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Phineas Redux (Palliser #4)

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  1,144 ratings  ·  98 reviews
In the fourth of the 'Palliser' stories, Trollope follows Phineas Finn's return to the dangerous world of Westminster politics. When his political rival is murdered, Phineas is thrown under suspicion and eventually finds himself standing trial at the Old Bailey. The situation is complicated by the presence of two women in his life: his old flame Lady Laura, whose estranged ...more
Paperback, 658 pages
Published August 26th 2003 by Penguin Classics (first published 1873)
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I really didn’t mean to read Phineas Redux quite yet, I intended to give some other classic authors some time, after spending so much time with Trollope this year, but my fondness for Phineas and my curiosity to know what was happening in an a world full of so many characters I have come to love …..

I just had to know!

The story begins a few years after ‘Phineas Finn’ and a few months after ‘The Eustace Diamonds’. I’ve seen suggestions that you could read the two Phineas novels back to back, but i
Read the first half of this a month or so ago, then after a break, read the second half, which, I was glad to find out had less politics. Still, even the politics of the first half were pretty entertaining. Trollope is the world's champ at presenting our inner monologues, as we explain to ourselves and justify to our own satisfaction why we act the way we do, analyze for ourselves what we think of other people and why. And he does this from the omniscient author's point of view, for practically ...more
You shouldn't read Trollope for suspense. But with the other books I enjoyed being as concerned as the characters about the silly bullshit of their privileged lives. Will Phineas be made an Under-Secretary of State at the Colonial Office? Will Madame Max marry the Duke of Palliser? Who is Lizzie Eustace shagging next? It's not important, very predictable, but fun!

The second half of 'Phineas Redux' is a murder trial, and I don't think it works with the "not important, very predictable, but fun!"
Anastasia Fitzgerald-Beaumont
Here I am at the top of another mountain, having climbed Phineas Redux, the forth in Anthony Trollope’s Palliser series. It’s really the sequel to Phineas Finn, the second in the set, though it follows on from The Eustace Diamonds, its immediate predecessor.

It was suggested that I read the Phineas novels back to back. But, closely related as they are, I preferred to follow the author’s own footsteps. I’m glad that I did because there is a reasonably important overlap with The Eustace Diamonds,
Sarah Magdalene
Phineas Redux - Anthony Trollope

Ahhhh Phineaaassss!!!
He suffers much more this time. But it’s good for him. He wakes up out of his dream as a result. This was a really subtle piece of emotional manipulation. I cried when the crusty old lawyer fell for his lovely client (well, the keyword here is subtle), I cried when all his friends stood up for him in court. But it’s been raining non stop, and somehow Phineas’ trial seem to mirror my own trial.

Its a classic piece on scapegoating and jealousy. P
The fourth novel in Anthony Trollope's Palliser series returns the reader to the lucky Irishman Phineas Finn. Newly widowed, he decides to plunge back into politics by accepting an offer to run for a seat in the House of Commons. Yet Finn's luck soon deserts him, as his re entry is not rewarded with office and the income he needs to survive. Moreover, he suffers from the attacks of two new enemies --and he soon finds himself on trial for the most heinous of crimes.

One of Trollope's great strengt
The fourth installment of the Palliser series sees the return of Phineas Finn, the protagonist of the second novel in the series. The first half is taken up with Phineas' return to London, and the wrangling to get back into a seat in Parliament. This accomplished, there are various social difficulties to navigate, as well as Parliamentary matters into which to delve. Trollope knows how to keep this light and fun, with a love story that's only tangentially related, and many appearances by the ini ...more
I'm slowly rereading Trollope's political novels and just finished #4, Phineas Redux. In the first Phineas book the likeable (maybe one of Trollope's most likeable characters) Irishman wins a seat in Parliament and makes his way quickly into the homes and political circles of the Liberal Party. He falls in love--almost immediately--with Laura Standish who's the daughter of an Earl. She should have been male--she's that interested in politics and undertakes to make Phineas' career, but she marrie ...more
Elizabeth (Alaska)
I continue to thoroughly enjoy this series. In this case, thoroughly excludes the several pages devoted to the debate in the House of Commons having to do with the disestablishment of the Church of England. (One character remarked to her friend, who was a Member of Parliament: What a pleasure! To hear a man speak for two hours and a half about the Church of England. One must be very hard driven for amusement!) Fortunately, that section is only about 10 pages long, although leading up to it takes ...more
Only Anthony Trollope could make British parliamentary politics and fox hunting (two topics that I had barely considered before reading these books) so interesting, so full of personal intrigue, and so deliciously page-turning. I have enjoyed each volume of the Palliser series (which is themed around, you guessed it, politics and hunting) immensely, each in its own right, and as a series. Friends: If you love Victorian novels, but you have not yet tasted Trollope, you are in for a rare treat. I ...more
I love the way Trollope refuses sensationalism. He throws in a murder and immediately lets us know who really did it. It's NEVER about the plot with him--always character.

