The Palliser Novels: 6-Volume Set

The Palliser Novels Volume Set 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 s

  • Title: The Palliser Novels: 6-Volume Set
  • Author: Anthony Trollope
  • ISBN: 9780195209013
  • Page: 473
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 woulIn 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. Trollope’s Pallisers books are a worthy reading challenge. Certainly padded but entertaining and thought provoking. National politics are a topic but more 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 [...]

    2. 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 e [...]

    3. Genius. Brilliant. Fantastic. 150 stars. And I still have the TV series to look forward to.If you enjoyed the Forsyte Saga and Brideshead Revisited as books, you will love this too.

    4. 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 matt [...]

    5. 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 text.The series has also been released as a mini-series by the BBC I believe.

    6. I had never read anything by Trollope before I started this series. There are a total of 6 books and I liked 3.5 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.

    7. The earlier characters (Lady Glencora, Phineas Finn, Lopez) are more interesting than the children but overall an engaging read.

    8. Not easy to read but so worth the effort!Between the Barsetshire Chronicles and the Palliser novels I have spent the better part of six months in the world of Anthony Trollope. (I'm rather a slow reader and have multiple books going at once). It has been a very satisfying time. I love these books. They are dense and time consuming, yet also compelling and totally absorbing. I've asked myself many times how I could be so caught up by a story in which absolutely nothing happens. Yet I am so involv [...]

    9. I've reviewed this books serially. A pretty stupendous achievement albeit without the innovative power of Dickens or Balzac. Trollope was the novelist, and to an extent the apologist, of the English ruling class, both politically and socially. Outsiders are dealt with and the system absorbs just enough change to replicate and continue itself, at least in Trollope's time.

    10. Brilliant characters, but lots of nineteenth century politics to wade through too. Six novels in all, some easier to like than others!

    11. Magnificently accurate and on occasion heartily funny view of life in the "upper 10,100" of Great Britain during the second half of the 19th century, the great age of reform. The portrait of Plantagenet Palliser is particularly subtle, but many others are almost as telling, whether they be of Phineas Phinn, the ambitious and attractive Irish MP who is making his fortune, Lady Glencora, the future Duchess of Omnium, Planty Pal's wife, whose giddy political ambitions illustrate the limitations of [...]

    12. Magnificently accurate and on occasion heartily funny view of life in the "upper 10,100" of Great Britain during the second half of the 19th century, the great age of reform. The portrait of Plantagenet Palliser is particularly subtle, but many others are almost as telling, whether they be of Phineas Phinn, the ambitious and attractive Irish MP who is making his fortune, Lady Glencora, the future Duchess of Omnium, Planty Pal's wife, whose giddy political ambitions illustrate the limitations of [...]

    13. Trollope did not have the humor that leavens Dickens and I found my eyes glazing over during some of the lengthy diatribes on the politics of the day. None the less,there's a reason his books are still around-- his characters leap off the page and delight the reader.Note:There was an excellent BBC miniseries done of "The Pallisers"--having read the books I am now watching it with great pleasure. It's available via YouTube--you can find the first episode at youtube/watch?v=EUwqJz But read the boo [...]

    14. Given that I only recently finished The Barsetshire Chronicles, I feel like I've had a Trollope marathon upon finishing The Palliser Chronicles! So wonderful to immerse onself in 19th century British society and culture for a good long haul. The characters are so beautifully developed, and their problems sometimes seem rather modern. The politics of the time were not well known to me, so that was interesting, too. Just a wonderful read, start to finish, and I'm sad to see the saga of the Pallise [...]

    15. - Just finished the first novel: wonderful 19th century soap opera. Cannot get enough of it.- Started the second novel: seems to be even better. - Not sure why I liked the third novel less (the Eustace Diamonds): a bit too long winded maybe?- I definitely have a soft spot for the novels where Phineas Finn is one of the main characters.- Started the last novel: loving it.Anthony Trollope is now one of my favorite writers.

    16. This is a collection of six lengthy novels by Trollope which I've read over the past year or so. The book is about the fictional political class of England in the 1860s and 1870s, focusing on the one very powerful family and their circle of friends. At its core, Trollope lays open the thoughts and emotions behind the way we live, today just as well and 150 years ago. The books are compelling and a great read. Start with "Can You Forgive Her?"

    17. Really loved this series, I read the abridged version which I am so glad I did because Trollope can get very wordy (no sure a true word:) and redundant with his sentences. Though there is a lot of literature pertaining around parliament but that part was sort of educational for me. However, I love period piece books so of course I loved this Victorian piece novel.

    18. I am rereading this series after a 20-year break. Better than I remembered -- and I liked it back then. If you find the British government confusing, read these books. It will help sort it out as not much has changed in the political structure. And Trollope was obsessed with fox hunting, so horse folks will have fun with the series.

    19. I read these novels separately, rather than as a set. However, I soon realized that each built on the previous, and should be read as a series, in order. I really feel that these books give a view into English life of the time of the author. In fact, he intended for people to approach reading them in the order in which they were written.

    20. I had never read Trollope, and decided to try the Palliser novels. My library had a few of the individual novels, but not the first book so I ordered this volume from a nearby library. It turned out to be an abridgment, which made for much faster reading, I'm sure, than the originals. Yet I can't help wondering what I missed. I may try one of the original books to compare.

    21. I have been reading the series off and on since summer. The books follow the lives of a group of people who are involved in politics in the late 1800's. It is interesting to note that the areas of concern are still relevant and current even today.

    22. Would like to find this set in good condition. Found it in Philadelphia but didn't want to carry it back with me. I want to read these but since startingThe Warden I think I should finish the Chronicles of Barsetshire first.

    23. Truly fantastic literature. The novels are centered around english politics in the late 1800's and are wonderful examinations of human relationships - especially marriage. They are delightful books to read as well and very funny.

    24. Along with the Barchester novels these books provided a great way of getting into Trollope and reading something from every period of his writing life. Took me six months to read them.

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