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ISBN-13: 978-1426420160 ISBN-10: 1426420161

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: BiblioBazaar (August 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426420161
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426420160
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.5 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,849,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Anthony Trollope (1815-82) became one of the most successful, prolific and respected English novelists of the Victorian era. Some of Trollope's best-loved works revolve around the imaginary county of Barsetshire, but he also wrote penetrating novels on political, social, and gender issues and
conflicts of his day."

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Smiley on November 19, 2012
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Anthony Trollope wrote this book in Ireland, when he was working there for the English Post Office. It was his second book, and it shows that he knew how to write a social comedy from the beginning. The characters are beautifully drawn, and the dilemmas are, of course, utterly mundane and utterly dramatic. A piece of property goes to a plain but decent woman, which raises her value in the marriage market.Her brother resents her. Will he become violent, or is he just a hapless drunk? Another man, who has a large property, puts it in jeopardy by owning race horses--but his trainer is the wisest man he knows (which doesn't mean his horses always win). This is a jewel, written in Trollope's characteristic smooth but pointed style. No one in England was interested in the Irish when it came out (1848), and it sold about fifty copies. It has always been outshone by his later works. I believe he was thirty-two when he wrote it. But it is wise, entertaining and full of those sort of moral riddles we love Trollope for exploring.
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The Kelly's and the O'Kelly's is the 23rd novel by Anthony Trollope I have read. I had just finished the Macdermots of Ballycloran, his first novel, written in 1847 and decided that I would read his second novel, The Kelly's... written in 1848. Both stories are set in Ireland where Trollope worked as a young man for the English Post Office.

What I think is most noteworthy about The Kelly's... is the villain, Barry Lynch. Of all the many novels of Trollope I have read, Barry is by far the most evil and despicable person he has created. From our very first introduction to Barry to the end of the novel, he is hated and despised by all who know him, and for good reason. He is a selfish, self-centered man who will lie, cheat, steal, and even do murder to get what he wants. No spoilers here - Trollope takes us aside early in his novel and describes Barry's character in some detail. We know what to expect and we are not disappointed. Just as the villain Uriah Heep in David Copperfield adds dramatic conflict to that wonderful novel by Charles Dickens, so does Barry Lynch energize the plot in The Kelly's and the O'Kelly's.

As mentioned earlier, the novel is set in Ireland and Trollope provides much local color as he tells the story of Martin Kelly and the woman he wants to marry, Anty Lynch, Barry's sister, and then Fanny Wyndham and her fiancé Lord Ballindine, Frank O'Kelly. Barry Lynch does everything possible to prevent the marriage of his sister Anty to Martin Kelly and Lord Cashel, Fanny's uncle, tries his best to keep Fanny from marrying Frank O'Kelly. Barry and Lord Cashel want Anty and Fanny's money for themselves.

The Kelly's and the O'Kelly's is typical of the many novels Trollope will write about love lost and won.
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By Neil Jonas on October 10, 2014
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a bit drawn out but a good insight to the times
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diana G. Winslow on March 10, 2014
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I love Anthony Trollope.Although I realize that Britain of the 1800's was not always as good and honorable as he protrays it to be, but compared to the world we live in today, it's wonderful. It's an escape you never want to come back from. --of course to live you'd have to be a WEATHY Brit of the day!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ange on November 4, 2013
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Lots of fun. Get to know the Irish better. Met a man from Ireland. He was quite charming. Can see how the Irish can be romantic?
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