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The Claverings by Anthony Trollope
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Jan 25, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: british, classics, kindle, 9-star
Read from January 25 to 29, 2012

Anthony Trollope hasn't let me down yet. I loved this!

The novel opens in the gardens of Clavering Park where we meet Julia Brabazon and Harry Clavering. They love each other but Julia has chosen to jilt Harry because between them they do not have any money. She has engaged herself to Lord Ongar to whom she was introduced by Sir Hugh Clavering, the eleventh baronet, her sister Hermione's husband. Lord Ongar has sixty thousand pounds a year whereas Harry Clavering is only the son of a rector. Although he had intended to follow his father into the clergy, he has recently decide to pursue the profession of civil engineer. Lord Ongar is thirty-six to Harry and Julia's twenty-four and it appears he has led a dissipated life. Sir Hugh has obtained an excellent settlement for Julia should her husband die. The marriage takes place, the Ongars go abroad and Julia suffers in her miserable marriage. Rumors spread about Julia and a friend of Lord Ongar's, Count Pateroff. Within a year, Julia is a wealthy widow, returning to England almost friendless. Her brother-in-law Sir Hugh will not receive her. Her sister asks Harry to find accomodations for Julia and to meet her when she arrives. He does so and continues to visit her but is unable to tell her that he has since met and become engaged to Florence Burton. Florence is of more humble origins but worthier of Harry's love and likely to make him happier than Julia would have. But Julia was Harry's first love, and she is still beautiful, and now free... She is also unhappy, having discovered that her present wealth is little compensation for having sold herself.

This is a thoroughly satisfying novel, with interesting sub-plots and denouement. Highly recommended!

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