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The Eustace Diamonds (Palliser #3)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  2,006 ratings  ·  143 reviews
The third in Trollope's six-volume Palliser series, The Eustace Diamonds boasts an extraordinary heroine in Lizzie Eustace, a lying schemer in the mould of Thackeray's Becky Sharp. A pompous Under-Secretary of State, an exploitative and acquisitive American and her unhappy "niece," a shady radical peer, and a brutal aristocrat are only some of the characters in this, one o ...more
Paperback, 637 pages
Published June 4th 2011 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1873)
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Laura
From BBC Radio 4 - Classical Serial:
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.

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K.
Funny, after finishing the first 2 chapters I was thinking Lizzie Eustace was very like Becky Sharp. I rolled that around in my mind for a bit until the next time I had a chance to pick up the book. What do I read at the beginning of chapter three but that Trollope assures us that she won't be exactly a Becky Sharp and that such a character doesn't deserve heroine status anyway. :)

Liked that there was less politics in this one than the last in the series, but it also lacked totally sympathetic
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Elizabeth (Alaska)
Another fun story from Mr. Trollope. His opening lines:
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
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Bev Hankins
The Eustace Diamonds (1873) is the third novel in Anthony Trollope's Palliser series. However, this is the first Trollope novel I've read--picked out initially for the jewel in the title to fulfill part of the What's in a Name Challenge. I didn't find that stepping into the series in mid-stream hurt my understanding of the book at all. There weren't any references to people or incidents that weren't made clear in the work itself.

According to the blurb on the back of the book, this novel "bears
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David
This is the third novel in Trollope's Palliser series, although the Pallisers themselves are largely offstage in it. The main characters in this novel are schemers and cheats of one sort or another. To the extent Trollope means to suggest that standards of conduct are in decline in English society, the novel is a forerunner of The Way We Live Now.

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
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Emily
Aug 19, 2011 Emily rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: I'd rec skipping this one
Recommended to Emily by: Book series given as gift
This is the third book in Trollope's Palliser series and a huge disappointment compared to the previous volumes. There are a few interesting sections, but I had to force myself to get through it and skimmed the last 100 pages or so. Trollope tries to play on the foibles of human personalities and ambitions, but falls so flat with these characters that I just wanted to smack them all upside the head. Even Lizzie's lying and conniving got repetitive and uninspired and I lost interest in whether th ...more
Hazel
On a whim, I decided that I needed to read Trollope's "Paliser"/Parlimentary Tales series. Although this book was not considered by Trollope to be part of the series proper, The Eustace Diamonds is a great satire reminiscent of Thackeray's "A Vanity Fair" (another must-read for those who dig 19th century Brit Lit). Trollope writes of aptly named Lizzie Graystock, who becomes Lizzie Eustace when she convinces a Lord to marry her. His untimely demise leaves her holding the family diamonds; the Eus ...more
Anastasia Fitzgerald-Beaumont
I’ve now completed The Eustace Diamonds, the third in Anthony Trollope’s Palliser series of political novels; another milestone passed; another three to go! I enjoyed Can you Forgive Her? and Phineas Finn, the Irish Member though not nearly as much as the story of Lizzie Eustace and a legacy which brings more trouble than pleasure. It seems to me that the author is much more assured here in his treatment of themes, of plotting and of character, his style much more relaxed, perceptive and gently ...more
Julie
Anthony Trollope’s books are usually pretty light hearted marriage plots where situations like class or annual income interfere with true love. But The Eustace Diamonds was different in a refreshing way. In addition to the typical conundrum of two people without any income falling in love, there is the added intrigue of politics and … gasp, a stolen diamond necklace. And not just any necklace, but a family heirloom valued at 10,000 pounds. The mystery of the stolen necklace definitely added a bi ...more
Stephen Harrigan
Probably should take off a star for repetitiveness, occasional windiness and bagginess, but Lizzie Eustace is an indelible character and this is one of the best marriages of a mystery and a novel of manners in fiction. Plus Trollope's dialogue is so startlingly direct and modern there's not the slightest taint of literary mustiness.
Marti
Although this is part of the Pallisers' series (and I have only read one other in the series many years ago) each installment can be read on its own. Lizzie Eustace, the heroine, is a selfish, grasping and domineering young woman who is the definition of a sociopath if they had used that term then. She becomes embroiled in a squabble with her recently deceased husband's estate over some valuable diamonds which, come hell or high water, she refuses to give up. Sure it's a big Victorian Soap opera ...more
Jane
Oh, what a maddening book!

