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Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope
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Jun 04, 11

it was amazing
bookshelves: own
Read from April 24 to June 05, 2011

Phineas Finn is a man who does not understand women. On one hand, he is thoughtlessly cruel and on the other hand, is needlessly chivalrous. Finn is one of the political series of novels that Trollope wrote and as usual, he is in fine form. The machinations of politics is made clear and understandable without being dull or ponderous and the strategies and behind-the-scenes goings on are wonderfully drawn. His characters become real and the conversations he constructs between them are so lovely and fun to read (the conversations between Violet and her aunt are delightful!). In all the novels of Trollope that I've read, he displays such an understanding of and sympathy towards women (unlike Dickens). This is the second time I've read this novel and the re-reading of it hasn't dulled the story for me. With Trollope, you can read a novel and return to it years later, and it is as fresh as ever. I can't wait to read the others in this series!

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