Much Against His Will, The Duke Of Omnium Consents To Lead A Coalition Government The Duchess Quickly Becomes A Social Figure Of Great Power With Abounding And Sometimes Indiscriminate Hospitality She Strives To Consolidate His Support Together They Make Their Way To The Centre Of Society And, Like Phineas Finn Before Them, They Find It Hollow Just as I think Trollope might not maintain his ability to excite his readers because having many brilliantly told novels, I see this is a silly question his genius in story telling remains as stellar as always I started this wondering what will this be all about besides the obvious title Trollope makes politics enjoyable to me because he shows all the irony and all the human elements which makes it as a kind of Big Show You can see that even though times change politics and human beings are basically the same as ever but with current ways of the time measured in all human emotions are in play So even if you are tired of politics, as I am, you can enjoy his stories because it is not all politics butso a story about certain people You don t just have one scenario going on in his stories but many which makes you feel you have entered his England You see how apolitical person is immersed in the political tent and sees that no matter what one does, it is to be not enough or too much You see how certain personalities have a harder time because their skin is not thick enough to hear the bitter words said about them You see, yes The Press , thinking they know best for the public and putting their spin on things which can destroy a person completely innocent.Also in this story it brings a man of unknown background and a foreign name with all the prejudice of just that If the man be good then bigoted views are an extreme hindrance to him but if a man be evil, it brings these prejudicial forward muchTimes have changed, yet are the same We can beopen but to shut one s eyes completely is both harmful and foolish Let a man be judged by his action and character, not his looks or name, that is how it should be.This story shows how detrimental a choice in a partner for life can effect a person when the one they choose brings them lower down This part of the story was extremely suspenseful to the very end Many times I was surprised the direction that was taken and I kept thinking of the Barsetshire series and a big disappointment that was certainly could be corrected except for obstinate behavior You can never be sure how exactly Trollope will decide certain fates A happy ending is not for all I could talk tons in this story but theI say will give surprises away and that would be no fun for you I could have read this straight through from 1 3 onward because it was that engaging but I had to live life and sleep though I slept less near the end I did not read this edition but a Delphi Collection of his works which an insane amount of highlights and notes were taken If interested look up my Trollope shelf above.In this edition it gives a synopsis which I find a little misleading Things were done in the government but not very much because items were not forwarded until the end of the term The state of status quo was the mainstay activity First published in 1876, the fifth Palliser novel narrates how the opposing Whigs and Tories form a fragile coalition government, with Plantagenet Palliser, the wealthy and hard working Duke of Omnium, installed as Prime Minister The Duchess, formerly Lady Glencora Palliser, attempts to support her husband by hosting lavish parties at Gatherum Castle in Barsetshire, a family residence barely used until now Palliser is initially unsure that he is fit to lead, then grows to enjoy the high office, and finally becomes increasingly distressed when his government proves to be too weak and divided to accomplish anything His own inflexible nature does not help My synopsis in brief The Duke of Omnium is asked to be Prime Minister and the Duchess who is a strong character helps him or does she hinder An unknown Englishman named Lopez looks to make his way in society with his choice of a rich man s daughter, Emily.Emily will decide her own fate in life Can you read this by itself Again I say yes as all in his series but YOU MISS OUT ON MANY THINGS THAT A TRUE LOVER OF DETAIL MUST HAVE TO ENJOY COMPLETELY Loved this and all his series but this is to be placed in my favorite shelf I look forward to the last book in the series which I will begin early March Also I found out in this book a question I regarding Prime Minister, Gresham I was thinking this might be Frank Gresham from the Barestshire series but it was not the same man because Frank Gresham was present but not as the PM Spoiler Alert As I seeandof Glencora and Palliser, I see they are quite different but quite completely suited for each other She is a strong character which he generally lets her have her way which if she was married to a man who wasrestrictive of female power would make her miserable She brings him to reality yet neither can change the other person, we are as we are unless we so want to change.I was glad that Emily came to her senses at the end and did not end up, obstinate Lily who I am still upset with her choice in the Barsetshire series.Interesting about Lopez and the train station, I would not have thought this coming We finally learn something about him, unlike he told others he did not know his parents, he knew his father I saw how Trollope starts to soften us up even for the bad characters, so you go from liking, hating and then a kind of pity