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Confessions Of Con Cregan An Irish Gil Blas   By: (1806-1872)

Confessions Of Con Cregan An Irish Gil Blas by Charles James Lever

Confessions Of Con Cregan is a thrilling and captivating novel that takes readers on an adventure through the life of the charismatic protagonist, Con Cregan. Written by Charles James Lever, this Irish tale of deceit, love, and redemption is reminiscent of the famous French novel Gil Blas.

Set in 19th-century Ireland, the story follows the journey of Con Cregan, a young and resourceful Irish lad who finds himself caught up in a series of unfortunate events. From his poverty-stricken childhood to his rise in the criminal underworld of Dublin, Con's journey is riddled with hardships and twists of fate.

Lever's writing style is rich and immersive. He expertly paints a vivid picture of the harsh realities of life in Ireland during this period. The descriptions of the slums, the political unrest, and the stark divide between social classes transport readers right into the heart of the story.

What sets this novel apart is the complex and multifaceted character of Con Cregan. As readers delve into his confessions, they witness his transformation from a spirited young boy to a cunning and manipulative man. Con's unyielding determination, intelligence, and tenacity make him a compelling and relatable protagonist despite his moral ambiguities.

Con Cregan's interactions with an array of eclectic and memorable characters add depth and intrigue to the plot. From his romantic involvement with the beautiful and mysterious Lady Kilgoff to his encounters with the eccentric Count Caffarelli, each character leaves a lasting impression on the reader.

One of the standout aspects of this novel is the unpredictable nature of the narrative. Lever takes readers on a rollercoaster ride of emotions, skillfully blending humor, suspense, and tragedy. The plot is filled with intricate twists and turns that keep readers guessing until the very end.

Confessions Of Con Cregan also offers a fascinating glimpse into the social and political landscape of 19th-century Ireland. Lever's exploration of the tensions between the Irish and the English, as well as the struggles of the working class, adds depth and relevance to the story.

The only slight drawback is that at times the pacing of the story slows down, with some chapters going into excessive detail or introspection. However, this is a minor concern in an otherwise enthralling narrative.

In conclusion, Confessions Of Con Cregan is an enthralling novel that combines elements of adventure, romance, and social commentary. Charles James Lever's masterful storytelling and complex characterization make it a must-read for fans of historical fiction and classic literature. This gripping tale of a young man's journey through adversity and self-discovery is sure to leave a lasting impression on readers.

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An Irish Gil Blas

By Charles Lever

With Illustrations by Phiz.

Boston: Little, Brown, And Company. 1913


An eminent apothecary of my acquaintance once told me that at each increase to his family, he added ten per cent to the price of his drugs, and as his quiver was full of daughters, Blackdraught, when I knew him, was a more costly cordial than CuraƧoa.

To apply this to my own case, I may mention that I had a daughter born to me about the time this story dates from, and not having at my command the same resource as my friend the chemist, I adopted the alternative of writing another story, to be published contemporaneously with that now appearing, "The Daltons;" and not to incur the reproach so natural in criticism of over writing myself I took care that the work should come out without a name.

I am not sure that I made any attempt to disguise my style; I was conscious of scores of blemishes I decline to call them mannerisms that would betray me: but I believe I trusted most of all to the fact that I was making my monthly appearance to the world in another story, and with another publisher, and I had my hope that my small duplicity would thus escape undetected.

I was aware that there was a certain amount of peril in running an opposition coach on the line I had made in some degree my own; not to say that it might be questionable policy to glut the public with a kind of writing more remarkable for peculiarity than perfection... Continue reading book >>

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