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Rachel Ray [Hardcover]

Ed Trollope Anthony
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10 Sep 2010
This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.

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  • Hardcover: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing (10 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1169326838
  • ISBN-13: 978-1169326835
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 25 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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'a welcome reprint of a rare novel of Trollope's and one of his more idyllic Birmingham Post 'Excellent editions with accessible and helpful introductions. Certainly ideal for undergraduate teaching. Dr L. G. Turton, Birmingham Polytechnic 'a welcome reprint of a rare novel of Trollope's and one of his more idyllic' Birmingham Post --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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 out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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THERE are women who cannot grow alone as standard trees;-for whom the support and warmth of some wall, some paling, some post, is absolutely necessary;-who, in their growth, will bend and incline themselves towards some such prop for their life, creeping with their tendrils along the ground till they reach it when the circumstances of life have brought no such prop within their natural and immediate reach. Read the first page
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rachel Ray - a ray of sunshine 10 Feb 2003
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This is one of Trollope's most enjoyable books. It introduces a host of typical Trollope characters - Tappitt the brewer, Mr Comfort the vicar, Mr Prong the odious curate - and the lovelorn, innocent Rachel Ray all living in a Devon village. Her swain, the rather dashing Luke Rowan is trying, in the nicest possible way, to modernise the brewery of Bungall and Tappitt, having inherited Bungall's share. Poor Mr Tappitt is hen-pecked and bullied by his wife and daughters, and their family life provides much of the comedy in this book. The scenes involving the preparations for a party chez Tappitt are beautifully observed and very funny, as is the incident of poor Mr Tappitt's fearsome hangover after a heavy dinner with the local electors.
Rachel's pious and rather unpleasant sister is wooed by Mr Prong, for her money rather than her charm or looks (or lack of them!), and this pair form another aspect of the story. She strongly objects the Rachel and Luke getting engaged and is a cause of them temporarily breaking up.
Trollope's skill is in making his characters totally believable and in showing us that family life has not changed all that much since the 19th century. We still have daughters that nag at us for new dresses for parties. We still disapprove of our children's choice of boyfriend or girlfriend. Young people want to rebel against their parents wishes, but most often end up trying to do the right thing.
I liked this book as much as any Trollope I have read and thoroughly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A splendid introduction to Trollope 4 Dec 2010
By Didier TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I'll waste no time getting to the point: what a splendid, lovely novel this is! Certainly, it is much smaller in scope than the Barsetshire-novels (logically, there's six of those) and deals with much less loftier themes than the Palliser-novels, but it captures much of what Trollope is all about in just 400 pages. Trollope to me is an absolute genius in analysing (which sounds much too dry to do him justice) human relations, and the inner conflicts of humans in dealing with friends, family and lovers. And in that respect 'Rachel Ray' is a little gem.

Of all the Trollope-novels I have read so far (which is about all of them) this is the most romantic, even idyllic, love-story: Rachel Ray is a girl of humble means living with her widowed mother and (also widowed) sister in the tiny village of Baslehurst. She has just turned 19 when Luke Rowan appears on the scene to claim his (inherited) share of the town's brewery from the current owner Mr. Tappitt. To Rachel's own disbelief he falls in love with her. But there is trouble brewing: in the form of Mrs. Tappitt (who would like to see Rowan married to one of her own daughters), Rachel's sister Mrs. Prime (who thinks it very unbecoming of Rachel to let herself be courted by this young man whom she knows so little about), and diverse others...

Will Rachel succeed in marrying the man who has captured her heart? I will not spoil the fun by giving that away here, but I will guarantee you an absolutely delicious time in finding out for yourselves. In the tiny village of Baslehurst Trollope creates a microcosm with a small cast of characters but each and every one is extremely well-drawn and very much 'alive': the staunch minister Mr. prong, the village gossip Mrs. Pucker, the brewer Mr. Tappitt and his scheming wife Mrs. Tappitt, ...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Barchesters 24 Aug 2009
By Pegs
Not a bad read. A bit insipid compared to his Barchester Novels but then they are a work of pure genius and I may be being a bit hard comparing all his books to this series. I would recommend this book as a holiday read not too taxing and easy to follow, a bit predictable but as with most Trollope still readable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The first one to read 28 Mar 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Having read all forty-seven of Trollope's novels, I would recommend Rachel Ray as the first one to read for someone unfamiliar with Trollope's work. The book is relatively short, Rachel is a delightful person, the plot is simple, the anti-evangelical theme is typical Trollope, the sense of place is good, and it all ends happily. What's not to like?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 16 Feb 2012
By Frankie
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Very enjoyable. A very nice little romance which also gave a good background of the social divisions of the day, as well as some interesting insights into business and electioneering.
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