though he had a bad character. In this novel from 1876, taken from contemporaneous political events, Prime Minister The Duke of Omnium is almost scandalised after refunding a scoundrel s 50 election expenses when a proto tabloid hack pens an expos In 2016, a series of scruple free mountebanks can hoodwink 52% of the population into voting themselves out an organisation that secures their basic workers and human rights, with the full backing and support of millionaire tabloid hacks and gammon faced oligarch asshats In 2019, politicians can piddle tens of millions of public cash on non existent shipping companies, and never have to account for their actions, or stir the pot of Islamophobia and anti Semitism, and never have to account for their actions, or shoot someone on 5th avenue and not lose a single vote It is a sad moment in time when we pine for the aristocratic, autocratic, divinely bestowed yet somewhat civilised rule of 1876 view spoiler Subtext Fuck Brexit hide spoiler I started my odyssey through Anthony Trollope s Palliser series of political novels in early 2011, beginning with Can You Forgive HerI said at the outset of my review of this book that the year was to be my Trollope period, an author I had hitherto overlooked Well, I only made it as far as Phineas Redux, the fourth in the series, which I reviewed in October, 2011, just before a trip to Egypt I was sidetracked, as I am invariably am, setting off in the pursuit of various literary foxes, shifting from one horse to another in mid gallop I took time out but I was out for almost a year and a half Now I m back on course, having finished The Prime Minister, the sequel to Phineas Redux, at the weekend Once again I immersed myself in the high Victorian political and social milieu once again I was captivated by the intrigues and the machinations of Trollope s most engaging character Lady Glencora Palliser, now the Duchess of Omnium Her husband, Plantagenet Palliser, the Duke of Omnium, formerly the Chancellor of the Exchequer and now the Prime Minister, has at last made it to the top of the greasy pole, but, oh my, what a struggle she has trying to stop him from sliding back down Her problem is simply stated Plantagenet is the noblest Roman of them all, something of a drawback when it comes to the realities of modern political life He heads a coalition, a compromise on men and measures, cobbled together to break a political deadlock He becomes Prime Minister, over, simply because there is no one else suitable at the time, not as the fruit of his own ambition But, alas, he is not comfortable in the role he is far too honest, far too thin skinned and far, far too scrupulous The Duchess, if only it were possible, could have done it so much better They should have made me Prime MinisterI could have done all the dirty work I could have given away garters and ribbons and made my bargains while giving them I would give pensions or withheld them and make stupid men peers. a man at a regular office has to work and that is what Plantagenet is fit for He wants always to be doing somethingbut a Prime Minister should never go beyond generalities about commerce, agriculture, peace and general philanthropy Of course he should have the gift of the gab and that Plantagenet hasn t got.I could do a Mansion House dinner to a marvel.Oh, Glencora, you were a hundred years too early The truth is that the Duke, for all his moral rectitude, or because of his moral rectitude, is a dull dog, high minded but uninspiring, wholly unsuited for a position which demands the kind of personal and managerial skills that he simply does not have Does Trollope conceive of him as an admirable figure Yes, he obviously does, though he is clearly one best suited the second rank of political life, far better as a Chancellor, where he can ponder the ins and outs of decimalisation one of his obsessions without having to concern himself with the kind of things that the Duchess understands are an essential part of effective leadership A good Prime Minister has to be a consummate actor Glencora realises this Plantagenet does not No, that s not quite true he does not want to play a part Playing a part, to beexact, involves compromising his Olympian ideals of probity and honour Those who are interested in present day English political realities will find The Prime Minister dryly amusing at points, not least when the author touches on the nature of coalition government England does not love coalitions, Disraeli said That may be true, but England has to suffer coalition coalitions of this kind have been generally feeble, sometimes disastrous, and on occasions, even disgraceful When a man, perhaps through a long political life, has bound himself to a certain code of opinions, how can he change the code in a moment And when at the same moment, together with the change, he secures power, patronage, and pay, how shall the public voice absolve himThe Prime Minister is certainly a political novel, but the game unlike the novels of Disraeli himself is played in the minor key the politics are the personal There are really no high ideological issues at stake, no great clash of principles The focus, rather, is on social, sexual and domestic politics, the politics of marriage above all, particularly as this bears on property relations The author is particularly good on the position of women in the Victorian world Marriage to a virtuous gentleman, as he sees it, is that highest thing they can aim for, but he does not shy away from the penalties the frustration of