25 DECEMBER 1830, Page 15

There is one book this week which deserves a place

among the genuine Eastern novels—we mean the Continuation of the Kuzzil- push, Mr. FRAZER'S Perstan Adventurer.' It is Curious, that of three romances before us, all turn upon Oriental subjects: the Exiles of Palestine, by Mr. CARNE, is an episode from the Crusades ; and the Talba of Mrs. Iht‘ty is a Moorish priest, wizard, or astrono- mer; but of these, the Persian Adventurer alone has the slightest tinge of the true Oriental character. The morals, the manners, the scenery, are all pictured from living images in the anilines mind : he has a vivid and familiar conception of Eastern character —his mind is imbued with it : his pencil dips as freely into Orien- tal colouring as his pen does into his ink. Such are the romances we read with pleasure. Both those of Mrs. BRAY and Mr. CARNE are made Oriental on purpose, and with an effort. Mr. CARNE may be as thmiliar with the scenes he describes as Mr. FitAzEu, and his matter-of-fact descriptions may he good ; but he cannot reconceive them—he is no painter of the mind. As for Mrs. BRAY'S Talba, it is only genuine when the woman speaks : in matters which touch upon tile feelings, she is eloquent ; but her portraits of historical characters leave no impression of reality or truth. It is different with Mr. FRAZER—though his personages are almost innumerable, it is hard to l.elieve they have not existed. The Persian Adventurer may be considered a history of NADIR SHAH : the character and exploits of that great conqueror are fully drawn, and the spirit of his times given to the life. The only book it reminds us of, is a real Oriental work, and the best, in our opinion, that ever came from the East—the Life of the Emperor BARER, by himself, who was indeed a descendant of NADIR SHAH.