And usually the public character. We have no idea what jail was really like for Phineas, other than that it sucked and that he had a lot of company. I suppose this refusal to provide tantalizing details is just another example of Trollope's refusal of sensationalism.

I LOVE Lady Laura. Trollope sure gives her a hard time for ma
The fourth of the six Palliser novels revisits Phineas Finn and looks at the political stage in Victorian England. It is wide ranging and Trollope is at his best. He had recently stood for Parliament (unsuccessfully) and his disenchantment with politics shines through. The is a level of cynicism here not present in the first outing of Phineas Finn. Trollope dwells on the intricacies of elections and the party system and the towering political figure, Daubeney is clearly based on Disraeli.
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James Axtell
My second Trollope having previously read Phineas Finn (this copy was originally sent by Amazon in error!). Once again, after a couple of chapters getting reacquainted with the Victorian language, it became increasingly clear why Trollope's novels are considered classics. Having read Phineas Finn I found the characters familiar and the political sections more palatable. Indeed, Trollope's insights into the workings of the parliamentary process are as relevant today as ever. Whilst some of the ch ...more
Christopher Roth
Of COURSE it gets five stars. It's Anthony Trollope. One of his best; lovely, perfect, etc. Those on anti-Semitism watch will note that the villain of the story is Yosef Emilius, a rather unsympathetic unscrupulous Jew who turns out to be a bigamist who also clubs a member of Parliament to death with a bludgeon in a dark alley. On the other hand, the beloved protagonist (an Irish Catholic) ends up marrying the widow Mrs. Max Goesler, a "Bohemian Jew" who rises above accusations that she is a gol ...more
This book taught me more about fox-hunting and parliamentary politics than I ever thought I would want to know, although it main interest lies elsewhere, in the character of the protagonist and the two women who love him. Trollope's characters evolve with all the unpredictable complexity of unusual people. My only problem with this book was the constant reference, by narrator and characters, to a murder suspect as "the Bohemian Jew" and "that Jew"-- carrying out the Jew as Villain tradition work ...more
This is the 4th in the 6 Palliser novels by Anthony Trollope, but I consider it to be the sequel to the second in the series, "Phineas Finn." In this book we continue with "our hero" (as the author rightly calls him) but this time, unlike the first book where we see his meteoric rise, this one is full of woe and is much darker. But it's a wonderful book. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I might look into the rest of the books. But how could they possibly be as good as these two books?

Phineas continu
John Wirenius
Phineas Redux long been my favorite of Trollope's Palliser or Parliamentary novels, and, after mining it for my own purposes (my sequel Phineas at Bay carries on the story that reaches its conclusion here), it was nice to go back to this great novel with no agenda.

A couple of thoughts in lieu of a more detailed review:

1. Interestingly, after heightening Madame Max's age in PF, Trollope lowers it again here--he makes her younger, describes her in more attractive terms, and generally recasts her a
Joyce Wilson
I'm so tired of Phineas Finn, I hope I barely see him in the last two Palliser novels.

I found the murder plot tedious. Finn's whining that everyone (not just his close friends, but the world in general) should of course KNOW that he was innocent was absurd.

