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The Duke's Children

(Palliser #6)

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Newly restored from the original manuscript and nearly a third longer than the existing editions: one of the finest novels from one of the greatest English novelists is finally available in the form he intended.
Anthony Trollope wrote "The Duke's Children," his final Palliser novel, as a four-volume work but was required by his publisher to reduce it to three, necessitatin
Hardcover, Complete Edition, 840 pages
Published April 4th 2017 by Everyman's Library (first published 1880)
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Bethia Barber All the Palliser novels can be read as stand-alones, but it definitely adds to the richness of the experience when you read them all - for example,…moreAll the Palliser novels can be read as stand-alones, but it definitely adds to the richness of the experience when you read them all - for example, you may come across Lady Glencora after her marriage and want to read one of the earlier books to get her backstory. (less)
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That was a letdown; I'd hoped to go out with the Pallisers on a higher note.

For the last in a series known as the Parliamentary novels, where were the politics? Instead, we got a Trollopean length disquisition on romantic entanglements and youthful hijinks. Trollope is always a pleasure and this is enjoyable, but it's not one of the better novels; it certainly wasn't worth killing off Lady Glen (not a spoiler as it happens at the very beginning), a necessary condition to the ultimately trivial s
Jan 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Even though I knew what had happened between the end of the last Palliser novel and that start of this next – and final – novel in said series, and yet the opening sentence of ‘The Duke’s Children’ was heart-breaking.

“No one, probably, ever felt himself to be more alone in the world than our old friend the Duke of Omnium, when the Duchess died.”

The brightest star of the Palliser family had been extinguished, and I was so sorry that I would never meet Lady Glencora again, and that I would never s
Initially put off reading this novel after the first few pages because of the demise of a pivotal, well loved female character whose presence throughout the series had been an absolute delight. I couldn't believe when I first saw it mentioned in some reviews of the novel.

I ended up reading the novel because I wanted to see how the series would be ended and I felt I owed it to the remaining characters to see how they fared. The previous books had such strong, resilient, fiesty female characters b
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a review of the Everyman Library Edition of Anthony Trollope’s The Duke’s Children. The edition matters as the Everyman Edition includes The 65,000 words his editor had required the author to cut in from the first published edition. To the degree I can compare the two, I cannot say that this version is the better one. A more detailed reader may conclude differently, but my recommendation is to decide solely based on how much you enjoy reading Trollope. I have enjoyed the 6 book, 4000+ pa ...more
Jul 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trollope
Last of the Palliser novels, not the strongest by far, but a good read. The female characters in this book are fairly predictable, but Trollope almost makes up for it with his male characters.
On the first page of the novel Trollope kills off the strongest female character in the series, Lady Glencora Palliser, the Duchess of Omnium. This gives him scope to develop the character of the Duke from a mere politician to a family man who has to relate to his children who are now grown and stepping out
Paul Gaya Ochieng Simeon Juma
I enjoyed greatly reading this book. In turn, I wish to highly recommend the novel to all my friends. It is the kind that remains with you forever. Here, we are told of the lives and loves of the Duke of Omnium's children. After his wife's death, he is obliged to undertake the difficult task of raising and guiding his children to what he believes is the right path. Just like many families, his is not without scandal. Let me pause here for some time and talk about Trollope's Prime Minister. The p ...more
Elizabeth (Alaska)
And so Trollope's Palliser series comes to a close. This is, again, a stand alone novel, and doesn't rely on previous works in the series. But you would be missing the joy of having read the others.

Plantagenet Palliser, the Duke of Omnium, is one of the wealthiest men in all of England, if not in fact *the* wealthiest. He started life in that manner and added to his wealth through marriage. His wealth increased during his lifetime because he was more interested in politics than spending money.
John Frankham
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-pre-1900
After reading the six Barsetshire novels, I've now finished the six Palliser novels. With this, the last one, I'm really bereft in saying goodbye to his characters and thoughts in these two magnificent series.

There is, of course, in this volume, the problem the Duke has in connecting with his three children as they reach adulthood after the death of their mother? Trollope's detailed and knowing understanding and portrayal of the human predicament is just wonderful.

But as a commentator on politi
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this series of books and feel sad now it's come to an end.

'No-one probably, ever felt himself to be more alone in the world than our friend, the Duke of Omnium, when the Duchess died.'

