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One Of Them   By: (1806-1872)

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One Of Them by Charles James Lever is a captivating and thought-provoking novel that delves into the complexities of identity, loyalty, and acceptance. Set against the backdrop of an early 19th-century Ireland, the story follows the life of Paul Grindoff, a young Englishman who finds himself caught between two worlds.

Lever's narrative is skillfully constructed, immersing readers in the brutal and often grim reality of the time. Through vivid descriptions and a keen eye for detail, the author brings the sights, sounds, and smells of the era to life, effortlessly transporting us to the turbulent streets of Dublin. It is a testament to Lever's writing prowess that he manages to strike a balance between historical accuracy and an engaging plot, ensuring that the story never becomes overshadowed by its setting.

At the heart of One Of Them lies a powerful exploration of identity and the societal pressures that come with it. Lever's portrayal of Paul Grindoff's internal struggle is both sympathetic and nuanced. As he navigates the conflicting demands placed upon him by his English heritage and his Irish surroundings, we witness his transformation and the evolution of his perceptions.

The supporting cast of characters is equally well-drawn, each with their own motivations and conflicts. Lever excels at creating complex relationships that add depth and dimension to the story. From the fiery and charismatic Bridget O'Hara to the enigmatic and mysterious Major Carrington, these characters bring intrigue and tension to the narrative, making it impossible to put the book down.

What sets One Of Them apart, however, is Lever's exploration of the themes of loyalty and acceptance. As tensions rise in Ireland with the looming threat of rebellion, readers are confronted with questions of where true allegiances lie. The moral dilemmas faced by the characters force us to reflect on our own biases and preconceptions, challenging us to consider the consequences of our actions and the power of empathy.

While the novel does rely on some historical context to fully appreciate the story, Lever writes with such clarity and depth that even those unfamiliar with the time period will be able to engage with the narrative. Casual readers looking for a thrilling and well-crafted tale will not be disappointed, as One Of Them offers suspense, romance, and political intrigue in equal measure.

In conclusion, One Of Them by Charles James Lever is a remarkable novel that explores the complexities of identity, loyalty, and acceptance. Lever's masterful storytelling, rich historical backdrop, and compelling characters combine to create a truly unforgettable reading experience. Whether you are a fan of historical fiction or simply appreciate a well-told tale, this book is guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.

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By Charles James Lever

With Illustrations By Phiz

Boston: Little, Brown, And Company.



My Dear Whiteside, Amongst all the friends I can count over in my own country, and from whom space and the accidents of life have separated, and may separate me to the last, there is not "One of Them" for whom I entertain a sincerer regard, united with a higher hope, than yourself; and it is in my pride to say so openly, that I ask you to accept of this dedication from

Your attached friend,


Spezia, December 90, 1860.


Before I begin my story, let me crave my reader's indulgence for a brief word of explanation, for which I know no better form than a parable.

There is an Eastern tale I forget exactly where or by whom told of a certain poor man, who, being in extreme distress, and sorely puzzled as to how to eke out a livelihood, bethought him to give out that he was a great magician, endowed with the most marvellous powers, amongst others, that of tracing out crime, and detecting the secret history of all guilty transactions. Day after day did he proclaim to the world his wonderful gifts, telling his fellow citizens what a remarkable man was amongst them, and bidding them thank Destiny for the blessing of his presence... Continue reading book >>

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