Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. Edith Somerville Violet Florence Martin
  • Title: Some Experiences of an Irish R.M.
  • Author: Edith Somerville Violet Florence Martin
  • ISBN: 9781879941403
  • Page: 135
  • Format: Paperback
  • Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. Edith Somerville Violet Florence Martin Some Experiences of an Irish R M As the straight man narrator observer and regular butt of hundreds of hilarious trials and mishaps Major Yeates never ceases to be surprised is usually not amused and can t stop himself from lovi
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    About Edith Somerville Violet Florence Martin


    1. Edith Anna none Somerville 2 May 1858 8 October 1949 was an Irish novelist who habitually signed herself as E Somerville She wrote in collaboration with her cousin Mart n Ross Violet Florence Martin under the pseudonym Somerville and Ross Together they published a series of fourteen stories and novels, the most popular of which were The Real Charlotte, and The Experiences of an Irish R M published in 1899.Somerville was born on Corfu, where her father was stationed, the eldest of eight children A year later he retired to Drishane, Castletownsend, County Cork, where Somerville grew up She received her primary education at home, and then at Alexandra College in Dublin She later studied art in Paris in 1884 and at the Royal Westminster School of Art in London At home riding and painting were her absorbing interests.In January 1886 she met her cousin Violet Martin, and their literary partnership began the following year Their first book, An Irish Cousin, appeared in 1889 In 1898 Edith Somerville went to paint at the Etaples art colony, accompanied by Violet and they profited from their stay by conceiving together the stories gathered in Some Experiences of an Irish R M in the following year By the time Violet died in 1915 they had published fourteen books together Her friend s death stunned Edith, who continued to write as Somerville and Ross , claiming that they kept in contact through spiritualist s ances.She was in London still recovering from the shock when the 1916 Insurrection broke out On 9 May she wrote a letter to the Times, blaming the British Government for the state of affairs in Ireland She tended towards Nationalism afterwards and, an adept musician, at parties specialized in Irish tunes and Nationalist songs.Somerville was a devoted sportswoman who in 1903 had become master of the West Carbery Foxhounds She was also active in the suffragist movement, corresponding with Dame Ethel Smyth She had exhibitions of her pictures in Dublin and in London between 1920 and 1938 and was active as an illustrator of children s picture books and sporting picture books.Her brother Henry Boyle Townsend Somerville, a retired R.N Vice Admiral was killed by the I.R.A at the family home of Castle Townsend in 1936 She finished his book Will Mariner after his death.She died at age 91 in Castletownshend, County Cork from


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    1. This is about the most agreeable, humorous novel from this time period, now considered a classic, you re likely to find.Major Sinclair Yeates has the detached, slightly jaded air that makes the fish out of water maybe not out of water like fish in slightly bracken water when he s a fresh water fish tale hilarious in parts It s a novel length missive It struck me as an unaired Britcom in fact, I wouldn t be at all surprised to find out the BBC has made a series out of it The 12 chapters each fun [...]

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    2. Absolutely hilarious The British judge, Major Yeates the RM for Royal Magistrate , arrives in rain, soon offered a horse by his savvy landlord who s already overcharging a stout grey animal I recognised with despair that I was about to be compelled to buy a horse Jolting to my entrance gate and back, I decided as he had neither fallen down nor kicked me off, it was worth paying 25 for him, if only to get in out of the rain 8.The house is vast, with unexplored inner reaches unexplored until vario [...]

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    3. There is something familiar and comforting about the tales of the Irish, at least it seems so to me This book was clever and witty, and very funny, and seemed like it should have been read next to a warm fire while sitting in a comfy chair.It made me laugh out loud numerous times, and the ending was unexpectedly sweet and perfect.

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    4. I sighed with pleasure as I turned the pages, but I can well understand how some will be underwhelmed It is not necessary to be au fait with every nuance of Irishness to enjoy this, but the Irish obsession with horses and foxhunting is a central concern, and those without any knowledge or interest in matters equine or vulpine may be nonplussed or bemused R S Surtees also writes about foxhunting the English variety with comic genius, but this is just as good and the humour is kinder than Surtees [...]

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    5. Written at the turn of the last century, Some Experiences of an Irish R.M is a curious thing The authors were cousins, women of the Anglo Irish Protestant Ascendancy who nevertheless write from the point of view of the eponymous male Resident Magistrate There s a bit of Upstairs Downstairs about it, but it s very sympathetic to the native population even while it pokes fun and is somewhat patronising Indeed, while the locals provide a cast of humorous background figures, the majority of the sati [...]

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    6. These experiences are rollicking yarns explained in deadpan tones by Major Sinclair Yeates, recently retired from the British Army and trying to settle somewhere on the West Coast of Ireland His qualifications for his new role are unclear and his duties do not appear to be especially onerous as he has time for lots of fox hunting, some snipe shooting and even a sailing trip He is joined after a year or so by his new wife, Philippa, who takes to hunting and her new life with great aplomb The aspi [...]

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    7. Some Experiences of an Irish RM Somerville This is the story of Major Sinclair Yates a man with mixed English and Irish blood who ends up as Resident Magistrate in a Irish village.Yates is planning to build up his career and money and marry his sweetheart Phillipa an event that occurs during the novel but is not detailed one minute Yates is alone next he is married and his wife has embraced country life.The book is made up of loosely connected episodes that the Major is involved most notably hor [...]

