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The Virginians (1857)

by William Makepeace Thackeray

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This was a lengthy tome which was interesting but not fascinating. Another book that I feared would never end. The book takes place in the 18th century prior to the Revolutionary War. Twin sons of Virginia "nobility" visit their ancestral home in England and have a variety of experiences in the old country. One son ends up in the British Army and in Canada and from there, goes home again. The other marries (beneath him - according to the family) and stays in England. The most interesting part of the book was towards the end with the outbreak of the Revolutionary War. The second son has gone home and the twins (who are deeply connected) find themselves fighting on opposite sides. I found the British view of the war the most interesting part of the book and it made me wonder, had I lived back then, whose side would I have been on? 3 stars. Don't read it if you're looking for action. It was rather like reading a diary. ( )
  Oodles | Feb 16, 2016 |
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Two brothers find themselves on opposite sides of the Revolutionary War. 'To endure is greater than to dare, to tire out hostile fortune, to be daunted by no difficulty, to keep heart when all have lost it, to go through intrigue spotless, to forgo even ambition when the end is gained: who can say this is not greatness?' The Virginians is a sequel to Henry Esmond, and tells the story of his twin grandsons, George and Henry Warrington. Both become British officers, but on the outbreak of the American War of Independence, Henry joins the revolutionary side.… (more)

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