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Phineas Redux (Palliser #4)

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The fourth of Trollope's Palliser novels, Phineas Redux is one of his most spellbinding achievements. Trollope shows a remarkably prescient sense of the importance of intrigue, bribery, and sexual scandal, and the power of the press to make or break a political career. He is equally skilled in portraying the complex nature of Phineas's romantic entanglements with three pow...more
Paperback, 596 pages
Published December 17th 2011 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1874)
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Jon
Read the first half of this a month or so ago, then after a break, read the second half, which, I was glad to find out had less politics. Still, even the politics of the first half were pretty entertaining. Trollope is the world's champ at presenting our inner monologues, as we explain to ourselves and justify to our own satisfaction why we act the way we do, analyze for ourselves what we think of other people and why. And he does this from the omniscient author's point of view, for practically...more
Anastasia Fitzgerald-Beaumont
Here I am at the top of another mountain, having climbed Phineas Redux, the forth in Anthony Trollope’s Palliser series. It’s really the sequel to Phineas Finn, the second in the set, though it follows on from The Eustace Diamonds, its immediate predecessor.

It was suggested that I read the Phineas novels back to back. But, closely related as they are, I preferred to follow the author’s own footsteps. I’m glad that I did because there is a reasonably important overlap with The Eustace Diamonds,...more
David
You shouldn't read Trollope for suspense. But with the other books I enjoyed being as concerned as the characters about the silly bullshit of their privileged lives. Will Phineas be made an Under-Secretary of State at the Colonial Office? Will Madame Max marry the Duke of Palliser? Who is Lizzie Eustace shagging next? It's not important, very predictable, but fun!

The second half of 'Phineas Redux' is a murder trial, and I don't think it works with the "not important, very predictable, but fun!"...more
Sarah Magdalene
Phineas Redux - Anthony Trollope

Ahhhh Phineaaassss!!!
He suffers much more this time. But it’s good for him. He wakes up out of his dream as a result. This was a really subtle piece of emotional manipulation. I cried when the crusty old lawyer fell for his lovely client (well, the keyword here is subtle), I cried when all his friends stood up for him in court. But it’s been raining non stop, and somehow Phineas’ trial seem to mirror my own trial.

Its a classic piece on scapegoating and jealousy. P...more
Audrey
The fourth installment of the Palliser series sees the return of Phineas Finn, the protagonist of the second novel in the series. The first half is taken up with Phineas' return to London, and the wrangling to get back into a seat in Parliament. This accomplished, there are various social difficulties to navigate, as well as Parliamentary matters into which to delve. Trollope knows how to keep this light and fun, with a love story that's only tangentially related, and many appearances by the ini...more
Susan
I'm slowly rereading Trollope's political novels and just finished #4, Phineas Redux. In the first Phineas book the likeable (maybe one of Trollope's most likeable characters) Irishman wins a seat in Parliament and makes his way quickly into the homes and political circles of the Liberal Party. He falls in love--almost immediately--with Laura Standish who's the daughter of an Earl. She should have been male--she's that interested in politics and undertakes to make Phineas' career, but she marrie...more
Inder
Only Anthony Trollope could make British parliamentary politics and fox hunting (two topics that I had barely considered before reading these books) so interesting, so full of personal intrigue, and so deliciously page-turning. I have enjoyed each volume of the Palliser series (which is themed around, you guessed it, politics and hunting) immensely, each in its own right, and as a series. Friends: If you love Victorian novels, but you have not yet tasted Trollope, you are in for a rare treat. I...more
Jessica
I love the way Trollope refuses sensationalism. He throws in a murder and immediately lets us know who really did it. It's NEVER about the plot with him--always character.

And usually the public character. We have no idea what jail was really like for Phineas, other than that it sucked and that he had a lot of company. I suppose this refusal to provide tantalizing details is just another example of Trollope's refusal of sensationalism.

