Phineas Finn (Palliser #2)
The novel is set against the background of the Reform Bill of 1867, and focuses on an Irish Member of the British House of Commons; in it Trollope explores the relations between the distinct elements of 'the United Kingdom'. Phineas has a personal chronicle which largely dominates the political calendar and it is noteworthy that Trollope wrote Phineas Finn at the same time...more
Rather, it is about a young Irish gentleman who who gets himself elected to the British House of Commons and the manner that he navigates through the very exciting legislative time period surrouding the Second Reform Bill!
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As usual, Trollope's respect for women's intelligence and sensitivity comes through loud and clear. He was hardly a feminist (he makes fun of the real feminists of the time - the suffragettes and bluestockings), so it's a bit hard to explain - but you can tell he...more
Trollope is my therapy. He is the one sure fire cure for life sickness. I think it’s because he’s so human, so unpretentious and so kind hearted.
And Phineas Finn is a lovely boy, charming and yet not a rogue. I like reading books about people who I like, especially when they don’t suffer too much (just a little). It restores my faith in the ultimate goodness of life, and that is a sorely needed tonic.
Trollopes characters are so tangible, so real, and mostly very ap...more
“’Convictions! There’s nothing on earth that I’m so much afraid of in a young member of Parliament as convictions. There are ever so many rocks against which men get broken. One man can’t keep his temper. Another can’t hold his tongue. A third can’t say a word unless he has been priming himself half a session. A fourth is always thinking of himself, and wanting more than he can get. A fifth is idle, and won’t be there when he’s wanted. A sixth is always in the way. A seventh lies so...more
Phineas Finn is one of Trollope's most enjoyable novels. It is here that the so called Palliser series of political novels really gets under way, Can You Forgive Her? being more of a prologue introducing some of the characters. (The overlap between the two novels is actually quite small, and it is not until later that characters from them really begin to interact.)
Finn is a young Irish barrister tempted from his legal career by the offer of a...more
Phineas Finn is an intelligent and very ambitious young man the only son of an Irish doctor. While studying with a London barrister so that he can be admitted to the bar himself Finn is approached by an acquaintance at his club and asked to stand for Parliament in the small borough where his family lives. Through a stroke of good luck he is successful and goes back to London as a member of Parliament.
He woos and loses several women...more
The book touches on politics at a whole number of levels. There is the obvious parliamentary dimension, with a thorough-going exploration of the great question of the day, namely that of electoral reform (it was writt...more
Although Phineas was in a sense committed to marry a childhood sweetheart, Mary Jones, he fell in love with Lady Laura. She, however, had sacrificed her fortune to pay the debts of her brother Lord Chiltern, and valued her positi...more
Although Phineas and Laura remain friends, things become rocky when he confesses his love for Violet, whom Laura...more
The books are long (this one is 700+ pages), but one doesn't mind. In a stately Victorian way, it's a page turner. Will our hero succeed in his ambi...more
I wont summarise the plot as others have done so better than I ever could. It is an entertaining account of a young man's progress through London society of the 1860s, particularly the politics of the period. The 1860s was a peri...more
Second title of the six Palliser novels. Time: mid 1860s. Place: mostly London, some parts in Ireland. Phineas Finn has been elected to Parliament.
I like this book very much - Trollope makes me feel the tension Phineas feels, particularly when he is getting ready to make his maiden speech before Parliament. And Phineas's frustration with Mr. Clarkson who is trying to collect from him on a bill he signed for Lawrence Fitzgibbon.
Phineas is described as a very good-looking...more
In Phineas Finn, we have the story of the eponymous hero, a handsome young Irishman of twenty-three, who comes to make his fortune in En...more
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Phineas Finn is an Irish M.P. climbing the political ladder, largely through the assistance of the women with whom he becomes romantically involved - his patron, Lady Laura Standish, who marries another; Violet Effingham, who weds a volatile nobleman; Madame Marie Max Goesler, a wealthy, sophistic...more
I've also unbent my feminist ire a little. In Phineas Finn, bad husbands are given no quarter, and the woman are portrayed as well-rounded, complex characters. Trollope is still not exactly progressive, but he might not be as bad as I thought. Plus, I'm...more
But what interesting women characters Trollope creates for him, with far more complex internal lives, ambitions and conflicting des...more
Trollope has always been a popular novelist. Noted fans ha...more