"fabric artist and quilter"
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the second in the Pallisier Series. Again previous characters crop up now and again but only to provide a bigger context to the actual action by the new characters.
Trollope was a marvellous creator of believable heros and heroines and relates their emotions and thoughts with total reality. Its not a skill but a gift to be able to do that and he has that gift in trumps. Its as though he has gotten into the mind of the characters. It makes them three dimensional and live and breathe and utterly believable as real individuals.
Again Timothy West is wonderful at narrating and brings even more life to an already lifelike story despite the fact it is a tale from a long lost age.
Highly recommended to those that enjoy Trollope and those that want to understand why parliamentary reform was so necessary in the mid 19th century.
Tell us about yourself!
the trial for his life
poor boy comes to big city for fame and fortune and is almost hung
Trollope offers more depth of character than Dickens and an incredible way with words, but he would not be half as interesting without Timothy West's amazing interpretation. West becomes Trollope, in both senses.
Just the most satisfying read-though it leaves you hungry for more, so you will want to read others in the Palliser series. I first read "Can You Forgive Her?" and enjoyed the overlapping characters and equal charm of "Phineas Finn" very much.
The window Trollope gives the reader into the inner thoughts of his characters is so entertaining that I found myself laughing out loud at the self-justification and rumination. Only Trollope can make fickle emotions so very charming. Having found the same to be true in "Can You Forgive Her", I cannot wait to read another in the next in the Palliser Series to see if that is a Trollope hallmark.
Reading a little about Trollope's experience of political life will increase your enjoyment.
The reader is superlative! I will be looking for more read by him.
I am sad to be finished, but will attempt to find consolation by moving on to "The Eustace Diamonds"!
Yes, I think so, much as I love to read print books. The narrator, Timothy West, is absolutely fabulous: dramatic, fun, sensitive to the nuances of all the characters. He's one of the main reasons I have loved listening to the first two novels in this series.
For me, it was when Phineas has to decide about whom he will marry, a decision that will determine in many ways the future of his own career.
Please see my first comment. West captures that inestimable British flavor---formal and yet intimate, thoughtful, fun, careful---he's just great!
The life and loves of Phineas Finn
The book held my attention throughout, with only a bit of flagging when Trollope gets deeply into Victorian/Parliamentary politics and procedures. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed PHINEAS FINN. I wouldn't mind running into Phineas again in a future Trollope novel, but my guess is that Trollope is finished with his story. Given how much I have enjoyed the first two, I plan to read the remaining four novels in this series---and many more Trollope novels besides, especially if Timothy West narrates them.
I will definitely read all of the Pallister Books. The characters are compelled to their actions in a very lifelike way. Have trouble putting it doen
I cannot too highly recommend Trollope as read by the incomparable Timothy West. Download this now and begin a journey to enjoy all the works of Trollope recorded by West. They accompany me on daily walks to my endless enjoyment. This is the best audible has to give.
So happy to have found both a new favorite author and narrator - Trollope and West are a dynamic team, and so looking forward to their remaining combinations.
Timothy West's readings of Trollope are superb, the best you can find. However, he makes one unfortunate decision in this particular novel: he renders Madam Max Goesler with a rather thick foreign accent. On the page she is a charming woman, extremely witty and well-spoken. In West's rendering she comes across as slightly sinister–something not justified by her behavior in the novel. I think Trollope's point about this character is that the prejudice against her is unjustified (Lady Glencora's for example, imagining her having a yellow-skinned baby with black, black hair etc.). This prejudice is supposed to be caused by her lack of social standing (her father was a simple lawyer) as much, or more than, her foreign ways and speech; that is, when Madam Max seems threatening, Lady Glencora overreacts. On the page Madam Max exhibits no traits of non-standard syntax or usage; in fact, she seems more literate and sprightly in her speech than the British characters. So I don't imagine her having the accent of a German spy! On this one, I'm going to stick to reading the book on the page.
This novel succeeds in detailing, and almost exuding, sympathy for a young, ambitious man. But even more, it provides an astonishingly empathic reaction to the limitations inherent on the lives of three stunning femaie characters. Of the many Trollope novels I've read (at least a dozen), this ranks with the best.