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  • Paperback: 661 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks (1 Mar. 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192818082
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192818089
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 2.9 x 18.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 402,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Ewart on 9 Mar. 2013
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Mr Scarborough's Family is not in the first flight of Trollope novels, but it's still compelling, beautifully written (if you're accustomed to Trollope's likeable voice), and wonderfully plotted. I had read it a few times before, but wanted my next re-reading to be on my new Kindle. Unfortunately - and I don't want to sound ungrateful to the volunteers who transcribe books - the Kindle version uses American spelling throughout. ("Unfortunately" only because the book was written in British English). This is something it's possible to blank out when it's just colour / color, but "further" is rendered as "farther" throughout the book. In British English, further and farther have two distinct meanings. This undermined my trust in the transcription and I kept going back to the print edition, thinking "Did he really say that?". All that said - and with gratitude to the people who enabled me to read a Kindle edition - it's a good read and a masterly portrait of an old man who uses his intellect and manipulates circumstances to suit his own view of what the world should be.
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This book is far from being Anthony Trollope's best, but that still places it well up the quality chart. It is a very late work, and he knew only too well how to make us care what happens to his characters, even the ones that a reader instinctively shies away from, like Mountjoy Scarborough, Mr Scarborough's scapegrace eldest son and heir, whose debts and gambling endanger the estate. How can Mr Scarborough save his family property from the moneylenders, forerunners of Wonga et al, who have lent Mountjoy much less than they have made him agree to pay them?
The book does contain some portrayals of Jewish moneylenders which might be regarded as somewhat distasteful nowadays, but this sort of thing is par for the Victorian novel course. Perhaps the most significant objection to the work is that the denouement of the plot is somewhat contrived - the complications of Mr Scarborough's affairs, which he has deliberately created long before he knew he would have a need to be so, stretch the credulity of the reader quite a lot. There is an engaging sub plot concerning the possible marriage of Mr Scarborough's niece Florence, who is one of Trollope's standard strong willed young ladies, who having given their heart have to stick with the chosen man through thick and thin, but how the complicated business of Florence and her fiance will be resolved is pleasurable and sometimes humourous. It also includes what I think must be the first ever use of the word "fit" to mean sexually attractive, as one of the minor characters describes Florence in this way/
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How fascinating to read about Women's struggle for their rights, troubles in Ireland and opposition to fox hunting in theses two stories. The same arguments for and against that are used today. An absorbing read.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Talbot on 20 Jan. 2013
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It's Anthony Trollope - what more is there that needs to be said? A great writer who deserves a much wider audience.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
One of Trollope's best. 30 Jun. 1999
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This is one of my favorite Trollopes (and I've read 35 so far)! It is witty, clever and has plot twists worthy of the best suspense writers. This one deals with one of Trollope's favorite topics -- the law -- with the usual romantic crises thrown in, of course. Excellent book and I highly recommend it.
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The usual wonderful variety of characters 24 Oct. 2014
By Eleanor Bellett - Published on Amazon.com
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Almost the last novel Trollope wrote before his death. The usual wonderful variety of characters, good, bad and in-between, with their motives and thought proccesses beautifully described. As always, a good story.
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Mr Scarborough's Family 7 Dec. 2012
By Emma Simmons - Published on Amazon.com
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I chose this book because it was written by Anthony Trollope. His books always have a plot and to me are very interesting. I will read anything written by him
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A crafty scoundrel turns the law on its head 3 Jan. 2015
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Enjoyable portrait of a clever scoundrel, not without redeeming features, determined to outwit his son's creditors and preserve the family estate.
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Mr. Scarborough's Family 10 Feb. 2013
By Clarence - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a great fan of Trollope's work; have read and enjoyed 30 or 40 of his novels. But this one was awful. The characters are uninteresting, and it's very repetitious; he frequently rehashes what's happened before, and it gets very boring. His anti-Semitism is particularly ugly here. Altogether, a very disappointing book.
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