No name (second) series: Don John.
Of the many pleasant volumes which this successful series has included, none is more attractive than Don John. The plot is ingenious, something too much so; for the hurry of desire to disentangle its thread leads the reader to miss the charm of the genuine modern idyl to which this harassing mystery seems alien. . . As a last word to the reader—read Don John as rapidly as you will for sake of finding out the book's secret; but be sure to read it again, for its sweetness must be drawn out slowly as a bee takes honey from the little slim goblets of the pink clover.Portland Press.
Don John has the first and chiefest requisite of a novel,—it is extremely interesting from first to last. Nobody could mistake the plot, or no plot—the remarkable children . . . clever beyond the actualities of real life, unique as never were any American nursery plants, whatever English ones may be, lustrous with the author's peculiar humor, abounding in scintillations of aphoristic wit, with that sad and only half-satisfying ending which Miss Ingelow is in the habit of giving to her stories. It is largely a vivid picture of boy-and-girl life, and as such is specially delightful.Home Journal.
The delineation of character and the portrayal of the delightful relations existing between parents and children in the cultured circles of English middle-class society, is most skilfully done, and it is safe to say that, though quite different from the preceding novels of the ‘No Name ’ series, none exceed it in point of interest and charm of style.
Don John, the latest of Messrs. Roberts Brothers' ‘No Name’ novels, is a clever, entertaining, and in some repects an original book... The story is always interesting; sometimes it is fascinatingly so. . . . It is a novel in all respects above the average. Not only will it fix and hold the reader in virtue of the ingenuity of its plot and the spirit with which it is told, but there is very good character work in it. . . . The scene is England, and the story presents a very charming study of English home life. The style in which the story is written is very pleasing. While there are fine, delicate touches of pathos, the general tone is bright and cheery, and at times the text becomes brilliant, especially in the sayings of Charlotte. Above and beyond its power to amuse, the novel teaches a lesson, well to learn. It is a valuable addition to the popular series.Boston Post.
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The persons are well conceived and sustained, and in their various ways are highly interesting. The plot is odd and effective. The book has a noble moral tone, and there is much capital fun in it.Congregationalist.