I LOVE Lady Laura. Trollope sure gives her a hard time for ma...more
Paul
The fourth of the six Palliser novels revisits Phineas Finn and looks at the political stage in Victorian England. It is wide ranging and Trollope is at his best. He had recently stood for Parliament (unsuccessfully) and his disenchantment with politics shines through. The is a level of cynicism here not present in the first outing of Phineas Finn. Trollope dwells on the intricacies of elections and the party system and the towering political figure, Daubeney is clearly based on Disraeli.
Our her...more
Christopher Roth
Of COURSE it gets five stars. It's Anthony Trollope. One of his best; lovely, perfect, etc. Those on anti-Semitism watch will note that the villain of the story is Yosef Emilius, a rather unsympathetic unscrupulous Jew who turns out to be a bigamist who also clubs a member of Parliament to death with a bludgeon in a dark alley. On the other hand, the beloved protagonist (an Irish Catholic) ends up marrying the widow Mrs. Max Goesler, a "Bohemian Jew" who rises above accusations that she is a gol...more
Wendy
This book taught me more about fox-hunting and parliamentary politics than I ever thought I would want to know, although it main interest lies elsewhere, in the character of the protagonist and the two women who love him. Trollope's characters evolve with all the unpredictable complexity of unusual people. My only problem with this book was the constant reference, by narrator and characters, to a murder suspect as "the Bohemian Jew" and "that Jew"-- carrying out the Jew as Villain tradition work...more
Consuela
This is the 4th in the 6 Palliser novels by Anthony Trollope, but I consider it to be the sequel to the second in the series, "Phineas Finn." In this book we continue with "our hero" (as the author rightly calls him) but this time, unlike the first book where we see his meteoric rise, this one is full of woe and is much darker. But it's a wonderful book. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I might look into the rest of the books. But how could they possibly be as good as these two books?

Phineas continu...more
Joyce Wilson
I'm so tired of Phineas Finn, I hope I barely see him in the last two Palliser novels.

I found the murder plot tedious. Finn's whining that everyone (not just his close friends, but the world in general) should of course KNOW that he was innocent was absurd.

Trollope doesn't really convince me about either of the romances in the book, but I'm particularly dubious about Adelaide Palliser and Gerard Maule. To me they are only interesting as an example of the dire situation of people whose social pos...more
Alice
There are many wonderful things about this book. The plot is engaging and often gripping. The depiction of Phineas Finn's growth and moral development are more finely drawn than many Trollope characters. The political satire is spot on, funny and feels eerily modern. It's delightful to meet many characters from past books, Lady Glencora in particular. And once again the English obsession with fox hunting is deftly portrayed.

So why not a higher rating? While Trollope's female characters are perc...more
Maire
It was lovely to be back in the world of Phineas, Lady Laura, Madame Max, and of course the inimitable Lady Glencora.

This is the fourth installment of Trollope's Pallisar "series," which is more like a set of interconnected books than a true series. However, in this novel, we explicitly revisit the same group of people that we leaned about in Phineas Finn, and they are as delightful as ever.

Trollope's great strength lies in understanding the internal motivations, concerns, and hopes of a great...more
Mary Ronan Drew
Redux. It sounds like a sequel, and it is, but Anthony Trollope's Phineas Redux is also a stand-alone murder mystery. It is the story of Phineas' further adventures in the parliamentary circles of London society, a story begun in Phineas Finn. He is back from Ireland and, as he always does, finds a seat that won't cost him much money, which is fortunate because he doesn't have much money.

But he has good friends. His landlady, Mrs Bunch, and her husband are glad to see him back in lodgings and h...more
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in August 2001.

The fourth Palliser novel, as its title says, is about Phineas Finn's return to the political scene. Standing once again for parliament takes up the first part of the story, along with the renewal of his acquaintance with the women who played an important part in his early career before his marriage, Lady Laura Kennedy, Madame Goestler and Glencora Palliser, now the Duchess of Omnium.

The second half of the novel rather overshadows this, however...more
Rowland Bismark
After seven years of exile in Ireland and the death of his wife, Phineas Finn returned to London. Those in power had implied that were he again in Parliament, he would be taken into the government. He accordingly contested the borough of Tankerville and was elected. Lady Laura Kennedy was still in Dresden, where Phineas visited her, and at her request had an interview with her husband when he returned to London. Mr. Kennedy believed that Phineas was responsible for his wife's refusal to return t...more
Bruno Bouchet
After the annoyance of the Eustace Diamonds, it’s great to read Trollope doing what he does really best. The first is allowing his characters to grow and develop. The bitter and self pitying aspects of Phineus’ character in this book definitely grow out of his experience in the previous Phineus novel, so much so that they almost seem like two part of the same novel. He’s not the same person, changed by experience. He’s not alone, Laura Standish is changed, her husband driven to madness and her b...more
Emily Murphy
Jul 23, 2013 Emily Murphy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Downton Abbey fans
Recommended to Emily by: I just found it at an old book store
To write a review of this novel as a whole is very hard, as I read it in three chunks and each chunk had its own flavor, so I will just comment generally on some things that crossed my mind.

