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The Eustace Diamonds

(Palliser #3)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  3,998 ratings  ·  339 reviews
Following the death of her husband Sir Florian, beautiful Lizzie Eustace mysteriously comes into possession of a hugely expensive diamond necklace. She maintains it was a gift from her husband, but the Eustace lawyers insist she give it up, and while her cousin Frank takes her side, her new lover Lord Fawn states that he will only marry her if the necklace is surrendered. ...more
Paperback, Penguin Classics, 794 pages
Published August 26th 2004 by Penguin Books (first published 1873)
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classic reverie
Wow, how to start this review on Trollope's The Eustace Diamonds (Palliser 3), this series is centered on political life and there are little bits of it in here but for the most part, it is hardly political. In book 1, "Can You Forgive Her?", this story has politics to a lesser extent than book 2, "Phineas Finn". In book 1 & 2, they center on men wanting to be in Parliament with love affairs included but this story there are no elections but brief talks of an Indian King of sorts being treated b ...more
Katie Lumsden
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another Trollope triumph. Witty, fun, with wonderfully nasty characters.
Dec 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 19th-c-england

Trollope said to Thackery: 'I’ll see your Becky Sharp, and raise you £10,000.’

As in the £10,000 necklace--the Eustace Diamonds--that drive Lizzie Graystock and the plot of this funny and sad and insightful novel.

I have read too many Trollope sweet young girls, and enjoyed his witty, strong (to a point) women Lady Glencora and Violet Effingham, and laughed with the earthy wealthy widow in the Barsetshire novels, but Lizzie is something else again. Trollope is really masterful in conveyi
Apr 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third novel in The Palliser series and an enjoyable read in it's own right. It is the greedy and manipulative Lizzie Eustace who holds the plot together. This is also a lengthy character driven novel. To my mind Trollope's female characters are always well presented, faults, foibles and all. They very much overshadow the male characters in their verve and flair.

My only quibble with this my mind the ending, "fate" of Lizzie Eustace was a bit of a let down for this reader. After
Beth Bonini
4.5 stars A sparkling Trollope novel, but 647 pages were not really needed to tell the tale of Lizzie Eustace (née Greystock) and her various dupes and associates.

This novel starts off with a bang - and a rather delicious description of the lovely Lizzie, whose feminine wiles bag a rich husband (who dies of tuberculosis and an overly self-indulgent lifestyle soon after discovering the depths of her duplicitous nature). Rich (with an income of £4000 a year and a castle in Scotland), lovely, youn
May 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Nearly 800 pages of mid and high society people deceiving each other, engaging in mercenary behavior, and writing hilariously snarky letters back and forth to each other. Needless to say, I loved this and can't wait to read more Trollope. Surprisingly modern and somewhat cynical about human nature, with not a hero in sight.
Rick Slane
By today's standards it's longer than it needs to be and the plot seems awkwardly constructed at times. I don't know whether he was an antisemite or just reflecting a popular view of that time.
Funny, after finishing the first 2 chapters I was thinking Lizzie Eustace was very like Becky Sharp. I rolled that around in my mind for a bit until the next time I had a chance to pick up the book. What do I read at the beginning of chapter three but that Trollope assures us that she won't be exactly a Becky Sharp and that such a character doesn't deserve heroine status anyway. :)

