Can You Forgive Her? (English Library) Paperback – 27 Jun 1974
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Can You Forgive Her? Alice Vavasor cannot decide whether to marry her ambitious but violent cousin George or the upright and gentlemanly John Grey - and finds herself accepting and rejecting each of them in turn. Full description
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Trollope's great trick is to get you to care about people you only half like and partially approve of. He very skillfully shifts your sympathies around from one character to another until by the end of the book you percieve them all fully rounded, with faults and virtues equally. You can even manage a small corner of sympathy for the most clearly 'bad' character in the book George Vavasor.
The other great thing about Trollope is his enormous understanding of women, their social position and the choices they face. What would he make of women today?
For: beautiful writing, unforgettable characters, entertaining read.
Against: nothing. But it is quite long.
The book is peopled with unforgettable characters from the wonderful aunt Greenow to the memorable farmer Cheeseacre who is desperate to get married but whose ideas of romance consist in telling the woman he covets how lucky she is to have been selected as his prospective bride...
And we meet Glencora Palliser, Alice's cousin, a young woman who has been married off to a prominent member of the establishemnt and who is deeply unhappy as she cannot forget the good-for-nothing but handsome and blue-eyed Burgo Fitzgerald her heart longs for...and a host of other people just as brilliantly sketched.Read more ›
As ever with Trollope the real joy of the novel lies in the characters. Somehow the people in his books are every bit as memorable as those in Dickens and yet they always manage to remain on the right side of caricature. My personal favourite in Can You Forgive Her? is Mrs Greenow, perpetually playing her two suitors off against each other. At one point Captain Bellfield goes down on bended knee and pursues the widow around her drawing room professing his undying love only to be met with Mrs Greenow's superbly withering comment 'You've pushed all the chairs about, you stupid man'. She's fabulous and she steals every scene in which she appears.
There is, however, a serious message beneath all the comedy.Read more ›
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I'm really enjoying this enormous book. Being written by Trollope, the pace is slow and detailed, but well worth the trouble and the depth of the characters builds up until one... Read morePublished 1 month ago by B. Cooper
I have been putting off reading the "Palliser" novels as I have heard them described as the parliamentary novels and when it comes to politics I'm clueless. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jenny (South Africa)
Trollope in full throttle
At this stage he was so big he presumably never had an editor - and TBH this would be a far, far better book if the first 250 pages were... Read more
No problem. Didn't want to purchase a new copy, and they're not easy to find anyway.Published 3 months ago by hilary e bennett
A substantial and very intricate work which explores many aspects of human relationships - mainly of the romantic sort - and also touches on aspects of politics. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Huw Davies
Trollope is one of my favourite writers and this is as good as one expects from a master.Published 5 months ago by B Manning
Can You Forgive Her? is the first in the six-novel Palliser series, a group of books brought together by a set of common characters, but that does not need to be read in order. Read morePublished 12 months ago by reader 451
Having carefully chosen the Penguin version for my Kindle, I was extremely disappointed to find errors and typos a-plenty on every page. Read morePublished 13 months ago by The Professor