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Deep Down, a Tale of the Cornish Mines   By: (1825-1894)

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Deep Down, a Tale of the Cornish Mines by Robert Michael Ballantyne is an enthralling and vividly descriptive novel that takes readers on a captivating journey to the depths of Cornwall's mining industry in the 19th century. This historical adventure tells the story of young Jack Trevithick, a courageous protagonist who becomes engulfed in the perils and triumphs that define the lives of the miners.

Ballantyne skillfully paints a vivid picture of the dangerous and inhospitable conditions faced by these miners, making the reader feel as though they are descending into the dark tunnels alongside Jack. From the suffocating darkness to the deafening noise and constant threat of cave-ins, the author expertly captures the immense physical and mental toll of this taxing profession.

The character development in Deep Down is exceptional, as Ballantyne introduces a diverse cast of individuals whose stories intersect and intertwine throughout the narrative. From the stoic mine captain to the rebellious yet astute young protagonist, each character resonates with depth and authenticity, allowing readers to fully immerse themselves in their experiences.

One of the novel's strengths lies in Ballantyne's ability to seamlessly blend fiction with historical facts, offering valuable insights into the fascinating world of mining during this era. With meticulous attention to detail, he weaves in historical events and milestones, shedding light on the immense technological advancements and societal changes that shaped the mining industry.

Furthermore, the pacing of the book is fast-paced and electrifying, keeping readers on the edge of their seats throughout the narrative. The author's command of suspense and tension within the underground setting creates a sense of urgency and excitement, making it difficult to put the book down.

The only minor flaw in this otherwise remarkable novel is the occasional verbosity of the author's descriptions. At times, the excessive detail can slow down the pacing and divert attention from the main storyline. However, this is a minor critique that does not significantly detract from the overall enjoyment of the book.

In conclusion, Deep Down, a Tale of the Cornish Mines is an impressive historical adventure that transports readers to the treacherous and captivating world of underground mining. With its rich character development, compelling storytelling, and insightful portrayal of historical events, this novel is a must-read for those who enjoy immersive and thought-provoking historical fiction. Whether you are familiar with the mining industry or not, Ballantyne's skillful narrative will leave a lasting impression and arouse a newfound appreciation for the extraordinary lives of these unsung heroes.

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Necessity is the mother of invention. This is undoubtedly true, but it is equally true that invention is not the only member of necessity's large family. Change of scene and circumstance are also among her children. It was necessity that gave birth to the resolve to travel to the end of the earth of English earth at all events in search of fortune, which swelled the bosom of yonder tall, well favoured youth, who, seated uncomfortably on the top of that clumsy public conveyance, drives up Market Jew Street in the ancient town of Penzance. Yes, necessity stern necessity, as she is sometimes called drove that youth into Cornwall, and thus was the originating cause of that wonderful series of events which ultimately led to his attaining but hold! Let us begin at the beginning.

It was a beautiful morning in June, in that period of the world's history which is ambiguously styled "Once upon a time," when the "Kittereen" the clumsy vehicle above referred to rumbled up to the Star Inn and stopped there. The tall, well favoured youth leapt at once to the ground, and entered the inn with the air of a man who owned at least the half of the county, although his much worn grey shooting costume and single unpretentious portmanteau did not indicate either unusual wealth or exalted station... Continue reading book >>

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