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Some Experiences of an Irish R.M.

Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. [Kindle Edition]

E. O. Somerville , Martin Ross
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“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 loving his Irish neighbors.”—500 Great Books by Women.

About the Author

Edith Somerville and Martin Ross were second cousins born to distant branches of a prominent Anglo-Irish Ascendancy family. They lived together at the Somerville home for most of their adult lives, traveling frequently to Europe and collaborating on numerous books and articles. Their most famous novel, The Real Charlotte, was published in 1894. After Ross's death in 1915, Somerville continued to write and publish under both names, claiming that the partnership endured beyond the grave.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2336 KB
  • Print Length: 232 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1879941406
  • Publisher: J.S. Sanders Books; 1st J.S. Sanders & Co. ed edition (10 Aug 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009LLAY5K
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #126,452 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A cracking good read! 30 Nov 2004
When Major Sinclair Yeates leaves the British army, and opts to become a Resident Magistrate in late-Nineteenth century Ireland, he has no idea what adventures await him. As he plods on, trying to do his job, he finds himself outthought and outmaneuvered at every step.
These wonderful stories, first published in the 1920s, were the basis for the hit British Television show, The Irish R.M., staring Peter Bowles. For those of you familiar with that show, the stories contained here cover the first six episodes, plus some. I must say that they did a wonderful job of capturing the story!
For those who have not seen the show, have no fear. This book is charming and terribly witty, and makes a cracking good read. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Ireland, and to anyone who likes a good book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the funniest books I have ever read. 29 Jan 2013
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I have owned the hardback edition of this book for at least 30 years and it is a great favourite to cheer me up if feeling down. When I saw it available for Kindle I couldn't wait to download it. I defy anyone to read it and not feel cheered.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Irish Foxhunt 22 July 2014
Absolutely hilarious. Also, delicious in history of women's literary voice: when first published, reviewers assumed it was written by a man, such inside knowledge of the male protagonist flourished. I am not sure how long it took before the two women wuthors were identified, but they must have had a grand time with everyone's misapprehensions.
The first to be satirized, outsmarted by locals, is the British judge and protagonist, the RM for Royal Magistrate, who arrives in rain, compelled to buy a horse from his savvy landlord who's already overcharging. The house is vast, with unexplored inner reaches--unexplored until various fugitives lodge there.
Without fear of contradiction, the best fox hunt in all of literature, an Irish fox hunt with everyone participating, bicycles, carts, several horses of varied abilities and instincts regarding walls, ditches and fences.
I do not know the current state of Irish reaction to this book, whether it is seen as baldly critical: humor always has that possibility of serious misapprehension. (Many readers of Confederacy of Dunces resent the book, though it is a modern classic.) But take it from me, with an Irish surname at least, Hilarious.
I suppose ethnic humor is so widespread in the US--as it is in Shakespeare's Henry V, where it is used to abrade difference, to create Great Britain now coming apart into its contributive bloodlines and languages. Poles tell Polish jokes, Jews tell jokes about Jews, in the US--why, even the Irish make moderate fun of themselves.
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This is available for free from the Gutenberg Project as are the two compendium volumes, Further Reminiscences of an Irish RM and In Mr Knox's Country.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Some Experiences of an Iriish R.M. 25 April 2013
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One of the funniest books I have ever read. It is a pity you do not list The Complete Experiences of an Irish R.M.
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