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About the Author
- File Size : 1072 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publication Date : January 29, 2020
- Publisher : GIANLUCA (January 29, 2020)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B084L4SW63
- Print Length : 373 pages
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
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- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 1984267396
- Lending : Not Enabled
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"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.
However it is the female characters who again take centre stage and shine through. There is the well intentioned Lady Glencora Palliser through to the delightfully notorious Lizzie Eustace, each are scene stealers and the main character Phineas is bland in comparison.
As you can tell, not a favourite in what has been up to now a sterling series that has kept me coming back for more.
Top reviews from other countries
The book is one of the best in the series having, in addition to the inevitable romantic element, politics, crime and a trial. The overall story has much more cohesion than some of the other Palliser books where there seems to be two or more parallel plots having quite tenuous connections and separate conclusions. Dickens, by contrast always managed to bring his plots together in a neat, if not always happy, conclusion.