The Collegians

The Collegians A romantic melodrama set in rural Ireland in the early th century this complex story of love rivalry secrecy and betrayal based on a real case of was one of the most successful thrillers

  • Title: The Collegians
  • Author: Gerald Griffin Robert Giddings
  • ISBN: 9781843548553
  • Page: 402
  • Format: Paperback
  • A romantic melodrama set in rural Ireland in the early 19th century, this complex story of love, rivalry, secrecy, and betrayal, based on a real case of 1829, was one of the most successful thrillers of its day Young Hardress Cregan is a collegian and a rogue, with a wicked, roving eye Although he is courting his wealthy cousin Anne, he has also embarked on a passionate lA romantic melodrama set in rural Ireland in the early 19th century, this complex story of love, rivalry, secrecy, and betrayal, based on a real case of 1829, was one of the most successful thrillers of its day Young Hardress Cregan is a collegian and a rogue, with a wicked, roving eye Although he is courting his wealthy cousin Anne, he has also embarked on a passionate love affair with the lowly but very beautiful Eily O Connor Hardress knows that his family would never approve of this match and he should abandon his new fancy, but his lust overwhelms his conscience and he embarks on a fatal deception secretly marrying Eily, while succumbing to his mother s machinations and becoming engaged to Anne How will Hardress extricate himself from this dilemma Together with his hunchback half brother, Danny Mann, he hatches a deadly conspiracy Originally published in 1829, and inspired by a celebrated criminal case, this novel was a sensation in its day, making Killarney a tourist attraction, and its thrilling plot involving love, rivalry, secrecy, and betrayal inspiring many imitations.

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    1. It's a story old as time. Boy meets girl. Boy throws his servant, also his foster brother, downstairs for upsetting the girl, giving the servant a hunch. Servant becomes devoted to boy because he says he's sorry. Years later bot meets girl again but is deceived by her apparently cold demeanour and goes off and marries a rope-maker's daughter and installs her in a cottage owned by his servant's sister and her husband. Boy hopes to gradually introduce subject of marriage to his mother. Mother invi [...]

    2. A melodramatic thriller set in Ireland approximately 200 years ago. Young rake Hardress Cregan falls in love with poor but virtuous Eily O'Connor and secretly marries her. He regrets it when his mother pushes him to court his wealthy cousin, Anne Chute. I’m surprised at the low ratings for this, but it is a long and slow-burning story with a lot of background detail and minor characters from the different classes of Irish life. It’s more a story of Ireland than a thriller, and it’s not a m [...]

    3. I was determined to get to the end because wanted to see​ if justice was done. I found the period English and vernacular Gaelic challenging​ making it a slow read for me. Despite the challenges there was enough to enjoy.

    4. Incredibly readable despite being written nearly 200 years ago - a nineteenth century thriller, based on a true story. I recommend this.

    5. mild spoiler alertAmazed to see no reviews of this book. How many does Jane Eyre have? I looked, it's 26000. What this book is, in its structure, is a melodrama. High intensity speeches, over-eloquent confessions, etc. There's a murder, there's nemesis. But this conventional plot is deeply marinaded, almost dissolved, in a highly naturalistic background of brilliant peasant dialogue and anecdote, which is written - which is the author's genius - in the vernacular, with all the Gaelic grammar, sl [...]

    6. Very much like a Walter Scott novel set in Ireland. The story line epitomises the saying "Marry in haste, repent at leisure." As with Scott the main characters are the gentry but the real characters are their poorer neighbours and servants. Whilst their Irish patois can be difficult to translate their relationships and behaviours make a colourful subplot. A good read if you enjoy historical romance, descriptive writing and a moralistic storyline.

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