Literary News Volume 7

Literary News Volume 7

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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. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ...mother in finding him a disappointment; he does not complain or pity himself; he pities her, as she still sits in the bay-window, " listening for the footsteps of the boy who would have been welcome in that house: " and it is another skilful point in the author, that he lets his reader, too, feel the same sympathy for the mother. Our hearts are bound up in the awkward lad, and the mother is a poor creature who says and does very little, and nothing attractively; yet for the moment we pity her, and feel that the boy, good at heart as he is, must have been something of a disappointment. Another fine point in the story is that the author, who has chosen a foundling for his hero, is content to leave him a foundling. He does not create lords and ladies and potentates for his suddenly found relative on the last page; but leaves him as he took him--the child of unknown parents, brought up in rude circumstances, and a hero only as all of us may be heroes if we care to be. (Houghton, M. $1.50.) Taras Bulba. From the N. V. Tribune. The publisher of " Taras Bulba" announces his intention to issue other works of Gogol, whose stories, though long popular in his own country, have not hitherto been translated into English. The present tale is one of old Russia and the wild Cossacks. It is an historical romance, and introduces the reader to novel scenes and conditions of life. If the Cossacks are not half-civilized to-day, in the thirteenth century they were but a few degrees removed from absolute savagery. They possessed a rude and partial freedom, imagined themselves independent, lived like all semi-savage races, in alternations of excess and privation, thought more of military prowess than of any other attainment, despised learning with all...show more

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  • Paperback | 306 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 16mm | 549g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236620658
  • 9781236620651