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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful Victorian novel of lives, times and emotions., 15 Sep 2011
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This review is from: He Knew He Was Right (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)
Like Dickens' works, every few years I seem to work my way through Anthony Trollope's books again. They are like old friends - you return to them every so often, and every time you enjoy them afresh. This work of Trollope's is one which seems like a very modern novel - the main protagonist, Louis Trevalyan, attempts to instruct his young wife as to the impropriety of her continuing to receive as visitor an older man, who has long been an acquaintance of her father, but who seems to have a reputation for dallying with young married women. In the England of the 1860s of which Trollope writes, this kind of social mistake could be a very serious matter indeed, and Trevalyan attempts to right this before it becomes a disaster for all concerned. Unfortunately, his wife has very determined views of her own, and their inability to reconcile their views or to meet each other halfway is destined to have deep ramifications for all in the family, and their wider social circle.

I sometimes wonder if Trollope's works would be a bit more accessible if they didn't (some of them, anyway) have such odd titles - He Knew He Was Right is an odd title for a novel of any time, as is The Way We Live Now, or An Old Man's Love. Books like R S Surtees' Jorrocks Jaunts and Jollities, or Mr Sponge's Sporting Tour virtually seem to shout at you from the shelves to be taken down and read, whereas some of Trollope's works seem to deny any kind of definition as to what they might even be about. It's a shame, as I have long found Anthony Trollope's works to be hugely rewarding reads - the Barchester Novels and the Palliser series are, in my opinion, among the best works in the English language.

He Knew He Was Right is a great novel and a great example of Trollope's wonderful writing, defining and presenting to the reader penetrating insights into men and women's inner lives, emotions, thoughts - this is one of the things that Trollope does so well - while little in the way of action occurs, the novels are deep studies of the inner workings of people's lives - and in a time and place which is only history to us today.

At well over 700 pages this novel requires the reader to commit to it from the start, and that's not hard to do - the characters are compelling and the narrative beautifully drawn from start to finish. Totally recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 18 Jan 2014
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Trollope at his best. Worth to read 900 pages which are never boring. Very good writing, unforgetable characters, a good story.
It was all done on the XIX century.
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