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John Caldigate

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Something more than a month had gone by, and John Caldigate and Mrs. Smith were very close companions. This had not been effected without considerable opposition, partly on the part of Shand, and partly by the ship's inhabitants generally. The inhabitants of the ship were inimical to Mrs. Smith. She was a woman who had no friends; and the very female who had first appeared...more
Paperback, 624 pages
Published July 5th 1994 by Penguin Classics (first published 1879)
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This was one of the last Trollope novels I read. I had put it pretty far down on my to-read list because I thought it was another of his Australian novels, and experience had taught me that whenever Trollope strayed from England as his setting, even to Ireland, his work slipped a notch or two. I was wrong on two counts. First, very little of the novel takes place in Australia. Second, the Australian scenes are well done.

John Caldigate is an Englishman, from a good family, comfortably off but not...more
Interesting plot involving possible bigamy (Trollope does do trials well), but slightly boring characters. I did love the enthusiastic Post Office clerk whose evidence was key to the trial, being as Trollope himself was employed by the Post Office for a long time, and there's a lovely defense of government workers:

"The popular newspaper, the popular member of Parliament, and the popular novelist, — the name of Charles Dickens will of course present itself to the reader who remembers the Circumlo...more
Marts  (Thinker)
Jul 27, 2013 Marts (Thinker) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Trollope fans and lovers of classic novels...
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As a young man, John Caldigate lives a comfortable life and in time, decides to go to Australia and get involved in the mining industry. He does this and is quite successful, but, some mishaps occur along the way. He meets an attractive woman and though warned about her still becomes involved with her, his friend and partner who becomes a heavy drinker soon goes his own way, after returning home quite well off he gets married and is charged for bigamy, and worst of all he must endure a tedious t...more
This is the 23rd novel by Trollope that I have read. I must say that it is one of my favorites. It was amazingly compelling. The 615 pages flew by.

What is interesting here is that in most of Trollope's long novels there is usually a somewhat involved sub-plot and that is what usually accounts for the length. Not here. This book is purely about John Caldigate, a classic Trollope Hobbledehoy, and his woes.

It features the things I have come to love about Trollope: rich, surprising but inevitable...more
Aug 04, 2008 Cormac rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: confirmed Trollope lovers
The best part of this novel are the Australian scenes, told with gusto and plenty of local color. The main plot - Caldigate’s trial and conviction for bigamy (and subsequent pardon and release) - drags a bit in its telling; yet it has some very good characterization. Mrs. Bolton’s puritanical fanaticism (which is perhaps over-done) stands in contrast to the dominant Victorian morality which would see wickedness as only truly wicked if it is brought to the public notice.
The highlight of the book...more
Robert J
This little known Trollope novel is actually one of his best. The plot keeps rolling along, exquisitely described as usual, with some unusual twists and turns. Crooked miners, gold-diggers (literally), fevered fundamentalists, lovely innocents, stout-hearted friends, a conspiring brother-in-law, the usual contrast between stupid and smart clergymen, and a reconciled father and son - all part of this worthwhile Victorian read. If you're a Trollope fan, this is a must-read.
An interesting book, especially for its time, given the importance given to common-law marriage, but it seems to be poorly thought-out, suffering from inconsistencies and from a curious failure on Trollope's part to psychologize his characters as fully as normal. Nevertheless, there is some very good work here.
Tabitha Ormiston-Smith
I thought this was one of the best of Trollope's. As well as having his work's usual virtues it is gut-wrenchingly exciting.
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