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The Small House at Allington [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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The devoted Johnny Eames and the self-seeking social climber Adolphus Crosbie and the relationship of each to Lily Dale make a touching tale. These audio cassettes contain the complete and unabridged story.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 909 KB
  • Print Length: 781 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1847026672
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00849VSXM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite book 25 Sep 2009
By bookelephant TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
All of the reviews on this book are right - and yet they are wrong! For me, the central character is Adolphus Crosbie, a man with whom everyone must identify. Crosbie is a man who sees the right course and acknowledges it, but cannot stop himself from following the wrong one. Who cannot understand and sympathise with this? He finds something right, and true, which would make his life better, and help him to live his life better, but ultimately cannot resist the false glamour of an aristocratic marriage - even while he knows deep down that he despises the woman he is marrying and the things for which she stands. The passage after the wedding when he finds himself alone in the train compartment with Lady Alexandrina communicates the awful, empty, cold feeling that comes with acknowledging a great mistake like nothing I have ever read before or since.
Of course Lily Dale must not be forgotten, and she is indeed more than a symbol of simplicity and truthfulness. She reminds us that people make their own experience of love - it is not a "one size fits all" affair, and asks us the question about whether for some people love can only come once.
And of course being Trollope, along the way there are a variety of well fleshed out and engaging other characters (Earl de Guest is a particularly endearing one and Trollope saunters through himself, disguised as Johnny Eames), a few guest turns from old friends (Mr Harding stands as a moral fingerpost to Crosbie as he crosses the line between right (Allington) and wrong (Courcy Castle), and Lady Dumbello enjoys a quasi flirtation with a future hero, Mr Palliser), and lyrical descriptions of the beauties of the scenery.
Every page offers its pleasures and the book is a great joy. Finally, if you read it and like it, do try to get hold of a version with the original illustrations - by Millais- which are simply lovely.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful and accessible 5 Sep 2006
Format:Paperback
Although this book could never be described as 'fast-paced', it's a wonderful book. Trollope's language is so simple, contemporary and beautiful. The characters are so human, and I found myself really sympathising, empathising, enjoying... and getting annoyed with them! The book is about relationships between people, kindness, bravery, hope and hopelessness, love and lovelessness.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "It is to me almost as though I had married him." 16 April 2008
By Didier TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This fifth novel in the Barsetshire chronicles has, as often with Trollope, an almost stupefyingly simple plot: Lily Dale is courted by the 'swell' Adolphus Crosbie who then, not one month after their engagement, drops her for the daughter of an earl. Lily is heartbroken but resolves she still loves Adolphus and therefore can accept no other man, even though a much worthier man soon presents himself in the person of John Eames.

In a nutshell, that's all there is to it. But, as also always seems the case with Trollope, out of this simple plot he weaves a beautiful tale that keeps you turning pages although nothing much really happens (definitely not by today's standards). How so? For starters, Trollope is a master at analyzing and describing the thoughts and emotions of his characters (most of them ordinary people like you and me), which makes them leap of the page like real-life people you know in the flesh and, often as not, you find yourself identifying with one or more of the main characters, wishing them well and hoping they'll succeed in their endeavours as if they were your own. In this case too, although you know from the start that nothing will come of it, you cannot help but hope that Lily will give up her stubborn behaviour and accept the man that truly loves her.

Secondly, altough in this case the main plot gives little room for mirth Trollope does introduce quite a lot of humour by means of the various subplots and secondary characters (the head-gardener Hopkins for instance, or earl De Guest). It's rarely the laugh-out-loud kind of humour (although there's a few hilarious scenes) but mostly rather subtle, which makes it none the less effective.
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5.0 out of 5 stars small house at Allington 26 April 2014
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I love the Barchester novels, and so enjoyed revisiting this book. Can only advise readers to try it - though Lily Dale should have been more sensible in her choice of life partner.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A View of the 'House" after 150 years. 11 Dec 2013
By John Austin HALL OF FAME TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Perhaps like me, you have been reading your way through `The Chronicles of Barsetshire'. After turning almost 600 pages in your reading of `The Small House at Allington', you'll have been in the good company of Anthony Trollope for five of the six novels in the series. In this fifth novel, however, you'll spend almost no time in Barchester, although some of its inhabitants show up from time to time. Expect to meet a new cast of characters.

Confrontations, curmudgeons and crises - things that Trollope can depict so well - are largely absent from this novel. Trollope resorts to the `Will A marry B?' plot formula and his exposition is long, slow-moving and lacking in suspense. What is unique however, in my reading of Trollope's novels, is his touching depiction of the searing heartache that a young woman may suffer when jilted by her lover.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The classics 29 July 2013
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Couldn't wait to read yet another superb book I can not get enough of trollopes writing keeps me reading into the early hours of the morning
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent
Published 15 hours ago by deidre york
2.0 out of 5 stars Too Many Words
I didn't like the style - much too verbose. I didn't find the characters interesting. That is all I have to say.
Published 5 months ago by Anne M Scrimshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Trollope
Love this book, I reread it after many years and enjoyed it as much as ever. The characters, who live in such a different world to ours, are real with understandable emotions and... Read more
Published 13 months ago by AP
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Ok, so I'm not a book critic. I'm actually 13 years old and only bought this book because it was free and recomended. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Lucy Thomas-Stanton
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Very good novel, rich in humour and with an interesting plot. Trollope, IMHO, is a novelist not less important than Dickens or Thackeray.
Published 16 months ago by Francesca
5.0 out of 5 stars How small?
I have read other novels by this author and can't wait to read this one. It will make a good read on holiday.
Published 17 months ago by tiddioggie
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful armchair read
Please read my review on Framley Parsonage (same author same series). I think that these books are Anthony Trollope's best.
Published 18 months ago by beastygirl
4.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly enjoyable read
I had read all the other books in the Chronicles of Barset series and, having never discovered The Small House at Allington in any Charity Shops, was delighted to find it (free! Read more
Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars The Small House at Allington
The Barchester series continues with this excellent tale of young love, immaturity, selfishness and broken hearts.
Lilly Dale is loved by John Eames. Read more
Published on 6 Aug 2011 by Rich
3.0 out of 5 stars Small House at Allington
A delightful read. I had high expectations, having read other Anthony Trollope books, and was not disappointed. Read more
Published on 14 July 2011 by jacqueline
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