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Phineas Redux [Kindle Edition]

Anthony Trollope
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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

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Phineas Finn returns to the House of Commons but is accused of murder and stands trial at the Old Bailey. These audio cassettes contain the complete and unabridged story.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 948 KB
  • Print Length: 342 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1115872672
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00848YE70
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Darker than Phineas Phinn 29 July 2006
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
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This is the sequel to Phineas Phinn and part of the Pallisers series, but can still be read alone. Phineas - attractive, passionate and ambitious - faces his worst trial when his enemy is murdered and he himself is accused of the crime which he could so nearly have committed.

Excellent on Victorian society, politics and law, with fabulous female characters, this is one of Trollope's best, most emotional and under-rated novels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Something rotten in the kingdom of Victoria 27 Aug. 2008
By Didier TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Let me start right of by saying that this, the fourth novel in Trollope's Palliser-series, is to my mind the best in the series so far (I still have the last 2 to read of course). It is on the one hand everything one comes to expect from a good Trollope-novel, and on the other hand is clearly different.

At the start of the story Phineas is living a respectable but uneventful life in Dublin, working as a lawyer. His wife Mary has died giving birth to their still-born child, and Phineas must acknowledge to himself that he misses the thrill of his earlier career as an MP in London. So when he is asked if he will stand again in the elections he jumps to the opportunity, although fully aware that his money will soon run out unless he can obtain a job in some or other government office.

Phineas is elected and finds himself back in Parliament, full of high hopes and grand ideas (misguided, as he will duly learn) to participate in the democratic government of the country. But before long, things start to fall apart: in his election campaign Phineas pleaded for church disestablishment, only to find that his party opposes the very same measure, which leaves but two alternatives for Phineas,neither of them very attractive: either to vote with his party (in other words go back on the promises he made in his election campaign), or to vote against his party (which would probably keep his conscience clear but ruin his chances of obtaining a government post).

In his private life too, not all is as it should be. Whereas his easy charm used to make him the favorite of all the noble ladies in London society, his relations with them now seem to have become difficult and awkward.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Phineas Resurgent 8 Feb. 2014
Format:Paperback
Trollope's direct sequel to Phineas Finn, The Irish Member (English Library) has the eponymous hero face a series of difficult challenges, the culmination of which is his being on trial for murder. It is therefore a far darker novel than the first, and far more enjoyable for it. Either book can be read as stand alone novels as the plot of the first is neatly concluded, and the second contains sufficient reminders and references to the first as to make it unnecessary to read. Political and personal jealousy lead to Finn's arrest. And rekindled rivalry among his female suitors similarly makes his widowhood an uneasy burden. As with the novel Phineas Finn, we learn more of the motivations and thoughts of these would be lovers than Finn himself. For that, we have his apparent stoicism and politeness towards each woman. Teasingly, there are occasional hints that Finn considers marriage as a means of helping his political career. A sub plot of Phineas Redux is the battle between fictionalised versions of Disraeli and Gladstone over disestablishment of the Church of England. Trollope has Disraeli propose this action to the annoyance of his own party, forcing the Liberals to oppose it (a gentle satire of the parties' similar positions over the Second Reform Act).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Phineas Redux review 4 Jun. 2013
By douglas
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Having followed the earlier exploits of Phineas Finn, this a must-read title in the Palliser series.
The book is one of the best in the series having, in addition to the inevitable romantic element, politics, crime and a trial. The overall story has much more cohesion than some of the other Palliser books where there seems to be two or more parallel plots having quite tenuous connections and separate conclusions. Dickens, by contrast always managed to bring his plots together in a neat, if not always happy, conclusion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A triumph 31 Aug. 2014
By reader 451 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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First a warning: Phineas Redux is the fourth of the Trollope's Palliser novels and, while the six novels in the series can otherwise be read independently, this is an exception, forming also the sequel to Phineas Finn. If you have not read Phineas Finn, then, you need to begin there, and you may also stop perusing this review, which will be found to contain spoilers by anyone who has not read the first in the pair.

I cannot claim to have read all of Trollope's forty-seven novels, but of those I have read, this has been the most exciting. Our hero Phineas, having lost his wife to childbirth, returns from Ireland to run in a fresh election. As soon as he sets foot in London, he is plunged in the maelstrom of electoral intrigue, ministerial rivalry, and party machination that makes parliamentary life. The Conservative leader, Mr Daubeny (i.e. Disraeli), has attempted to pull the rug under Liberal feet by entering a motion to disestablish the Church of England. Phineas, meanwhile, cannot stand the formation of a Liberal cabinet to be thwarted for too long, for he depends on the revenue a ministerial post promises to bring. But the second of the Phineas Finn novels, while it is as strong as the first in its depiction of parliamentary life, also ranges far wider. Murder accusations, a cliffhanger of a trial, vitriolic press scuffles all become intertwined with the political game. Phineas's impossible involvement with Laura Kennedy and the scandal caused by her bigoted husband also weave into the plot, and stand in between Phineas and the mysterious, beautiful, and wealthy socialite Madame Goesler. Phineas Redux is a complex novel with an extraordinarily rich plot, and it as full of suspense as it is verisimilar in its reconstruction of contemporary London life. I found it simply exhilarating.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Phineas Redux
A must if you have read Phineas Finn and want to know what happened next. His wife's death in childbirth was dealt with rather speedily - it did not seem to affect our hero very... Read more
Published 1 month ago by D. Morant
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
You must read Phineas Finn before reading this. A classic and no wonder.
Published 5 months ago by JohnCUK
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book for All Tastes
Murder, mystery and romance all written with great style and wit. The characters were well drawn, both heroes and villains.
Published on 31 Jan. 2013 by Monica Helena Nish-Purdie
3.0 out of 5 stars Time for a slimmed down Trollope
Publishers would do readers a great service if they were to edit monstrous tomes like this which were originally published in serial form in the 19th century and are repetitive,... Read more
Published on 23 Jan. 2013 by John Fitzpatrick
4.0 out of 5 stars Phineus Redux - #4 in the Palliser series of novels by Anthony...
As usual with Amazon, really easy to purchase and download to my kindle.
Fascinating study of Victorian England, life for the upper classes especially wealthy ladies. Read more
Published on 29 July 2012 by jmg
5.0 out of 5 stars anthony trollope
Phineas Redux is another of Trollope's interesting books--made up of several interwoven stories. It gives a good insight into life at the time. Read more
Published on 14 Feb. 2012 by winnie gilroy
1.0 out of 5 stars Book falling apart
I cannot, by giving one star, say that I hate this book. I adore Trollope and am thoroughly enjoying reading it. Read more
Published on 13 Aug. 2011 by Alice
3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best work
Although I am a great fan of Trollope's work, I feel that in this book he recycles themes he has used in earlier novels i.e. Read more
Published on 26 Dec. 2010 by Lindyloo
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