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A Romance of the Republic   By: (1802-1880)

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A Romance of the Republic by Lydia Maria Francis Child is a captivating novel that delves into the complex themes of love, politics, and societal biases. Set during the time of the American Civil War, this book brilliantly navigates the intertwining lives of the characters, making it a thought-provoking and emotionally charged read.

One of the highlights of this book is its remarkable character development. The author skillfully crafts each character with depth and nuance, making them relatable and realistic. The protagonist, Eveline, is a strong-willed and independent woman who defies societal norms in her pursuit of love and justice. The evolution of her character throughout the story is captivating, as she grapples with her conflicting emotions and the challenging circumstances of her time.

Child's exploration of political and social issues adds another layer of depth to the narrative. The book sheds light on the complexities of the era, addressing topics such as slavery, women's rights, and racial prejudice. By intertwining these themes within the romantic storyline, the author effectively encourages readers to reflect on these pressing issues, even in our modern society.

The plot of A Romance of the Republic is both engaging and compelling. The author seamlessly weaves together the personal journeys of the characters with the historical backdrop of the Civil War. The pacing is well-balanced, allowing for moments of introspection and intensity. The romantic aspect of the story, while central, does not overshadow the larger themes at play, making it a well-rounded and thought-provoking read.

Furthermore, Child's writing style is both elegant and descriptive, painting vivid pictures of the settings and emotions. The prose flows smoothly, drawing the reader in from the very first page. Her attention to detail and ability to evoke strong emotions truly brings the story to life.

However, despite its many strengths, A Romance of the Republic does have a slightly slow start that may deter some readers. Additionally, at times, the narrative can feel overly didactic, with the author explicitly expressing her viewpoints and moral lessons. While this may be off-putting to some, it is an inherent characteristic of literature from this time period.

Overall, A Romance of the Republic by Lydia Maria Francis Child is a remarkable novel that tackles significant social issues while weaving an engrossing romantic narrative. With its memorable characters, thought-provoking themes, and beautifully crafted prose, this book is a must-read for those interested in historical fiction and social commentary.

First Page:

A ROMANCE OF THE REPUBLIC

BY

L. MARIA CHILD

1867

TO

THE FATHER AND MOTHER OF

COL. R.G. SHAW,

THE EARLY AND EVER FAITHFUL FRIENDS OF FREEDOM AND EQUAL RIGHTS,

THIS VOLUME

IS MOST RESPECTFULLY AND AFFECTIONATELY

INSCRIBED

BY

THE AUTHOR.

PART FIRST.

CHAPTER I.

"What are you going to do with yourself this evening, Alfred?" said Mr. Royal to his companion, as they issued from his counting house in New Orleans. "Perhaps I ought to apologize for not calling you Mr. King, considering the shortness of our acquaintance; but your father and I were like brothers in our youth, and you resemble him so much, I can hardly realize that you are not he himself, and I still a young man. It used to be a joke with us that we must be cousins, since he was a King and I was of the Royal family. So excuse me if I say to you, as I used to say to him. What are you going to do with yourself, Cousin Alfred?"

"I thank you for the friendly familiarity," rejoined the young man. "It is pleasant to know that I remind you so strongly of my good father. My most earnest wish is to resemble him in character as much as I am said to resemble him in person. I have formed no plans for the evening. I was just about to ask you what there was best worth seeing or hearing in the Crescent City... Continue reading book >>




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