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A Rent In A Cloud   By: (1806-1872)

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A Rent In A Cloud by Charles James Lever is a beautifully written novel that takes readers on a captivating journey through the complexities of human relationships and emotions. Lever masterfully weaves a web of interconnected characters whose lives become deeply entwined amidst personal struggles, love, and the pursuit of happiness.

The story primarily revolves around a young protagonist, whose name is withheld, giving readers a sense of universality and allowing them to easily connect with the character's experiences. From the very beginning, the author introduces the protagonist as a deeply introspective individual, whose vivid observations and musings on life and society form the backbone of the narrative.

Lever's writing style is elegant and eloquent, transporting readers to the quaint and picturesque settings of the Irish countryside. The vivid descriptions of the landscapes, coupled with the author's keen eye for detail, make the book an immersive reading experience. Furthermore, Lever's use of vivid imagery effectively brings the characters to life – their joys, sorrows, and insecurities felt deeply relatable and authentic.

One of the standout features of A Rent In A Cloud is the profound exploration of human emotions and the nuances of human relationships. Lever delves into the complexities of love, friendship, betrayal, and forgiveness, illuminating the depth of human connections. The interactions between the characters are realistic and layered, contributing to the novel's emotional depth.

Moreover, the book delves into societal issues and reflects on the prevailing socio-political climate of the time. Lever raises questions about class disparities, prejudices, and the consequences of societal expectations, providing readers with a thought-provoking commentary on the human condition.

However, there are instances where the pacing falters slightly. Some parts of the story seem unnecessarily meandering, which may deter readers seeking a faster-paced narrative. Nevertheless, this is a minor flaw that is overshadowed by the overall strength of the book.

A Rent In A Cloud is an enthralling novel that showcases Charles James Lever's prowess as a storyteller. With its richly developed characters, poignant exploration of human emotions, and insightful social commentary, it stands out as a compelling read. Anyone who appreciates literary fiction with beautifully crafted prose and a deep exploration of the human psyche will find much to appreciate in this remarkable novel.

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By Charles Lever


OUT of a window of the Weissen Ross, at Coblentz, looking upon the rapid Rhine, over whose circling eddies a rich sunset shed a golden tint, two young Englishmen lounged and smoked their cigars; rarely speaking, and, to all seeming, wearing that air of boredom which, strangely enough, would appear peculiar to a very enjoyable time of life. They were acquaintances of only a few days. They had met on an Antwerp steamer rejoined each other in a picture gallery chanced to be side by side at a table d'hôte at Brussels, and, at last, drifted into one of those intimacies which, to very young men, represents friendship. They agreed they would travel together, all the more readily that neither cared very much in what direction. "As for me," said Calvert, "it doesn't much signify where I pass the interval; but, in October, I must return to India and join my regiment."

"And I," said Loyd, "about the same time must be in England. I have just been called to the bar."

"Slow work that must be, I take it."

"Do you like soldiering?" asked Loyd, in a low quiet voice.

"Hate it! abhor it! It's all very well when you join first You are so glad to be free of Woolwich or Sandhurst, or wherever it is. You are eager to be treated like a man, and so full of Cox and Greenwood, and the army tailor, and your camp furniture, and then comes the dépôt and the mess... Continue reading book >>

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