiddler and a man of genius. Educated people do not deny the possibility of such a combination; but it was Christopher's misfortune to live amongst a dull and bovine seeming race, who had little sympathy with art and no knowledge of an artist's longings. They contented themselves, for the most part, with the belief that Christopher was queer. Perhaps he was. My experience of men of genius, limited as it may be, points to the fact that oddity is a characteristic of the race. This observation is especially true of such of them as are yet unrecognised. They wear curious garments and their ways are strange. The outward and visible signs of their inward and spiritual graces are familiar to most observers of life, and the aesthetic soul recognises the meaning of their adornments of the hair and their puttings on of apparel. Genius may be said in these cases to be a sort of mental measles exhibited in sartorial form, and it may be supposed that but for their breaking out there would be some fear of their proving fatal. There are reasons for all things, if we could but find them; yet where is the social philosopher who will establish the nexus between a passion for Beethoven and the love of a bad hat? Why should a man who has perceptions of the beautiful fear the barber's shears? There were no social philosophers to speak of in the little country town in which Christopher was born and bred, and nobody in his case strove to solve these problems... Continue reading book >>

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