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The Belton Estate by [Trollope, Anthony]
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Clara Amedroz, a young single woman with no money, is courted by Will Belton and Captain Aylmer, but has trouble deciding which suitor really loves her.

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It is said of those who are small and crooked-backed in their bodies, that their minds are equally cross-grained and their tempers as ungainly as their stature. But no one had ever said this of Mary Belton. Her friends, indeed, were very few in number; but those who knew her well loved her as they knew her, and there were three or four persons in the world who were ready at all times to swear that she was faultless. It was the great happiness of her life that among those three or four her own brother was the foremost. Will Belton's love for his sister amounted almost to veneration, and his devotion to her was so great, that in all the affairs of his life he was prepared to make her comfort one of his first considerations.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1025 KB
  • Print Length: 351 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1847186777
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0084A1N8Q
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
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Although seriously under-proof read, and full of literals, this is a fine novel. The book itself is superbly produced with a feel of quality about it-and a most attractive cover. There is a sarcastic thread which runs through the portrayal of all the characters. Involvement in the unfolding biographies of the characters is absolute. The future mother-in-law is a grotesque dragon, full of self regard and superior attitudes but completely unaware that she is anything but a model to emulate. If you like Trollope you will love this book. The usual fault of Trollope is an over complex plot, with numerous superfluous characters being introduced-this work, refreshingly, does not suffer from this, although we have the usual annoying double negatives...'not unadjacent to','not dissimilar to..' Still, we can't have everything! Buy it!Michael Harris/Birmingham.
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I chose this book becuase (1) it was a free kindle download and (2) Belton was my maiden name so I felt drawn to it. I rarely read the classics but I so enjoyed this book that I have now downloaded more of Trollope's work. It takes a little while to become acustomed to the style of writing as it was done in the mid 1800's but it is well worth perservering as the language is rich and the story well told. You quickly grow to love the characters, some more than others and find yourself rooting for Clara and a happy ending. Trollope's way of storytellng gives a huge insight into the dilemas that faced a single woman without means in those times and reminds us of how far we as women have progressed since then and how the class structure has altered. I would highly recommend this book.
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By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 6 Aug. 2013
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I've read this book quite a few times over the years, and it always interests and engages me. The story is deceptively simple, as so many of Trollope's works are, but it is the characters, their motivations and their actions that tell the story. Trollope's characters are thoughtful, motivated, emotionally attached to their lives and it is the mulling over of thoughts, actions, and their consequences that make these stories so timeless, and yet so of their time, late Victorian England.

In this story, Clara Amedroz is destined to be homeless and without portion on the death of her father, as her brother has killed himself and the entail of their estate must therefore go to her distant cousin, Will Belton. She has some prospects of a small entitlement, but the misunderstandings, miscommunications, pride and ambitions of others may well stand in the way of her ultimate happiness. Will she become the bride of Captain Aylmer, or will she continue in her belief that "I think it would be well if all single women were strangled by the time they are thirty" as she tells her aunt.

The characters in this story are wonderfully brought to life; Clara, her father, Will Belton and his sister, Captain Aylmer and his family, and Colonel and Mrs Askerton play the parts they are destined to play, and do it so well that the reader is enthralled from start to finish. This story is full of social detail from Trollope's time, and his play on the social mores of Victorian England, and the way in which the reader is drawn into the times and the circumstances make this another Trollope classic. Totally recommended.
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How can this terribly badly scanned version have been allowed to be published? The errors are initially amusing, then irritating but finally infuriating. Anyone who scans text - especially old-fashioned text - knows that there can be problems. But this takes the biscuit!

Excellent story, of course, but even the author would have been embarrassed by this version of his work.
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Don't dismiss this lesser known classic. It's many years since I read Trollope and this is a delightful little tale if you take it in context of Victorian literature. I ploughed through the first third, dull hard work. Maybe I was adjusting to the Victorian language.

Don't be too put off by the predictable plot and - almost - one dimensional characters. If you look carefully and read intelligently you will find some nuggets. The way Trollope Treats his female lead is old fashion ed, feminist s be ware.
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