I can see how this would have been a ripping read in the 1800s. I really can.
It's a window into an entirely different world - and people wouldn't have known how much of it would have been fiction.
Reading this now, tho, it feels way too ... nostalgic ... for me. I mean, obviously the subtitle of the book is a give-away that the narrator tells of events 60 years ago (the book was published in 1814) and some nostalgia is inevitable in the narration, but this is all a bit OTT for me.