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Gerald Fitzgerald The Chevalier   By: (1806-1872)

Gerald Fitzgerald The Chevalier by Charles James Lever

Gerald Fitzgerald The Chevalier by Charles James Lever is a gripping historical novel that takes readers on an exhilarating journey through the tumultuous period of Irish history in the late 17th century. Lever's skillful storytelling and vivid descriptions transport readers back in time to experience the political intrigues, military battles, and personal struggles of the protagonist, Gerald Fitzgerald.

The book revolves around Gerald Fitzgerald, a young and ambitious Irishman who finds himself thrust into the midst of the Jacobite uprising against English rule. Lever deftly weaves together Gerald's personal journey of self-discovery and his involvement in the larger political landscape of Ireland. The author's attention to historical detail is impressive, capturing the nuances and complexities of the time period with meticulous research.

Lever's writing style keeps readers engaged from the very beginning, as he masterfully builds tension and suspense throughout the narrative. Gerald's character development is particularly well-executed, as readers witness his evolution from an eager and naive young man to a seasoned and battle-hardened warrior. Lever explores the moral dilemmas faced by Gerald, as he confronts his loyalty to his family, his homeland, and his personal ambitions.

One of the novel's standout features is Lever's ability to paint a vivid picture of the Irish countryside and its people. From the lush green landscapes to the various class distinctions among the Irish population, the author leaves no stone unturned in creating an authentic and immersive setting. The dialogue is also exceptionally well-written, capturing the rhythm and cadence of the Irish accent, further enhancing the reading experience.

However, one minor drawback of the book is its occasional reliance on exposition to convey historical information. While this is necessary to provide readers with the necessary context, it can occasionally interrupt the flow of the story. Additionally, some characters feel slightly underdeveloped, particularly the female protagonists, who appear to serve more as plot devices than fully fleshed-out individuals.

Overall, Gerald Fitzgerald The Chevalier is a captivating historical novel that seamlessly blends history and fiction. Lever's storytelling prowess and attention to detail make for an engaging and immersive read. Readers interested in Irish history, political upheavals, and personal journeys of self-discovery will undoubtedly find this book to be an enjoyable and enlightening experience.

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By Charles Lever

Author of 'Haury Lorrequer' Etc.

With A Frontispiece By A. D. M'Cormick

London Downey And Co., Limited

12 York Street, Covent Garden 1899


The Publishers feel that some explanation is necessary concerning the tardy publication in book form of this story. Gerald Fitzgerald appeared as a serial in the Dublin University Magazine . The Magazine at the time was changing hands, Lever's old friend and publisher, James M'Glashan, having just died. Lever was always eager to avoid trouble, and ever readier to undertake new work than to concern himself about work already done; and possibly for there is not sufficient evidence to speak with certainty owing to some trouble with the new proprietors of the Dublin University Magazine , he decided to put aside Gerald Fitzgerald . When he was rearranging his novels for a fresh issue, shortly before his death, he omitted a few of his stories from the collection, but for no adequate reason which can be discovered. He was assisted in the preparation of this collected edition by his daughter, Mrs. Nevill, who died last year. Mrs. Nevill could not account, for the omission of Gerald Fitzgerald , and left it to the judgment of the present publishers whether the work should be issued or not... Continue reading book >>

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