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The Edinburgh Review Volume 61 (Paperback) Loot Price: R356
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The Edinburgh Review Volume 61 (Paperback): Sydney Smith

The Edinburgh Review Volume 61 (Paperback)

Sydney Smith

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1835 edition. Excerpt: ...several very attentive perusals. We are not sure that the book is not in some degree open to the charge which the idle citizen in the Spectator brought against his pudding. ' Mem. too many plumbs, and no suet.' There is perhaps too much disquisition and too little narrative; and indeed this is the fault into which, judging from the habits of Sir James's mind, we should have thought him most likely to fall. What we assuredly did not anticipate was, that the narrative would be better executed than the disquisitions. We expected to find, and we have found, many just delineations of character, and many digressions full of interest, --such as the account of the order of Jesuits, and of the state of prison discipline in England a hundred and fifty years ago. We expected to find, and we have found, many reflections breathing the spirit of a calm and benignant philosophy. But we did not, we own, expect to find that Sir James could tell a story as well as Voltaire or Hume. Yet such is the fact; and if any person doubts it, we would advise him to read the account of the events which followed the issuing of King James's famous declaration, --the meeting of the clergy, the violent scene at the privy council, the commitment, trial, and acquittal of the bishops. The most superficial reader must be charmed, we think, by the liveliness of the narrative. But no person who is not acquainted with that vast mass of intractable materials, of which the valuable and interesting part has been extracted and condensed, can fully appreciate the skill of the writer. Here, and indeed throughout the book, we find many harsh and careless expressions which the author would probably have removed if he had lived to complete his work. But, in spite of these blemishes, we must say...

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Imprint: Rarebooksclub.com
Country of origin: United States
Release date: July 2012
First published: July 2012
Authors: Sydney Smith
Dimensions: 246 x 189 x 13mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 238
ISBN-13: 978-1-153-96389-3
Categories: Books
LSN: 1-153-96389-2
Barcode: 9781153963893

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