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Old 03-14-2009, 08:26 AM   #1
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Post Reid, Mayne: The Rifle Rangers v1 14 mar 2009

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Quite a lively story! At one point the hero is to die by hanging by the heels over a precipice! At another he and his companions are attacked by a pack of snarling bloodhounds! And many other tense situations.

As usual with this prolific author the text is well interlarded with Spanish words, and those from other languages, French, German, Latin, Greek. We have done our best to get these words right, but beg to be forgiven if you spot an error here and there.

In addition to our difficulties with the Spanish, there is an Irish member of the cast whose words are so mis-pronounced that they practically constitute a language of their own. Here again we have tried to get the spellings as they appear in the book, but you can quite see how difficult that has been.

This book first appeared in the 1850s, and went through several editions in a few years. Forty years later there was a revival, and again several editions appeared. There are people even nowadays who revere “Captain” Mayne Reid as the first author to start this genre: authentic books about the wilder parts of North America, and its history.
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I beg to differ here. Lively it may wellbe, but realistic it certainly isn't. Improbable fights abound here. Quite pulpy in contents but an enjoyable read.
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