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Is He Popenjoy?

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The year 1874 saw the conclusion in London of a much publicized court case involving an unlikely pretender to an English baronetcy. Trollope responded to the public's interest in scandal with this novel, which traces the claim of a shadowy figure to the marquisate of Brotherton. The novel is full of sensational elements and is highly revealing of the social issues of the m ...more
Paperback, 655 pages
Published August 21st 1986 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1878)
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Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Popenjoy shares several of the same themes Trollope covered in "He Knew He was Right" but in a much lighter way, thanks goodness, which makes for much more enjoyment. It's the story of a young couple at the beginning of heir marriage. They have their share of rough edges to file down one to the other. Lord George, as a second son, is not on the best terms with the Marquis who his himself is none of too easy to get onwith with foreign wife and its mysterious circumstances.

A delightful character,
Is He Popenjoy? is a work by one of my all-time favorite authors, Victorian writer Anthony Trollope. The plot revolves around a marriage-actually, several marriages-and a disputed heir. Will Mary find happiness with Lord George? Is the Marquis' son really legitimate? Will a scheming ex-love of Lord G succeed in destroying his marriage to Mary? Are the three sisters as stuffy as they appear?

As is often the case, however, the real pleasure in the book is the tight writing and biting humor. Despite
Elizabeth (Alaska)
Because of the page count of the default edition here, I was expecting a shorter book. Thankfully, I was not reading that edition - there must be very very tiny print in it! Recently I have been reading books originally published 100 and more years later than this, and, as much as I love Trollope, it took me longer to adapt to his style than I anticipated. Once I got over these two issues, I settled in and enjoyed exactly why I read Trollope.

Trollope is complex. Both his writing style and his c
Dec 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-victorians

The with-editors-like-this-who-needs-enemies? introduction to my edition pretty much said that Anthony Trollope was obtrusively crotchety and old and socially reactionary when he wrote this, and on top of that, the novel is self-derivative and generally mediocre.

I quite liked it, actually.

I picked up Is He Popenjoy? because I was intrigued by Trollope’s sensational, ripped-from-the-Victorian-headlines novel about a lordly heir of dubious identity.

Well, Lord Popenjoy, Lord Schmopenjoy. It’s the
When a Book Outstays Its Welcome

It’s a ghastly thing to say of a book, I know, at least of a Victorian novel because anyone who takes up one of those usually knows that they were written for readers who had more patience and were less dependent on one-murder-or-some-other-kind-of-gross-thrill-every-three-pages, and then I am also an avid reader of Trollope. And yet, for all the potential of the novel and the readiness with which I read the first two thirds of it – I wanted to know if the nasty M
Apr 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trollope, reread
This is not only one of Anthony Trollope's sunniest novels, it is probably the best one of his books to start with if you have never read any of his works before. On one hand, Is He Popenjoy? is the tale of a nasty marquis who mistreats his family, hates England, and marries an Italian woman of dubious antecedents by whom he -- supposedly -- has an heir, who bears the courtesy title of Lord Popenjoy.

If the Italian claimant to the title is indeed Popenjoy, that prevents the marquis's brother, Lor
Maan Kawas
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this novel by AnthonyTrollope! Engaging and entertaining.
Apr 16, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: trollope
Shall I start my review with a question? I think I shall. What induces an author to use a question as a book title? It always seems a bit off-putting to me. And yet Trollope did it twice -- three times if you count his play, Did He Steal It?, which was based on one of the plots in The Last Chronicle of Barset.

Ignore the title. This is excellent Trollope. Like a lot of later Trollope, it is a good deal darker than his early novels. This never went over well with his contemporary readers. I think
Michael Baranowski
Jul 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Silly-sounding title, but a perfectly fine Anthony Trollope novel, though certainly not the first thing I'd recommend to anyone unfamiliar with the best 19th century British novelist (don't even get me started about Dickens) .
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book took a long time to get going for me—not until the end of the first volume. Before then there was too much setup, too many unpleasant characters, and too much snobbery, prudery, anti-Semitism, and sexism. There was still plenty of the latter in the second volume, but not as much. Trollope's great strength is his subtle understanding of personal relationships, and when that drama got going, he was in his stride. The Dean, I think, is one of his greatest creations—not an admirable man by ...more
Rebecca Lewitt
Enjoyable, interesting, but a little overdone