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    8. This was hilarious Andy Minter is an excellent reader The Librivox version is a quality audio book available for free from Librivox dot com and Archive dot org.

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    9. The humor eluded me.

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    10. Loved it, funny in places and smiled often as Yeates tried to keep do his job as magistrate.

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    11. Major Yeates tells tales of his life in the Irish countryside, mostly consisting of hunts and adventures with horses, feuds between family members, and a little bit of drinking Easy to read, but not always easy to understand because of the age of the language, this is a window into late 19th century Irish country life Food tea and biscuits A nice little snack before supper.

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    12. A favourite book It tells the stories of a bygone age, it s also useful for learning the manner in which things were regarded in that age.

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    13. This is alright, but frankly I just can t get attached to it It just doesn t seem to be going anywhere Just describing different happening in the life of RM Yeates Humorous, but just not engaging enough to make me want to carry on So, I quit Read about 1 4 of it.

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    14. The prose takes some adjustment if the reader has been on a steady diet of recent fiction or non fiction, but it is worth shifting gears Set in 19th century Ireland, among the privileged Anglo Irish ascendancy, the book is what its title proclaims, so it reads like a sequence of stories sharing a cast of characters The author cousins, Somerville and Ross, probably laughed themselves silly when they read excerpts aloud to each other The humour is very droll and I laughed aloud, especially when t [...]

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    15. Although I found several of the stories funny and clever, there were too many parts of the book that just seemed very tedious for me to give it than 3 stars I felt the author got caught up over explaining things that really hindered the flow of the book.

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    16. This tale was published in 1899 and is a series of comic tales of Anglo Irish life dealing with hunting, shooting, horse riding and some drinking The servants and publicans play minor roles and it is mostly about the elite of society with only a faint hint of struggles of the working class against the landlord class and Irish self government The lady authors were of the elite class and the story is limited by their vision Major Sinclair Yeates becomes the resident magistrate of Skebawn He is of [...]

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    17. This is one of those books in which an outsider enters a community of interesting eccentrics, and is fleeced, than embraced I found it difficult to enjoy, because the protagonist doesn t actually motivate the plot, being carried along by others, and I didn t find the chief rogue charming enough Recommended for those people who understand why the characters could find foxhunting interesting enough to write many, many chapters about it I listened to the Librivox edition.Review originally posted on [...]

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    18. Major Sinclair Yeates as just been appointed Resident Magistrate in an Irish village Life changes for the hapless Yeates with ferocious speed One day he is a Major in a normal regiment, the next he is being awakened at 3 00 AM by chimney sweeps, drug around the countryside chasing fox, and finding himself the foil of his crafty neighbors in the bucolic village Wickedly funny, reading this one is a lark

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    19. This book is a comedy which no longer amuses Since it has entertained generations of readers, I can only blame myself The prose is demonstrably funny no doubt, if one understands the detailed descriptions of a hunt never having been on a horse I rode a steed of incomprehension Reading the satires on the cultural, social and political environment, I imagine myself an Indian farmer in the Madras presidency circa 1900 trying to appreciate Vonnegut.Hopeless.

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    20. It is quite well written in that quite amusing fashion of landed gentry It seems to have dated badly, however, in its obsession with having animals be killed or mangled, a lot of fox hunting, birds dying, horses getting injured, and all of it made for laughs The way the poor are portrayed is also patronizing and again for laughs Well written, but laughs at the wrong things, really.

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    21. What a rollicking lively accountrely it must be based on real lifech better than the series, though I did rush to the online videos to add to the experience workedould finish it in the next few daysDone.I enjoyed this so much, I ordered and received the background historical information, biographical info about Someville and Ross, and a further book on the Irish R.M

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    22. One would think this book would be just my cup of tea Sadly, there was too much animal sadness pervasive animal sadness, in fact for that to be the case For what it s worth, I didn t care for the tv series based on this book, either Full disclosure I didn t finish But I made it to the 75% mark, for the sake of my beloved book group.

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    23. Some clever and even funny bits, but my lack of knowledge of the culture and perhaps the audiobook format made the book of a challenge On the other hand, the excellent narrator also filled out parts that would have passed me by otherwise Clearly, it was well written and a pleasant read, though I wasn t always able to follow.

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    24. A selection of memoirs from the life of a magistrate in Ireland in the 19th century I was very disappointed because I was expecting some sort of insight into the legal system at the time but it turned out to be mostly about hunting and sailing and how the establishment entertained themselves I don t feel as though I got any new insights.

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    25. Absolutely love this book Understated and funny but his wavy hair had withdrawn intellectually from his temples his eyes had acquired a statesmanlike absence of expressionFantastic characters with women and horses at the center of it all.

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    26. A fun set of humorous anecdotes Andy Minter has done a great narration and his Irish accents added to the enjoyment However, I think I liked the PBS BBC TV series better

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    27. For the most part this is an amusing story The antics of one of the main characters are quite funny Those Irishmen sure can drink

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    28. Some of the stories in the middle dragged I set this book aside for a while but the characters are very entertaining The dialect writing gave me trouble at times reading those bits aloud helped

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    29. I loved the BBC series and this was a pleasant reminder Short stories to be spread out too many at once would be too much they are quite similar I got the next two books free lined up.

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    30. Free download available at Project Gutenberg.

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