He Knew He Was Right

He Knew He Was Right Widely regarded as one of Trollope s most successful later novels He Knew He Was Right is a study of marriage and of sexual relationships cast against a background of agitation for women s rights

  • Title: He Knew He Was Right
  • Author: Anthony Trollope
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 476
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Widely regarded as one of Trollope s most successful later novels, He Knew He Was Right is a study of marriage and of sexual relationships cast against a background of agitation for women s rights.

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    1. Okay, it's partly my anachronistic reading as a twenty-first century feminist, but it's also the strain of being over eight hundred pages long when it only could support around two-thirds that length: I loved this book at the halfway mark, and kind of resented it by the end.Initially this struck me, like many nineteenth-century British novels, as a black comedy about a crisis created by the extremely unequal status of men and women, whose individual personal relationships were supposed to form t [...]

    2. One of my favorite things about Anthony Trollope's novels is his talent for penetrating psychological portraits, and He Knew He Was Right is one of Trollope's best in this respect. Here, he examines Louis Trevelyan, a man who unjustly accuses his wife Emily of infidelity, and his descent from jealousy and rage into madness. Trollope himself disliked the novel, feeling that he'd failed in his effort to create sympathy for the troubled Trevelyan, yet I felt that he did succeed; the portrait of Tre [...]

    3. Louis Trevelyan has everything he could wish for. He has money, a respected place in society and a wife, Emily, he deeply loves and who loves him too. He becomes obsessed with Emily's friendship with Colonel Osborne. The Colonel is an older man with a reputation. Osborne is very aware of the problems he is causing between Louis and Emily and he decides to play on their emotions and delights in the game.Louis and Emily will not compromise and stubbornness and hurt on both sides causes anger and d [...]

    4. In the marriage ceremony, the woman promises "to love, honor and obey." When asked to be obedient, Emily Trevelyan agrees to obey in all things except the one thing which has been demanded. Such is the point around which this plot revolves. It makes the novel more full of drama than most of his I have read.I have said elsewhere that Trollope does a better job with women characterizations than most male authors, especially those 19th Century authors I have read. But even I did not expect this: "T [...]

    5. This is a great story from the first page to the last!Louis Trevelyan is the first character introduced and his story is the main theme throughout. Trevelyan, at 24 years old is a very handsome, intelligent man with secure investments. In his travels to the Mandarin Islands, Louis falls in love with Emily Rowley, the eldest daughter of four in the Rowley family. The two set off for England and marry, and settle in on Curzon Street, a nice, comfortable life, good society. Ah, Curzon Street, “wh [...]

    6. This book is way too misogynistic for me. The whole premise of a husband who is overjealous but a wife who "owes obedience" and by refusing to give it drives him insane is just too obnoxious for words. I do understand this is 1860s, I just don't have to like it or think it should deserve as much leeway as we give it. After all, what's it all about? The woman sees a guy who is known for being a bit too cozy with the ladies because he's an old family friend. The husband isn't incensed so much beca [...]

    7. Some say this is Trollope's greatest novel. The story is about a couple who struggle for control in what is obviously not a very strong marriage. When the innocent wife refused to say she had an affair with another man as her husband demanded, he broke up their home and slowly went mad because he knew he was right.This is my fourth recorded reading of the novel, but I may have read it a fifth time back in the 1960s. A fine novel but not my favorite.

    8. At first the story struck me as though alternate, extended versions of a small event and a similar situation in Vanity Fair - with Colonel Osbourne somehow reprising the role of the Marquis of Steyne, whose intimacy with Becky Sharp brought trouble between her and her husband Rawdon. In Trollope´s novel Louis Trevelyan is driven over the egde by jealousy of the Colonel and obduracy towards his wife Emily (he banishes her from his house, hires a detective to spy on her, arranges to kidnap their [...]

    9. Free download available at Project Gutenberg.Opening lines:When Louis Trevelyan was twenty-four years old, he had all the world before him where to choose; and, among other things, he chose to go to the Mandarin Islands, and there fell in love with Emily Rowley, the daughter of Sir Marmaduke, the governor. Sir Marmaduke Rowley, at this period of his life, was a respectable middle-aged public servant, in good repute, who had, however, as yet achieved for himself neither an exalted position nor a [...]

    10. This is a terrific novel! Okay, having said that though, I have to admit that the primary tale of the disintegration of the Trevelyan's marriage through the increasing madness of Louis Trevelyan because of his belief that his wife was cheating on him did become a bit tiresome after a while. I was much more engaged in the lives and affairs of all of the novel's other characters. But I think Trollope wrote the novel generally knowing that this response would occur in each of his readers. In other [...]

    11. Trollope has a perceptive understanding concerning how men and women (especially husbands and wives) relate to one another and the tendencies to certain trespasses concerning communication to each other. It’s a sad story in that so much heartache could have been avoided if simple amends, humility, and charity had prevailed in small ways and therefore not been allowed to escalate as they didbut I suppose that’s the point of the story.Trollope prevails in his psychological portraits while simu [...]

    12. Trollope has done no one any favours by distracting from what could have been an important novel.Trollope’s story of a marriage and a life destroyed by the jealousy of a husband could have been a vivid portrayal of how delicately married life can be balanced. Instead, Trollope watered down a potentially powerful narrative with sub-plots and minor characters that only serve to underline Trollope’s trademark verbosity.When Louis Trevelyan suspects his wife Emily of emotional adultery with Colo [...]

