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The Duke's Children (Palliser #6)

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  874 ratings  ·  65 reviews
The Duke of Omnium, ever the perfect gentleman, is sorely tested by his children's college escapades and the matrimonial choices of his son, Lord Silverbridge, and his daughter, Lady Mary. This wonderful story is full of love and laughter. Twelve 90-minute cassettes and three 60's.

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Paperback, 667 pages
Published February 9th 1984 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1880)
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Paul
Last of the Palliser novels, not the strongest by far, but a good read. The female characters in this book are fairly predictable, but Trollope almost makes up for it with his male characters.
On the first page of the novel Trollope kills off the strongest female character in the series, Lady Glencora Palliser, the Duchess of Omnium. This gives him scope to develop the character of the Duke from a mere politician to a family man who has to relate to his children who are now grown and stepping out
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Bruno Bouchet
After the sublime The Prime Minister, the final book in Palliser series is a bit of a let down (but only a little bit) - almost like the last episode of your favourite TV series that doesn’t focus on all characters you’ve grown to love over the series but introduces new characters instead. The Duke is naturally superb. His letter to his son on entering parliament should be obligatory reading for every MP at the start of each parliamentary session. It’s a wonderful manifesto of what they should b ...more
Elizabeth (Alaska)
And so Trollope's Palliser series comes to a close. This is, again, a stand alone novel, and doesn't rely on previous works in the series. But you would be missing the joy of having read the others.

Plantagenet Palliser, the Duke of Omnium, is one of the wealthiest men in all of England, if not in fact *the* wealthiest. He started life in that manner and added to his wealth through marriage. His wealth increased during his lifetime because he was more interested in politics than spending money.
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Rebecca
I thought I was not going to read this book, because with Glencora dead, really what was to be hoped from it? I thought the previous five books were brilliant (except for the Eustace Diamonds which seemed like it was written by someone else) not just because of her, but certainly her spirit was the one that rescued the books from ordinariness. Certainly I love other characters and find them funny, but she is the one who shines out from the books with real life in her. And so with her gone, I tho ...more
Katherine
It's Trollope, so of course I adored it, but this book didn't draw me in they way the other Pallisers did. The loss of one of the most compelling characters in the series in the first chapter was a huge blow, but of course some of the new characters introduced were quite engaging in themselves and it was a pleasure to become better acquainted with the Duke. Less excusable was the last line of the book--it was hard enough knowing there would be no further Palliser novels, but to be left more or l ...more
Gramarye
Here endeth the Palliser novels, and as a book it's full of the usual Trollopean messages -- most of which spell out that men and women who scheme at marriage are bound to fail, whereas those who wish to marry for genuine love generally will have their difficulties smoothed over by the end (someone will get into Parliament, someone will be blessed with a last-minute inheritance, that sort of thing). But the real spectre at the feast is the shade of the late Duchess of Omnium, Lady Glencora...or ...more
Sara
I think of Anthony Trollope like Thomas Hardy, but with a sense of humor. He definitely belongs to that category of Victorian writer who was wildly critical of class and gender hypocrisy of the period. Trollope tended to set all of his novels in the same fictional England; protagonists in one novel resurface as bit players in another novel. The plots weave in and out of each other. Taken as a whole, his fiction is amazingly intricate. And even taken one-by-one, they deserve a lot of artistic att ...more
Spiros
Feb 12, 2012 Spiros rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who enjoy the amatory travails of Upper Class Twits
Shelves: londoncalling, new
I have to say that Trollope could be a coldhearted bastard at times: in The Last Chronicle of Barset he quite gratuitously killed off the good Rev. Septimus Harding, ruthlessly quashing my desire to have gone on believing that somewhere, in some fictitious Cathedral town, a precentor in his mid-two hundreds was still quietly conducting his choir. He opens this, the last volume in the Palliser Series, by matter-of-factly killing off his most splendid creation, Lady Glencora Palliser, Duchess of O ...more
Megan
A shocking way for Trollope to start this book… by announcing that one of his main characters has died. I liked it. It grabbed me right away. I also liked how he showed the differences between the two generations. As this book was the last one in this series, I certainly will miss Plantagenet Palliser.
David
This is the sixth and final novel in the Trollope's Palliser series. The children of Plantagenet Palliser and Lady Glencora (Duke and Duchess of Omnium) are now entering into adulthood. That presents Trollope with familiar material: parents' concerns about children's marriages (usually resolved with the parent becoming reconciled to the child's choice) and difficulties between fathers and sons (complicated here by differing political alliances).
Stephen
My favorite of the Palliser novels. Plantagenet Palliser, the recently widowed Duke of Omnium, a snob and a monster of rigid rectitude, has some very hard passages to make. His younger son looks like becoming a scapegrace indebted gambler. Elder son, heir to the Dukedom, is in love with an American when in his father's eyes he should be courting the high-born (and attractive) English rose that Plantagenet has destined for him. His only daughter has fallen for a title-less young man who's a thoro ...more
Ed
I was a little sad to have reached the end of The Paliser series. The Duke and Madame Max/Mrs. Finn being two of the noblest characters in the canon.