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
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Jim
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Lisa
I was sitting in my living room, reading The Eustace Diamonds and was within 100 pages of the conclusion. My 13-year old daughter is on the sofa thoroughly engrossed in a Facebook games & chats. For no particular reason, I began to read aloud. Mind you, I have about 100 pages left of a 900 page book. Most of the action has occurred. Regardless of the fact that she knows nothing of the previous 800 pages. my daughter loses interest in Facebook, transferring her engrossment to Trollope. I fini ...more
Susan
The third book in Trollope's political series that centers on the Pallisers. Lady Glencora plays a minor role in this book and so, really, does partisan politics.
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 est
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Rebecca
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Jill
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Vanessa
May 09, 2008 Vanessa rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Vanessa by: Mike C.
Not my favorite of the Paliser novels, but hey--now I get to read Phineas Redux, which is.

Lizzie Eustace is a perfectly imperfect anti-heroine. Trollope's characters are fully-drawn, convincing, and very human.
Carol
Lizzie Eustace will captivate you with her wicked vixen ways. I learned that it's always better to lie than tell the truth.
Laurel Hicks
A wonderful frolic through Trollope land. Lizzie is a rival to Becky Sharp.
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here& in August 2000.

The third novel in the Palliser series is probably the least political of all of them. It shares characters and the background of London society with the rest of them, but little else.

The novel is dominated by the amoral Lizzie Eustace, whom Trollope keeps on insisting is the heroine. The gentle, submissive and not very bright Lucy Morris fits the stereotypical part of nineteenth century novel heroine better, but Trollope gives her a much
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Rowland Bismark
Lizzie Eustace was the very beautiful, superficially clever and completely selfish daughter of an admiral who was no credit whatever to the British Navy. Her wiles were sufficient to induce the wealthy Sir Florian Eustace to marry her, but within a few months he was dead, leaving her possessed; of a life interest in the Scotch property, Portray Castle, and an income of £4,000. There was also a diamond necklace, valued at £10,000 which she claimed had been given to her earlier by Sir Florian. Mr. ...more
Rebecca Reid
Having finished my third epic-length Anthony Trollope novel (the third in the Palliser series), I’m beginning to think I’m not really a fan of Mr. Trollope’s writing style. His novels have wonderfully constructed and carefully developed plots. The characters are well rounded and personable; I feel I know them upon finishing a novel, and therefore it’s fun to see the recurring characters throughout the series. Nevertheless, the novels all seem to miss something spectacular that makes me want to j ...more
Bruno Bouchet
I found this the least enjoyable of the “Palliser’ novels so far. The main Palliser characters part of the chorus or approval or disapproval, with no real character development. Palliser’s attempts to decimalise the currency, were the only enjoyable exception (interesting that it was only achieved over a century later!).The central character of Lizzie was interesting enough and I did enjoy the way every man that came to see her was viewed as potential marriage material and she half fell in love ...more
Mrsgaskell
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Elizabeth
Not an enjoyable read in the end. Trollope great gift is his ability to draw character. He can fill a book with dozens of fully sketched out people. However, Trollope's detailed description of the main character's, Lizzie Eustace, pschyopathy becomes repetitive and tiresome. His ability to depict such a personality is superb but the exhaustive recounting of the unlikeable heroine reads like a case study. But, there's more. Ick -- so much antisemitism! Just all these gratuitous references to borr ...more
Kilian Metcalf
The first time I read this book, I rollicked along enjoying the amusing story of an out-of-control, selfish, beautiful, rich, young widow, merrily doing whatever she wanted and leaving a wake of destruction behind her. This time, it was a slower, more thoughtful group read. I hadn't noticed the very dark tone to the subplot of the "romance" between a penniless young woman, and a young lord. Her only attraction for him was that she didn't want to marry him, had an uncontrollable physical aversion ...more
Spiros
Dec 29, 2011 Spiros rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone fascinated by self-deluded protagonists
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The Greystock family boasts amongst their number an Admiral, a Dean, a Bishop, a Member of Parliament and the widow of a Count; they are also genetically disposed to rack up huge debts, which they are indifferently successful in redeeming. The Admiral, we are told, entirely gave up on the effort, instead raising a spoiled and ignorant, and beautiful, daughter. In lieu of education, or any sort of philosophy that would guide her, Lizzie Greystock developed a passion for Romantic poetry, particula ...more
Cindy
Lizzie Eustace had to marry. So she went to work, captivated a wealthy man, and became Lady Eustace. Lord Eustace died, leaving Lizzie a house tenancy for life and everything to his son. He also left a diamond necklace. Was it left to Lizzie specifically, or was it left to his son, to give his bride one day? Lizzie is sure it was left to her, and she refuses to give it back.

That is the central plot of this Victorian novel by Anthony Trollope. It's the third in the Palliser series, but it is not
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Dagný
This is one of the 100 novels Jane Smiley discusses in her previously referenced book (Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel) and I've been curious about Trollope, who she calls a "novelist for adults". I was doing an electric browsing in the Kindle shop and inadvertently bought the book (I had just started a different book) One drawback of electronic versions is that it is hard to gauge how big or thick a book is and as I set out I did not realize how long the book is, I just saw that the paper ...more
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