Lily has long been unsuccessfully wooed by John Eames, a junior clerk at the Income Tax Office. The handsome and personable Adolphus Crosbie looks like an enticing alternative, but Adolphus has his eye on the rigid Lady Alexandrina de Courcy, whose family is in a position to further his career. Bell, meanwhile, must choose between the local doctor, James Crofts, and her wealthy cousin, Bernard.
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"One of the great English Victorian novelists....A sharp but sympathetic observer of Victorian social and political life." (Daniel S. Burt, The Biography Book)
Here's a story to sink into and lose yourself for hours and hours. Trollope was one of the great early psychologists. His characters are brimming with life, pride, longing, courage and foolishness, and the effect of so many lives overlapping and colliding is mesmerizing. This is an old-fashioned story, and once in motion it seems unfair that it must end. Pitch-perfect reading. Go for it!
I have enjoyed most of Trollope's books, but his sense of humor truly shines through in this book. The characters in this book demonstrate how easy it is for people to misunderstand each other and reveals all of the pain and joy of passing from the awkward stage of a young adult into adulthood along with all of the bad choices that can be made along the way. The painful emergence of John Eames from what Trollope calls his "hobbledehoyhood" is beautifully depicted.
Get this book now. It's pure pleasure from beginning to end, with one of the best narrators I've ever heard. Engaging, suspenseful and full of humor and tenderness, "The Small House at Allington" is GREAT.
Outstanding. After having listened to "The Warden," I purchased this novel---slightly out of chronological order, but no matter. The characters come alive through the language and the narrator's versatility with different voices. What a pleasure, and it's very long, so it just keeps delighting, hour after hour. I have decided, on the basis of these two books, to read/listen to everything ever written by Trollope. I hope that will keep me busy for a few years.
The Small House at Arlington will go down as one of my favorites. The language throughout the book is beautiful and the reader is very good. It's one of those books that you simply want to savor every moment.
This is the first Trollope novel I've read, and I found it charming. I will definitely be looking for more.
I have to say, after reading previous reviews of this book, I expected to find myself extremely satisfied at the conclusion of it. Unfortunately, that was not the case. Trollope's writing is hard to find fault with, and Vance's narration is well done (although, I am not particularly crazy about many of his female voices). I've concluded that it's the story itself that left me wanting. Although there were a few moments when I found I had tears in my eyes, there were also many moments of tedium, with in-depth narratives about charachters and their situations that had little-to-nothing to do with the main characters. I held out hope that perhaps, in the end, I would understand why much of this was included, but to no avail. The ending was also extremely unsatisfying to me; in fact, I honestly asked myself, out loud, "You're kidding me; that's it?!?!" Although I prefer happy endings, I am content if everything is at least tied up neatly at the conclusion, which it wasn't for me here. Perhaps, if there was a second part to continue this story, it would have left me with a settled feeling of completion. Bummer for me!
Mr. Trollope has a winner with this Delightful Love Story read superbly by Mr. Vance. This story is filled with Bravery, Boldness & Modesty. I just love the Etiquette that was practiced in the Victorian Age, it makes one long for the days of olde. I feel that this story is just as Great as the Jane Austen Books. Loved it!
"Oh for a better reading"
I have been listening to Simon Vance's eccentricities with Trollope only for the want of an alternative - 1950's accents, completely wrong accents for some characters and frequently a perversity against the text. Please get us Timothy West!
"worth listening too"
Another reviewer complains about the voice of the reader. Generally I did not find it intrusive, although I felt that his attempts to distinguish the voices of the women were somewhat overdone.
I have never managed to get beyone the first few chapters when reading Trollope and enjoyed being able to go through the whole book.
It may be better to start earlier in the chronicles as there was a sub-plot that was completely divorced from the rest of the story and presumably links in elsewhere. In addition it became apparent that the story does not end here, so the listener does have to be prepared to commit the time to another book.
Trollope's asides to the reader may take up considerable time in listening and would, I think, be edited out these days, but are quite fascinating.
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