The Duke's Children is a warmer, much less cynical novel than the preceding The Prime Minister.

I found it interesting how Trollope compares and contrasts Francis Tregear of the former with Ferdinand Lopez of the latter. Both are marrying above their class for the same reason: they need their wives' money but otherwise are very different.

Both this r
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Jill Haiselden
tA lighter book than some of his earlier works but very enjoyable.Throughout the Summer I've been reading my way through the whole Palliser series and with this, the last one, I'm really sorry to say Goodbye to them. Trollope doesn't use a whole crowd of extras as Dickens does being concerned mainly with a limited group from the top Ten Thousand, but his detailed and wry understanding and portrayal of the human predicament is just as telling. As a political satirist he just as relevant today as ...more
David
I was never as in love with Lady Glencora as other admirers of the Palliser series ... and yet it still struck me that killing her off in the first sentence was a bit of a gamble.

But it's Trollope and he knew exactly what he was doing. Fabulous!

Bits I liked (including spoilers):

"No doubt by degrees that idea which he at first entertained was expelled from his head,—the idea that she had been cognisant of the whole thing before she came to Matching; but even this was done so slowly that there wa
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Jennifer
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Rowland Bismark
Between the close of The Prime Minister and the opening of The Duke's Children, the Duchess of Omnium died, leaving to the Duke the care of his three children. The eldest, Lord Silverbridge, had been sent down from Oxford as a result of a certain amount of red paint applied to the front of the Dean's house; the second son, Lord Gerald Palliser, was doing indifferently well at Cambridge; Lady Mary Palliser, the only daughter, was determined on what seemed to her father an unsuitable marriage.

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Roger Norman
I read one or two of the Palliser novels a while back and this one came to hand recently. I thought it less succesful - somehow less penetrating - than the others, although still enjoyable in the expected way. What struck me was how much the shape, length, and also tenor of the book was affected by the serial form of publication. This business of serial publication by Dickens and Trollope and others is well-known but I had never before realised how much it mattered. The point is this: The Duke's ...more
Jessica
The Duke is such a wonderful character - "a brick," as his sons like to call him - and in this novel I particularly loved how Trollope used him to tease out the difficulties of making decisions based on so many spheres of values - political, class, social, family, personal. The Duke tries so hard to do his every duty to the best of his ability, but when he consults the different sets of values, they recommend him different behaviors. The primary strain is between his liberal political views and ...more
Joan
One can just NOT give 5 stars to most of Trollope's books. One becomes so caught up in the many characters over - in this case - the Palliser novels. Yes, there are a lot of repetitive paragraphs [doubtless bec. the book was issued in series, and Trollope wanted to remind readers of certain happenings]
but he's such a damn good story teller and character analyst. He follows, in this case, the Pallisers through multiple generations which adds depth and sweep to the tale[s].
Leslie
3½ stars - I didn't like this enough to give it 4 stars but it is better than average. While I have come to dislike the Duke of Omnium, this story is, as the title says, about his children. Specifically it is about the ups and downs of their romances. I did get a bit tired of (view spoiler).
Riodelmartians
Jul 06, 2011 Riodelmartians rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: inder, lisbeth
a shocking beginning!! and a return to the first theme in Can you forgive her? and this time Glencora's daughter is the "protected" one but then she's Glencora's daughter with Planty Palls streak of stuborness. I have a feeling I know who will prevail. The treatment of the son is more indulgent but the son goes beyond consorting with the wrong sort and incurs record setting gambling debts. Trollope could have written another volume of this one but you could tell he was in the midst of writing tw ...more
Sarah Bringhurst
I have to say I was pretty sad to come to the end of the Palliser Chronicles, although this was in nowise my favorite of series. I mean really! What's with (view spoiler) in the first chapter?

