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Miss MacKenzie

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  394 ratings  ·  58 reviews
This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into pri ...more
Paperback, 276 pages
Published October 13th 2010 by Echo Library (first published 1865)
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Petra X
Extremely soppy story that would make a stunning costume drama for the BBC as it has all the right elements - nasty dowager duchesses, scamming suitors, impoverished lovers and people dying, romantically, of consumption. At the end everyone's fortunes are reversed - the poor have money, the snotty get their comeuppance, and those who look like they were in love for pecuniary advantage are proved to have been decent joes and in love for all the right reasons, all along. Everyone who deserves to l ...more
Jim
I can think of no more amiable writer than Anthony Trollope, whose novels can be read again and again without any diminution of their original power. As a member of the Yahoo! Trollope group, I have read approximately three-quarters of his 47 novels, many of them twice, and at least one of them (The Way We Live Now) three times.

What is there about Trollope's work that makes it so multiply readable? My answer would have to include such factors as his high moral tone (without appearing to be prig
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Anna Matsuyama
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single woman in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a husband.

Bruce
I never tire of returning to the novels of Anthony Trollope, and Miss Mackenzie has proved to be the treat I’d anticipated. This wonderful Victorian novelist never fails to delight. In this unassuming little novel, the less than attractive spinster, Margaret Mackenzie, unexpectedly inherits a small fortune and decides to expand her horizons, moving from the dreary London neighborhood where she has long nursed her now deceased brother to the modestly genteel town of Littlebath. There she and her ...more
Laura
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Margaret
This is an overlooked small gem of a novel. Margaret Mackenzie is a spinster in her mid-thirties who receives a large inheritance when her brother dies and must then deal with what comes with the inheritance, including several suitors, who may or may not simply be after her money. Trollope depicts Miss Mackenzie with his usual unsparing honesty, and although in his autobiography he called her "a very unattractive old maid", her modesty, charity, and dignity endear her to the reader. I found myse ...more
Dianne
Never read this, but was seduced by the fact that it was free on the Kindle. What a good find! Really makes you feel how exposed and fragile was the state of women's lives a couple of centuries ago...at the mercy of the inheritance laws and the good will of family to support them. The sheltered existence led by our heroine as she cares for her brother, who then dies, leaves her totally unprepared to deal with the world on her own. Fun to immerse oneself in such an alien world!
Mike
My first Trollope and a pleasant surprise. For a modern reader not much happens but I quickly found myself immersed in the authors world. His delineation of the female characters is particularly strong and there are many humorous touches. Loved the image of the Rev. Maguire moving 'promiscuously' among the tables at Mrs. Stumfolds tea party. Summed the man up in a sentence. Tempted now to try the first Palliser novel.
Celia
A very saccharine story as befits the author and the period. Nevertheless it was entertaining, and would have been more so if it had been half as long!
QNPoohBear
Miss Margaret Mackenzie,a middle aged spinster, has spent her life in service to her family. First she nursed her aged father through his final illness and now her older brother, Walter. When Walter's will is read, everyone is shocked he left his fortune to Margaret. None is more shocked than her older brother Tom, of Rubb and Mackenzie, tire manufacturers. Tom's wife takes personal offense at this snub. Margaret is finally getting the chance to live her life and she heads to Littlebath to join ...more
Kat
This unusually short and uncomplicated Trollope novel was a delicious read; there isn't a single slow spot. And the novel is especially interesting from a feminist perspective. I think I can safely say that it's the most unromantic novel with a marital plot--that is, a plot that ends with marriage--that I have ever read.

Miss Mackenzie spent her youth in a dependent and confined environment, nursing her invalid brother. At his death she finds herself free and well to do, and sets out to discover
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Julie
Dans ma découverte de la littérature anglaise, je découvre cet opus d'Anthony Trollope, auteur qui, je l'avoue, m'était totalement inconnu jusqu'à lors.
Après un début un peu longuet, et malgré un style qui peut dérouter les habitués des auteurs Français comme Zola ou Balzac (cf. les adresses directes au lecteurs par le narrateur), on rentre vite dans l'ambiance victorienne du roman marquée par ses codes et ses règles sociales rigides, les luttes intestines pour quelque héritage, et bien sur, ce
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Mrsgaskell
Anthony Trollope is a favourite author of mine and I've been wanting to read Miss Mackenzie for several years. With my brand new Kindle, getting a copy was incredibly swift and easy - not to mention cheap! I'm happy to report that my first Kindle reading experience was a pleasure - Trollope didn't let me down nor did this amazing reading device.

Margaret Mackenzie's mother died when she and her two older brothers were children. Her father was employed at Somerset House and the family was reasona
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Robyn
Sadly overlooked in the 21st century, Anthony Trollope is a gem of the British literary establishment whose books, whilst less enduringly popular than Austen or the Brontes, are every bit as witty, intelligent and timeless.



Miss Mackenzie tells the story of a middle-aged woman who, having nursed her sick brother for her entire life, finds herself to be the recipient of his fortune when he dies. As she attempts to navigate the social whirl to which she has never before been exposed, the unexpected
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Jane
This is my second reading of the unforgettable Miss Mackenzie. I liked it even better than the first go-around. It is really a fine example of Trollope's depth, as well as his inimitable and often humorous character portrayals.

Miss Mackenzie's determination to make her way through an unfamiliar world and its expectations was engrossing. Despite her limited social interactions for so many years, she was careful when arriving in Littlebath to measure whether or not she should join herself to a gro
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Kay
Reading this book for the umpteenth time I loved it more than ever. Short and sweet, it has all of Trollope's best features writ small: an engaging plot, funny set-pieces, and characters who mix good and bad and smart and stupid in a thoroughly realistic way. Even the sometimes dithery narrative style adds to the overall perfection of the book, echoing the mind of Miss Mackenzie herself whose thoughts are deep but not neccessarily clear.

