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Case of General Ople   By: (1828-1909)

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George Meredith’s novel, Case of General Ople, is a captivating piece of literature that delves deep into the complexities of power, politics, and society. Set against the backdrop of a fictional European country, this book takes the reader on a suspenseful journey filled with twists and turns.

The story follows General Ople, a charismatic and enigmatic military figure revered by his nation. However, as the plot unfolds, it becomes apparent that there is more to General Ople than meets the eye. With his intelligence and cunning, he manipulates those around him to further his own agendas, leaving a trail of chaos and destruction in his wake.

One of the greatest strengths of this novel is Meredith's ability to craft complex and multi-dimensional characters. General Ople is a compelling protagonist, both admirable and detestable at the same time. His charisma and charm make it easy to sympathize with him, even as he engages in dubious actions. The supporting characters are equally well-drawn, each playing a crucial role in the overall narrative and serving as a reflection of the intricate web of power dynamics.

Meredith's writing style is another highlight of this book. He effortlessly weaves together prose and dialogue, creating a seamless flow that keeps the readers engaged throughout. His descriptive language paints vivid pictures of the settings and emotions, making the whole story come alive. The pacing is well-maintained, allowing the tension to build gradually until the explosive finale.

Moreover, the themes explored in Case of General Ople are thought-provoking and relevant even in contemporary times. Meredith masterfully examines the nature of power, its corrupting influence, and the consequences it has on individuals and society. Through his exploration of political intrigue and manipulation, he opens up discussions on morality, responsibility, and the blurred lines between right and wrong.

Although this novel is a gripping and thought-provoking read, it is not without its flaws. The intricate plot may be overwhelming for some readers, and the dense writing style could require careful attention to fully grasp the nuances of the story. Additionally, some may find the morally ambiguous nature of the characters unsettling or unsatisfying.

In conclusion, Case of General Ople by George Meredith is an intelligently written and engrossing novel that explores the complexities of power and human nature. With its well-developed characters, rich storytelling, and thought-provoking themes, this book is sure to leave a lasting impression on anyone who ventures into its pages.

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By George Meredith


An excursion beyond the immediate suburbs of London, projected long before his pony carriage was hired to conduct him, in fact ever since his retirement from active service, led General Ople across a famous common, with which he fell in love at once, to a lofty highway along the borders of a park, for which he promptly exchanged his heart, and so gradually within a stone's throw or so of the river side, where he determined not solely to bestow his affections but to settle for life. It may be seen that he was of an adventurous temperament, though he had thought fit to loosen his sword belt. The pony carriage, however, had been hired for the very special purpose of helping him to pass in review the lines of what he called country houses, cottages, or even sites for building, not too remote from sweet London: and as when Coelebs goes forth intending to pursue and obtain, there is no doubt of his bringing home a wife, the circumstance that there stood a house to let, in an airy situation, at a certain distance in hail of the metropolis he worshipped, was enough to kindle the General's enthusiasm. He would have taken the first he saw, had it not been for his daughter, who accompanied him, and at the age of eighteen was about to undertake the management of his house... Continue reading book >>

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