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The Bertrams [Paperback]

Anthony Trollope
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13 Jun 2013
This is undoubtedly the age of humanity—as far, at least, as England is concerned. A man who beats his wife is shocking to us, and a colonel who cannot manage his soldiers without having them beaten is nearly equally so. We are not very fond of hanging; and some of us go so far as to recoil under any circumstances from taking the blood of life. We perform our operations under chloroform; and it has even been suggested that those schoolmasters who insist on adhering in some sort to the doctrines of Solomon should perform their operations in the same guarded manner. If the disgrace be absolutely necessary, let it be inflicted; but not the bodily pain. So far as regards the low externals of humanity, this is doubtless a humane age. Let men, women, and children have bread; let them have if possible no blows, or, at least, as few as may be; let them also be decently clothed; and let the pestilence be kept out of their way. In venturing to call these low, I have done so in no contemptuous spirit; they are comparatively low if the body be lower than the mind. The humanity of the age is doubtless suited to its material wants, and such wants are those which demand the promptest remedy. But in the inner feelings of men to men, and of one man's mind to another man's mind, is it not an age of extremest cruelty? There is sympathy for the hungry man; but there is no sympathy for the unsuccessful man who is not hungry. If a fellow mortal be ragged, humanity will subscribe to mend his clothes; but humanity will subscribe nothing to mend his ragged hopes so long as his outside coat shall be whole and decent. To him that hath shall be given; and from him that hath not shall be taken even that which he hath. This is the special text that we delight to follow, and success is the god that we delight to worship. "Ah! pity me. I have struggled and fallen—struggled so manfully, yet fallen so utterly—help me up this time that I may yet push forward once again!" Who listens to such a plea as this? "Fallen! do you want bread?" "Not bread, but a kind heart and a kind hand." "My friend, I cannot stay by you; I myself am in a hurry; there is that fiend of a rival there even now gaining a step on me. I beg your pardon; but I will put my foot on your shoulder—only for one moment. Occupet extremum scabies."

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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (13 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 149043500X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1490435008
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 21.6 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,120,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anthony Trollope (1815-1882) was born in London to a bankrupt barrister father and a mother who, as a well-known writer, supported the family. Trollope enjoyed considerable acclaim both as a novelist and as a senior civil servant in the Post Office. He published more than forty novels and many short stories that are regarded by some as among the greatest of nineteenth-century fiction.


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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bertrams - excellent. 28 Jun 2014
By Frankie
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Another excellent book by Anthony Trollope. It was particularly interesting that part of the action took place in Jerusalem and descriptions of the place were very interesting. However, some of the philosophical passages went on a bit long and I'm afraid that a skipped over some of them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Light and dark (and virtue rewarded) 3 Oct 2013
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Quite a dark novel, with a strong story line, although somewhat over-padded in places, and stylistically rather given to histrionic interjections by the narrator. But beautifully characterised, with the light and the dark of the characters, as the plot swirls around and is ulimately underpinned by the sensible, grounded Adele, who is rewarded by finally getting her man (although why she desires such a feeble also-ran is beyond this reader!).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tread Warily 27 Sep 2013
By M. J. Saxton VINE VOICE
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This is one of Trollope's undervalued novels, in my opinion, as it contains some of his most contentious ideas. Certainly the opinions of George Bertram regarding interpretation of the Bible must have caused quite a stir when this book was first published. They are a sign of the times, though, with Darwin looming large.

The story treads a precarious line beginning with the engagement of Caroline and George who are deeply in love, but far too proud to admit when their temperament carries them too far. Driven from each other, they make some bad life choices. However, the way to conclusion leads them into precarious territory where they could almost be viewed by the world as adulterous lovers. Indeed, this would seem to be the only possible ending to their situation. That or suicide which Caroline threatens. It's fairly heady stuff for mid-Victorian three volume-ness!

It is probably only because of Trollope's restraint in depicting the world at large that the story is made acceptable.

The villain here is Sir Henry Harcourt, but he is not dyed-in-the-wool, we see his gradual transformation with early psychological insights.

