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Roland Cashel   By: (1806-1872)

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Roland Cashel by Charles James Lever is a captivating novel that follows the story of the titular character as he navigates the ups and downs of his life. Set in 19th century Ireland, the book provides a detailed look into the social and political climate of the time.

Lever's writing is vivid and engaging, painting a vivid picture of the characters and their surroundings. Roland Cashel is a complex and compelling protagonist, whose journey is filled with twists and turns that keep the reader hooked until the very end.

The novel is filled with humor, drama, and romance, making it a truly enjoyable read. Lever's wit and clever dialogue add depth to the story, while his descriptive prose brings the Irish countryside to life.

Overall, Roland Cashel is a delightful novel that is sure to entertain and captivate readers. Lever's storytelling prowess shines through, making this a must-read for fans of historical fiction.

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By Charles James Lever.

With Illustrations By Phiz,

In Two Volumes. Vol. I.

Boston: Little, Brown, And Company. 1907.

To G. P. B. JAMES, Esq.

Dear James, You, once upon a time, dedicated to me a tale of deep and thrilling interest Let me now inscribe to you this volume on the plea of that classic authority who, in the interchange of armour, "gave Brass for Gold."

It is, however, far less to repay the obligation of a debt by giving you a "Roland" not for your "Oliver," but your "Stepmother" than for the pleasure of recording one "Fact" in a bulky tome of Fiction, that I now write your name at the head of this page, that fact being, the warm memory I cherish of all our pleasant hours of intercourse, and the sincere value I place upon the honor of your friendship.

Yours, in all esteem and affection,


Palazzo Ximenes, Florence, Oct 20, 1849.


I first thought of this story I should say I planned it, if the expression were not misleading when living at the Lake of Como. There, in a lovely little villa the "Cima" on the border of the lake, with that glorious blending of Alpine scenery and garden like luxuriance around me, and little or none of interruption or intercourse, I had abundant time to make acquaintance with my characters and follow them into innumerable situations, and through adventures far more extraordinary and exciting than I dared afterwards to recount... Continue reading book >>

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