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Can You Forgive Her? (Penguin Classics) Paperback – June 30, 1975
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''This gracefully written work is perfectly read by Whitfield [a.k.a. Simon Vance], who successfully evokes the Victorian era.'' -- Booklist
''The polished excitement that animates Whitfield's reading comes across richly and compels the listener's attention.'' --AudioFile --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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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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There is no doubt that Trollope knows how to write well. The problem for me was that are no really sympathetic characters. Read morePublished 2 months ago by davids
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Anthony Trollope’s’ Can You Forgive Her, is book 1 of his 6 book Palliser series. It works as a standalone piece. Read more
Excellent mid-18th century novel about a stupid but well-off woman who cannot make up her mind about who she wants to marry and squanders her little fortune on the novel's villain. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Michael E. Nader
This is my second Trollope and I am hooked. It is impossible no to fall in love with the characters and it is funny too. Highly recommended!!!Published 3 months ago by Dex
Another Anthony Trollope classic. Great writing, enjoyable reading. Hard to put down.Published 5 months ago by Mark E. Owen
Immerse yourself in Anthony Trollope's perceptive novels of 19th century British life, and you'll end up wanting to read all, I believe some 57, of his novels. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Gary Ray Betz
For lovers of Victorian novels, this first installment of Trollope's Palliser novels is a gem.Published 8 months ago by Elizabeth Franks
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 months ago by voracious reader