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Nuts and Nutcrackers   By: (1806-1872)

Nuts and Nutcrackers by Charles James Lever

Nuts and Nutcrackers takes readers on an exhilarating journey through the winding streets of 19th-century Paris. Charles James Lever masterfully weaves together a heartwarming tale of a young man's journey of self-discovery, love, and the pursuit of his dreams.

The story revolves around an ordinary Englishman, Arthur O'Leary, who finds himself embarking on an unexpected adventure when he decides to visit the vibrant city of Paris. Lever's rich descriptions effortlessly transport readers to the bustling French capital, immersing them in the sights, sounds, and smells of the bustling streets. From enchanting cafes to bustling markets, each setting is brought to life in vivid detail, making it almost impossible not to join Arthur in his exploration.

Through the eyes of our protagonist, we witness the intriguing characters that populate this story. Lever truly excels in creating captivating and multi-dimensional characters, each with their own quirks, ambitions, and secrets. From the enigmatic artist to the charming ballerina, every character feels authentic and their interactions add depth to the narrative. Arthur's encounters with these figures often lead to unexpected turns, keeping readers on the edge of their seats.

One of the book's major strengths lies in its exploration of the themes of identity and self-discovery. As Arthur gets acquainted with the bohemian lifestyle and artistic fervor of the Parisian scene, he begins to question his own desires and aspirations. Through his journey, readers are invited to reflect on their own paths, considering the choices they have made and the ones they are yet to make.

Lever's prose is elegant, yet accessible, drawing readers into the story with his keen observations and sharp wit. His ability to effortlessly blend heart-wrenching moments with lighthearted humor adds a delightful layer to the narrative. The pacing of the story is commendable, with the plot progressing at just the right tempo to keep readers engaged from start to finish.

If there is one small flaw in Nuts and Nutcrackers, it is perhaps the occasional overindulgence in description. While Lever's detailed portrayal of the city is undoubtedly a captivating aspect of the book, on a few occasions, it may slightly slow down the pace of the narrative. However, this minor point does not detract from the overall enjoyment of the story.

In conclusion, Nuts and Nutcrackers is a delightful read that takes readers on a thrilling journey through 19th-century Paris. Lever's well-crafted characters, vibrant setting, and thought-provoking themes make this a book that is both engaging and introspective. Whether you are a fan of historical fiction, romance, or simply seeking a tale of self-discovery, this book is sure to captivate and leave a lasting impression.

First Page:


By Charles James Lever

"The world's my filbert which with my crackers I will open."


"The priest calls the lawyer a cheat, And the lawyer beknaves the divine; And the statesman, because he's so great, Thinks his trade 's as honest as mine."

Beggars Opera

"Hard texts are nuts (I will not call them cheaters,) Whose shells do keep their kernels from the eaters; Open the shells, and you shall have the meat: They are are brought for you to crack and eat."

John Bunyan.

Illustrated By "Phiz."

London: Chapman And Hall, 193 Piccadilly.


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"An Opening Nut."

This is the age of popular delusions! Everybody endeavours to be somebody else, and everything is made to resemble something it is not. Every class and section of society seeks to mystify the other, and the whole world is masquerading it, very much it would seem to the whole world's delight. There are people who think the Tories consistent the Whigs honest and the Repealers respectable. Nothing too palpable in absurdity not to have its followers; nor does the ridicule cease with ourselves; but all who visit us catch the malady witness the Indian Chiefs, who called on Ben. D'Israeli, to see the style of life and habits of the English Aristocracy... Continue reading book >>

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