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Ralph the Heir

Ralph the Heir [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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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 464 pages
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By bookelephant TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This is essentially the story of Good Ralph (the natural son of a certain Gregory Newton) and Bad Ralph (Ralph the Heir). Since Gregory Newton's estate is settled, he cannot leave it to Good Ralph, who has all the virtues of a squire to be. Instead it must fall to Ralph the Heir, who has run up mountains of debt in anticipation of his expectations, and considers the land as no more significant than being a route to financial stability. Driven to extremity he proves his utter unfitness by agreeing to marry his tailor's daughter - and then when she prefers honest worth in the form of a radical tailor sinks lower still: he actually agrees to sell the reversion to Gregory, thereby enabling Good Ralph to inherit. Gregory's untimely death prevent this harmonious plan from coming to fruition and Good Ralph is left to find his feet (and of course tue love) in another place, while Ralph the Heir reaps his due reward....
Apparently Trollope thought this one of the worst novels he ever wrote. I think that his view is a little harsh, but it does have little to commend it except to the hard core Trollope fan. For those who like his political obsession, this is the book in which you can find an almost autobiographical account of his own experience as an unsuccessful political candidate. It is also fascinating in attitides to illegitimacy, the social value of land to the Victorian mind (Ralph loses considerable status simply by agreeing to sell the reversion, and never quite regains it) and in the intricacies of settled land.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ralph the Heir 16 Mar 2010
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In my view Trollope's second or third best book, although the experts wouldn't agree with me.It has everything that Trollope is famous for-pace,involvement,historical interest, and humour-but to a large degree.Michael Harris
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5.0 out of 5 stars In the top three 20 Mar 2012
This is one of Trollope's best: in the top three out of the forty-four I have read. For me it is his funniest book: for the situations that the "Bad" Ralph gets himself into, but also for the jokes and plays on words. And everyone gets what they deserve.
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I bought a copy of The Vicar of Bullhampton last year. I was unable to read it because of the smallness of the type and the fact that it was full of errors. It was so bad I threw the book away rather than let someone else try and read it. Very poor.
Ralph the heir is a great read but get another edition, that's my advice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trollope shines as portraitist, moralist, amiable cynic 2 Sep 1998
By Erica - Published on
Ralph The Heir, written late in Antony Trollope's life, is not as well known as his Palliser or Barchester novels, and this is a great shame. To my mind his talents are on display here in all their mature glory; his penetrating observation of human motive and weakness, combined with a raucous, convaluted storyline and a wicked sense of humor. Trollope knows people through and through, and it is no small thing that he refuses here to make even his villain a monster. In true Trollope form, Ralph who is the heir (there are two Ralphs and two heirs) is in embarrased circumstances. Having spent a rather idle life waiting for his uncle to die so that he might inherit (and with the old squire hale at sixty, this will not likely happen soon), Ralph finds himself in debt up to his eyeballs...or perhaps his hand-tooled hunting boots. With a stable of hunters and a fierce riding breeches habit, Ralph must do something, but what? Just what Ralph does, and how it touches the whole pantheon within his circle (and a few decidedly outside it!) gently underlines Trollope's deep concerns for his time: just what is a gentleman? What, indeed, is nobility in man and woman? And how are we so often willfully blinkered by love, loyalty, ambition, and hate? There are several storylines in Ralph The Heir, and the author does not disappoint those who delight in watching him tie all these delicious tales together in almost Seinfeldian fashion. Parliament figures prominently and the election (or rather the attempt at an election) of a principal character is so marvelously portrayed, so wicked, it alone is worth the price of the book. Trollope is a gem. Gentle, kindly in his characters, he truly loves people and when he laughs at them, I rather think he is laughing also at himself. Enjoy this; it's one of Trollope's best.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Late Trollop 1 May 2009
By Harold Kaplan - Published on
The laws on entail prevent Squire Newton from leaving his estate to his illegitimate son Ralph. The rightful heir is the squire's nephew, also Ralph, a charming but callous young man whose only talent is accumulating debt. Can the squire circumvent the law and leave the property to Ralph the noble rather than to Ralph the wastrel? This is late Trollope and contains some of his best writing. The secondary characters are superb, especially Ontario Moggs, Friend of the Working Class, and Mr. Neefit, who is determined at almost any cost to see his daughter Polly a "lady". The political chapters are among Trollope's best writing, far superior to the politics described in his earlier Palliser novels. Much of the novel is a convincing portrait of empty-headed, time-wasting Ralph, who as Trollope points out is a rather odd choice for "hero". There is also a fascinating gallery of rogues with whom Ralphs hangs out. The problem with this novel is that the good, genteel heroines -- Patience, Clarissa, Mary-- are lifeless and boring. As Trollope says, men may act but women must "sit and wait". Unfortunately noble women sitting and thinking noble thoughts and waiting for something good to happen, makes for less than exciting reading. By contrast, Polly Neefit shows considerable good sense, courage, pluck, but she is a tradesman's daughter, not a lady and therefore need not be genteel. A great read, but move quickly through the dry patches.
3.0 out of 5 stars just okay 25 Jan 2013
By B. Faw - Published on
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I thought this book was just okay. I stuck with it because I am a Trollope fan and would like to eventually read all of his works. This Kindle book was free on in the classics section. Free sure beats the price of Trollope books if you can even find them.
5.0 out of 5 stars Ralph the Heir 19 Jan 2013
By Roberta Silver - Published on
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I love anything by Trollope. I like to own the books, but my copy had tiny print, so reading it on the Kindle was a pleasure.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trollope Fan 27 Jan 2009
By schimmel1885 - Published on
It took several years, but I have read ALL of the novels by Anthony Trollope (plus two biographies). Some books were from the library and some were purchased. After Jane Austen, Trollope is my favorite author.
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