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No boyhood could have been happier than mine, and throughout it, ever present with me, were a shadow and a light. The shadow was my Uncle Grafton. I know not what strange intuition of the child made me think of him so constantly after that visit he paid us, but often I would wake from my sleep with his name upon my lips, and a dread at my heart. The light -- need I say? -- No boyhood could have been happier than mine, and throughout it, ever present with me, were a shadow and a light. The shadow was my Uncle Grafton. I know not what strange intuition of the child made me think of him so constantly after that visit he paid us, but often I would wake from my sleep with his name upon my lips, and a dread at my heart. The light -- need I say? -- was Miss Dorothy Manners. Little Miss Dolly was often at the Hall after that happy week we spent together; and her home, Wilmot House, was scarce three miles across wood and field by our plantation roads. I was a stout little fellow enough, and before I was twelve I had learned to follow to hounds my grandfather's guests on my pony; and Mr. Lloyd and Mr. Carvel when they shot on the duck points. Aye, and what may surprise you, my dears, I was given a weak little toddy off the noggin at night, while the gentlemen stretched their limbs before the fire, or played at whist or loo. Mr. Carvel would have no milksop, so he said. But he early impressed upon me that moderation was the mark of a true man, even as excess was that of a weak one. And so it was no wonder that I frequently found my way to Wilmot House alone. . . .


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No boyhood could have been happier than mine, and throughout it, ever present with me, were a shadow and a light. The shadow was my Uncle Grafton. I know not what strange intuition of the child made me think of him so constantly after that visit he paid us, but often I would wake from my sleep with his name upon my lips, and a dread at my heart. The light -- need I say? -- No boyhood could have been happier than mine, and throughout it, ever present with me, were a shadow and a light. The shadow was my Uncle Grafton. I know not what strange intuition of the child made me think of him so constantly after that visit he paid us, but often I would wake from my sleep with his name upon my lips, and a dread at my heart. The light -- need I say? -- was Miss Dorothy Manners. Little Miss Dolly was often at the Hall after that happy week we spent together; and her home, Wilmot House, was scarce three miles across wood and field by our plantation roads. I was a stout little fellow enough, and before I was twelve I had learned to follow to hounds my grandfather's guests on my pony; and Mr. Lloyd and Mr. Carvel when they shot on the duck points. Aye, and what may surprise you, my dears, I was given a weak little toddy off the noggin at night, while the gentlemen stretched their limbs before the fire, or played at whist or loo. Mr. Carvel would have no milksop, so he said. But he early impressed upon me that moderation was the mark of a true man, even as excess was that of a weak one. And so it was no wonder that I frequently found my way to Wilmot House alone. . . .

50 review for Richard Carvel by Winston Churchill, Fiction, Historical

  1. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Not THAT Winston Churchill.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Aaron Crofut

    This was a truly beautiful book. The story, set as the posthumous diary published by the title character's grandson, follows Richard Carvel through his coming of age during the late 18th Century. This young, upstart noble of Maryland finds himself conflicted between love of his loyalist grandfather and his strongly held convictions about the rights of man and of the English subjects in the American colonies. His family is divided in more ways than one, however, which leads him in adventures acro This was a truly beautiful book. The story, set as the posthumous diary published by the title character's grandson, follows Richard Carvel through his coming of age during the late 18th Century. This young, upstart noble of Maryland finds himself conflicted between love of his loyalist grandfather and his strongly held convictions about the rights of man and of the English subjects in the American colonies. His family is divided in more ways than one, however, which leads him in adventures across the Atlantic, where he encounters vividly portrayed historical personages and struggles to not only get back home, but to win the love of a high spirited and conflicted girl. I seriously could not put this book down and lost sleep over it. It's everything fiction today should be but isn't. The language is not dumbed down but rather beautiful, which actually makes it easier to read. The characters have flaws but work to overcome them. The friendships formed on paper are remarkably touching; I can't help but wish to know what became of Comyn, or of Richard and his love. Patriotism is held as a virtue, and the glory of the English race, whether of the Stars and Stripes or of the Union Jack, is exemplified with an uncanny similarity in tone and language to that of the other, more famous Winston S. Churchill. And yes, this book was written by the American Churchill, not the British. When I saw this book, a first edition, sitting in a thrift store for one dollar, I could not remember the name of the more famous Winston's only fictional work and had forgotten the Prime Minister used his middle initial to distinguish himself from this author (whom he had read and enjoyed), so I risked the dollar and bought the book. When I discovered the author was not who I thought it was, I figured I would give it a shot anyway. All too happy that I did, though now I wish sequels existed telling the rest of the story of Mr. Carvel.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Curtiss