limited prospects and circumscribed lives It s also a novel of contrasting types There is the practical Glencora, a foil to the high minded Plantagenet But the greatest contrast of all is between the Duke, a very perfect, gentle knight, and one Ferdinand Lopez, a parvenu, an interloper and in his personal impact on the lifes of those with whom he comes into contact something of an incubus Where Lopez comes from, who and what his antecedents were, and how this outsider managed to graft himself on to the highest reaches of English society is never fully explained Why Glencora takes him up with unfortunate consequences for her husband is also something of a mystery, given that he is wholly without connections or influence Lopez, as an interloper, becomes the butt of all sorts of mid Victorian prejudices He is a man without a father, a foreigner, a black Portuguese nameless Jew with a bright eye, a hook nose and a glib tongue Whether or not Lopez is Jewish he certainly takes on the role of the unscrupulous financier, comparing himself at one point to Shakespeare s Shylock.Lopez is the kind of figure that might very well find a resonance with a modern readership, particularly as we all now live in ABC the Aftermath of the Banking Crisis He s not a banker himself but he is a speculator, a man who uses the money of others wholly without any kind of scruple Amongst other things he deals in guano, which may or may not be intended to convey the author s own estimation of a particular kind of entrepreneurial capitalism Lopez has nothing, no background, no wealth, no prospects nothing beyond his wit In his smooth glibness, he manages to contract a socially advantageous marriage to one Emily Wharton, the daughter of a wealthy lawyer, who also happens to be a scion of England s old rural Tory squirearchy I ve admired a great many of Trollope s female characters hitherto, particularly Glencora who could not admire and love her , Madame Max Goesler and even the colourful and slightly disreputable Lizzie Eustace Emily Wharton is a contrast in every way she is a crashing bore Her one defining characteristic is a perverse obstinacy, coupled with dog like notions of duty She is obstinate in her desire to marry Lopez, though she knows nothing about him, and she is obstinate in widowhood sorry for the spoiler when he has conveniently been dispatched, Anna Karenina style, though he had previously used her shamefully in an attempt to milk her father s wealth After his death she descends into morbid mourning, even though the marriage was a disaster In fact her widowhood becomes a badge of personal self immolation The man was unworthy of her she should never have married she rejected honest and true love it s all her fault mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. Why poor Andrew Fletcher, part of the family s county set, continued in his unrelenting devotions I have no idea I was tempted to write that The Prime Minister is a kind of comedy of manners, except there is not really much in the way of comedy The Duchess has a few good self deprecating lines, though It s certainly a superb panorama, ranging over aspects of Victorian life, attitudes and manners at the higher reaches of society, the kind of parts that Dickens never reached or wanted to reach Trollope, over, has a crisp and engaging style There is also, at least it seems to me, an intriguing ambiguity in his message He obviously disapproves of the morally reprehensible Lopez, but Lopez, or people like him, were the motors of Victorian transformation, the risk takers and the deal makers Is he really suggesting that the only alternative is the unimpeachable Whartons and Fletchers, the epitome of rural stasis and torpor Ah, but as Abel Wharton, Emily s father, reflects the world was changing around him every day Royalty was marrying out of its degree Peers sons were looking only for money And,than that, peers daughters were bestowing themselves on Jews and shopkeepers The world is changing, yes, but all change is accompanied by fear, uncertainty and prejudice Anyway, read it and make up your own mind I assure you it s well worth the effort You may even, like me, be engaged enough to cry out in frustration when the plot takes a particular turn, or certain characters prove to bethan usually annoying I defy anyone, over, not to hate Quintus Slide the newspaper proprietor, as slimy as any modern press baron.So, yes, I ve bagged my fifth literary Munro in the Trollope range I spy the last, The Duke s Children, in the distance I promise my next review shall not be as distant. Classic Trollopethan one plot line running, a good villian, some interesting reflections on the Victorian parliamentary scene with a few identifiable caricatures spot Disraeli anyone , plenty of moves from town to country, a sprinkle of impossibly good characters and plenty of old favourites from previous books Lopez is a good villain a stockbroker Trollope was suspicious of the corruption of economics and is sharply contrasted with Arthur Fletcher, his rival in love and they are pitted against each other in a by election The most complex character is Plantagenet Palliser, now Duke of Omnium, who is the Prime Minister of the title He has agonies whilst in high office because of his honesty and scrupulousness contrast with his wife Lady Glencora who says that she should have been Prime Minister because she would have made the decisions he was unable to she felt he would have been better as Chancellor Tolstoy rated this book very highly and both novels dealt