I thought this was going to be a very dry, politicky novel. For some reason, even though yes it is about British Parliament, I found the politics bearable and even enjoyable. Perhaps this is because I know very little of British politics, and found myself learning about the system as opposed to being told wha...more
Kathryn Guare
I have not read a great deal of Trollope, but what I have leads me to believe that I will spend the rest of my life getting through every word he ever penned. This was my second reading of Phineas Redux, and I enjoyed it even more the second time.

What I find so amazing about these books is that although they are set somewhere in the latter half of 19th-century England, they have such a contemporary flavor. The smallness of the politics (of which there is much) seems all too familiar, the media...more
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Elizabeth (Alaska)
I continue to thoroughly enjoy this series. In this case, thoroughly excludes the several pages devoted to the debate in the House of Commons having to do with the disestablishment of the Church of England. (One character remarked to her friend, who was a Member of Parliament: What a pleasure! To hear a man speak for two hours and a half about the Church of England. One must be very hard driven for amusement!) Fortunately, that section is only about 10 pages long, although leading up to it takes...more
David
This is the fourth novel in Trollope's Palliser series. At the end of Phineas Finn, Phineas was back in Ireland, his political career apparently at an end. But Trollope brings him back here.

Between the time he wrote Phineas Finn and the time he wrote Phineas Redux, Trollope had himself run (I suppose I should say "stood") for a Parliamentary seat, and lost. In his campaign, Trollope witnessed firsthand voter indifference and bribery and other political corruption. That experience informs his dep...more
Spiros
Jan 19, 2012 Spiros rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those with a taste for politics, both parliamentary and personal
He's back; older and ever so slightly wiser, Phineas is lured back into the whirlwind of Parliamentary and Government politics, having lost his wife to childbirth. He just can't get the taste for Westminster, and the splendors of London society, out of his blood. He still has no money, and no position outside of Parliament; how is he to sustain himself? Being brought up on charges of murder probably is not the best way to advance his career.
Once again, it's the women who fight for Phineas' advan...more
Nancy
I definitely think contemporary readers have to approach Victorian novels with the right mindset---particularly Dickens or Trollope. These books were serials, and entertained their readers much like The Sopranos or All My Children do today.

If you accept that premise, the characters in Phineas Finn and Phineas Redux would be the hot topical conversation around our office coffee pots every Monday morning. I've read the Phineas books several times and with each reading I am more impressed with the...more
James Axtell
My second Trollope having previously read Phineas Finn (this copy was originally sent by Amazon in error!). Once again, after a couple of chapters getting reacquainted with the Victorian language, it became increasingly clear why Trollope's novels are considered classics. Having read Phineas Finn I found the characters familiar and the political sections more palatable. Indeed, Trollope's insights into the workings of the parliamentary process are as relevant today as ever. Whilst some of the ch...more
Al
The further adventures of Phineas Finn. In many ways, better than Phineas Finn. I particularly liked the trial, and Mr. Chaffanbrass is one of my favorite characters in the Trollope stable. I was less enthusiastic about the extended discussion of the proposed Church legislation earlier in the book; the passage of time since the writing of the book has rendered that whole debate, and the issue involved, incomprehensible, at least to me. The evolution of Phineas as a character in this book was in...more
Dona
I loved the book and I loved the audiobook just as much.

What a superb job Timothy West does of reading Trollope. The perfect Trollope narrator, he sheds light on Trollope's dry humor and brings each character to life. I always hate to reach the end of one of his audiobooks.

A continuation of Phineas Finn, this novel is probably Trollope's darkest work, although it is not a dark novel. There are moments of despair and sadness as some characters' lives seem to unravel, and moments of joy and quiet...more
Hazel
Antidisestablishmentarianism! I remember when that was the longest word in the dictionary. :-) I was tickled to find it one topic of this second novel about the progress of Phineas Finn. There's far more in the book about Phineas' political ambitions, his disappointments and his personal relationships. He's still not one of my favourite characters, and Trollope hasn't convinced me of Phineas' irresistibility to women. (Being tall and handsome and personable just isn't adequate.) But at least the...more
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