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Rature's greatest achievements While the novels center around the stately politician Plantagenet Palliser the interest is less in politics than in the lively social scene Trollope creates against a Parliamentary backdrop His keen eye for the subtleties of character and great apprehension of the real impressed contemporary writers from Nathaniel Hawthorne to Henry James and in the Palliser Novels we find him at his very best Between the covers of these books we meet a wonderfully rich variety of men and women among them Alice Vavasor whose waverings between suitors and the resulting mess prompted Trollope to ask Can Your Forgive Her; the handsome Irish MP Phineas Finn who grows to maturity as the novels progress; the beautiful enchantress Lizzie Eustace whose scandalous diamonds are the talk of London high society. Genius Brilliant Fantastic 150 stars And I still have the TV series to look forward toIf you enjoyed the Forsyte Saga and Brideshead Revisited as books you will love this too

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Palliser Novels

In his autobiography Anthony Trollope called the Palliser Novels that sprawling epic of Victorian England for which he is justly famous the best work of my life adding I think Plantagenet Palliser stands firmly on the ground than any other personage I have created But as sixteen years separated the first novel from the last Trollope worried that readers would be unable to approach them as a whole Who will even know that they should be so read he complained Solving this problem in particularly splendid fashion Oxford is now reissuing the Palliser Novels in an elegantly crafted hard bound set with acid free papers and durable binding that include the wealth of illustrations that first appeared in the Oxford Illustrated Trollope years ago Now a whole new generation of readers can enjoy one of nineteenth century lite. Trollope s Pallisers books are a worthy reading challenge Certainly padded but entertaining and thought provoking National politics are a topic but so are the politics of the home and heart On the surface Anthony Trollope s six PALLISER NOVELS also called the Parliamentary Chronicles are another in the many life styles of the rich and famous Victorian novels Almost every major character is titled and all are or are looking to marry rich What makes Trollope worthy of the time that might otherwise be devoted to by Jane Austen or Charles Dickens is his keen analysis of the complexities within this otherwise detached societyLike much of Austin s novels there flashes humor and the focus is on people for whom work is optional rather than a matter of survival Like Dickens Trollope has an awareness of work as a means of survival but also as a way to live out a mission at least superficially based on an ima

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; Ferdinand Lopez the unctuous social climber; the elegant and witty Lady Glencora Plantagenet's wife; and Palliser himself first as a cabinet aspirant later as Prime Minister who is the connecting thread that holds the series together Along the way we are also introduced to a host of amusing and sharply drawn characters of less social status who much like the bumpkins of Shakespeare offer a distorting yet insightful fun house mirror to the main action Nowhere else did Trollope bring to life in such compelling fashion the teeming world of Victorian society and politics and nowhere else did he create memorable and living characters than those who populate these six volumes As a group the Palliser Novels provide us with the most extensive and telling expose of British life during the period of its greatest prestige. An excellent series of books that highlight London society although the text can be very lenghty the development of the plot makes the length of the books worth reading in most casesMichael Hardwick has also abridged the six novels into one volume that is half the length of the first book but many of the subplots are eliminated from this textThe series has also been released as a mini series by the BBC I believe


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  1. says:

    If you're into stuff like this you can read the full reviewThe Eustace Diamonds The Palliser Novels by Anthony TrollopeOriginal Review 2002 06 28I have some fairly handsome volumes on the shelves in my living room I mentioned elsewhere that there are about 18 Brittanica Great Books mostly philosophy which I have read very little of but there is also some Ancient History which I have They are uite nice looking

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    Trollope’s Pallisers books are a worthy reading challenge Certainly padded but entertaining and thought provoking National politics are a topi

  3. says:

    From BBC radio 4Based on The Palliser novels by Anthony Trollope Dramatised by Mike HarrisEpisode 1 of 6A pacy radical reworking of th

  4. says:

    I loved the Palliser novels I watched the entire PBS series and bought the set so I could read them all I began when in May 1977 about the time I learned I was pregnant with my son I completed the final novel while I was in the hospital on Ja

  5. says:

    Genius Brilliant Fantastic 150 stars And I still have the TV series to look forward toIf you enjoyed the Forsyte Saga and Brideshead Revisite

  6. says:

    A great portrait of a time a place and a class of people while still preserving their individuality

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    Listened BBC Sounds Abridged Superb

  8. says:

    So far I've read Can You Forgive Her? Phineas Finn and The Eustace Diamonds All enjoyable and looooong Excellent writing with insights into human behavior but reading about the British 19th century upper crust is kind of surreal Mo

  9. says:

    An excellent series of books that highlight London society although the text can be very lenghty the development of the plot makes the length of the books worth reading in most casesMichael Hardwick has also abridged the six novels into one volume that is half the length of the first book but many of the subplots are eliminated from this textThe series has also been released as a mini series by the BBC I believe

  10. says:

    I had never read anything by Trollope before I started this series There are a total of 6 books and I liked 35 of them While I found