The Eustace Diamonds (Palliser #3)
The third novel in Trollope's Palliser series, The Eustace Diamonds bears all the hallmarks of his later works, blending dark cynicism with humor and a keen perception of human nature. Following the death of her husband, Sir Florian, beautiful Lizzie Eustace mysteriously comes into possession of a hugely expensive diamond necklace. She maintains it was a gift from her husb...more
Trollope said to Thackery: 'I’ll see your Becky Sharp, and raise you 10,000.’
As in the 10,000 necklace--the Eustace Diamonds--that drive Lizzie Graystock and the plot of this funny and sad and insightful novel.
I have read too many Trollope sweet young girls, and enjoyed his witty, strong (to a point) women Lady Glencora and Violet Effingham, and laughed with the earthy wealthy widow in the Barsetshire novels, but Lizzie is something else again. Trollope is really masterful in conveying ...more
Anthony Trollope's enthralling novel about beautiful but deceitful widow Lizzie Eustace.
This is the third book of the Palliser series where the characters of Plantagenet Palliser, his wife Lady Glencora and their uncle the ailing Duke of Omnium are in the background.
The plot describes the life of a fortune-hunter, Lizzie Greystock who marries Sir Florian Eustace. One month later of their marriage, Sir Florian dies and leaves his fortune to Lizzie and his son.
Liked that there was less politics in this one than the last in the series, but it also lacked totally sympathetic ...more
It was admitted by all her friends, and also by her enemies, -- who were in truth the more numerous and active body of the two, -- that Lizzie Greystock had done very well with herself. We will tell the story of Lizzie Greystock from the beginning, but we will not dwell over it at great length, as we might do if we loved her.Perhaps Mr. Trollope forgot himself, for the majority of the novel is about Lizzie Greystock, but he was right in that ...more
As I read there were moments when I thought this might be my favourite Trollope (to date) and there were moments when I thought it would be at the bottom of the list.
In the end I did like it. But ….
The story spins around Lizzie Greystock, who will quickly rise to become Lady Eustace.
Lizzie was the only child of the disreputable Admiral Greystock, who died leaving her nothing but debts. Fortunately her daughter had learned to live by her wits, and she realised that to ma ...more
According to the blurb on the back of the book, this novel "bears ...more
The diamonds of the title are a necklace, once the property of the late Florian Eustace. His widow claims that he made a gift of the necklace to her be ...more
Starts off very strongly but then meanders for hundreds of pages. Originally written as a serial and then published in multiple volumes, which may be why the structure is a bit confusing. I'm not sure why this even qualifies as a Palliser novel when those characters crop up only a few times. But the insults are spectacular.
But what really made me start to love it was when I realized that Trollope was doing somethi ...more
The narrator is insufferable, and his sympathies and antipathies made me go all contrary. I cheered for Lady Eustace (I agree with one of the previous ...more
The central character is Lizzie Eustace, a beautiful young woman who's recently widowed. Obviously her husband, Forian Eustace dies realizing he was "taken in" by a beautiful fortune hunter. Now Lizzie flaunts a 10,000 diamond necklace. She claims it's "hers" because he husband gave it to her; his attorneys claim it belongs to the esta ...more
Dear Lizzie Eustace. I always hope she'll get the "hero," even though I know the sweet little English rose and/or long-suffering Griselda will win in the end.
I suppose one should not criticize an author who cannot response from beyond the grave, so I should begin with the good sides. First, anyone who loves Victorian London (or what's left of it) will enjoy reading the book for the historical geography. Anyone who has spent time walking in the West End can close his or her eyes and let memory and imagination provide the illustrations the book lacks. Second, some will enjoy the author's asides, which explain how he is ...more
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