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The Bramleighs of Bishop's Folly   By: (1806-1872)

The Bramleighs of Bishop's Folly by Charles James Lever

The Bramleighs of Bishop's Folly, penned by Charles James Lever, is a delightful novel that takes readers on a vibrant journey through the lives of the eccentric Bramleigh family. Set in the scenic countryside of Ireland, this book effortlessly captures the essence of the era, immersing readers in a world filled with charm, wit, and an engaging cast of characters.

The story revolves around our protagonist, Lionel Bramleigh, a witty and ambitious young man with a flair for adventure. Joining him on this escapade are his vivacious sisters, Georgina and Kate, both of whom add depth and vibrancy to the narrative. Through their misadventures, the novel explores themes of family, love, and the pursuit of social standing, all infused with a subtle yet effective touch of humor.

Lever's writing style is undeniably captivating, drawing readers into the heart of each scene with rich descriptions and clever dialogues. His ability to effortlessly switch between comedic moments and poignant observations brings an enjoyable dynamism to the storytelling. Moreover, his knowledge of Irish customs and dialects is evident in the vivid portrayal of the setting and the authenticity of the characters.

One of the greatest strengths of this book lies in its engaging and multi-dimensional characters. Lever crafts them with remarkable detail, endowing each one with their own distinct personality and idiosyncrasies. Lionel, in particular, goes through a noteworthy transformation, evolving from a carefree young man to a more mature and introspective individual. The supporting characters, such as the enigmatic Miss Carrie Brown and the eccentric Captain Jacques, add an air of mystery and intrigue that keeps readers captivated throughout.

Furthermore, the plot of The Bramleighs of Bishop's Folly is filled with unexpected twists and turns, never allowing readers to predict the outcome. The exploration of social dynamics and the pursuit of worldliness is seamlessly intertwined with romance and adventure, resulting in a well-rounded narrative that caters to a wide range of interests.

While the book contains numerous entertaining subplots, it occasionally veers into excessive detail, slowing the pace of the story. Nonetheless, this does not detract from the overall enjoyment of the novel. Lever's ability to seamlessly blend humor, romance, and social commentary into a cohesive narrative is a testament to his skill as a storyteller.

All in all, The Bramleighs of Bishop's Folly is a charming and engaging read that transports readers to a bygone era. Lever's witty prose, memorable characters, and skillful storytelling make this novel a true gem. It is a delightful escape from reality, offering a blend of entertainment and introspection that leaves a lasting impression. Fans of classic literature and those with a penchant for period dramas will find themselves thoroughly engrossed in this remarkable work.

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By Charles James Lever

With Illustrations By W. Cubitt Cooke, And E. J. Wheeler.


Little, Brown, And Company.



My Dear Kinglake, If you should ever turn over these pages, I have no greater wish than that they might afford you a tithe of the pleasure I have derived from your own writings. But I will not ask you to read me, but to believe that I am, in all sincerity your devoted admirer, for both your genius and your courage, and your attached friend,

CHARLES LEVER. Trieste, August 31, 1868.



Towards the close of the last century there was a very remarkable man, Bishop of Down, in Ireland: a Liberal in politics, in an age when Liberalism lay close on the confines of disloyalty; splendidly hospitable, at a period when hospitality verged on utter recklessness; he carried all his opinions to extremes. He had great taste, which had been cultivated by foreign travel, and having an ample fortune, was able to indulge in many whims and caprices, by which some were led to doubt of his sanity; but others, who judged him better, ascribed them to the self indulgence of a man out of harmony with his time, and comtemptuously indifferent to what the world might say of him... Continue reading book >>

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