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5.0 out of 5 stars Ralph the Heir
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
Published on 16 Mar. 2010 by Mr. Michael Richard Harris

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite as bad as Trollope thought it - but not great either
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite as bad as Trollope thought it - but not great either, 5 Feb. 2010
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Nonsuch Classics are poor quality productions, in my opinion., 2 Jan. 2012
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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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