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on 25 February 2010
Love is not just for the young but elderly people can feel just as strong an emotion as the fore said. This tale is faily autobiographical relating in this fictional work of the author, Anthony Trollope`s experience with his American (platonic) friend Kate Fields. It is written sensatively and yet with compassion not leaving out the demoralised effect on realising that it is a love that can never be. A most enjoyable book to read.
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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 14 March 2013
This is Trollope's last complete novel, finished just seven months before his death in 1882. In it, there is a definite touch of sadness and sorrow as Trollope contemplates the life story of an `old man' who tries for love once more. The `old man' of the book is just 50, but I suppose in 1882, that really was considered too old to leave a life of confirmed bachelorhood, and to change a whole way of life.

Mr Whittlestaff was rejected by a lady love when he was 30 years old, and has since then spent his life making himself comfortable, and is fairly set in his ways. He is not short of money, and lives well but modestly. When the daughter of a friend is orphaned, he takes her in, and decides over a period of just over a year that he will endeavour to make her his wife. Mary Lawrie, while grateful to Mr Whittlestaff, is torn between her feelings of gratitude and the ideology and dream of true love.

As always with Trollope's work, this book is not full of action, with characters racing to and fro. Rather, it is an introspective analysis of feelings, emotions, motives, ways of life, characters and their personalities. We are treated to the thoughts of the characters as they move through their crises and we view, more from an insider's perspective than we are normally able to, the paths that life can take and why. This is what Trollope was so good at - the emotive characterisations and the introspective reviewing of life. His writing, even though this was his last book and much of it was dictated to his niece due to Trollope's ill health, is as sharp as ever. But there is definitely sadness inherent in this story, of Mr Whittlestaff and his second chance at love. Totally recommended.
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on 19 June 2015
An Old Man's Love was, as others have said, the last work that Trollope completed (The Landleaguers was left uncompleted at his death, but at least, unlike Dickens with Edwin Drood, he did at least leave notes of how he meant it to proceed). It is short compared with the works of his prime, and lacks the detailed subplots that his readers expected of him. The story concerns a man who by modern reckoning is hardly more than middle-aged, (and hwo even at the time could hardly be expected to be called old, who takes into his house the young daughter of a deceased friend after the death of the step-mother with whom she has lived, and who has been left penniless and homeless by these deaths. Unbeknownst to him she has fallen in love with a young man who, while not unsuitable, has no money to keep a wife, and thus has not spoken to her of any future they might share. Instead he has gone away to South Africa, and she has not heard from him for several years. Although she still loves him, she is brought to give ear to the "Old Man" when he proposes marriage to her. The book concerns what happens then, and how the lives of the three main characters, plus a housekeeper of the "Old Man" who has a drunken and abusive husband but who has to say the least fixed ideas about female duty, will pan out. Every reader knows from the beginning what will happen, the story hunges on how it can be brought about without fundamental upheavals to the consciences of the characters.
A modern reader will probably think it unreasonable that the young "hero" has not been in contact with his lady during his years of absence, and indeed the Victorian convention that an unmarried woman must hold no correspondence or communication with an unmarried man unless they are engaged, was already almost dead. Trollope's characters are rather old fashioned in many respects, and their scrupulous Victorian etiquette is one aspect of that.
This is a volume for the specialist, the Trollope fanatic (thought there are plenty of them around) and those wishing for completion, the average reader will be advised to stick to the main line of Trollope's works, the Barchester novels in particular.
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on 19 June 2015
An Old Man's Love was, as others have said, the last work that Trollope completed (The Landleaguers was left uncompleted at his death, but at least, unlike Dickens with Edwin Drood, he did at least leave notes of how he meant it to proceed). It is short compared with the works of his prime, and lacks the detailed subplots that his readers expected of him. The story concerns a man who by modern reckoning is hardly more than middle-aged, (and hwo even at the time could hardly be expected to be called old, who takes into his house the young daughter of a deceased friend after the death of the step-mother with whom she has lived, and who has been left penniless and homeless by these deaths. Unbeknownst to him she has fallen in love with a young man who, while not unsuitable, has no money to keep a wife, and thus has not spoken to her of any future they might share. Instead he has gone away to South Africa, and she has not heard from him for several years. Although she still loves him, she is brought to give ear to the "Old Man" when he proposes marriage to her. The book concerns what happens then, and how the lives of the three main characters, plus a housekeeper of the "Old Man" who has a drunken and abusive husband but who has to say the least fixed ideas about female duty, will pan out. Every reader knows from the beginning what will happen, the story hunges on how it can be brought about without fundamental upheavals to the consciences of the characters.
A modern reader will probably think it unreasonable that the young "hero" has not been in contact with his lady during his years of absence, and indeed the Victorian convention that an unmarried woman must hold no correspondence or communication with an unmarried man unless they are engaged, was already almost dead. Trollope's characters are rather old fashioned in many respects, and their scrupulous Victorian etiquette is one aspect of that.
This is a volume for the specialist, the Trollope fanatic (thought there are plenty of them around) and those wishing for completion, the average reader will be advised to stick to the main line of Trollope's works, the Barchester novels in particular.
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on 15 July 2013
arrived in good time and as described. It is just what I ordered. What more can I say. book average
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on 18 October 2013
Trollope's last completed novel. Quite short by his standards but even then it's a thin story stretched out. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed it. I just love his words rolling past me! A simple story of love, fair play, honour and loyalty.
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on 24 July 2015
Typical Trollope intensive writing. Who shall she marry. The long lost young and rich sweetheart or the older suitor under whose protection she has lived for some time.
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on 20 November 2015
Enjoyed this story bit sad for the old man enjoy all trollope books
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on 20 January 2013
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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on 8 August 2015
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