with valuies and issues that were contemporary There is a spectacular similarity to Anna Karenina, a suicide by train, both imagined without having read the others book at the time.There are a host of well drawn minor characters and the plot lines are brought together well at the end. I didn t mean to read The Prime Minister quite so soon, or to rush through it quite so quickly, but I had to step back into Trollope s world because there seemed to be so many old friends I wanted to see again, so many interesting new people to meet, so many intriguing things happening.Plantagenet Palliser, the Duke of Omnium, was Prime Minister He headed a coalition government, and he had risen not so much as the result of his own charisma and ambition,because there was no other candidate acceptable to all of the parties and willing to do the job Now to rise to such a position is a great thing, but I feared for the new Prime Minister He was too honest, too sensitive, and too unwilling to compromise his principles Wonderful qualities in so many ways, but qualities you would want in a right hand man, that would make you want to pick him for your team or hold him up as a role model but not qualities that would make him a great leader of men.The Duchess of Omnium the erstwhile Lady Glencora Palliser on the other hand was in her element She would entertain, she would socialise, she would intrigue She would play her part to the full, and she was in so many ways a far better politician that her husband Never was it clearer that they loved each other but they would never quite understand each other.It was lovely to watch them and to listen to them And, maybe even better, were the conversations between the Duchess and her dearest friend Mrs Finn the erstwhile Madame Max That friendship is so well balanced and so well drawn.The stories of the Duke and Duchess are set against and entangled with the stories of Ferdinand Lopez and Emily Wharton.Ferdinand Lopez was a handsome adventurer of Portuguese Jewish descent It was clear from the start that he was to be the villain of the piece, and he plotted and schemed to acquire wealth and rise up through society He was determined to secure the hand of Emily Wharton, the daughter of a wealthy and successful barrister Mr Wharton was firmly set against the match, and determined that his daughter would only marry the son of an English gentleman He favoured Emily s childhood friend Arthur Fletcher, but Lopez had her heart.The deadlock was broken when Lopez, apparently, saved the life of Emily s brother, and her father reluctantly consented to the marriage.It was then that Lopez s campaign escalated He used his wife to extract significant sums of money from his father in law to fund speculations, he exploited and cheated his lower class business partner He has some successes but he hadfailures, and putandpressure on his wife to extractfunds from her father His attempt to enter the House of Commons, to established him as an English gentleman, fails and Arthur Fletcher takes the seat he blames everyone but himself.That had consequence for the Duchess of Omnium who had been charmed by Lopez and so gave him her support and in turn for the Prime Minister, who could not, would not, allow his wife s name or his principles to be compromised.Mr Wharton realised that when he dismissed Lopez s suit he had neglected to consider other things that would make him an unsuitable husband for his daughter He did what he could, Emily knew that she had to accept the consequences of her decision the arc of the relationship between father and daughter was one of my favourite things about this novel.As Lopez made his determined rise and when he came tumbling down he did a great deal of damage When both his business and his marriage collapsed around him he made the most dramatic of exits The repercussions of his actions though would be felt for a long, long time.His end was inevitable, but the gap that he left was huge, he was such a fascinating, charismatic character It took the story a while to re establish itself without him.But there is a whole world in this story, and the world continues to turn I loved watching so much going on, at Westminster, in the town, in the country The scope of the story is vast, and the author s command of it is magnificent.There are themes that are horribly relevant today the consequences of coalition government, and the role the fourth estate represented here by Mr Quintus Slide..There are many things that can be said about this book I have come to see that Trollope accepted society s norms and believed that they would continue to hold sway that he could draw a good villain but he clearly gave muchtime to the great and the good that he gave consideration to how a gentleman should live and behave, and of the consequences of their social position and above all of marriage for women Above all this is a wonderfully rich human drama.The world that Trollope has created in the Palliser novels and the people that live in it are so very, very real.I find it easy to simply accept it for what it is, and I love spending time there. Goodreads lost this review from 2013 Lady Glen Duchess of Omnium to you is an early Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy in this, trying to build a Camelot from her husband s shaky government While Parliament s sitting she hosts a different glitzy society dinner every evening at their charming Carlton Terrace home, filling it with beautiful fresh flowers and ices During recess, everyone s invited down to Gatherum Castle