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on 4 June 2013
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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on 5 December 2014
A must if you have read Phineas Finn and want to know what happened next. His wife's death in childbirth was dealt with rather speedily - it did not seem to affect our hero very much but the rest of the story was pretty good - his arrest for murder, imprisonment and trial left real scars on him. It was more believable than his marriage which we only hear about in retrospect.
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on 8 March 2015
Not quite up to the standard of The Barchester Chronicles but this is an absorbing account of the complexities of the political and legal systems of the time. Phineas Finn is a memorising central character and this is the second novel detailing his career: don't miss the first one: - Phineas Finn!
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on 24 July 2015
Another Trollope classic in the Palliser series. Full of his usual brilliant characterisations and studies of the political and social mores of his time.
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on 21 August 2014
You must read Phineas Finn before reading this. A classic and no wonder.
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on 31 January 2013
Murder, mystery and romance all written with great style and wit. The characters were well drawn, both heroes and villains.
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on 8 August 2015
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