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Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope
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Aug 06, 07

bookshelves: 19th-century, read-2007, law, fiction, england
Read in January, 2007

What a beautiful, sweeping novel. Everything is pulled in, every ethical question of the day. It's "extreme adventure" for Victorian women - the quest for an appropriate and emotionally beneficial marriage. Trollope's ideas on this issue come through loud and clear, but his women are more complex, nuanced, and believable than most fictional Victorian women. A Trollope woman is never truly a tragic figure - rather, his women are all, for good and for evil, surprisingly self-possessed and intelligent. I wish I could have a drink and a chat with Lady Glencora, who has got to be one of the most complex, and delightful, female characters of all time. Sure, Elizabeth Bennett is sweet and funny, but Lady Glencora is sweet, funny, and a bad girl who comes around in the end. If you like Austen, this is not to be missed.
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