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Nina Balatka
Anthony Trollope
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Nina Balatka

3.41 of 5 stars 3.41  ·  rating details  ·  80 ratings  ·  7 reviews
The unabridged classic on MP3 audio, narrated by Anais 9000. Three playback speeds on one disk; etext edition included. Running time: 6.9 hours (slow), 6.3 hours (medium), 5.7 hours (fast).

A Christian girl of Prague falls in love with a Jewish merchant. One of the few novels published anonymously by Trollope, who was trying (unsuccessfully and unnecessarily) to disguise h

Paperback, 208 pages
Published January 4th 1994 by Penguin Classics (first published 1865)
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This is one of the three novels Trollope published anonymously. As with the other two, it is set on the continent; in Prague to be precise. It is also uncharacteristically brief. Normally Trollope gives all the main characters a chapter each to introduce them; here he manages it in a couple of pages. As is often the case with Trollope, the female characters are stronger and more interesting.
What is unusual about this novel is its theme. It is a simple love story of a Romeo a
Elizabeth (Alaska)
This is the most serious of the Trollope novels I've read. It is completely devoid of any Trollope humor. Still, I quite enjoyed it. Trollope may have been putting his own spin on a Romeo and Juliet story. In this, a poor Christian girl is betrothed to a wealthy Jewish man. Neither of the families nor their respective communities approve. Throughout, I wondered if Trollope would bring himself to write a tragic ending.

Even though Trollope's novels usually contain humor, it is the more serious sce
This was the first of several novels that Trollope originally published anonymously. In his autobiography he says that this was done as a sort of experiment, to see to what extent a successful novelist's sales were attributable to his name, as opposed to the merits of new works. I wonder whether his real motive didn't lie in a concern that the market might be in danger of becoming glutted with Trollope -- the man was ungodly prolific.

The novel, very short by Trollope's standards, is set in Pragu
One for completists only. A wimp of a heroine, a nasty 'hero', few of the Trollopian asides which make him the delightful read he usually is. Really, don't bother.
I enjoyed this novella thoroughly even though the plot hung together weakly, the characters lacked complexity, and the usual Trollopian humor was absent. Despite these features, it was a compelling tale of the tenaciousness of prejudice. It was also interesting to see Trollope attempt to capture a sense of place. In this respect, it didn't measure up to Hardy but from my vantage, worked nonetheless.
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Can't believe I'll say this, bu this wasn't terribly engaging. Nina simpering. Anton semi-insufferable. Story not alluring. Perhaps I'll finish it someday.
Michael Wechsler
For his time, a surprisingly sympathetic portrayal of Jewish characters--even if carrying on certain stereotypical elements
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