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Dr. Thorne by Anthony Trollope
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Trollope's style is lovely, but the plot in this one's a bit thin- while the first two Barsetshire novels felt a bit short, this feels too long. This is particularly odd, since all the asides and expostulations that feature in Barchester Towers are thankfully missing from this book. After some thought, I decided that the main reason this one was less interesting is that while Barchester was about politics, this is a pretty straightforward love story. There's some politics involved, but the satire is comparatively light. Also, the characters seem much flatter on this side of Barsetshire, probably because we don't see anyone wanting anything other than a) more money; b) more booze; c) a 'good' marriage in the family or d) their beloved. Not much grey area for Trollope to investigate and poke fun at in there. Mary's too close to Clarissa and too far from Mrs Proudie. Miss Dunstable, on the other hand, is fabulous, and I hear she turns up again in Framley Parsonage.
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