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Can You Forgive Her? (Penguin Classics) Paperback – June 30, 1975
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This one, the first of the six novels, carries a title that carries no hint of any political content whatsoever. Indeed, the "her" of the title is a perverse young lady, Alice, who refuses for almost 900 pages to marry the man whom all agree is so eminently suitable. Alice is one of at least four women that Trollope presents, all of whom struggle to answer the question, "What should a woman do with her life?" As usual with his female characters, Trollope is a sensitive, sure and unsentimental narrator. The business of the men, and the political issues they address, seem to consist in keeping solvent, gaining a seat and an office in parliament, and sniffing out any parliamentary intrigues. All of which might suggest that this is one early Victorian novel that today's feminists could pick up, read, and enjoy.
I enjoy any Trollope novel immensely. No matter how slow moving, no matter how often he intrudes to comment on his characters and tell us what he does and does not know about them, every page of his novels and perhaps every sentence carries the stamp of a great novelist and language craftsman at work. Nevertheless, I must admit that "Can You Forgive Her?" has featured by my bedside for more than a year. This is not, therefore, a recommendation for something to quickly and thrillingly absorb the reader. It takes a long time to get to the novelist's final words, "But as they all ... have forgiven her, I hope that they who have followed her story to its close will not be less generous".
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The above "title" was given to this book by the writers of the English periodical 'Punch', referring to Alice, the main character of this book. Read morePublished 8 days ago by voracious reader
I have read many Trollope novels, including all of the Barchester novels, and found this probably his best so far. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Fort Worth Friend
Trollope has been one of those authors that I've circled around for years. Have always meant to read "something" but never quite sure where to start. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cphe
The first of the so-called Palliser novels, this long novel chronicles three love affairs, told almost exclusively from the woman's point of view. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Maud H. Chaplin
Alice Vavasor has managed to convince herself that she is not good enough to be the wife of philosophical, reclusive country gentleman John Grey. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Meredith/Susan
I couldn't put it down. The whole Palliser series is great. Funny and entertaining.Published 6 months ago by PHIL10562
“Can You Forgive Her?” sees Anthony Trollope at his best and wisest as he maps the lives and loves of half-a-dozen characters, charting their yearnings, disappointments and,... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Nelson H. Wu
Can You Forgive Her? is the first in the six-novel Palliser series, a group of books brought together by a set of common characters, but that does not need to be read in order. Read morePublished 7 months ago by reader 451
Anthony Trollope seemed to enjoy writing about women and their bad boy loves and this novel has a smorgasbord of them. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Charmaine Anderson