It was so sad when the Duchess died , the Duke being left with their three children.
Silverbridge the eldest has been sent down from Oxford,
Gerald isn't doing too well at Cambridge; Lady Mary is set on an unsuitable marriage.

Wonderful scenes of fox hunting, parliament, horse racing and gambling!
I loved this bo
Bruno Bouchet
After the sublime The Prime Minister, the final book in Palliser series is a bit of a let down (but only a little bit) - almost like the last episode of your favourite TV series that doesn’t focus on all characters you’ve grown to love over the series but introduces new characters instead. The Duke is naturally superb. His letter to his son on entering parliament should be obligatory reading for every MP at the start of each parliamentary session. It’s a wonderful manifesto of what they should b ...more
Jul 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought I was not going to read this book, because with Glencora dead, really what was to be hoped from it? I thought the previous five books were brilliant (except for the Eustace Diamonds which seemed like it was written by someone else) not just because of her, but certainly her spirit was the one that rescued the books from ordinariness. Certainly I love other characters and find them funny, but she is the one who shines out from the books with real life in her. And so with her gone, I tho ...more
Susan in NC
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating look at Victorian society and marriage in particular- I wasn’t sure I could enjoy a book in this series without the indomitable presence of Lady Glencora, but of course I was pulled right in.

This final entry in the six-book story arc of the Pallisers starts up immediately after the previous book The Prime Minister; as the novel opens Lady Glen has just died, and the Duke of Omnium is forced to deal, on his own, with his young adult children.

As is typical among the Victorian aristocra
Nov 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favorite of the Palliser novels. Plantagenet Palliser, the recently widowed Duke of Omnium, a snob and a monster of rigid rectitude, has some very hard passages to make. His younger son looks like becoming a scapegrace indebted gambler. Elder son, heir to the Dukedom, is in love with an American when in his father's eyes he should be courting the high-born (and attractive) English rose that Plantagenet has destined for him. His only daughter has fallen for a title-less young man who's a thoro ...more
Jun 25, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: victorian
It's Trollope, so of course I adored it, but this book didn't draw me in they way the other Pallisers did. The loss of one of the most compelling characters in the series in the first chapter was a huge blow, but of course some of the new characters introduced were quite engaging in themselves and it was a pleasure to become better acquainted with the Duke. Less excusable was the last line of the book--it was hard enough knowing there would be no further Palliser novels, but to be left more or l ...more
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having watched these characters across thousands of pages and 20 in-universe years it stings to know I've reached the end.

The last of the Palliser novels lacks the tension and suspense that characterize the previous ones, in part because we've seen so much from Trollope here, 15 volumes in, that we have an idea how certain situations will resolve. Nevertheless, some great characters here—Lady Mab, who can't quite look past the injustice of her situation to do the things she knows it compels her
Carolynn Markey
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved "Can you ever forgive her" my first taste of Trollope. Imagine my surprise when I ordered this book without any research and found it to be about the same family, the Pallisers!! I was shocked. A bit of googling lead me to see that this was the sixth book (6th!!) about them, and I had read the first. Well, I went ahead and read this out of order and I loved it. Loved!