    I have already read this book once. It is the "Diary of Richard Carvel" referred to in my favorite novel "The Crisis", also by Winston Churchill. The hero, Richard Carvel narrates his sympathy for the cause of American Independance before and during the American Revolution, and of his enduring love for his childhood sweetheart, Dorothy Manners. His uncle's betrayal sends Richard to face kidnapping and piracy, until he is finally rescued and befriended by a true-life hero of the American Revolutio I have already read this book once. It is the "Diary of Richard Carvel" referred to in my favorite novel "The Crisis", also by Winston Churchill. The hero, Richard Carvel narrates his sympathy for the cause of American Independance before and during the American Revolution, and of his enduring love for his childhood sweetheart, Dorothy Manners. His uncle's betrayal sends Richard to face kidnapping and piracy, until he is finally rescued and befriended by a true-life hero of the American Revolution, John Paul Jones; and ultimately restored to his birthright and his true love. I'm currently recording this book in 56-minute installments for my local "Golden Hours" radio service for blind or reading-impaired listeners.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Amy Griffith

    Historical fiction set during the American Revolution. Like other Churchill books, this is a long book and requires a certain amount of dedication and perseverance to complete, but it's a very good book as well and moves at a fairly lively pace. Historical fiction set during the American Revolution. Like other Churchill books, this is a long book and requires a certain amount of dedication and perseverance to complete, but it's a very good book as well and moves at a fairly lively pace.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Susan C Lance

    Historical Romance about the time of the American Revolution.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

    I thought I would check out an old classic from the bookshelf. The end leaf was inscribed with Brett's great grandmother's signature and I was curious about what an author Winston Churchill could be. I would not have guessed that the gentleman would not only write historical fiction like he had been alive during the colonial period, but he could love his characters and have them love in such a deep rich way. I not only enjoyed this book and the characters portrayed in history, but I wished the s I thought I would check out an old classic from the bookshelf. The end leaf was inscribed with Brett's great grandmother's signature and I was curious about what an author Winston Churchill could be. I would not have guessed that the gentleman would not only write historical fiction like he had been alive during the colonial period, but he could love his characters and have them love in such a deep rich way. I not only enjoyed this book and the characters portrayed in history, but I wished the story could have gone on. If you want to relive history, you may step back in time with this book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    D.E. Osborne

    Richard Carvell is an enchanting novel told in the old story telling style before movies and TV occupied most of our limited attention. I thought the book had been written by the late prime minister of Great Britain but instead this Winston Churchill was his American cousin, and in his prime a best seller and household name like James Patterson. The book itself is a coming of age story based on the American Revolution and the events leading up to it. Been a while since I read it. I should pick i Richard Carvell is an enchanting novel told in the old story telling style before movies and TV occupied most of our limited attention. I thought the book had been written by the late prime minister of Great Britain but instead this Winston Churchill was his American cousin, and in his prime a best seller and household name like James Patterson. The book itself is a coming of age story based on the American Revolution and the events leading up to it. Been a while since I read it. I should pick it up again.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Larry Hostetler

    Written by the American author (not the British Prime Minister) in the late 1800s, this story (unlike the others of his I've read) takes place in colonial times. This was perhaps the most difficult of Churchill's novels for me to keep engaged in, but it was still interesting and instructive. I read it several years ago, but in looking for books to add to my "to read" list found that I've read all the Churchill books I have. Written by the American author (not the British Prime Minister) in the late 1800s, this story (unlike the others of his I've read) takes place in colonial times. This was perhaps the most difficult of Churchill's novels for me to keep engaged in, but it was still interesting and instructive. I read it several years ago, but in looking for books to add to my "to read" list found that I've read all the Churchill books I have.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Martin Bihl

    Very enjoyable historical fiction - if you like Kenneth Roberts, try this.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Data

    An action story, a love story. A strong vein of contempt for certain classes and races of people; that would be poor, black and native American. I read the whole story, but won't again. An action story, a love story. A strong vein of contempt for certain classes and races of people; that would be poor, black and native American. I read the whole story, but won't again.

  11. 4 out of 5

    John Spencer

    An epic, first-person tale of the American Revolution, written by one of the most popular American authors of the early 20th century.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Relstuart

    It's been several years since I read this book. But I read it a couple times in the last decade I've owned it. Good adventure/romance/historical fiction. It's been several years since I read this book. But I read it a couple times in the last decade I've owned it. Good adventure/romance/historical fiction.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Timothy Evavold

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    Dave

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    S.r. Lundin

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    Michael Troudt

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    Alan

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    Tom Brennan

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    Brittany Chisum

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    Kenny

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    James

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