|About the Book|
This book was slow to grab me, but once it did, I could hardly bear to do anything but read it. My previous favourite Trollope was Barchester Towers, which was very much of the tradition of Gaskells Cranford series and Jane Austens minutae of the upper middle class and aristocratic life style of the costume-drama time of history. This very long and book was quite different delving deep into the lives of just a few characters and also because it is the only one of Trollopes books where everything does not work out in the end. It has a psychological depth that was also evident in Barchester Towers but is not generally a mark of the work of Trollope and that together with the wonderful writing elevates it to one of my favourite books of the year so far, and possibly one of my favourites of all time.