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Palliser Novels [Read] ➱ Palliser Novels By Anthony Trollope – 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 sta 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 literature'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; 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.

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  1. Manuel Antão Manuel Antão 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 faux I guess leather bound but the effect is rather spoiled by them having numbers on them I guess so the buyers can tell how many of the great books they possess This does mean that they sort of shout philistine poser at visitors but fortunately I don't get many

  2. Phrodrick Phrodrick says:

    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 image of the public goodRather than many specific about each book a general discussion may help a potential readerIn common with Dickens Trollope was writing to a contact for publishers that were printing his books as a serial He was contracted to produce about 4 chapters at a time each of a certain length with the goal being 80 chapters or over 700 pages per book Taking up this series is a commitment to about 4200 pages of reading You will find entire pages of padding and the occasional sub plot that however entertaining is not a necessary contribution to further the larger plot of the books This means that characters may appear as important only to disappearThe Pallsers are said to be the political novels Politics are a running theme through the books but as a background A faint one in The Eustice Diamonds and Phineas Redux and not all that central to The Prime Minister The time period of the novels roughly form the 1830s to the 1880s was a very busy time for the British Government There were wars to fight major changed to the rules for electing members to Parliament the legal relationship between England and the Church of England Even The reformulation of Victoria ueen of England to EmpressMuch of the important things before the Parliament of the Pallisers is trivial or where important is about character development rather than politics Trollope as a failed politician has an ax to grind To him Parliament is unimportant and a matter of management than of governance His single most prominent male figure is Plantagenet Pallister later the Duke of Omnium and Gatherum For all of his seriousness and honest earnestness; his most important goal is to move the British money system to decimal coinage Trollope at his slyest making our protagonist a figure of fun One of the few characters know by a nick name he is Planty PalThe real politics of the novels is in the politics of the household and of the heart Who is to marry who why and what is allowable Across the novels Trollope carefully crafts a series of literary experiments We get ladies who are rarely anyone’s passive vessel actively seeking their own advantage whether advantage to their hearts or to their income The female characters are almost always his best and most completely presented figures Each has her initial starting points on the social and economic latter and each her own methods for allowing a suit to be paid Likewise the males vary ranging from obvious scoundrels to the nicest of gentlemen There is a regular presence of potential suitors who are comically bad at romancing There are the usual mix of overly protective fathers and threats to withhold money from otherwise impoverished ‘ungrateful’ sons Trollope is very good about giving us women with independent minds and fixed determinations to control how they are to be disposed among the various males to whom they are presented Even so the one common goal is marriage never an independent existence Given how central romance is to every novel Trollope rarely admits us to anything private Rarely do we see the wooing that might inspire the passions we are told loving pairs share Conversation is mannered indirect and carefully crafted to be only just personal The passive voice rules People are in love because we are told that they are The initial impulse may be no than looks or a turn of phrase Rarely is there anything than a common childhood to give any sense of what any one person actually knows about the other Almost every pairing in this books would be credible had Victorian society admitted to anything like dating Neither the reader nor I suspect most of the future spouses could recognize their significant other given a sample of their unguarded conversationOne of my favorite smaller aspects of the book is how much you can know a character by their name Can there be a ostentatiously over grand name than Plantagenet Pallister Duke of Omnium and Gatherum? How much can we guess about a supervising aunt named Lady Baldock? What can we expect from Burgo Fitzgerald or the well off Mr Cheeseacre? What kind of politician is Sir Timothy BeeswaxOn the less certain side is the characterization of outsiders Madame Max Goesle is not merely of foreign origins but may have had a Jewish now deceased husband She is allowed to carefully earn her way into this society but is also the target of rumors Other darkly completed and perhaps Jewish characters are less sympathetic

  3. Laura Laura says:

    From BBC radio 4Based on The Palliser novels by Anthony Trollope Dramatised by Mike HarrisEpisode 1 of 6A pacy radical reworking of the Palliser novels about high life and low politics in Victorian England Vivacious 19 year old Lady Glencora Palliser is married to the older conscientious politician Plantagenet Palliser Life should be good but she is in love with someone else the wastrel Burgo Fitzgerald Starring Jessica Raine as Lady Glencora PalliserEpisode 2 of 6Plantagenet and Cora Palliser have gone abroad in an effort to repair their marriageEpisode 3 of 6A scandal surrounds the Palace of Westminster Sir Nicholas Bonteen MP has been murdered in a street attack Episode 4 of 6High Life and Low Politics in Victorian EnglandEpisode 5 of 6High Life and Low Politics in Victorian EnglandEpisode 6 of 6Bold adaptation of High Life and Low Politics in Victorian EnglandCora Jessica RainePlantagenet Tim McMullanPhineas Finn Edward MacLiamBurgo Blake RitsonViolet Scarlett CourtneyMarie Goesler Melody GroveKennedySlide Neil McCaulBonceGrimes Greg JonesCommons Speaker Hamilton BerstockDirectorProducer Gary Brownhttpswwwbbccoukprogrammesm000It seems BBC won't finish to provide this whole series of books pity

  4. Rosemary Rosemary 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 January 9th 1978 It was an endeavor well worth the effort It is not often that one gets to read an author who can make one sentence into a paragraph but I soldiered for the glory of the stories I recommend reading them all for anyone who can take the excess of language and love it for its time and its author's heart

  5. Petra-Eggs Sunny Side Up Petra-Eggs Sunny Side Up says:

    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

  6. Ellie Ellie says:

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

  7. Michelle Dodd (Creaney) Michelle Dodd (Creaney) says:

    Listened BBC Sounds Abridged Superb

  8. Usansay Usansay 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 Most of these people could solve most of their problems by getting a regular job But that's not possible becauseoh because fancy people don't work I'm going to take a little break from this series because the books are long and the style themes and subject matter not varied enough to sustain for thousands and thousands pages on top of the thousands I've so recently savored

  9. Sandy Sandy 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. Melanie Melanie 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 each book interesting in their own way I wasn't glued to all of them The female characters really helped pull the story along

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