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"IN FAR LOCHABER.” We Americans as well as the English have a custom-and it is on the whole a good customof reviewing novels in a lump, and dismissing each with a few cursory words. But the evil of the novels of the week” plan is that it does not discriminate, whereas the French have a custom-and it is altogether a good one-of making exceptions in favor of novels that deserve them and giving them the elaborate treatment usually reserved for more serious works by the Anglo-Saxon reviewer. And if any novel were entitled to the respectful exception it would certainly be so charmirg a one as Mr. William Black's "In Far Lochaber," Mr. Black has been more tragic and emotional, as in “McLeod of Dare”; more devoted to scenery. as in "The Strange Adventures of a Phaeton," and other tales that might be mentioned; but he has never been more harmonious, more entirely equal to himself at every point than in his latest novel. It is not every writer who --once admitted that he realizes it can bring out without exaggeration the deep-rooted and essential differences between north an i south in Sco:land, between the Highlands and the Lowlands. Sir Walter could do it, and did so consun:nately again and again. Indeed, he was the first to make the world at large understand anything about it, and since his time there has been no one at all capable of the same feat except Mr. Black. | It is not, of course, in the grand manner, I like Scott's, and the modernized Highlands are far less individualized than in the early years of tiis century; but, given an ugly manufacturirg town in the Liwlands and the household of a dissenting minister (on: nooreover who dissents from dissent, protests againsu Tresbyterianisnı), and there is plenty to doin contrasting them with a party of gentlefolks in far Lochaber, whose numbers include a Roman Catholic laird and his son. Mr. Black gives Ludovic Macdonel, the chieftain's son, to the minister's daughter for a lover, Alison Blair having come up to visit her cousins at Fort William, Mr. Black has a legitimate opportunity for describing the effect of these wonderful new scenes upon her, and Ludovic's later visit to Kirk O'Shieids is equally productive of new experiences for
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“THAT BEAUTIFUL WRETCH" ETC.
WILLIAM BLACK'S NOVELS.
A PRINCESS OF THULE.
IN FAR LOCHABER.
THE STRANGE ADVENTURES OF
A HOUSE-BOAT. Illustrated.
CHEAP EDITION, IN PAPER COVERS.
PUBLISHED BY HARPER & BROTHERS, NEW YORK.
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