Liked that there was less politics in this one than the last in the series, but it also lacked totally sympathetic
Stephen Harrigan
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Probably should take off a star for repetitiveness, occasional windiness and bagginess, but Lizzie Eustace is an indelible character and this is one of the best marriages of a mystery and a novel of manners in fiction. Plus Trollope's dialogue is so startlingly direct and modern there's not the slightest taint of literary mustiness.
Anastasia Fitzgerald-Beaumont
I’ve now completed The Eustace Diamonds, the third in Anthony Trollope’s Palliser series of political novels; another milestone passed; another three to go! I enjoyed Can you Forgive Her? and Phineas Finn, the Irish Member though not nearly as much as the story of Lizzie Eustace and a legacy which brings more trouble than pleasure. It seems to me that the author is much more assured here in his treatment of themes, of plotting and of character, his style much more relaxed, perceptive and gently ...more
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved it! Now I can't wait for the next one in the series hoping to hear a bit more about Lizzie Eustace - the flawed heroine of this story. I laughed a lot throughout this book - so many well-observed moments especially at the very transparent manipulations of Lady Eustace.
Portray Castle on the Ayrshire Coast appears to be Culzean Castle - where I spent many happy weeks collecting agates on the nearby beach and eating ice cream as a child. I can picture Lady Eustace there now - pretending to
Jan 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, audible
Having loved The Way We Live Now, I had high expectations for this Trollope novel, which is really a stand-alone with a Palliser connection shoe-horned in. My usual fear of re-hashing the plot isn't a factor here as the book seemed all over the place, the various storylines more jumbled together than inter-connected . . . more stew than mosaic.

Lizzie Greystock Eustace has been a very naughty girl; even her family despairs of her. At the outset, I rolled my eyes a bit on her nabbing a noble, gett
From BBC Radio 4 - Classical Serial:
Anthony Trollope's enthralling novel about beautiful but deceitful widow Lizzie Eustace.

This is the third book of the Palliser series where the characters of Plantagenet Palliser, his wife Lady Glencora and their uncle the ailing Duke of Omnium are in the background.

The plot describes the life of a fortune-hunter, Lizzie Greystock who marries Sir Florian Eustace. One month later of their marriage, Sir Florian dies and leaves his fortune to Lizzie and his son.

Jun 05, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: I'd rec skipping this one
Recommended to Emily by: Book series given as gift
This is the third book in Trollope's Palliser series and a huge disappointment compared to the previous volumes. There are a few interesting sections, but I had to force myself to get through it and skimmed the last 100 pages or so. Trollope tries to play on the foibles of human personalities and ambitions, but falls so flat with these characters that I just wanted to smack them all upside the head. Even Lizzie's lying and conniving got repetitive and uninspired and I lost interest in whether th ...more
Elizabeth (Alaska)
Another fun story from Mr. Trollope. His opening lines:
It was admitted by all her friends, and also by her enemies, -- who were in truth the more numerous and active body of the two, -- that Lizzie Greystock had done very well with herself. We will tell the story of Lizzie Greystock from the beginning, but we will not dwell over it at great length, as we might do if we loved her.
Perhaps Mr. Trollope forgot himself, for the majority of the novel is about Lizzie Greystock, but he was right in that
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Poor Lizzie Eustace! Widowed at a young age, she’s now being asked to give up the valuable diamonds that her late husband gave her to be her very own–or so she says. Lizzie’s lies and other hijinks in her effort to keep “her” diamonds while finding her next husband make this a highly entertaining and humorous read. Although Lizzie gets the most attention, the book contains a large cast of characters, and the women are especially well-written. There’s Lucy Morris, a governess who longs to marry F ...more
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: realism
I always enjoy Trollope, who had a talent for getting nuanced, well-observed drama out of simple, realistic premises. I wouldn't say that The Eustace Diamonds is his best--its treatment of a secondary Jewish character is a little iffy, which mars it--but it's still intriguing and enjoyable. The novel centers on the amoral Lizzie Eustace, whose superficial cleverness and self-interested shrewdness never quite protect her from making horrible, criminal mistakes. She's a triumph for Trollope. She's ...more
Sep 22, 2018 rated it liked it
The Eustace Diamonds is the third book in the Palliser series. The plot revolves around the titular diamonds and whether or not beautiful yet shallow Lizzie Eustace received them as a gift from her late husband or indeed stole them from the estate. Lord Fawn, a minor character last seen in Phineas Finn, is pulled into the controversy when he proposes marriage to the young, rich widow. In the meantime, Lady Eustace works her charms to manipulate her cousin, parliamentarian and lawyer Frank Greyst ...more
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyed the ''wicked'', deceitful, charming Lizzie, and not much the good and innocent Lucy.
May 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fic-19th-c of the series so far. A ripping yarn full of mystery and larger-than-life characters...but watch out for the sexism and anti-Semitism. It is a Victorian novel, and Trollope was not the most progressive of men...
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this third entry in his Palliser series, Trollope eschews politics for the most part in favor of delightful humor and sharp social commentary in this tale of a manipulative woman and the fate of a diamond necklace. Social climbing, avaricious, beautiful Lizzie Eustace has an aversion to the truth and a tendency to offer “an incorrect version of the facts.” When her new but elderly husband dies, she claims the fabulous family diamonds (valued at £10,000—more than £1,000,000 today) are hers, gi ...more
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed my re-read of this novel! I discovered layers of meaning, imagery, and symbolism that I completely missed the first time around. Despite the fact that our author tells us "There shall be no white-washing of Lizzie Eustace. She was abominable.", I found her character very complex and deserving of sympathy. Her story fascinates society in the novel, fascinated readers when it was published, and still does so today.

