Posted by Stolzi on December 13, 1997 at 12:37:47:
In response to Dr Thorne, written by Constanza on December 12, 1997 at 16:04:40
I have just finished reading it (yesterday night) and I think it is fantastic! I love Trollope!!! He is so witty! It is as if you were personally acquainted with the characters! He writes of them as if they were real people!
I have been meaning to post to the same effect, as I just started re-reading Barchester Towers. I can't plow through all of Trollope (especially the political novels) with pleasure, but this one is a masterpiece. Twice at least I have laughed right out loud. (Yes, just as much at the male characters as the female.)
If you liked Mr Collins, you'll love Mr Slope! :)
As Constanza says, these are real people. Their triumphs, tragedies, and tea-table wars are down at the level of everyday life, and recognizable. In that, he is very like Austen; but he paints on a broader canvas.
Another remarkable achievement of Anthony Trollope's is to have depicted a simple, sincerely good, pious religious man, in Mr Harding. Not perfect, not a saint, but intensely real.
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