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ASTOR, LENOX AND
6 3526 ..::FOR LACK OF GOLD.
BY CHARLES GIBBON, AUTHOR OF “FOR THE KING,” &c.
8vo, Paper, 50 cents.
A powerfully written, nervous story. *** With these' For a long time now fiction has thriven in Scotland. picturesque materials Mr. Gibbon has constructed a story Since our great father in the craft arose to make the oncewhich presents a marked contrast to most fictions of the despised novel one of the high instruments of art, full of day, in that its merit lies in the extreme simplicity and patriotic use as well as delight to the world, the tradition strength both of the plot and the characters. The lack | has never departed from his country, and here is a new of gold, which forms the title of the book, gives rise to writer who may help to carry that tradition on.--Black bitter results, culminating in dire passions and a fatal wood's Magazine, London. crime. Yet nowhere, even when the worst suspicions are Mr. Gibbon has achieved a great and thoroughly legitiexcited of the hero's conduct, is there any thing hideous mate success. It is not too much to say of this novel, that or corrupt, mean or sordid, in the transactions of the per- it is a valuable contribution to the permanent literature of sons involved.-Atheneum, London.
the country, entitling the author to a high place among “For Lack of Gold” is a piece of very genuine work- contemporary writers of fiction. As a story, there are few manship, and its effect upon us is that we have to restrain recent novels more powerful and engrossing. The plot is our strong inclination to eulogize instead of criticise. *** admirably conceived and skillfully develo
admirably conceived and skillfully developed, and there is The writing is good, and the little descriptive bits evince a constant succession of stirring incidents and striking sitthe keen and careful eye as well as the skillful hand of an uations; but the action of the novel is only one of the eleartist. The beautiful and tender touches with which the ments on which the author relies.-Examiner, London. work is inlaid ; the genuine pathos of even the most intense Mr. Gibbon's strong point lies in taking advantage of feeling is very powerful; the well-regulated freedom of situations which, as long as the world endures, will be the artist's hand, the carefully studied tone of the dialogue, ever new, working them out with boldness and skill, and the constructive skill of the plot, the fine moral atmos showing that, however similar the circumstances, the liuphere of the whole, even the humor of the mere Scottishman character is so infinite in variety that no good or dialect—all are accessories essential to the best work, but evil fortune affects any two individuals in precisely the in one or more of which even very good work is some- same way. Small as the difference may be at first, it betimes lacking. But the prime quality of every novel is its comes immense as passion after passion comes into play. characterization, and in this Mr. Gibbon has been emi and fate still drives relentlessly onward each man in his nently successful.-British Quarterly Review.
career.-Pall Mall Gazette, London.
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