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  • Paperback: 864 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; 1 edition (9 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199537720
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199537723
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 4.3 x 13 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Brilliantly choreographed legal thriller'.- Craig Brown, The Mail on Sunday, 1.8.99

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As young adult, Trollope endured seven years of poverty in the General Post Office in London before accepting a better - paying position as postal surveyor in Banagher, Ireland in 1841. The years in Ireland formed the basis of his second career delineating clerical life in small cathedral towns. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Dec 2001
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Orley Farm is one of Trollope's best "stand alone" novels, i.e., not one of the Barsetshire or Palliser series. It tells the story of a woman accused of forging a will to give her son the property of Orley Farm. Lady Mason, the accused forger, stands among Trollope's best conceived characters; headstrong, capable of independent thought, yet feminine and essentially obedient to social convention, she rivals Jane Eyre for a character revealing an author's originality and insightfulness. There is also a host of entertaining minor characters: the bullying Newgate lawyer Chaffanbrass; the conniving Sophia Furnival; the comical commercial salesmen Moulder and Kantwise; etc., etc. And the dignified Sir Peregrine Orme, in his devotion to Lady Mason, makes you believe that one can love all the more strongly with age. For an entertaining, thoughtful (and long--over 800 pages) Victorian read, OF is perfect, and David Skilton's introduction is perceptive and helpful.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Didier TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 5 Nov 2010
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If you have read anything by Anthony Trollope, chances are it was one of the Barsetshire- or Palliser-novels. Maybe you even became addicted to Trollope's unique style? Such was definitely the case with me, and I read, with great pleasure, the entire Barsetshire- and Palliser-series. All of these novels are so good that, perversely, I afterwards sort of overlooked the fact that Trollope had written plenty of novels besides these. I recently decided to remedy this starting with 'Orley Farm' and now, having concluded this lovely book, I am very glad I did.

The plot of 'Orley Farm' in itself is simple enough: 20 years before the action of the novel is set, Lady Mason's husband died and in his will left part of his inheritance (to wit, the property of Orley Farm) to her son, leaving the rest to his son by an earlier marriage. At the time however, doubts were raised by Lady Mason's stepson about the validity of the will, but the ensuing court case ruled in favour of Lady Mason and ever since she has lived with her son Lucius Mason at Orley Farm. But now, a lawyer with a grievance against Lady Mason claims to have unearthed new evidence proving that at the time she forged the will.

Out of this simple set-up Trollope conjures up a fascinating story about guilt, ethics and the English judicial system, with as usual with Trollope, and luckily so!, a love-interest as well (with the elderly Sir Peregrine Orme falling in love with Lady Mason). True to what I had come to expect based on the Barsetshire- and Palliser-novels, Trollope tells his tale with great detail and an astonishing intuitive feel for people's thoughts and emotions. Although it's eminently clear where Trollope's own sympathies lie, he makes the 'bad guys' as believable (and human) as Lady Mason and her circle of friends.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gregory S. Buzwell TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Jan 2013
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Orley Farm tells the story of Lady Mason and a contested will by which her son inherited a desirable property. Twenty years later, and after some furtive digging by the rather bitter Mr Dockwrath who bears Lady Mason and her son Lucius a grudge the details surrounding the signing and validity of the will are once again called into question. The aggrieved parties press for a new trial and the full weight of the law lumbers into ponderous, dinosaur-like action. Lady Mason, once again finds herself about to stand trial but this time without her youthful vitality and wit to see her through.

Trollope clearly had a bit of an axe to grind with regard to the due processes of the law. He is not as vitriolic on the subject as Dickens had been in Bleak House but, as one can tell from the names he gives to one partcular firm of solicitors - Messrs Slow and Bideawhile - he was of the opinion that justice came a distant second to the legal arts of prevarication, making money and treating the law as a grand game. Whether innocent or guilty is not what matters to the legal combatants in the courtroom drama, it is being able to sway opinion, discard the incriminating and play upon the emotions of the jury that counts. An old gentleman like Sir Peregrine Orme, baronet, sees the English jury system as the pinacle of truth and justice but the shabby games played by the lawyers to defend the clearly guilty and persecute the obvioulsy innocent cause his entire faith in humanity to wobble. Trollope appears to be arguing throughout the novel that honesty and 'doing the right thing' should count for more when it comes to justice than the wit and guile of a clever lawyer.

As ever with Trollope there are several delightful subplots.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy Jardine on 28 Jan 2012
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I'm a great fan of Anthony Trollope, although this is hardly one of his best works. It still has some wonderful set pieces. There's a particularly good account of a hunting accident. There's a touching father / daughter relationship between the judge and Madeline. The dialogue, as always with Trollope, is lively and convincing. Above all a great courtroom drama to end the novel.
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