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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

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Paperback, 208 pages
Published January 4th 1994 by Penguin Classics (first published 1865)
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Paul
3.5 stars rounded up
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
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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
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David
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
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Lucy
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.
Virginia
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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