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Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope
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Feb 27, 11

Read in February, 2011

The further adventures of Phineas Finn. In many ways, better than Phineas Finn. I particularly liked the trial, and Mr. Chaffanbrass is one of my favorite characters in the Trollope stable. I was less enthusiastic about the extended discussion of the proposed Church legislation earlier in the book; the passage of time since the writing of the book has rendered that whole debate, and the issue involved, incomprehensible, at least to me. The evolution of Phineas as a character in this book was interesting; to me, he has become a little too black and white, and in the process less credible--and perhaps because of this, less sympathetic. My sense is that Trollope is usually more subtle in his characterizations. Maybe that's just me.
Still, you just can't beat Mr. T. for providing reading comfort food for the ages.
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