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Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2) A Man Of Our Day   By: (1806-1872)

Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2) A Man Of Our Day by Charles James Lever

"Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2) A Man Of Our Day" is a captivating novel that follows the life of its eponymous protagonist, Davenport Dunn, as he navigates the societal and political landscape of his time. Charles James Lever's writing is rich in detail and vivid in description, bringing to life the vibrant characters and settings of the story.

The novel is an engaging blend of adventure, romance, and intrigue, as Dunn uses his wit, charm, and resourcefulness to overcome the challenges he faces. Lever's skillful storytelling keeps the reader hooked from beginning to end, with twists and turns that keep the plot moving at a brisk pace.

Davenport Dunn is a complex and multi-dimensional character, whose motivations and actions are as compelling as they are realistic. Lever explores themes of ambition, loyalty, and morality through Dunn's experiences, creating a character who is both relatable and enigmatic.

Overall, "Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2) A Man Of Our Day" is a must-read for fans of historical fiction and literary intrigue. Lever's masterful prose and engrossing narrative make this novel a compelling and immersive reading experience.

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By Charles Lever,

With Illustrations By "Phiz."

Volume One of Two

London: Chapman And Hall




We are at Como, on the lake that spot so beloved of opera dancers the day dream of prima donnas the Elysium of retired barytones! And with what reason should this be the Paradise of all who have lived and sighed, and warbled and pirouetted, within the charmed circle of the footlights? The crystal waters mirroring every cliff and crag with intense distinctness; the vegetation variegated to the very verge of extravagance; orange trees overloaded with fruit; arbutus only too much bespangled with red berries; villas, more coquettish than ever scene painter conceived, with vistas of rooms within, all redolent of luxury; terraces, and statues, and vases, and fountains, and marble balconies, steeped in a thousand balmy odours, make up a picture which well may fascinate those whose ideal of beauty is formed of such gorgeous groupings. There is something of unreality in the brilliant colouring and variety of the scene suggesting the notion, that at any moment the tenor may emerge, velvet mantle and all, from the copse before you; or a prima donna, in all the dishevelment of her back hair, rush madly to your feet... Continue reading book >>

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