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Eli's Children The Chronicles of an Unhappy Family   By: (1831-1909)

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Eli's Children: The Chronicles of an Unhappy Family by George Manville Fenn is a captivating and emotionally-driven narrative that explores the complexities of family dynamics and the struggles faced by its members. Fenn skillfully weaves together a tale that takes readers on a rollercoaster ride of emotions, leaving them pondering the power of love and the consequences of unresolved conflicts.

Set in the late 19th century, the story revolves around the Anderson family, led by patriarch Eli Anderson, a stoic and rigid man who imposes strict rules and expectations on his loved ones. The author paints a vivid picture of the family's troubled relationships, each member grappling with their own demons and seeking solace amidst the turmoil that envelops their lives.

Fenn's character development is exceptional, as he beautifully captures the essence and complexity of each individual. From the rebellious and headstrong Cecilia, to the tormented and neglected Edward, we witness the intricate web of emotions that bind this unhappy family. It is through their personal narratives that Fenn explores themes of identity, sacrifice, and the damaging effects of long-held resentments.

One of the novel's strengths lies in Fenn's ability to transport readers into the heart of 19th-century England. His attention to detail is commendable, as he expertly recreates the era's social norms, language, and customs. This immersive experience adds an additional layer of authenticity to the story, making it feel even more relatable and poignant.

The pacing of the novel is well-balanced, with Fenn's strategic placement of cliffhangers and twists keeping readers engaged and eagerly flipping the pages. Despite its somber theme, the author injects moments of hope and redemption, reminding the audience that even in the darkest of times, there is always a glimmer of light.

While Eli's Children shines in many aspects, there are moments where the narrative feels slightly repetitive and predictable. Some plot points may seem familiar to avid readers of family dramas, but Fenn's writing style and character-driven approach compensate for these minor setbacks.

Overall, Eli's Children: The Chronicles of an Unhappy Family is a gripping and thought-provoking novel that delves deep into the complexities of family life. Fenn's ability to capture the raw emotions, vivid settings, and relatable characters make this narrative a compelling and immersive read. It serves as a reminder that, even in the face of adversity, love and forgiveness have the power to heal and rebuild fractured bonds.

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Eli's Children The Chronicles of an Unhappy Family By George Manville Fenn Published by Chapman and Hall Ltd, 11 Henrietta Street, London WC. This edition dated 1882.




"Eh? What?"

"I say, why don't you give it up quietly?"

"Speak up; I'm a little hard of hearing."

"I say, why don't you give it up quietly?" roared the speaker to a little bent old man, with a weak, thin, piping voice, and a sharp look that gave him somewhat the air of a very attenuated sparrow in a severe frost, his shrunken legs, in tight yellow leather leggings, seeming to help the idea.

"Don't shout at me like that, Master Portlock. I arn't deaf, only a trifle hard of hearing when I've got a cowd just a trifle, you know."

"Have you got a cold?" asked the man addressed, a sturdy looking, fresh coloured, middle aged man, with a very bluff manner, and a look of prosperity in his general appearance that made him seem thoroughly adapted to his office. In fact, he was just the man that a country clergyman would be glad to elect at a vestry meeting for vicar's churchwarden. "Eh?"

"I say have you got a cold? Hang him, how deaf he is!"

"Oh, no! oh, no!" chirped the little old man, sharply; "I'm not deaf. Just a little thick i' the ears... Continue reading book >>

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