The sub-plot of marriage (or not) at the vicarage is much more classic Trollope territory and none the worse for that, if a little insipid. However, he doesn't dwell on it too much.

Needless to say the novel concludes using one of Trollope's favourite solutions, but (because of the unusual nature of this novel) his hero and heroine are not crowned with glory.

Extremely worth a read. My only criticism of the format is that it is large to hold and the print is exceedingly small for someone with poor eyesight (such as me). The Kindle edition is probably the better option here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Trollope 8 Sep 2009
By Cynthia - Published on Amazon.com
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Trollope wrote "The Bertrams" fairly early in his writing career and to me it felt different from his usual fare. Of course there was his theme of boy meets girl, he/they fall in love, boy gets girl, boy loses girl, boy eventually wins girl. The emotion seemed more raw though. In "Bertrams" Trollope also threw in some exotic locales such as Jerusalem and Egypt. On the surface this can seem boring but Trollope was always so good at looking under his character's skin to their psychology, their emotions, and motivations. His writing never gets old for me and compared to some of today's harsher literature and even harsher current political/financial/emotional climate reading Trollope feels like a conversation with a trusted friend. He never lets you down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars the nature and limits of prudence 16 Dec 2009
By Harold Kaplan - Published on Amazon.com
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Books by Trollope that are not part of the two series (Palliser, Barsetshire) tend to be neglected. This one deserves far more attention. It is Trollope at his best. The structure is intricate, the characters superb, the pace brisk. the wit and satire sharp . No dry spells, no simpereing Victorian maidens. This has a Balzacian flavour to it; there are a number of characters looking for the main chance. Caroline is one of his most interesting creations. There are three plots which are both parallel and contrasting: George and Caroline, Adela and Arthur, and Sir Lionel's search for a rich heiress. I would say the major theme of the book is the limits of prudence. The scenes in Cairo and Jerusalem add color, an exotic quality, to the story. A delightful read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF HIS BEST 29 Nov 2003
By LINDA LEVEN - Published on Amazon.com
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THE STORY IS ESSENTIALLY A LOVE STORY -- ABOUT 2 MAIN COUPLES. THERE ARE LOTS OF OTHER PSYCHOLOGICAL SUBPLOTS, ALSO. THE STORY INVOLVES TWO YOUNG MEN WHO ARE EACH IN LOVE, ONE GEORGE BERTRAM AND ONE ARTHUR W. GEORGE DENOUNCES HIS UNCLES MONEY AND WILL NOT BE MOVED TO ANY SORT OF ACTION BY IT -- THUS CAUSING THE WOMAN HE LOVES TO POSTPONE THEIR MARRIAGE. SHE WANTS TO LIVE WELL WITH LOTS OF MONEY. ON THE OTHER HAND, ARTHUR DOES THE SAME, FEELING HE CANNOT MARRY HIS LOVE SINCE HE HAS NO MONEY. THE EFFECT THAT MONEY OR THE LACK THEREOF HAS ON THESE 4 PEOPLE AND THE OTHER CHARACTERS IN THE STORY IS THE CENTRAL THEME. THE BOOK IS SO BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN AND EXAMINES DEEPLY THE PSYCHE OF ALL THE CHARACTERS. I LOVED IT!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trollope adds something different 28 Nov 2009
By Maggie Jarpey - Published on Amazon.com
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Trollope delivers his usual good story with good characters but adds something new here--an Englishman's view of Jerusalem in the 1800s. It's fascinating, and he reveals his own Christian beliefs in this book very clearly. The two romances are also a little different from his usual ones--very satisfying, I thought. And, again, he does not neglect humor. Having read many Trollope novels, I rate this one among the best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE BERTRAMS 31 Jan 1999
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"The Bertrams is one of Trollope's more remarkable novels, drawing on his experiences in Egypt and the Holy Land, and has an unusually exotic flavour, particularly for readers familiar only with the English rural world of his Barsetshire series."
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