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5.0 out of 5 stars Darker than Phineas Phinn
This is the sequel to Phineas Phinn and part of the Pallisers series, but can still be read alone. Phineas - attractive, passionate and ambitious - faces his worst trial when his enemy is murdered and he himself is accused of the crime which he could so nearly have committed.

Excellent on Victorian society, politics and law, with fabulous female characters,...
Published on 29 July 2006 by Roman Clodia

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best work
Although I am a great fan of Trollope's work, I feel that in this book he recycles themes he has used in earlier novels i.e. foxhunting, the political landscape and a great trial(in fact Mr Chaffanbrass the lawyer first appears in the Three Clerks which I read just before this novel and I preferred). Even the central romance seems laboured. In my view, Phineas Redux would...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Darker than Phineas Phinn, 29 July 2006
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This is the sequel to Phineas Phinn and part of the Pallisers series, but can still be read alone. Phineas - attractive, passionate and ambitious - faces his worst trial when his enemy is murdered and he himself is accused of the crime which he could so nearly have committed.

Excellent on Victorian society, politics and law, with fabulous female characters, this is one of Trollope's best, most emotional and under-rated novels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Something rotten in the kingdom of Victoria, 27 Aug 2008
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Let me start right of by saying that this, the fourth novel in Trollope's Palliser-series, is to my mind the best in the series so far (I still have the last 2 to read of course). It is on the one hand everything one comes to expect from a good Trollope-novel, and on the other hand is clearly different.

At the start of the story Phineas is living a respectable but uneventful life in Dublin, working as a lawyer. His wife Mary has died giving birth to their still-born child, and Phineas must acknowledge to himself that he misses the thrill of his earlier career as an MP in London. So when he is asked if he will stand again in the elections he jumps to the opportunity, although fully aware that his money will soon run out unless he can obtain a job in some or other government office.

Phineas is elected and finds himself back in Parliament, full of high hopes and grand ideas (misguided, as he will duly learn) to participate in the democratic government of the country. But before long, things start to fall apart: in his election campaign Phineas pleaded for church disestablishment, only to find that his party opposes the very same measure, which leaves but two alternatives for Phineas,neither of them very attractive: either to vote with his party (in other words go back on the promises he made in his election campaign), or to vote against his party (which would probably keep his conscience clear but ruin his chances of obtaining a government post).

In his private life too, not all is as it should be. Whereas his easy charm used to make him the favorite of all the noble ladies in London society, his relations with them now seem to have become difficult and awkward. Lady Laura Kennedy (whom he once proposed to) is living separated from her husband and Phineas, though he is aware that she loves him passionately, also feels he cannot answer her love. Simultaneously, Phineas himself comes to realize that he loves Madame Max Goesler but is afraid to speak out because a few years earlier he rejected her offer of marriage.

And then, to top things of, Phineas' political rival Mr. Bonteen is murdered and the (circumstancial) evidence all points to Phineas who finds himself on trial for his life...

As I said in the beginning, 'Phineas Redux' has all the characteristics of a typical Trollope-novel: the easy, colloquial style, the amazing 'credibility' of the characters' emotions, feelings and actions, the immaculate way in which the plot is constructed, always wanting you to learn what 'happened next'. However, it is also very different in tone from earlier novels (most of all 'Phineas Finn', the second novel in the series). Whereas in 'Phineas Finn' our hero is overjoyed when he fulfills his dream of becoming an MP and basks in the political life, he now very soon becomes disillusioned with it all when he comes to realize that politics (also) equals petty scheming, power play and a rat race for well-paid jobs.

The ultimate blow to Phineas' belief in the entire political and judicial system comes when, innocent as he knows himself to be, he must face a murder-charge and feels that people he once considered friends now all of a sudden regard him with suspicion. As Phineas' outlook on the world becomes much gloomier, so does the novel's tone. In a way, this is the reverse situation of Josiah Crawley in 'The Last Chronicle of Barset': he doubts his own innocence (and, at times, even sanity) while his friends never do, whereas Phineas knows himself to be innocent but sees the suspicion building all around him.

