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The Dodd Family Abroad, Vol. II   By: (1806-1872)

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The Dodd Family Abroad, Vol. II is a delightful and humorous novel penned by the talented Charles James Lever. Set in the mid-19th century, this book takes readers on an adventurous journey with the quirky Dodd family as they navigate the European continent. Although it is the second volume in the series, it can be enjoyed as a standalone novel, providing an entertaining and engaging read for both new readers and fans of the Dodd family.

Lever's writing style effortlessly transports readers to various scenic locations across Europe, vividly describing each destination with remarkable detail. From bustling Parisian streets to quaint Italian villages, the author's ability to paint a vivid picture through prose is commendable. Readers will find themselves fully immersed in the Dodd family's whimsical escapades, as the author brings each location to life with his evocative descriptions.

The characters in The Dodd Family Abroad, Vol. II are undoubtedly the highlight of the book. The Dodd family members are eccentric, lively, and endearing, leaving a lasting impression on readers. Lever skillfully crafts each character, bringing them to life with their distinct quirks and personalities. The witty banter and humorous situations they find themselves in make the narrative immensely enjoyable. Whether it's the bumbling patriarch Mr. Dodd or the spirited and witty Lucy Dodd, readers will become invested in their trials and triumphs.

Furthermore, Lever's ability to navigate between comedic situations and heartfelt moments is truly commendable. The story seamlessly transitions from uproarious laughter to tender and emotional scenes, tugging at the reader's heartstrings. It is this balance between comedy and pathos that adds depth to the story, making it more than just a lighthearted romp across Europe.

Although the plot may not be complex or overtly suspenseful, The Dodd Family Abroad, Vol. II captivates readers with its charm and wit. Lever weaves together various episodic adventures and encounters, creating a cohesive narrative that keeps the readers engaged. While some may find the pacing a bit slow in certain sections, the compelling characters and their amusing antics more than make up for it.

In conclusion, The Dodd Family Abroad, Vol. II is an entertaining and delightful novel that showcases Charles James Lever's storytelling prowess. With its vivid descriptions, lovable characters, and a perfect blend of humor and heart, it is a captivating read. Whether you're a fan of the Dodd family or simply looking for an enjoyable journey through 19th-century Europe, this book is sure to satisfy. So pack your bags and join the Dodds on their adventurous exploits - you won't be disappointed.

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By Charles James Lever

Volume II.



My dear Tom, I got the papers all safe. I am sure the account is perfectly correct. I only wish the balance was bigger. I waited here to receive these things, and now I discover that I can't sign the warrant of attorney except before a consul, and there is none in this place, so that I must keep it over till I can find one of those pleasant functionaries, a class that between ourselves I detest heartily. They are a presumptuous, under bred, consequential race, a cross between a small skipper and smaller Secretary of Legation, with a mixture of official pedantry and maritime off handedness that is perfectly disgusting. Why our reforming economists don't root them all out I cannot conceive. Nobody wants, nobody benefits by them; and save that you are now and then called on for a "consular fee," you might never hear of their existence.

I don't rightly understand what you say about the loan from that Land Improvement Society. Do you mean that the money lent must be laid out on the land as a necessary condition? Is it possible that this is what I am to infer? If so, I never heard anything half so preposterous! Sure, if I raise five hundred pounds from a Jew, he has no right to stipulate that I must spend the cash on copper coal scuttles or potted meats! I want it for my own convenience; enough for him that I comply with his demands for interest and repayment... Continue reading book >>

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