Trollope doesn't really convince me about either of the romances in the book, but I'm particularly dubious about Adelaide Palliser and Gerard Maule. To me they are only interesting as an example of the dire situation of people whose social pos
If there was a higher rating, i would give it to this book. Awesome.
Peter Ellwood
Initially I wasn’t all that inclined to be impressed. Somehow Trollope’s heart didn’t seem to me to be in the writing of this novel, it all felt a little bit formulaic and un-energised at the beginning. Slightly tired resumés of Phineas Finn’s earlier exploits, a slightly distracted tone as he set the scene.

Maybe it was me. I’ve known that before, when it was more a case of my own heart not being in the reading!

Either way, it really gets going after that hesitant start, and indeed the writing i
There are many wonderful things about this book. The plot is engaging and often gripping. The depiction of Phineas Finn's growth and moral development are more finely drawn than many Trollope characters. The political satire is spot on, funny and feels eerily modern. It's delightful to meet many characters from past books, Lady Glencora in particular. And once again the English obsession with fox hunting is deftly portrayed.

So why not a higher rating? While Trollope's female characters are perc
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It was lovely to be back in the world of Phineas, Lady Laura, Madame Max, and of course the inimitable Lady Glencora.

This is the fourth installment of Trollope's Pallisar "series," which is more like a set of interconnected books than a true series. However, in this novel, we explicitly revisit the same group of people that we leaned about in Phineas Finn, and they are as delightful as ever.

Trollope's great strength lies in understanding the internal motivations, concerns, and hopes of a great
Mary Ronan Drew
Redux. It sounds like a sequel, and it is, but Anthony Trollope's Phineas Redux is also a stand-alone murder mystery. It is the story of Phineas' further adventures in the parliamentary circles of London society, a story begun in Phineas Finn. He is back from Ireland and, as he always does, finds a seat that won't cost him much money, which is fortunate because he doesn't have much money.

But he has good friends. His landlady, Mrs Bunch, and her husband are glad to see him back in lodgings and h
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in August 2001.

The fourth Palliser novel, as its title says, is about Phineas Finn's return to the political scene. Standing once again for parliament takes up the first part of the story, along with the renewal of his acquaintance with the women who played an important part in his early career before his marriage, Lady Laura Kennedy, Madame Goestler and Glencora Palliser, now the Duchess of Omnium.

The second half of the novel rather overshadows this, however
Rowland Bismark
After seven years of exile in Ireland and the death of his wife, Phineas Finn returned to London. Those in power had implied that were he again in Parliament, he would be taken into the government. He accordingly contested the borough of Tankerville and was elected. Lady Laura Kennedy was still in Dresden, where Phineas visited her, and at her request had an interview with her husband when he returned to London. Mr. Kennedy believed that Phineas was responsible for his wife's refusal to return t ...more
Bruno Bouchet
After the annoyance of the Eustace Diamonds, it’s great to read Trollope doing what he does really best. The first is allowing his characters to grow and develop. The bitter and self pitying aspects of Phineus’ character in this book definitely grow out of his experience in the previous Phineus novel, so much so that they almost seem like two part of the same novel. He’s not the same person, changed by experience. He’s not alone, Laura Standish is changed, her husband driven to madness and her b ...more
Emily Murphy
Jul 23, 2013 Emily Murphy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Downton Abbey fans
Recommended to Emily by: I just found it at an old book store
To write a review of this novel as a whole is very hard, as I read it in three chunks and each chunk had its own flavor, so I will just comment generally on some things that crossed my mind.

I thought this was going to be a very dry, politicky novel. For some reason, even though yes it is about British Parliament, I found the politics bearable and even enjoyable. Perhaps this is because I know very little of British politics, and found myself learning about the system as opposed to being told wha
Kathryn Guare
I have not read a great deal of Trollope, but what I have leads me to believe that I will spend the rest of my life getting through every word he ever penned. This was my second reading of Phineas Redux, and I enjoyed it even more the second time.

What I find so amazing about these books is that although they are set somewhere in the latter half of 19th-century England, they have such a contemporary flavor. The smallness of the politics (of which there is much) seems all too familiar, the media
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Anthony Trollope became one of the most successful, prolific and respected English novelists of the Victorian era. Some of Trollope's best-loved works, known as the Chronicles of Barsetshire, revolve around the imaginary county of Barsetshire; he also wrote penetrating novels on political, social, and gender issues and conflicts of his day.

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