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Miss MacKenzie

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  536 Ratings  ·  76 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
Jun 16, 2015 Petra X rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 05, 2012 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
A very pleasant read, although the story itself could have easily ended 50 pages sooner. However, the filler created by Trollope was also enjoyable.

It was an interesting portrait of a woman on her own in 19th century England. I became quite attached to Miss Mackenzie and absorbed in her story.

And as always, Trollope's prose is smooth and comforting. There is lots of plot events and the usual range of Victorian characters.
Anna Kļaviņa
Dec 15, 2015 Anna Kļaviņa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Anna by: Petra X
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single woman in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a husband.

Elizabeth (Alaska)
Margaret Mackenzie spent her youth caring for her ill father, only to spend her young womanhood - and beyond - caring for her brother who was also ill. When her brother died, and left Margaret his small fortune, she was 35 years old, had no friends and knew nothing of the world. But that small fortune left her with options! Most middle-class women in Victorian England had to find a husband in order to secure even their most basic needs. Margaret could afford to look around a bit.

Not only did Mar
Dec 08, 2014 Bruce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
Mar 26, 2011 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
May 10, 2011 Kat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
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
Jun 22, 2011 Dianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 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!
Sep 25, 2012 Celia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Aug 05, 2015 Pgchuis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Margaret Mackenzie inherits a modest fortune from her brother in her mid-thirties and moves to a spa town to begin her life. There she (not entirely intentionally) moves in strictly Evangelical circles and considers a proposal from a curate with a terrible squint. She also considers marrying her brother's business partner, despite the fact that he has cheated her out of thousands of pounds. She turns down a marriage proposal from her cousin, John Ball, a widower with 9 children, who regards her ...more
Aug 07, 2012 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Dec 28, 2011 Mrsgaskell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 11, 2011 Robyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 27, 2015 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
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
Nov 02, 2013 Kay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Becky Sharp
Jan 30, 2015 Becky Sharp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 22, 2014 Tim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 09, 2013 Walford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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, 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
Jun 24, 2011 JA rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Andrew Schirmer
This was the first Trollope I read in French. It reads how you would expect.
Jess Swann
Jun 21, 2015 Jess Swann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Susanna Farré
Es innegable que Anthony Trollope tenía talento para la escritura, o al menos eso deduzco después de haber leído esta obra. No obstante, y al menos a falta de haber leído algo más de este autor, su prosa me ha parecido un tanto pesada y falta de contenido dramático. Se le valora el dibujo de los personajes, y creo que sí, que están bien dibujados. Pero no he encontrado el "gancho" en la narración en ningún momento. En el prólogo se mencionan paralelismos entre Trollope y otros grandes escritores ...more
Galena Sanz
Dec 13, 2014 Galena Sanz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Gabi Coatsworth
Sep 02, 2011 Gabi Coatsworth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
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.
Feb 08, 2016 Antusa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trollope es tremendamente descriptivo y, he de confesar, que al principio la novela me estaba pareciendo algo plana y sin mucha consistencia. Desde luego, la extensa caracterización de sus personajes que ocuparon tantas páginas, hubiera sido más llevadera en la pantalla. Por eso creo, que esta historia tiene absolutamente todos los ingredientes como para realizar una maravillosa adaptación de la BBC.

Quizás fuera necesaria la descripción tan meticulosa de cada personaje de la nueva sociedad en l
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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