    13. This was my fourth Trollope novel.I have not really cared for any of them, sadly. The Warden and Barchester Towers were okay, but I really hated The Way We Live Now. I like Trollope’s writing well enough, but I always have a hard time because most of his characters are so unlikeable. Trollope himself was not fond of He Knew He Was Right because Louis Trevelyan was so unsympathetic. I have to agree. It’s not good if I like the subplots better than the main plot of a novel! I could not sympath [...]

    14. I've read some 20 of Trollope's novels, but this is the first one I've read twice. For me this is one of Trollope's best, if not the best--a study of pathological jealousy with lots of fun, mainly thwarted love affairs that come right, thrown in. I cared a lot about many of the characters, and enjoyed the usual array of strong minded women and gormless men. The non-judgmental, mildly amused tone of the books is attractive, which is why Trollope is so loved and "such a comfort."

    15. Despite its length (99 chapters) and myriads of characters and subplots, this is a smooth, easy and compelling read, beautifully written. I found it to be such a page-turner that I did not give Trollope’s style the attention it deserved. This is the kind of book that should be savored in a second and probably third read. The title of the novel comes from the attitude of young Louis Trevelyan, who loves his wife Emily and their small son, but who cannot quell his suspicions when she receives in [...]

    16. April 24, 2015 will mark the bicentennial of Anthony Trollope’s birthday and Karen at Books and Chocolate is planning a celebration on her blogBooks & Chocolate to encourage her readers to pick up as much Trollope as possible between now and then. I had planned already to read the forth book in the Barsetshire Chronicles this year as part of Karen’s Back to the Classics 2015 challenge, so I could have doubled up, but I felt that instead I should take this opportunity to read one of his s [...]

    17. I'm not really reading the printed edition by John Sutherland but an iBooks edition, I forget which, that isn't on the list. But it's complete with the original illustrations and a text fairly free of typos. I'd recommend the edition (for iPad readers--I'd rather have Sutherland's edition). I'm reading HKHWR because a friend who has read all of Trollope's novels (yes, *all*, and other related stuff) rates it first in the Trollope canon. I've read a few other T novels and have yet to find one th [...]

    18. One day I thought to myself "Trollope, there's an author I haven't ever tried on for size. I like Dickens, I like George Eliot, why not Trollope?"So many reasons why not Trollope, at least if this book is any indicator. Of all the verbose Victorians, Trollope is, to me, the one whose "paid by the word" status is most painfully obvious. I like Dickens to ramble on - with this tiring tome (and it is a tome - some 900 pages) I was just bored. I am a compulsive book-finisher, which means when I hate [...]

    19. I so loved this book: really his most brilliant. Good solid prose as always, well-balanced but more passionate and angry than any of his others. One of my top 25 favorites of all books, ever (so far).Ellie NYC

    20. Anthony Trollope is one of my favorite authors - he writes with such familiarity that you get sucked right into the story, no matter what it is.

    21. * * *Louis Trevelyan is travelling the world and visits a British colony called the Mandarin Islands. He falls in love with the governor's eldest daughter, Emily, and proposes marriage. He also proposes to take her sister Nora to England with them so that Emily has company. All is well, right?Well. Enter Colonel Osborne, a friend of Emily's father and known to be a bit of a roué. Trevelyan gets himself all in a lather because Osborne keeps coming to call, even though Emily has not given him a s [...]

    22. Trollope is unjustly overlooked when top 19th-century novelists are mentioned. "He Knew He Was Right" is a good example of the prolific Trollope's continued relevance, even with his weaknesses there for all to see."He Knew He Was Right" is too long, there are spells of uninspired and repetitive plotting, and the general thrust of the story isn't really a "grabber" for modern audiences. But look more closely. While Trollope doesn't trot out the memorably eccentric and wild characters that, say, D [...]

    23. I'd heard this was Trollope's best book, and for that reason I've put off reading it (as Trollope is one of my favorite authors, and once I've read his best book, what is there left?). I am not sure if it his absolute best, but I can't think of a better one. His skill at characterization and plotting (which was never his strong suit) are at their absolute heights. This is a book where everyone "knows" they are right, and heartbreaking situations arise from the characters' inability to empathize [...]

    24. Done!!! This was my first Trollope (which is a fun thing to write) and I really liked it. I had gotten it into my head that Trollope was going to read like Dickens, with whom I have a love/hate relationship, and so I've been avoiding Trollope. Actually, Trollope reads more like an extended Jane Austen novel. I was not expecting so much wit and giggle-worthy one liners. One thing I will criticize though, this book could have been about 100 pages shorter. Trollope apparently had a self-imposed wor [...]

    25. This is one of Trollope's darkest novels. Unfortunately he tries to lighten the mood by loading the book down with happy little subplots, any one of which would have made a good story in itself. Louis and Emily Trevelyan are happily married until the malicious actions of Emily's old family friend drives a wedge between them. Both of them are too proud to admit they could be wrong, and what at first is a misunderstanding turns into something very deep and very dark. I thought this was going to be [...]

    26. This came highly recommended by a friend. She loves digging into characters, and this book certainly does that. But however much I tried, I just could not finish this book. I get stressed out when I'm around too much petty drama and this book has a lot of it. Trollope is an excellent writer. His characters are true to imperfect human form. He stands out as a master among English literary masters, but I just couldn't stand the unwavering pettiness that seems to dominate the major plot.

    27. This novel has all the interesting psychological details and character studies of Trollope's other novels. Interesting reflections on politics and the British class system of the period too. But the book was at least 200 pages longer than it needed to be and for much of the time I thought the story hot list in the details.

    28. I've been wanting to read this one ever since I saw the Masterpiece Theatre production of it. However, it's one huge doorstop of a book

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