The Small House at Allington (Chronicles of Barsetshire #5)
Former Prime Minister John Major declared this particular novel to be his favourite book of all time, and in doing so, he was joining the good company of the countless Trollope fans wh...more
I thoroughly enjoy Trollope . . . except when he's on his hobby-horse about women who dared to love the wrong fellow being forever afterward spoiled goods, and who should not taint another good man.
The heroine of this book is one of the most annoying EVER as she rides this hobbyhorse to death. And if Trollope hadn't been such a good writer, I never would have finished the thing.
So . . . A for Trollope's usual vivid writing and scene setting, and F f...more
This book was the first in the series in which I found myself wondering a couple of times if I liked it as well as the rest. I found the character of Lily Dale maddening at times. I completely sympathized with her creator, who, after comp...more
Otherwise, this is the second best of the Barchester novels so far. If it hadn't been written as the generic multi-volume monster, it might ev...more
Anthony Trollope is the master of characterization, above all. You know his characters so thoroughly, it's a little bit like reading a literary version of The Ring. There they are, in your living room, crawling out of your book with all of this pond scum. Anthony Trollo...more
It took me a long time to put my finger on what it was that drew me in so much about his stories, and in the end I think one scholar put it best when they said that Trollope views his characters very neutrally. He paints their qualities and their faults with the same brush, and while he might say "Oh, Johnny!" at them, his narrator doesn't judge them without also pointing out other possible outcomes. And Trollope himself didn'...more
This was a fun book for a long winter. (Before this, I tried to read East of Eden, but I don't think there will ever be a long enough winter for me to finish that one.)
I hadn't realized that this is not only part of the Barsetshire series, but it's also the first in the Palliser series. I've read a couple of books in each of these seri...more
It has the largest cast of characters yet, including a number of memorable characters. As Trollope writes of the hero, "that part in the drama will be cut up, as it were, into fragments. Whatever of the magnificent may be produced wi...more
Second, at least for me, the Lily Dale character --...more
The character development was excellent in every character except the heroine, Lily Dale. I can't help hoping the ending was a cliffhanger. As usual, Trollope delights us with a range of lively characters. My personal favorite was Lord de Guest, a jovial old earl. He had the best quote in the book: "The man...more
**Spoilers below, for both ""Sense and Sensibility" and "Small House"*****
One change that was interesting, but not necessarily enjoyable, was increased attention paid to the Willoughby character....more
"Engaged to the ambitious and self-serving Adolphus Crosbie, Lily Dale is devastated when he jilts her for the aristocratic Lady Alexandrina. Although crushed by his faithlessness, Lily still believes she is bound to her unworthy...more
And who couldn't love Eames and his coming out of his hobbledehood? The...more
Unlike the 1st 4 books the series, there a...more
John Eames is a very likeable character...more
The quietest part of the story, and the part I enjoyed the most, belongs to Bell, the more logical of the two sisters, who must keep turning down the proposals of her cousin Bernard. Bernard, under the direction of the most stubborn Dale of them all...more
This was the most popular of Trollope's Barsetshire novels at the time when it was written, though critical opinion would not generally give it so high a position today. The romance between the main characters really caught the public imagination when the novel was published in serial form, though subsequent commentators have seen it as rather sentimentalised.
The book really centres around three people, though Trollope emphasises (as part of the...more
Trollope has always been a popular novelist. Noted fans ha...more