The Dial (review date 16 March 1900)
SOURCE: Review of Some Experiences of an Irish R.M., by Somerville and Ross. The Dial 28, no. 330 (16 March 1900): 207.
[In the following positive review of Some Experiences of an Irish R.M., the critic states that the stories are a genuine depiction of Irish life.]
The dozen rollicking but not overdrawn sketches of rural life in the west of Ireland, collectively entitled Some Experiences of an Irish R. M. (Longmans), are reprinted from the Badminton Magazine, and they are well worth it. There is a note of genuineness in the book, despite its element of fiction, that we like. The stories are supposed to be told by a newly settled Resident Magistrate, who gradually becomes used to the ways of his horse-dealing, fox-hunting, hard-drinking, and by no means unlikable neighbors. The types and customs of the region are delineated with much humor, and the leading characters and their fortunes, marital and other, are carried on through the several chapters. The authors are Messrs. E. Somerville and Martin Ross, and Mr. Somerville furnishes some acceptable drawings.