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St. Patrick's Eve   By: (1806-1872)

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St. Patrick's Eve by Charles James Lever is a riveting historical novel that takes readers on a journey through 19th-century Ireland. Lever's vivid and descriptive writing style allows readers to truly immerse themselves in the sights, sounds, and emotions of the time.

The novel follows the story of the O'Malley family, who are deeply entwined in the political and social upheavals of their homeland. Through the eyes of the protagonist, we witness the struggles and triumphs of the Irish people as they fight for their freedom and cultural identity.

One of the most impressive aspects of St. Patrick's Eve is Lever's ability to create such well-rounded and relatable characters. Each individual is given their own unique voice and personality, making them feel like real people with their own hopes, dreams, and flaws. Whether it's the headstrong and idealistic main character or the cunning and manipulative antagonist, every character feels authentic and multi-dimensional.

The plot of the novel is expertly crafted, with a perfect balance between historical events and personal narratives. Lever seamlessly weaves together the larger scale political conflicts with the personal drama of the O'Malley family, resulting in a gripping and emotionally charged storyline. The pacing is also well-executed, keeping readers on the edge of their seats as they eagerly turn each page to see what happens next.

Lever's attention to detail is truly commendable. From the descriptions of the Irish countryside to the political debates in the local taverns, every scene is brought to life with vibrant and vivid language. This attention to detail not only enhances the reading experience but also adds a layer of authenticity to the historical setting.

Another strong point of St. Patrick's Eve is Lever's exploration of themes such as identity, loyalty, and the power of hope. Through the trials and tribulations faced by the O'Malley family, readers are asked to reflect on their own beliefs and values. Lever's thought-provoking narrative serves as a reminder of the resilience of the human spirit, even in the face of adversity.

Overall, St. Patrick's Eve is a captivating and thought-provoking novel that paints a vivid picture of 19th-century Ireland. Lever's exceptional storytelling and well-crafted characters bring the historical setting to life, keeping readers engrossed from beginning to end. This is a must-read for anyone with an interest in Irish history or those simply looking for a compelling and immersive literary experience.

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By Charles James Lever

Illustr. by Phiz.


Chapman And Hall, 186 Strand.




There are few things less likely than that it will ever be your lot to exercise any of the rights or privileges of landed property. It may chance, however, that even in your humble sphere, there may be those who shall look up to you for support, and be, in some wise, dependent on your will; if so, pray let this little story have its lesson in your hearts, think, that when I wrote it, I desired to inculcate the truth, that prosperity has as many duties as adversity has sorrows; that those to whom Providence has accorded many blessings are but the stewards of His bounty to the poor; and that the neglect of an obligation so sacred as this charity is a grievous wrong, and may be the origin of evils for which all your efforts to do good through life will be but a poor atonement.

Your affectionate Father,


Templeogue, March 1, 1845.

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IT was on the 16th of March, the eve of St. Patrick, not quite twenty years ago, that a little village on the bank of Lough Corrib was celebrating in its annual fair "the holy times," devoting one day to every species of enjoyment and pleasure, and on the next, by practising prayers and penance of various kinds, as it were to prepare their minds to resume their worldly duties in a frame of thought more seemly and becoming... Continue reading book >>

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