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Castle Rackrent Paperback – September 26, 2013
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The tale seems to be composed of the essence of tragedy, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. This is because it possesses the essential Irish quality, a sprightliness and energy that carries both narratives along at a relentless pace along with a lively eye for the absurd in any situation. Edgeworth had a keen ear for Irish patterns of speech. Although an Englishwoman, Edgeworth was raised in Ireland and had a tremendous feel for the Irish viewpoint of her time. The humor of her tale is especially poignant in light of the fact that it was written soon after the terrible Rebellion of 1798, one of the most internecine of Irish conflicts. I recommend this book to anyone interested in Irish history, the early English novel, and anyone with a good sense of humor.
Overall, a good read and a really excellent addition to the canon of 18th century literature.
The novel is in the form of an oral memoir by Thady Quirk, a venerable servant of the Rackrent estate. He recounts four successive holders of the baronetcy, men varying from the genial, to the querulous, to the miserly, and the extravagant. His speech is sprinkled with regionalisms which the author explains in footnotes and an extensive glossary. Many of these notes contain anecdotes that are just as entertaining as the main narrative. Some of the descriptions of Irish customs, mannerisms and speech are no doubt still apt today.
Castle Rackrent is a pleasant little story that has its own place in the development of the English novel and will surely amuse anyone who wants to pay a visit to the Ireland of two centuries ago.
"Castle Rackrent" satirizes Anglo-Irish landlords and their overall mismanagement of the estates they owned at a time when the English and Irish parliaments were working towards formalizing their union through the Acts of Union. Through this and other works, Edgeworth is typically credited with serving the political, national interests of Ireland and the United Kingdom the way Sir Walter Scott did for Scotland. But neither Kirkpatrick's introductory essay nor the story itself make it clear why Edgeworth should have this status.
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