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La Vendee

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What, Santerre said Marie, shuddering. "Oh he is a most horrid monster It was he that led out our dear sainted King to be murdered; it was he that urged on the furious mob to spill so much blood. They say that in all Paris there is not a greater wretch than this Santerre."
Paperback, 432 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1850)
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A major change of scene for Trollope, and set in a (fairly recent) historical epoch - the French Revolution. The chapters on Robespierre in the late stages of the novel are very interesting in that they underscore Trollope's own insight (from his autobiography) that he has difficulty making characters - or character types - into out-and-out villains.

I did not find his characters as memorable as in his Irish novels, likely because he was feeling constrianed by the fact that most of them were hist
I have got to Trollope's third novel in my ongoing Trollope-read, and unfortunately, I can see why it's little-known. It's a historical romance, set during the French revolution, and unfortunately, it's not a good genre for him (I don't think he ever wrote in it again). The characters are rather stereotypical (virtuous rebel aristocrats, evil revolutionaries, simple peasants), not as richly drawn as in later Trollope, though I did like his thoughtful (though short) portrayal of Robespierre.

Trollope's third novel and his only attempt at historical fiction. It is set principally in la Vendee, in west central France on the Bay of Biscay, where a pro-royalty, pro-church revolt took place in response to the revolution. As Trollope notes in his introduction, the book is based in large point on the Memoirs of Madame de la Rochejaquelein. Like his first two novels, La Vendee met with no success to speak of, but Trollope will soon turn to his native England as a setting, where he will find ...more
Terry Cook
As usual with Trollope it was an easy read put lacked the subtlety and nuance of his later novels.

This is the book Trollope wrote before The Warden and one has to say the improvement from this to that is significant to say the least. The Vendee is an historical novel set in revolutionary France. The characters are either good or bad, or in one case good bad and then good again, and as a modern reader I found difficulty in feeling any real sympathy for any of them.

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