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Pater Edmund
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
A beautiful and sad book. The poor Duke is quite right about whom it is fitting for his children to marry, but is thwarted by his own tender-heartedness. Lord Silverbridge is one of the most lovable Trollope characters, despite being an ostensibly unremarkable young man. Whereas I find Francis Oliphant Tregear to be hateful, despite his intelligence and courage and all the rest of it.
Sarah Catherine
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This felt like a 19th century Downton Abbey. I wish we had been assigned the first book in the series to read instead of this one (the last), as I felt I didn’t know all the characters.
Dec 04, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-original, pulp
Tedious, long-winded and unnecessary. It was against my better judgment that I finished this at all.
The amount of misunderstandings, engagements, and frivolous troubles is almost Wodehousian, although this doesn't come up not only to the Wodehouse fun level but even to a standard Trollope one (which I estimate at about 0.1Wdhs).
This is what you get when the series grows too long, and I didn't very much enjoy the series as a whole, but at least I've completed it.
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Loved this series ender of Palliser novels. The Duke, after death of Glencora, deals with his three children, Silverbridge, Gerald, and Lady Mary and their love lives and bad habits.
Feb 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who enjoy the amatory travails of Upper Class Twits
Shelves: londoncalling, new
I have to say that Trollope could be a coldhearted bastard at times: in The Last Chronicle of Barset he quite gratuitously killed off the good Rev. Septimus Harding, ruthlessly quashing my desire to have gone on believing that somewhere, in some fictitious Cathedral town, a precentor in his mid-two hundreds was still quietly conducting his choir. He opens this, the last volume in the Palliser Series, by matter-of-factly killing off his most splendid creation, Lady Glencora Palliser, Duchess of O ...more
I think of Anthony Trollope like Thomas Hardy, but with a sense of humor. He definitely belongs to that category of Victorian writer who was wildly critical of class and gender hypocrisy of the period. Trollope tended to set all of his novels in the same fictional England; protagonists in one novel resurface as bit players in another novel. The plots weave in and out of each other. Taken as a whole, his fiction is amazingly intricate. And even taken one-by-one, they deserve a lot of artistic att ...more
Bayliss Camp
Jul 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, Mabel Grex. What a tragically complicated and fascinating character Trollope put together when he set up the love pentagon with Frank Tregear, Plantagent Palliser Jr., Isabel Boncassen, Mary Palliser, and Mabel Grex. If it were a different era, one could write her a different ending: an ending where she decamps to New York and begins editing a fashion magazine (a la Helen Gurley Brown), or writes an expose of a sexist cultural institution and so launches a career as a social activist (a la G ...more
Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not the strongest of the Palliser series, but nevertheless a wonderful read. Unlike many other readers, I wasn't aware in advance that the brightest light of the series, Glencora Palliser, was going to die between books. So the opening sentence here had the shocking effect on me that it probably did on its first readers: “No one, probably, ever felt himself to be more alone in the world than our old friend the Duke of Omnium, when the Duchess died.” Putting the crucial word at the end. I almost ...more
Vicki Kondelik
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Duke's Children is the sixth and last novel in Anthony Trollope's Palliser series, a magnificent series of novels about Parliamentary politics in Victorian England. The main characters are Plantagenet Palliser, later the Duke of Omnium, a rising politician who becomes Prime Minister, and his vivacious wife Lady Glencora. I have been reading the series, one book a year, every December for the past several years. After finishing The Duke's Children, I felt sad, as if I had lost some old friend ...more
Here endeth the Palliser novels, and as a book it's full of the usual Trollopean messages -- most of which spell out that men and women who scheme at marriage are bound to fail, whereas those who wish to marry for genuine love generally will have their difficulties smoothed over by the end (someone will get into Parliament, someone will be blessed with a last-minute inheritance, that sort of thing). But the real spectre at the feast is the shade of the late Duchess of Omnium, Lady Glencora...or ...more
Jeff Lacy
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Trollope's world is plush and his characters compelling, sympathetic, and some inspiring. Characters like the Duke of Omnium who politically is quite liberal but personally and to his peerage and his descendants, very conservative and protective which is the theme of this novel and carries the plot forward, as he struggles with his children's insistence on marrying persons not descended from the English aristocracy.

Trollope is one of my favorite authors. He, along with Dickens and Tolstoy, Dost
Laura Leilani
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
What's the difference between being determined and being obstinate? If your love is not returned, is it sensible to turn your love in a new direction or is this proof of weak character? Lots of questions of romantic love are explored in this final book of the Palliser series. It is set against a backdrop of social change. The Duke, a man raised in tradition, struggles with the attitudes of the new generation; his children. A good book, but I missed the usual comic characters Trollope usually thr ...more
May 05, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trollope
This is the sixth and final novel in the Trollope's Palliser series. The children of Plantagenet Palliser and Lady Glencora (Duke and Duchess of Omnium) are now entering into adulthood. That presents Trollope with familiar material: parents' concerns about children's marriages (usually resolved with the parent becoming reconciled to the child's choice) and difficulties between fathers and sons (complicated here by differing political alliances).
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'No; -- hardly. He can admire, and he can like, and he can fondle and be fond. He can admire and approve, and perhaps worship. He can know of a woman that she is part of himself, the most sacred part, and therefore will protect her from the very winds. But all that will not make love. It does not come to a man that to be separated from a woman is to be dislocated from his very self. A man has but one centre, and that is himself. A woman has two. Though the second may never been seen by her, may live in the arms of another, may do all for that other that man can do for woman, -- still, still, though he be half the globe asunder from her, still he is to her the half of her existence. If she really love, there is, I fancy no end of it.”
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