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Salem Chapel: Chronicles of Carlingford [Paperback]

Margaret Oliphant
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25 Jun 2012
Salem Chapel tells the story of Arthur Vincent, recent graduate of Homerton College, Cambridge, who has been called to pastor Salem Chapel upon the retirement of its previous minister, Mr Tufton. Salem belongs to the Dissenters of Carlingford, to whom Oliphant attributes varying degrees of kindness, hospitality, generosity, commercial acumen, stubbornness, and complacency. Chapel life is naturally rooted in Carlingford's mercantile center, and the cheerful bustle of tea-meetings, singing classes, charitable and missionary activities echoes the hum of commerce. At the center of this "brisk succession of 'Chapel business'", stands the minister. He is, Oliphant declares, "everything in his little world. That respectable connection would not have hung together half so closely but for this perpetual subject of discussion, criticism, and patronage".

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  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (25 Jun 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 147812878X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478128786
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dated 12 April 2013
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In its day this was thought to be one of her finest novels, but it's ludicrously melodramatic now - and turgid in places too, which is quite a combination.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Dud by a Once-Famous Victorian Author 31 Jan 2014
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Oliphant came highly recommended (by G.K. Chesterton, no less!) but this particular title was hard to swallow. It lacked all of the light-hearted humor of THE RECTOR (also by Oliphant). Arthur Vincent, the protagonist is an insufferable bore. Not only is he too proud to reach out to the simple folk in his parish, he's self-centered, jealous, vengeful, sullen and unbending. Furthermore, this is a typical Victorian "sensation" novel with a villain out to ruin a lady's virtue and the subsequent necessity of her having brain fever so that the reader doesn't really know what happened till she comes out of it. Good grief!
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