One drawback is some pretty blatant and disturbing antisemitism
Primrose Jess
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-owned
I give it four stars for my overall enjoyment of the novel. Though, I was very disappointed in the ending. It felt rushed and extremely anticlimactic. For such a suspenseful build up... it fell flat for me. As I'm fairly new to Trollope, I have no idea if this is an accepted opinion or an unpopular opinion.
Chris Gager
Jun 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first Trollope and it's about time. I really enjoyed "The Barchester Chronicles" when it was on PBS many years ago. So far this is a pretty smooth read. I skipped a very long introduction by some literary fanatic. I may read it later on. Interesting to compare Trollope to someone like Hawthorne. So much the better writer! Seems like the general rule was that 19th century English writers were much easier and more enjoyable to read than their American counterparts. I suspect that the above-ment ...more
Apr 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Trollope’s novels are generally pretty slender, despite their great length. Their worth is in their charm and gentle entertainment value. His shtick is a nicely flowing sentence and a mock seriousness of tone, and he applies this approach well, across many pages and many works. Trollope is sometimes criticised for telling rather than showing, but this seems an unfairly rule-bound complaint to me. Authorial asides are the very heart of his style. As narrator, he is an avuncular companion, telling ...more
Mar 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: classic-lit
The Eustace Diamonds (1873) is the third novel in Anthony Trollope's Palliser series. However, this is the first Trollope novel I've read--picked out initially for the jewel in the title to fulfill part of the What's in a Name Challenge. I didn't find that stepping into the series in mid-stream hurt my understanding of the book at all. There weren't any references to people or incidents that weren't made clear in the work itself.

According to the blurb on the back of the book, this novel "bears
Jun 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
On a whim, I decided that I needed to read Trollope's "Paliser"/Parlimentary Tales series. Although this book was not considered by Trollope to be part of the series proper, The Eustace Diamonds is a great satire reminiscent of Thackeray's "A Vanity Fair" (another must-read for those who dig 19th century Brit Lit). Trollope writes of aptly named Lizzie Graystock, who becomes Lizzie Eustace when she convinces a Lord to marry her. His untimely demise leaves her holding the family diamonds; the Eus ...more
Aug 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My "Summer of Trollope" continues with "The Eustace Diamonds", the 3rd novel in his Pallisers series and, so far, my favorite. Here we are introduced to a number of characters that we love to hate. Lady Eustace is a "bee-atch" of epic proportions who, in today's cultural milieu, would fit right into the set of the Real Housewives of New Jersey. In reading these long 19th century novels one can become seriously engaged with the characters. At a couple of points about 2/3rds of the way through, I ...more
Niki (nikilovestoread)
Maybe I've read too many Trollope books in a row or it's that I do not enjoy books where all (or almost all) of the characters are so unlikable, but, for whatever reason, The Eustace Diamonds seemed to drag on and on. I read that Trollope was influenced by Wilkie Collins' work and, especially The Moonstone, while writing The Eustace Diamonds, but the works are considerably different. There is a wonderful mystery surrounding the disappearance of the moonstone, but there is no mystery with the Eus ...more
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