My favorite thing about Trollope is his genuine sympathy f
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Becky Sharp
No puedo decir que no me ha gustado, pero creo que es una obra inferior de Trollope, especialmente pierde mucho si se la compara con la serie de Barchester, donde todas las tramas y personajes son brillantes.
Tim
I have found I really do like Trollope and I am trying to discover why, because this book's plot is tedious and the way he treats the title character is almost contemptuous. I suppose it is the 19th century response to the "spinster," but Margaret is only in her mid-30s and comes from genteel stock (class raises its head again and again as well) and her inheritance upon her brother's death causes all sorts of murky men to rise towards her. But I kept reading for the descriptions and because I ca ...more
Walford
Listened to this driving cross-country. It was perfect. The route I took was dull and mostly empty. Had a very nice (free!) audio version from Librivox.org, which I highly recommend; both the audiobook and the website. Some of their readers are great.

Miss Mackenzie is one of Trollope's Virtuous Maidens, but without youth, beauty, boldness, or brains going for her. So she'll never set the Thames on fire, but we learn to love her nevertheless as she wends her way through many trials and tribulatio
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JA
I can't remember where I heard about this book, but I know I read a description of the scene where she kisses her image in the mirror.

The depiction of the society and attitudes of the time, including of course the author's own biases, is quite interesting. The journey of the title character was, to me (with my biases) a bit disappointing. At various points she toys with ideas that are broader and more free-thinking than her social milieu would dictate -- but then in the end, her happy ending is
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Jess Swann
Réjouissant ! C'est le premier ouvrage de cet auteur que je lis et j'ai adoré cette histoire. C'est mené sans temps morts, très bien écrit et très addictif. Le personnage de Margaret est très attachant et on retrouve dans ce roman deux des thèmes chers à Jane Austen : le mariage et l'argent. J'ai aimé la vénalité de la plupart de ceux qui entourent Margaret (mon dieu sa belle-soeur) mais aussi le côté "rédemption" qui s'offre à certains personnages. Lady Ball est juste parfaite, sous le même mod ...more
Galena Sanz
Este libro me pareció apetecible una vez que leí su sinopsis. No recuerdo por qué el nombre del autor me resulta tan familiar, seguro que en aquella época donde me leía la parte de «literatura inglesa» en las enciclopedias, buscando autores que me gustasen para hacer listas de lecturas.

«La señorita Mackenzie» ha sido justo lo que me esperaba, una novela cuyo apoyo principal es la protagonista que da nombre al libro. Una mujer soltera, poco agraciada y pobre, que ha pasado toda su vida siendo in
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Gabi Coatsworth
I enjoy Trollope and the ironic eye he casts on the world. This novel concerns a young-ish woman ho is unexpectedly left some money, which changes her immediately from a spinster into a marriage prospect. Trollope uses his sense of humor to make serious points about the position of women and the effects of class in Victorian times, and although the novel has the traditional "happy ending" it is still readable today.
Atrapada Enunashojasdepapel
En definitiva una historia que me ha atrapado desde sus inicios y la cual he leído con mucha curiosidad, ha sido un regalo haber descubierto a este autor de la mano de un libro tan bueno.
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Michele
A wonderful book; Trollope's characterisations are remarkably accurate. Indeed the truly wonderful thing about this is that the reader becomes Miss Mackenzie; you react as she would react, however foolish . Now I don't know about you but I think that is quite clever.





Laura
An other confirmation that I prefer Trollope books with politics and the CofE rather than the soppy live stories that are predictable and end up with dirty old man marrying younger woman!
Eliza
Miss Mackenzie, malgré ses 35 ans, n’a quasiment pas vécu : garde-malade de son père, puis de son frère, elle n’a jamais fréquenté la bonne société ni appris les usages du monde. Aussi est-ce avec un oeil malicieux et beaucoup de tendresse que Trollope met son héroïne aux prises avec ce monde. En faisant cet héritage, Miss Mackenzie décide de se comporter comme ce qu’elle croit être, une vieille fille riche. Elle prend donc sous son aile l’une de ses nièces et part vivre dans une petite bourgade ...more
Alice
• Mlle Alice, pouvez-vous nous raconter votre rencontre avec Miss Mackenzie?

"Ce livre est le résultat d'une grande chasse à l'auteur qui pourrait valoir Jane Austen! J'ai eu une époque comme ça dont ma PAL garde des vestiges tel que Daniel Deronda ou La Foire aux Vanités."

• Dites-nous en un peu plus sur son histoire...

"Miss Mackenzie a vécu toute sa vie seule et dépendante des autres à s'occuper d'abord de son père, puis de son frère malade. A la mort de ce dernier, elle va hériter d'une som
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Christina Dudley
Rounding up from 3.75 stars. This story of a middle-aged spinster who comes into an inheritance was pretty grim at times, as she is pursued by three very different men who want her money. But Margaret wins you over with her modesty and backbone, as she does those same three suitors.

Lady Ball steals pages from Lady Catherine de Burgh, but squinting Mr Maguire surely stands alone in literature!
Bmankiewicz
Fun to read but not enough description of setting, just, he said then she said and then they went here and then they went there. Why did Victorian men and women think the world owed them an income? As an American I think it is so presumptuous. Nevertheless, Trollope is a good read. Who can forget the yellow gloves and the lazy eye of Miss Mackenzie's two suitors.
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