where she s spent a fortune remodelling the gardens and on staff to run the thing almost like a hotel.The Duke, our Prime Minister, has one word for it all vulgar Gasp But he s just a nineteenth century guy married to a twentieth century girl, and she ain t going to let his prejudices stand in her way He tells her not to meddle in the selection for the next candidate at Silverbridge She does it anyway and chooses the young male lead from the other plot Ferdinand Lopez.Ferdinand Lopez is Jewish and Portugese And a businessman Gasp But he went to the right schools, is a member of the right clubs, and, you know, they re all trying to be modern and cool with it until Emily Wharton an English rose whose father happens to have about sixty thousand pounds a year and is sort of betrothed to her brother cousin nephew whatever falls in love It s heartache, family angst, and huge heaps of prejudice and anti semitism a go go.There s some of the funnest ever Palliser moments in the third part Top draw But then the fourth feels a little unnecessary The wet PM gets wetter, the wheels fall off Lady G s Camelot, and inevitably someone dies and makes someone we quite like but who was having a rough time an heir to a massive fortune This is always happening in Trollope.Bits I liked She had married a vulgar man and, though she had not become like the man, she had become vulgar For the moment there was not even a necessity to pretend that Home Rule was anything but an absurdity from beginning to end My patriotism just goes far enough to make me unhappy, and Lord Tyrone thinks that while Dublin ladies dance at the Castle, and the list of agrarian murders is kept low, the country is admirably managed It is easy for a man to say that he will banish care, so that he may enjoy the full delights of the moment But this is a power which none but a savage possesses, or perhaps an Irishman The thing is to be happy if you can, said Arthur No that is not the thing I m not much of a philosopher, but as far as I can see there are two philosophies in the world The one is to make one s self happy, and the other is to make other people happy The latter answers the best Gird yourself up and go on with what you ve got to do Put your work before your feelings What does a poor man do, who goes out hedging and ditching with a dead child lying in his house If you get a blow in the face, return it if it ought to be returned, but never complain of the pain If you must have your vitals eaten into, have them eaten into like a man, It does seem unmanly to run away because of a girl Because of anything Stop and face it, whatever it is The elder brother put his hand out and laid it affectionately upon the younger one s arm Is it pride asked Sir Orlando It may be shyness, said the wise Boffin The two things are so alike you can never tell the difference But the man who is cursed by either should hardly be a Prime Minister The Duke, always right in his purpose but generally wrong in his practice, had stayed at home working all the morning, thereby scandalizing the strict, and had gone to church alone in the afternoon, thereby offending the social The major stood for a while transfixed to the place, and, cold as was the weather, was bathed in perspiration A keen sense of having put his foot into it almost crushed him for a time and another fellow buying a house in Piccadilly and pulling it down because it isn t big enough, who was contented with a little box at Hornsey last summer, Who, that ever with difficulty scraped his dinner guests together, was able afterwards to obliterate the signs of the struggle A Conservative in Parliament is, of course, obliged to promote a great many things which he does not really approve You can t have tests and qualifications, rotten boroughs and the divine right of kings, back again But as the glorious institutions of the country are made to perish, one after the other, it is better that they should receive the coup de grace tenderly from loving hands than be roughly throttled by Radicals When a man is in difficulty about money, even a lie, even a lie that is sure to be found out to be a lie, will serve his immediate turn better than silence There is nothing that the courts hate so much as contempt not even perjury I will never say that I didn t do it but that it was my wife who did Adam said so, because he chose to tell the truth And Adam has been despised ever since, not because he ate the apple, but because he imputed the eating of it to a woman You re just as bad as all the rest, Mr Finn, with your pretended secrecy A girl with her first sweetheart isn t half so fussy as a young Cabinet Minister Such consummate impudence I never met in my life before Nor perhaps so much unprevaricating downright truth It seems to me that many men, men whom you and I know, embrace the profession of politics not only without political convictions, but without seeing that it is proper that they should entertain them I have never been a friend of great measures, knowing that when they come fast, one after another,is broken in the rattle than is repaired by the reform And occasionally he had feigned to be angry with her, and had tempted her on to little quarrels with a boyish idea that quick reconciliation would perhaps throw her into his arms Did he think that a woman was a piece of furniture which you can mend, and revarnish, and fit out with new ornaments, and then send out for use, second hand indeed, but for all purposes as good as new I shall know why I pay this 500 Because she who of all the world