Like Trollope's terrific novel, Doctor Thorne, there's a lot of Jane Austen in The Small House at Allington. A quiet and pleasant and pastoral novel tLike Trollope's terrific novel, Doctor Thorne, there's a lot of Jane Austen in The Small House at Allington. A quiet and pleasant and pastoral novel that slowly enfolds you in its embrace. This is the story of the rhymes and reasons and the will and passions that guide a small group of young women and men as they endeavor to find love, and it is ever so entertaining. It can be frustrating at times too, as I found myself wanting to scream at Miss Lily Dale to get her pretty head out of her own *ss and realize that a very good life was well within her grasp. Oh well, it'd have not been much of plot if she'd done that early on. In short, this is a very satisfying novel and a Trollope that I am glad that I read and unhesitatingly recommend....more
This is a novel that lulls you into a state of complete and blissful immersion in Trollope's fascinating borough of Barsetshire. This is the story ofThis is a novel that lulls you into a state of complete and blissful immersion in Trollope's fascinating borough of Barsetshire. This is the story of a country doctor, the eponymous Doctor Thorne, and his lovely niece, Mary Thorne, and of their interactions with the landed 'Old World' gentry and the nouveau riche. While this is certainly a novel about romance, it is also a hard and critical social commentary directed at class differences and manners. This novel explores the old adage that "money is the root of all..."
Frankly, I've come to realize that Anthony Trollope is simply one hell of story-teller, and with this tale I'd swear that the shade of Jane Austen was perched over his shoulder as he wrote Doctor Thorne. It has a Dickensian cast of characters without the grotesque or patently comedic, and actually ends up leaving the reader with the sense that this was probably a fairly accurate portrayal of life in rural Victorian England.
While Doctor Thorne is included within Trollope's series, The Chronicles of Barsetshire, it stands alone quite nicely, and there are even a few characters from his later series, The Pallisers, that briefly appear in the tale. In sum, this is a terrific novel that engages the reader right from the start and then rollicks along to its very satisfying conclusion. I highly recommend Trollope's Doctor Thorne and look forward to picking this up again for a reread sometime in the future. ...more
This is my fourth Trollope, and while not the best I've read (that distinction goes to The Way We Live Now, so far), it was a good story. I have foundThis is my fourth Trollope, and while not the best I've read (that distinction goes to The Way We Live Now, so far), it was a good story. I have found that Trollope is a story-teller, and a very good one at that. An Eye for an Eye is actually a tale that is much more characteristic of those written by Elizabeth Gaskell, Thomas Hardy or even George Eliot. An Eye for an Eye is a tragedy in every sense of the word, and you can see the tragic ending coming like an on-rushing freight train.
Without giving away too much of the plot of this slim little novel (just 201 pages), the gist of the tale revolves around a handsome young Army officer, Fred Neville, whose regiment has been recently billeted in a remote station along the Irish coast. During the course of his jaunts about the wild Irish countryside, Fred meets a beautiful young Irish Catholic woman, Kate O'Hara. Concurrent with his Army duties in Ireland, Fred is selected by his elderly uncle, Lord Scroope, to become the heir apparent and inherent the Scroope wealth, lands, and title. Suffice it to say that his uncle is not particularly interested in Fred bringing a young Irish Catholic woman back to England as the future Lady Scroope. With the dilemma of both loving the young woman and recognizing the responsibility to his family, Fred takes actions and makes promises to Kate and his uncle that creates an impossible situation that can only end badly for everyone.
In An Eye for an Eye, Trollope definitely puts his reader 'front-and-center' with many of the social issues of the day, including (1) Catholic vs Protestant, (2) Anglo vs Irish, (3) class differences, and, of course, the (4) gender and sexuality issues that dominate the relationship between Fred and Kate.
Like each of the Trollope novels I've read to date, this was an engaging and well-written story that I quite enjoyed. I guess I really don't know why I don't read Trollope more often....more
I started this again in mid- to late-October this year, and cranked it out over a week or so. This a good Trollope...A very good Trollope novel! And bI started this again in mid- to late-October this year, and cranked it out over a week or so. This a good Trollope...A very good Trollope novel! And boy-oh-boy does a title mean everything! Two awesomely dramatic plots and a minor more humorous third plot all roil and boil along in this novel, and before you know it you find yourself curled up on the couch with a mug of coffee and turning page after page. Trollope is a fellow that can sure put a plot together that makes you stop and realize that, "Hey, I know someone just like that!" The comic satire of a Dickens is not there; nor is the unrelenting tragedy of a Hardy--nope, Mr. Trollope seems to like to assemble a story that the reader, with damned little effort, can fall into and just enjoy. And the mysteries of the romantic entanglements and relationships between women and men is certainly something we can all relate to. I highly recommend Anthony Trollope's Can You Forgive Her?...more
This was an excellent novel! I enjoyed this book from the very first page to the very last. This book was really great fun to read, and I could hardlyThis was an excellent novel! I enjoyed this book from the very first page to the very last. This book was really great fun to read, and I could hardly put it down once started. It seems very timely too, as it could very easily describe the hubris, arrogance, and greed of the Wall Street crowd today in the United States (i.e., the "too big to fail" mentality). Trollope paints a devastating portrait of London society and the financial and political conditions of his time, and amazingly enough that time isn't that much different than that we live in today.
Simply put, this novel is a literary 'soap-opera', and a book that I unhesitatingly recommend as a great beach-read! It is big and fat, and you'll find yourself completely caught up in the plot and characters. Trollope can write a tale, that's for sure!...more