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Unscrupulous financial speculator Ferdinand Lopez, aspiring to marry into respectability and wealth, has society at his feet, with well-connected ladies vying with each other to exert influence on his behalf. Even Lady Glencora, the wife of Plantagenet Palliser, prime minister of England, supports the exotic imposter.
Palliser, respectable man of power and inherited wealth, is appalled by the rise of this man who seemingly appeared out of nowhere. When Lopez achieves his socially advantageous marriage, Palliser must decide whether to stand by his wife’s support for Lopez in a by-election or leave him to face exposure as a fortune-hunting adventurer.
This fifth installment in Trollope’s six-volume Palliser series is a brilliantly subtle portrait of love, marriage, and politics.
About the author: Anthony Trollope (1815–1882), the author of 47 novels, was one of the most prolific and respected English novelists of the Victorian era. He is best known for his series of books set in the English countryside as well as those set in the political life, works that show great psychological penetration.
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By K. Ray on 04-06-17
A book that needs real pages
Simon Vance is one of the best readers, and I love Trollope, but somehow the audiobook lacked verve. I had read it avidly years ago. The political sections- especially about members of parliament who had been in opposition and were now in power- seemed only too timely.
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By Barbara on 01-19-18
The Devil in a Top Hat
It takes someone like Trollope to write at such length about such horrible behaviour, and at - to some people at any rate - will look like inexplicable loyalty without the reader becoming irritated or disconnected. I wasn't prepared by any of his previous novels for such a clear-eyed and comprehending descriptive of prolonged domestic abuse. He knows all about gaslighting and the many other sophisticated tactics of the abuser. He understands how little impulsive behaviour and "anger management" has to do with this, and how much planning, control and insight is actually involved.
The descriptions of how effectively the victim is isolated from support not only by the abuser but by the judgement of friends and family, who join in the bullying in the belief (which they share with the abuser, ironically) that that's what is required, were painful to read. Injustice, patience and the eventual triumph of right over wrong are such recurring themes of Trollope's novels that you can't but hang in there. It's like when your team is taking a cuffing on the pitch, 5 nil down and ten minutes left to go, but something inside you tells you to hang on in till the bitter end. When Trollope shows you a hero or heroine, they become that to you, too. Who cares whether they win or lose, you think: it's doing the right thing that counts. (But you still want to see a villain sprawled, unmoving, at the foot of a very long, very steep flight of stairs with a banana skin stuck to their shiny footwear, or the 6-5 final score when the whistle blows, so you hang on.)