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Can You Forgive Her? (Paperback)

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By Anthony Trollope, Stephen Wall (Introduction by)
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What a treat!
Trollope's mid-Victorian novel of love, politics and social class is surprisingly
contemporary: in love, the age-old dilemma between marrying the more exciting, if
ne'er-do-well, suitor over the more upright, stable and wealthy
lover; in politics, the
price of becoming an MP, both financially and morally, and the
machinations of appointments to
upper levels of government. All this is set against the backdrop
of social striving
within a rigid class system. Alice Vavasor's vacillations are
mirrored by those of her silly
but wise Aunt Greenow and her snobbish cousin Lady Glencora, married to the scion of a
wealthy and influential family.

Will Alice marry steadfast John Grey?

Will Aunt Greenow
marry striving farmer Cheesacre?

Will Glencora run off with ex-lover Burgo?

wit produces often laugh-out-loud scenes, as we discover the wisdom or
folly of ultimate choices. Enjoy!



— From Fay's favorites


Anthony Trollope's stock-in-trade was the life of the great drawing rooms of mid-Victorian England, where the thirst for wealth and political power and the need for love continually formed and reformed in unexpected, illuminating combinations. Can You Forgive Her?, the story of Alice Vavasor, her conundrums in love, and her confusions about the rights and duties of a modern, is the first novel in his magnificent Palliser series; it is energized on every page by the affectionate and ironicdelight Trollope felt in observing the entanglements of his splendid characters.

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About the Author

Anthony Trollope (1815-1882) was born in London to a bankrupt barrister father and a mother who, as a well-known writer, supported the family. Trollope enjoyed considerable acclaim both as a novelist and as a senior civil servant in the Post Office. He published more than forty novels and many short stories that are regarded by some as among the greatest of nineteenth-century fiction.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780140430868
ISBN-10: 0140430865
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: June 30th, 1975
Pages: 848
Language: English
Series: Penguin English Library