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The O'Donoghue Tale Of Ireland Fifty Years Ago   By: (1806-1872)

The O'Donoghue Tale Of Ireland Fifty Years Ago by Charles James Lever

The O'Donoghue Tale Of Ireland Fifty Years Ago by Charles James Lever is an enthralling journey through the landscapes and lives of Ireland in the past. Lever's vivid storytelling style transports readers to a time brimming with history, passion, and adventure.

Set in the vibrant period of early 19th-century Ireland, the story focuses on the O'Donoghue family and their connections to the political and social shifts occurring in the country. Lever successfully captures the essence of the era, painting a vivid picture of Irish society, its struggles, and the resilience of its people. From the humble abodes to the grand estates, the author's attention to detail creates a rich and immersive backdrop for the characters to come alive.

The novel primarily revolves around the protagonist, Sir Phelim O'Donoghue, and his journey from an impulsive young man to a respected figure grappling with the responsibility that fate has bestowed upon him. Lever beautifully portrays his growth, showcasing the complexities of Sir Phelim's character as he navigates his way through love, loyalty, and a yearning for justice.

The author's skill in character development extends to the supporting cast as well. Lever crafts a plethora of distinct personalities, each contributing to the intricate tapestry of the story. Whether it's the cunning politician, the rebellious daughter, or the fiercely loyal servant, every character is carefully woven into the narrative, driving it forward with their individual motivations and desires.

Lever's writing style is enchanting, capturing the lyrical beauty of Ireland's landscapes and the music of its dialects. His use of descriptive language paints vivid imagery, immersing readers in the rugged charm of the Emerald Isle. Furthermore, Lever's wit and humor provide moments of levity in an otherwise intense tale, balancing the narrative and adding depth to the characters' interactions.

One aspect that might prove challenging for some readers is the extensive use of historical references and political context. The intricate details of Ireland's political climate can at times overwhelm the storyline and may require readers to have a basic understanding of Irish history. Nevertheless, critics argue that these passages achieve a purpose by enriching the narrative with a deeper understanding of the characters' motivations and the world they inhabit.

While The O'Donoghue Tale Of Ireland Fifty Years Ago may not be a light read, it is a compelling story that offers a captivating blend of history, romance, and political intrigue. Lever's ability to transport readers to a specific time and place serves as a testament to his skill as a storyteller. With its well-drawn characters, atmospheric setting, and engaging plot, this novel is sure to leave a lasting impression on anyone passionate about Ireland, its history, and the complexities of human nature.

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By Charles Lever


William Curry, Jun. And Company.

William S. Orr And Co. London.

Fraser And Co. Edinburgh.




Professor of Moral Philosophy In the University of Edinburgh, &c.

Dear Sir,

It is but seldom that the few lines of a dedication can give the pleasure I now feel in availing myself of your kind permission to inscribe this volume to you. As a boy, the greatest happiness of my life was in your writings; and among all my faults and failures, I can trace not one to your influence, while, if I have ever been momentarily successful in upholding the right, and denouncing the wrong, I owe more of the spirit that suggested the effort to yourself than to any other man breathing.

With my sincerest respects, and, if I dared, I should say, with my warmest regards,

I am, yours truly,


Carlsruhe, October 18th, 1845.




In that wild and picturesque valley which winds its way between the town of Macroom and Bantry Bay, and goes by the name of Glenflesk, the character of Irish scenery is perhaps more perfectly displayed than in any other tract of the same extent in the island... Continue reading book >>

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