I enjoyed this book and even found it riveting for a large part of the middle . But there were needless and boring characters, mostly just the women's rights activists, who merely added to the length of the book and not to Its plot development. Overall though, I very much enjoyed reading it. Reminds me a little of "he knew he was right" but with a much nicer ending!
Cooper Renner
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Superb! This comic masterwork ranks with the best of Trollope—Barchester Towers, Dr Wortle’s School, The Way We Live Now.
May 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
As a second son, Lord George Germain is content to remain in the background. His elder brother, who has cast off those same cares and responsibilities, lives in Italy and depends on him to take care of the family lands and tenants. Though not the reigning Marquis, George enjoys living a quiet and repressed life in the family manor. He also enjoys the freedom to choose a bride and, after being disappointed in his first love because of his penury, finds solace in the wealthy arms of the local Dean ...more
Sep 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Mary Lovelace, the daughter of a Dean, marries Lord George, the younger brother to a Marquis. Lord George previously asked his cousin Adelaide to marry him, but she refused him and married a rich old man instead. After George and Mary's marriage Adelaide tells George she still loves him and he is drawn into an inappropriate flirtation with her, which Mary eventually discovers. Mary tries to love George, who is older than her, but enjoys the company of the young and dashing Jack de Baron. George ...more
Mary Lovelace, the pretty, gay, and innocent daughter of the wealthy Dean of Brotherton, marries Lord George Germain, the poor younger brother of the Marquis of Brotherton. Lord George, in Trollope's words, is "so grim, so gaunt, so sombre, and so old" but the Dean of Brotherton, having risen from humble origins, is ambitious for his daughter. He is hopeful that Lord George will succeed to the Marquisdom since the current Marquis is unmarried. Mary takes up residence at Manor Cross and strives t ...more
Feb 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, kindle
I really enjoyed this book. As I've been reading Trollope for years some of the plot devices were totally familiar to me and I did have more than a vague idea how it would end. But I thoroughly enjoyed it and really couldn't put it down.

A young girl is married off to the younger son of a very good family. Not the right stuff for the Germain family but the daughter is acceptable as her family has money and she's been raised well. The husband is at least 15 years older than his bride and rather s
Christina Dudley
Oct 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: classic
The long-gone Marquis of Brotherton has reportedly taken an Italian wife and spawned an heir, to the consternation of his siblings left behind in England, including younger brother Lord George and Lord George's ambitious new father-in-law Dean Lovelace. The Marquis is delightfully horrible in his behavior to all involved. Less winning are Lord George and his young wife Mary Lovelace, who both play with fire, adultery-wise, before deciding they love each other. George gets ensnared by Mrs. Hought ...more
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“Is He Popenjoy?” captured my attention as I followed the adventures of young Mary, her devoted father the Dean, bachelor Lord George, his nasty older brother the Marquis, and a host of other interesting people in the countryside around London in the 1870s. The unpleasant Marquis upsets his family when he suddenly demands they all move out of the family home and away from the area. The Marquis has lived a self indulgent life in Italy and brings home a wife and a baby, who may be heir to the esta ...more
May 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
A dour nobleman marries a beautiful young woman of common parentage in a marriage of financial convenience, rather than love. His traditional views of marriage, and his stuffy belief in the husband's dominant role therein, come into conflict with his wife's awakening sense of self and self-worth. Their marriage is tested by extra-marital stresses, and by the nobleman's brutal older brother mistreatment of his family. This is another brilliant Trollope novel of ideas and late nineteenth-century ...more
Jun 20, 2016 rated it liked it
The only daughter of the Dean of Brotherhood, Mary Lovelace, marries Lord George Germain, a poor older man who might become a Marquis. At first the marriage is a little troublesome as she is young and gay and he is old and dour, and Georges sisters somewhat look down on her. The family is about to be moved out of their home by George,s elder brother, the current Marquis, who wants them far away. The late nineteenth century manners and ways and the characters are written about in an amusing manne ...more
Nov 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Not one of Trollope's best plots - the same incidents are repeated really to pad it out, it felt as if it could have been two-thirds the length - but no-one can beat him in the analysis of marital relationships. The growth of love between the protagonists is perfectly done. There's a great villain, as well, and some satisfyingly shallow society women. I could have done without the Rights for Women stuff, though.
Marts  (Thinker)
Sep 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Highlighting views on women's rights in the late 1800s and its effects both socially and individually, Trollope focuses on the life of Mary and her marriage to Lord George. The main plot considers the apparent marriage of Lord George's elder brother, the Marquis of Brotherton, to an Italian woman and the birth of a mysterious heir, Lord Popenjoy...
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
The premise of the book is a bit lame (the possibility that the foreign-born infant son of the heir to the lands and title is not legitimate), but the characters and personalities are well-done. My favorite parts are the discussion of diet for the pregnant wife of the younger son (her mother-in-law insists on feeding her lots of porter, as per the medical advice of the previous generation).
Aug 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Claire Gates
Shelves: anthony-trollope
I was surprised at how much I liked this book. It's certainly not his greatest, but there's a nice romance or two, a despicable marquis, and a Dean of Brotherton who anyone would like to have for a father.
Mary Ronan Drew
Mar 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing

My review is on my blog:
Not my favorite Trollope, but it reads so much like a Downton Abbey prequel, I would recommend it for that.
Liz Bowsher
May 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Apr 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The "ruling infrastructure" of the 1800's is laid open for all to see...... no wonder the colonies revolted in the 1700's......
Interesting plot line. no spoilers..........
Kilian Metcalf
May 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Crazy coot with foreign wife and son/heir with suspicious origins lays claim to an inheritance.
Camille de Fleurville
Apr 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Trollope, what else?
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Anthony Trollope became one of the most successful, prolific and respected English novelists of the Victorian era. Some of Trollope's best-loved works, known as the Chronicles of Barsetshire, revolve around the imaginary county of Barsetshire; he also wrote penetrating novels on political, social, and gender issues and conflicts of his day.

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