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The Small House At Allington | [Anthony Trollope]

The Small House At Allington

Lily is the niece of Squire Dale, a morose and rather unimaginative old bachelor who lives at the 'Great House' at Allington. His sister-in-law lives at the adjacent 'Small House', with her two daughters Lily and Belle, and the action centres on the relations between the two houses and on the romantic entanglements of the two girls.
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Lily is the niece of Squire Dale, a morose and rather unimaginative old bachelor who lives at the 'Great House' at Allington. His sister-in-law lives at the adjacent 'Small House', with her two daughters Lily and Belle, and the action centres on the relations between the two houses and on the romantic entanglements of the two girls.

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    Neil Chisholm Buninyong, Australia 12-12-12
    Neil Chisholm Buninyong, Australia 12-12-12 Member Since 2011

    "fabric artist and quilter"

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    "A most frustrating heroine"

    Trollope is a master at characterisation. Every one of the main characters are three dimensional and very real even if they aren't very modern - 150 years hasn't changed human character very much at all - we all could feel Lily Dales suffering, Johnny Eames pain, we know self-centred people like Lady Alexandrina and bad boys like Crosbie. The fact we can empathise and identify with the characters shows Trollope's genius.

    The fact that I wanted to slap some sense into Lily Dale also shows that genius - and believe me she did need a good slap - we've all been hurt in love but she took the hurt to another level! Her martyrdom so annoyed me and made for a very frustrating heroine in my eyes.

    Nevertheless I do hope that someone makes a good movie of this book for it needs to be done. Its a complete story in itself but listening to all the books in the series does make it all the more enjoyable - characters from previous books reappear and their stories continue. Its rather like catching up with a rarely seen friend and hearing their news.

    I'm looking forward to the last in the series and then I shall launch into the Pallisers - Trollope is providing me with a feast which I am loving.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Allen, TX, United States 07-11-11
    Janet Allen, TX, United States 07-11-11 Member Since 2006

    I'm an avid listener. Audio books are a mini-vacation for me. They fill my "need to read" when I don't have time - which is most of the time. Great element of multi-tasking!

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    "Delightful language and wonderful story"

    Trollope is one of the authors a literate person is supposed to read, but I expect that few of us do. To remedy that deficit in my own list, I purchased this book due to the interesting description. What an happy surprise to realize that almost 200 years later, the humor is fresh and the story is still appealing. I loved the self-aware narration speaking to the reader "around" the tale, and the assumption in the writing that we are clever enough to listen between the lines for the meaning of the author. Trollope's use of the language is brilliant. I will listen to more!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon West Monroe, LA, United States 05-23-13
    Sharon West Monroe, LA, United States 05-23-13 Member Since 2009

    Humanitarian Aid Worker living in Central Asia.

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    "Slow to Start and Frustrating Heroine"

    This book creaked out of the starting gate and you had to listen closely to get the gist of who was who and how they were related to one another in the story. However, as it progressed it was a good story and well read. I did not care for Lilly. But perhaps her sentiments were apt for women of her social standing at the time even though it is hard to understand how a woman could so love a man she barely knew and then continue to hold fast to him even after his bad actions and character was revealed. I am still ruminating on whether to try more in the series.

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    Evelyn lawrence, KS, United States 01-03-12
    Evelyn lawrence, KS, United States 01-03-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Lovely fluff, could do with a female narrator"

    The narrator, Timothy West, did a good job; he has a very distinguished voice and did not detract from this little period romance. However, I think a female voice would probably have fit the tale better. An editorial choice. This was an enjoyable listen, a bit less involved than other works by this author.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jackee Goovigen, Australia 04-06-11
    Jackee Goovigen, Australia 04-06-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Story bad Narration"

    I read the reviews and bought the book to listen to. The story was great but the narration was to much, I think it was a bad choice. It needed someone that could produce a softer voice to protray the ladies. It seemed sometimes that they all had the one tone and voice.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Diana NORFOLK, VA, United States 03-22-11
    Diana NORFOLK, VA, United States 03-22-11 Member Since 2010

    I am retired and am busier than when I had a full time career. I don't get time to read; but my Ipod fills the gap.

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    "Don't buy"

    This missive is dull, slow, and confusing. I'm sorry I bought it even at $4.95.

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    Denise Nottingham, MD, United States 04-07-11
    Denise Nottingham, MD, United States 04-07-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Don't waste money or credits on this one"

    I bought this book because this one and most of Mr. Trollope's other books had such high review ratings. But I think the author needs to look more to Jane Austen on the character of females (and even males) rather than the sappy, vapid way of life depicted by Victor Hugo. The reader does not help. While Mr. West has a very nice book, I don't think he is especially good for a character driven book. Please Mr. West, stick to nonfiction. Although I cannot entirely fault him. Whoever hired a man to read a insipid soap opera should find a new day job.

    All in all - save your bucks!

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
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