is the nearest and the dearest to me, has in her impetuous folly committed a grievous blunder, from which she would not allow her husband to save her, this sum must be paid to the wretched craven But I cannot tell the world that I cannot say abroad that this small sacrifice of money was the justest means of retrieving the injury which you had done Say it abroad Say it everywhere No, Glencora Do you think that I would have you spare me if it was my fault And how would it hurt me Will it be new to any one that I have done a foolish thing Will the newspapers disturb my peace I sometimes think, Plantagenet, that I should have been the man, my skin is so thick and that you should have been the woman, yours is so tender But it is not so Take the advantage, nevertheless, of my toughness Send him the 500 without a word, Then if the papers talk about it A question might be asked about it in the House Or if questioned in any way, say that I did it Tell the exact truth You are always saying that nothing but truth ever serves Let the truth serve now I shall not blench Your saying it all in the House of Lords won t wound me half so much as your looking at me as you did just now Pay this man the money, and then if anything be said about it, explain that it was my fault, and say that you paid the money because I had done wrong Cora, he said, you do not quite understand it I never understand anything, I think, she answered Not in this case, perhaps never, what it is that a husband feels about his wife Do you think that I could say a word against you, even to a friend Why not I never did I never could If my anger were at the hottest I would not confess to a human being that you were not perfect, except to yourself Oh, thank you If you were to scold me vicariously I should feel it less Do not joke with me now, for I am so much in earnest And if I could not consent that your conduct should be called in question even by a friend, do you suppose it possible that I could contrive an escape from public censure by laying the blame publicly on you Stick to the truth that s what you always say I certainly shall stick to the truth A man and his wife are one For what she does he is responsible They couldn t hang you, you know, because I committed a murder I should be willing that they should do so No if I pay this money I shall take the consequences I shall not do it in any way under the rose But I wish you would remember I wish you would think that in all that you do you are dealing with my feelings, with my heartstrings, with my reputation You cannot divide yourself from me nor, for the value of it all, would I wish that such division were possible You say that I am thin skinned Certainly you are What people call a delicate organisation, whereas I am rough and thick and monstrously commonplace Then should you too be thin skinned for my sake I wish I could make you thick skinned for your own It s the only way to be decently comfortable in such a coarse, rough and tumble world as this is. This is the fifth novel in the Palliser series It was a favorite of Tolstoy, and readers may notice the similarity of an incident in The Prime Minister to what is perhaps the most famous incident in Tolstoy s fiction It appears that each man wrote his relevant passage before the other s passage had appeared in print Trollope focuses here on politics and marriage, and the compromises that can often be necessary to success in either, but can sometimes be destructive as well Plantagenet Palliser, now Duke of Omnium, is asked to form, and does form, a coalition government His wife, Lady Glencora, is now taking an active interest in political machinations as well Theirs is a complicated marriage don t forget that when they were newly wed, Glencora almost ran off with Burgo Fitzgerald, in Can You Forgive Herso it makes for a good story They are older now and have reached the age when marriage becomesalliance than romance.Trollope devotes a good portion of his narrative to the career of Ferdinand Lopez, a career intertwined with the Pallisers, not least of all because Lopez himself is a candidate for a seat in Parliament Lopez is another example of a favorite Trollope type He is not a gentleman And when non gentlemen begin to make headway into what used to be the exclusive world of gentlemen, trouble always looms.Like a lot of Trollope s later fiction, The Prime Minister is darker than some of his earlier fiction. An absolutely fantastic novel, and definitely one that s reignited my love of Anthony Trollope This novel is a brilliant look at politics and marriage, moving and fascinating and engaging throughout I d highly recommend. The fifth book in The Palliser series When I started this I thought it was going to be the best book to date but the story fell away at the end The main character Ferdinand Lopez is a wonderful villain He s immoral, manipulative but in some instances oddly vulnerable This is the only book in the series to date where a male character has overshadowed his female counterparts.I found many of the characters surrounding Ferdinand to be gullible and a bit irritating, particularly Ferdinand s wife Emily Wharton Also felt that there were shades of Can You Forgive Her on offer here regarding Emily, Ferdinand and Arthur.Did enjoy catching up with characters from the previous novels, particularly the delightfully scheming Lizzie Eustace.
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.Trollope has always been a popular novelist Noted fans ha
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