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My New Curate   By: (1852-1913)

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In Patrick Augustine Sheehan's novel, set in the quaint Irish village of Drumcurra, readers are introduced to the endearing characters and charming atmosphere that make up the world of "My New Curate."

The story follows the journey of Father Dan, a young and ambitious priest who is appointed as the new curate in Drumcurra, replacing the beloved Father Anthony. As he settles into his new role, Father Dan encounters a vibrant cast of villagers who both support and challenge him along the way.

One of the book's strongest aspects is its vivid portrayal of the tight-knit community within Drumcurra. The author creates a sense of familiarity and warmth, enabling readers to imagine themselves amidst the hustle and bustle of the village. From the lively conversations in the local pub to the spirited debates on local issues, Sheehan brings to life the idyllic world of an Irish rural community.

The characters themselves form the backbone of the narrative, each with their own distinct personalities and quirks. Father Dan's determination to make his mark, despite his initial hesitations, is an admirable quality that allows readers to root for him from the start. Other memorable characters include the gossipy Mrs. Cains and the wise old Mrs. Dinny, whose sharp wit adds humor and depth to the overall storyline.

Sheehan's masterful storytelling is not without its flaws, however. At times, the pacing of the novel feels slow, especially in the first half where the author takes his time to establish the setting and introduce the vast array of characters. Additionally, some readers may find themselves longing for more depth in the exploration of certain themes, such as the internal struggles Father Dan faces as he adjusts to life in Drumcurra.

Despite these minor setbacks, "My New Curate" ultimately delivers a heartwarming and engaging narrative. The author's skillful use of dialogue immerses readers in the authentic interactions of the villagers, making it easy to forge an emotional connection with the story. Sheehan captures the essence of Irish village life, highlighting the significance of tradition, faith, and the intertwined nature of community bonds.

In conclusion, "My New Curate" by Patrick Augustine Sheehan is a delightful slice-of-life novel that invites readers into the charming world of Drumcurra. With its endearing characters, picturesque setting, and insightful exploration of human connections, this book is a satisfying read for those seeking a heartfelt glimpse into rural Irish existence.

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[Illustration: So there they were at last, the dream of half a life time. (p. 475.)]



Gathered from the Stray Leaves of an Old Diary


Author of "Geoffrey Austin: Student," "The Triumph of Failure," &c.




I. The Change 1

II. A Retrospect 14

III. A Night Call 23

IV. The Pantechnicon 34

V. A Slight Misunderstanding 48

VI. At the Station 61

VII. Scruples 74

VIII. Our Concert 83

IX. Severely Reprimanded 97

X. Over the Walnuts, and the 113

XI. Beside the Singing River 129

XII. Church Improvements 140

XIII. "All Things to All Men" 154

XIV. First Fridays 170

XV. Holly and Ivy 187

XVI. Violent Contrasts 205

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