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The Provost (Tales of the West)

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I reflected the while of a minute before I made any reply, and then I said: "I would hae na doubt of the matter, Mr. M'Lucre, could it be brought about to get you chosen for the delegate; but I fear, as ye are only Dean of Guild this year, that's no to be accomplished; and really, without the like of you, our borough, in the contest, may be driven to the wall."
Paperback, 120 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Echo Library (first published 1822)
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Kim
Apr 04, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The Provost is a novel written in 1822 by John Galt. He was a Scottish novelist and he has been called the first "political" writer. I don't know if that's true or not, I've seen it said that he was decades before the political novels of Trollope. That may be true, but I like Trollope much better. Galt had been a political lobbyist in London, loyybing in the House of Commons, and he was fascinated by the workings of politics and political power. The action takes place in a small Scottish town, s ...more
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This book was very early (written in 1822) political satire. Reading it you realize that the more things change the more they remain the same. Political corruption has gone on forever and will likely never go away. It was amusing(but very sad)reading Mr. Pawkie's (the main character) constant bragging of all his good works for the town and realizing that most was for his own betterment. The story took place in Scotland and there was heavy use of old Scottish dialect. This made the story more aut ...more
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John Galt was a Scottish novelist, entrepreneur, and political and social commentator. He was the first novelist to deal with issues of the Industrial Revolution and he has been called the first political novelist in the English language.

In 1820 Galt began to write for Blackwoods Magazine which published Annals of the Parish and The Ayrshire Legatees in 1821, The Provost and Sir Andrew Wylie in 18
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