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Luttrell Of Arran   By: (1806-1872)

Luttrell Of Arran by Charles James Lever

Luttrell Of Arran by Charles James Lever is a captivating novel that takes readers on a thrilling journey through the rugged landscape of Scotland. Set against the backdrop of the Scottish Highlands, this historical fiction follows the adventures of the charismatic protagonist, Captain Luttrell.

The story begins with Luttrell, a brave and self-assured military officer, who is unexpectedly summoned to the mysterious island of Arran. The island's unique and enchanting beauty is vividly depicted, and instantly transports the reader to this remote and untamed land. Lever's descriptive prose paints a vivid picture of the landscape, evoking the ruggedness, isolation, and raw power of Arran.

Flawlessly blending elements of adventure, romance, and political intrigue, Lever crafts a tightly woven plot that keeps readers hooked from beginning to end. The narrative is filled with unexpected twists and turns, making every page turn an exciting new discovery. As Luttrell navigates through a web of secrets, betrayals, and hidden agendas, the tension steadily mounts, ensuring a thrilling reading experience.

Lever's characters are incredibly well-developed, each with their own unique traits and motivations. Luttrell emerges as a complex and multi-dimensional protagonist, capable of both strength and vulnerability. His growth throughout the story is skillfully communicated, and readers will find themselves rooting for him in each challenge he faces. The supporting cast, from enigmatic locals to high-ranking political figures, adds depth and richness to the narrative, further immersing readers in the world of Arran.

One of the greatest strengths of Luttrell Of Arran is Lever's ability to seamlessly blend historical accuracy with an engaging storyline. The author's meticulous research is evident throughout, ensuring an authentic portrayal of the period and its customs. Lever expertly captures the tumultuous political landscape of 18th-century Scotland, with its simmering tensions between different clans and the constant threat of rebellion.

Furthermore, Lever's lyrical and evocative prose enhances the overall reading experience. His descriptive language breathes life into the scenes, allowing readers to imagine the stunning vistas, the crashing waves, and the misty moors. The vivid imagery creates a strong sense of place, making Arran itself a character in the tale.

In terms of weaknesses, some may find the occasional inclusion of Scottish dialect challenging to understand, but these instances are relatively few and don't significantly hinder the overall enjoyment of the novel. Additionally, while the pacing is generally well-maintained, there are moments where the story's momentum slows, particularly during lengthier dialogue exchanges.

Overall, Luttrell Of Arran is a thoroughly engrossing historical adventure that will captivate fans of the genre. Lever's masterful storytelling, richly developed characters, and immersive descriptions transport readers to a fascinating era in Scottish history. With its blend of romance, mystery, and action, this novel will surely leave readers eagerly anticipating their next literary voyage to Arran.

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By Charles James Lever




He who can write such stories as "Wylder's Hand" or "Uncle Silas," needs no praise of mine; but I can at least say how warmly I admire his genius, how heartily I enjoy his genial humour, and how thoroughly I appreciate his right to his second christian name, and if these be not claims enough for success, let him be assured there are few men can show more.


Marola, La Spezia, January, 1865.



"One half the world knows not how the other half lives," says the adage; and there is a peculiar force in the maxim when applied to certain remote and little visited districts in these islands, where the people are about as unknown to us as though they inhabited some lonely rock in the South Pacific Bickards.

While the great world, not very far off, busies itself with all the appliances of state and science, amusing its leisure by problems which, once on a time, would have been reserved for the studies of philosophers and sages, these poor creatures drag on an existence rather beneath than above the habits of savage life. Their dwellings, their food, their clothes, such as generations of their fathers possessed; and neither in their culture, their aspirations, nor their ways, advanced beyond what centuries back had seen them... Continue reading book >>

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