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Phineas Redux (Penguin Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Anthony Trollope , Gregg A. Hecimovich
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Novel by Anthony Trollope, first published serially from July 1873 to January 1874 and in two volumes in 1874. It is a sequel to Phineas Finn and the fourth of the PALLISER NOVELS. The narrative begins after Finn's wife, Mary, has died in childbirth. He resumes his political career and again becomes romantically involved with Lady Laura Standish (now Kennedy) and Madame Marie Max Goesler, whom he eventually marries. An ethical and kind man, Finn is falsely accused of the murder of a rival politician. Eventually acquitted, he leaves political life in disgust. -- The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature

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Anthony Trollope was one of the most successful, prolific and respected English novelists of the Victorian era. His novels offer commentaries on political, social, gender-related issues and cover the conflicts of his time.

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  • File Size: 811 KB
  • Print Length: 342 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1115872672
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Public Domain Books (June 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000SN6JCC
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phineas again is a pleasure revisited. November 14, 2008
Format:Hardcover
I purchased the Palliser Series of books by Anthony Trollope -- Can You Forgive Her; Phineas Finn; The Eustace Diamonds; Phineas Redux; The Prime Minister; The Duke's Children. I have read the first four books in the series and will comment briefly on Phineas Redux, my favorite so far.

The reader who does not wish to read the books in order of composition would lose little by not having read Can You Forgive Her and The Eustace Diamonds. However, not to have read Phineas Finn would create some slight proplems because Finn's behavior in that first book is often mentioned in the second. Even so, it is possible to read Phineas Redux as a stand alone novel and derive much pleasure from the experience.

If we remove the boring Pariliamentary debates concerning the disestablishment of the Church of England, what remains is one of the most delightful of all English novels. Trollope is a great writer and he is at the top of his form in much of Phineas Redux. Particularly moving and convincing is the story of Lady Laura Kennedy, who loves Finn but is married to Robert Kennedy, a man she comes to hate and despise. She leaves Kennedy and takes up residence in Dresden to put herself out of the reach of her increasingly desperate and derranged husband. Finn once loved Lady Laura enough to have proposed to her, but she chose Kennedy and ended any chance she might have had to marry Finn. Even so, her love for Finn remains strong and true. This is a sad and moving story; Trollope is at the height of his powers in the telling of it.

The centerpiece of the novel is the trial of Finn for the murder of Mr. Bonteen, Finn's enemy. Trollope creates no mystery here. We know Finn is not guilty and we are given to believe that another enemy of Bonteen, the Reverend Mr.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The exciting climax of the Phineas Finn story. August 17, 1998
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
First, if you haven't read "Phineas Finn," be sure to read it first. "Phineas Redux" certainly can be enjoyed without knowing the earlier novel, but it would mean so much more if you saw how Phineas's character and his relationships with others have developed from the first.
"Phineas Brought Back" (as the title means) really brings back Phineas Finn with a vengeance. The handsome, sincere young Irishman has always been a favorite with the ladies. In the first novel he was wounded by a jealous rival; in this one he is fired at by another and has his name scandalized in a newspaper. The high point of the novel is his trial for the murder of a political enemy.
Trollope's genius for character development is superb in these 2 novels. Phineas grows from a naive political novice into a highly capable government official, but his conscientiousness keeps him from playing party politics and causes problems with other members of his party. Phineas maintains his total honesty, a trait which frequently is to his detriment in the real world. His reactions to his imprisonment, trial, and acquittal are exactly right, so perfectly true to the character which Trollope has built up through hundreds of pages.
At the end of the novel, Phineas is still Phineas, but he is a much wiser and sadly disillusioned man. However, he receives the reward of a splendid mate, a woman who is truly worthy of him and whom he now has matured enough to appreciate. If only he had married her when she proposed to him in the first novel! But then none of his engrossing problems would have occurred.
This is one of Trollope's most exciting novels, a true page-turner in the trial sequence. As always, every characterization is extremely well done by one of the world's greatest authors.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely satisfactory sequel to PHINEAS FINN January 7, 2002
Format:Hardcover
Combined, PHINEAS FINN and PHINEAS REDUX constitute one of the great yarns in Anthony Trollope's large catalog of novels. As art, they are not masterpieces and do not quite match up against his very best books, but as entertainment, they are unsurpassed. Together, they are easily as enjoyable as any that Trollope wrote. All of the major characters of the former novel are back with a vengeance, and a far more satisfying end to the Phineas Finn saga is provided than that provided by the first novel.
By all estimations, PHINEAS FINN, while a thoroughly enjoyable novel, ended badly. So badly, that Trollope felt compelled essentially to delete the ending of the former novel, and provide a new ending in the form of a novel to correct the error of his ways. In his AUTOBIOGRAPHY, Trollope expresses his extreme dissatisfaction with the ending of that novel. Happily, he more than atones for his literary sins with the sequel.
This novel, like its predecessor, is set against the background of a great political reform. In the former, it was suffrage (i.e., how many people would be given the right to vote), in this one, the disestablishment of the Church of England (i.e., breaking the tie of mandatory local taxes to support the Anglican Church). Perhaps for this reason, Phineas Finn's Catholicism, which was not alluded to in the former novel, is made much of. The same cast of parliamentary characters are brought back for this new controversy. One curiosity is that sometimes Trollope refers by name to the achievements of members of parliament such as Gladstone, Disraeli, or John Bright. What is odd about this is the fact that Gresham is pretty transparently based on Gladstone, Daubeny on Disraeli, and Trumbull on John Bright.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars If you loved "Phineas Finn" by Anthony Trollope
If you loved "Phineas Finn" by Anthony Trollope, you will love this story as well, just because Phineas is so endearing. Be sure to read all the Paliser series.
Published 21 days ago by Susan O'Connell
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series
The fourth in Trollope's series, The Palliser Novels, continues the story of Phineas Finn, a young man of integrity who battles ruthless opponents in Parliament and is tried for... Read more
Published 3 months ago by SouthernLady1948
5.0 out of 5 stars The saga continues
Phineas is a wonderful hero...
Published 3 months ago by Judy Douglas
5.0 out of 5 stars A triumph
First a warning: Phineas Redux is the fourth of the Trollope's Palliser novels and, while the six novels in the series can otherwise be read independently, this is an exception,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by reader 451
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is a great Trollope classic!
Published 4 months ago by Ed
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful, wry & and witty!
Recommended to anyone tired of current pathetic attempts at 'clever' novels (exempting those by J. K. Rowling, or the new Mr. Read more
Published 5 months ago by anything
4.0 out of 5 stars Very pleasant and diverting book
I had read a condensed version of the entire Palliser series many years ago so I was familiar with the story. I enjoyed my visit with old friends! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Diane Falkinburg
5.0 out of 5 stars Phineas Redux
I am in the fifth volume of the Palliser novels with Phineas Redux being the fourth in the sequence and each and every book is unique in it's own way with great characters and a... Read more
Published 13 months ago by tarheel
5.0 out of 5 stars at last...
The marriage we all wanted happens.... and the surprise is how surprised Trollope makes you about it, even on the second reading.
Published 14 months ago by C. Lightoller
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Trollope
Trollope is under-appreciated and is as good as Dickens but less long-winded and infinitely more readable. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Vermont USA
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