In short, this is a tremendously good book with plenty of food for thought about honesty, truth, frustrated love, thwarted ambitions... It's the sort of book I would (and will) recommend ad nauseam to friends and acquaintances, and will definitely read again myself in the future. But first it's on to part five in the Palliser-novels, 'The Prime Minister'!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Phineas Redux review, 4 Jun 2013
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Having followed the earlier exploits of Phineas Finn, this a must-read title in the Palliser series.
The book is one of the best in the series having, in addition to the inevitable romantic element, politics, crime and a trial. The overall story has much more cohesion than some of the other Palliser books where there seems to be two or more parallel plots having quite tenuous connections and separate conclusions. Dickens, by contrast always managed to bring his plots together in a neat, if not always happy, conclusion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A triumph, 31 Aug 2014
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First a warning: Phineas Redux is the fourth of the Trollope's Palliser novels and, while the six novels in the series can otherwise be read independently, this is an exception, forming also the sequel to Phineas Finn. If you have not read Phineas Finn, then, you need to begin there, and you may also stop perusing this review, which will be found to contain spoilers by anyone who has not read the first in the pair.

I cannot claim to have read all of Trollope's forty-seven novels, but of those I have read, this has been the most exciting. Our hero Phineas, having lost his wife to childbirth, returns from Ireland to run in a fresh election. As soon as he sets foot in London, he is plunged in the maelstrom of electoral intrigue, ministerial rivalry, and party machination that makes parliamentary life. The Conservative leader, Mr Daubeny (i.e. Disraeli), has attempted to pull the rug under Liberal feet by entering a motion to disestablish the Church of England. Phineas, meanwhile, cannot stand the formation of a Liberal cabinet to be thwarted for too long, for he depends on the revenue a ministerial post promises to bring. But the second of the Phineas Finn novels, while it is as strong as the first in its depiction of parliamentary life, also ranges far wider. Murder accusations, a cliffhanger of a trial, vitriolic press scuffles all become intertwined with the political game. Phineas's impossible involvement with Laura Kennedy and the scandal caused by her bigoted husband also weave into the plot, and stand in between Phineas and the mysterious, beautiful, and wealthy socialite Madame Goesler. Phineas Redux is a complex novel with an extraordinarily rich plot, and it as full of suspense as it is verisimilar in its reconstruction of contemporary London life. I found it simply exhilarating.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Phineas Resurgent, 8 Feb 2014
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Trollope's direct sequel to Phineas Finn, The Irish Member (English Library) has the eponymous hero face a series of difficult challenges, the culmination of which is his being on trial for murder. It is therefore a far darker novel than the first, and far more enjoyable for it. Either book can be read as stand alone novels as the plot of the first is neatly concluded, and the second contains sufficient reminders and references to the first as to make it unnecessary to read. Political and personal jealousy lead to Finn's arrest. And rekindled rivalry among his female suitors similarly makes his widowhood an uneasy burden. As with the novel Phineas Finn, we learn more of the motivations and thoughts of these would be lovers than Finn himself. For that, we have his apparent stoicism and politeness towards each woman. Teasingly, there are occasional hints that Finn considers marriage as a means of helping his political career. A sub plot of Phineas Redux is the battle between fictionalised versions of Disraeli and Gladstone over disestablishment of the Church of England. Trollope has Disraeli propose this action to the annoyance of his own party, forcing the Liberals to oppose it (a gentle satire of the parties' similar positions over the Second Reform Act).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars anthony trollope, 14 Feb 2012
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Phineas Redux is another of Trollope's interesting books--made up of several interwoven stories. It gives a good insight into life at the time. I find it hard to put the book down. However, one has to be in the mood to deal with some of the political stuff, especially if one has forgotten some of the historical background
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous, 1 Feb 2001
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Having followed Phineas Finn through his earlier ups and downs it is a real pleasure to see him again. I love his quirkiness. He is such an unlikely hero, in that he moves in the world of politics and power but always tries to remain true to himself and his struggles are fascinating. He is so human because you can see how tempted he is and how many demons he has to fight. This novel has a fitting end to his struggles with love blossoming with the equally unconvential Madame Max. The characters in this series get better and better and my favourite, Lady Glencora, gets a great role in this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 21 Aug 2014
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You must read Phineas Finn before reading this. A classic and no wonder.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book for All Tastes, 31 Jan 2013
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Murder, mystery and romance all written with great style and wit. The characters were well drawn, both heroes and villains.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Phineus Redux - #4 in the Palliser series of novels by Anthony Trollope, 29 July 2012
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As usual with Amazon, really easy to purchase and download to my kindle.
Fascinating study of Victorian England, life for the upper classes especially wealthy ladies. Glad not to have been one of them . Politics is very different in some ways now and in other ways , not so different. Plus ca change!
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