The most interesting part of the novel, for me, was watching the evolution of 19th century society. It slowly dawns on the Duke that he is living in a different world from the one he inhabited as a young man. Where his beloved wife was coerced into marrying him by i
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Al
The Duke of Omnium, in the wake of his wife's death, confronts two parental nightmares: A son who wishes to marry someone socially below him, and a daughter who wishes to marry a penniless suitor who will be living off her money. The Duke's ability to deal with these problems is complicated by his strong sense of class responsibility and privilege, and the fact that he has a somewhat distant relationship with both children. Although set in late nineteenth England, the themes are universal. As u ...more
Inder
It's a bit sad to finally finish the Palliser Series. I wish it could go on and on, and I could meet the Duke's grandchildren and great-grandchildren ...

This was not my favorite of the series (I think I am most partial to Phineas Finn), but it is still Trollope, so the characters are well-drawn, the plot engaging, and the hunting scenes and political commentary extensive as always! No spoilers, but it is a satisfying conclusion to an extremely fun series of novels! I can honestly say, I enjoyed
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Kathleen
The 19th century equivalent of Peyton Place among the aristocracy. Interesting blend of politics and social commentary. It has inspired me to consider reading the other "Palliser" novels in the series, this one being in fact the last.
Mrsgaskell
This was a satisfying conclusion to the 6-volume Palliser series. The two sons, Lord Silverbridge and Lord Gerald, and the only daughter, Lady Mary, of the Duke and Duchess of Omnium (Plantagenet and Glencora Palliser) have reached adulthood. The Duke finds himself in opposition to their behaviours, their political views, their choices of companions and their selection of prospective mates. He has difficulty reconciling his liberal political views with his more conservative personal views about ...more
Bonnie
I really enjoyed this last book in the Palliser novels. As usual there were romantic complications that were resolved satisfactorily. At least in this book a woman's mistaken "nobility" wasn't part of the problem.
Dion Richetti
Started with last in the series which made me want to go to the beginning. Audio. Am now reading Can you Forgive Her?, the first of the Palliser Novels...
JodiP
This last of the Palliser series was quiet boring compared to the others! It's all about the eldest sona nd the daughter wanting to amrry people the Duke doesn't approve of. There is no juicy villian as in other books. I did listen to this, which took forever-- but even so, I think there weren't the compelling characters of past books. Even Lady Glen's introduction was more itneresting, as she wass so foolhardy. And there was a rake involved! So, onward to the Barsetshire series.
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“A man can love too.'
'No; -- hardly. He can admire, and he can like, and he can fondle and be fond. He can admire and approve, and perhaps worship. He can know of a woman that she is part of himself, the most sacred part, and therefore will protect her from the very winds. But all that will not make love. It does not come to a man that to be separated from a woman is to be dislocated from his very self. A man has but one centre, and that is himself. A woman has two. Though the second may never been seen by her, may live in the arms of another, may do all for that other that man can do for woman, -- still, still, though he be half the globe asunder from her, still he is to her the half of her existence. If she really love, there is, I fancy no end of it.”
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