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  • Paperback: 864 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (27 Jun. 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140430865
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140430868
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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As one reviewer below has mentioned, this book does indeed take a while to grab your attention. For me it took at least 300 pages to really get going but once it did there was no putting it down.
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?
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I started reading the Palliser novels after seeing a review describing them as "still the best description of British political life". They do, indeed, contain a lot of politics - particularly the later volumes, "Phineas Finn" and "Phineas Redux"; and this remains astonishingly contemporary. But the most up-to-date aspect of this extraordinary series of books is the sexual politics, as a series of vividly drawn women and men struggle to find happiness between social convention and sexual attraction. "Can You Forgive Her", which features the headstrong Lady Glencora Palliser and the intense Alice Vavasor both torn between desirable rakes and steady pillars of society, is to my mind one of the best of the series. It's also very funny, alive with irony and sophisticated wit.

For: beautiful writing, unforgettable characters, entertaining read.

Against: nothing. But it is quite long.
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The central story of this novel follows the fortunes of Alice Vavasor as she wavers between two men and two lifestyles. The aptly named Mr Grey has the merit of truly caring for Alice rather than her money whereas her cousin George's suit seems based on ambition, freedom from debt and a desire to outdo his rival. The choices seem simple to the reader but Alice's stubborn nature is combined with a fickle moodiness that makes her follow a more complex path. Her attachment to her cousin thus seems harder and harder to understand as it becomes clear she guesses that a spiteful greed and hatred underlies his outer veneer. Later in the story, however, the light from the flawed character of Alice is almost lost in the glare from the vibrant Glencora, wife of the rich and powerful politician Plantagenet Palliser. Lady Glencora has already faced a very similar choice to that of Alice and is now trying to live with that decision. The Pallisers almost steal the show; setting-up the reader to enjoy the series of "Palliser" novels of which this is the first. This tale combines Trollope's excellent use of language with some memorable characters and events, all of which should hold the attention of anyone who enjoys classic satirical fiction.
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"Can you forgive her" is the best Trollope book I have ever read and although I am far from having read them all, I must have been through at least 12 of them. In "Can you forgive her?" spirited Alice Vavasor cannot reconcile herself to the idea of marrying the man she truly loves because his sedate style of life doesn't agree with Alice's idea that people who have knowledge and opportunity should make something useful of their lives.As a woman she cannot take an active part in political life and is therefore determined to be the helpmate of someone willing to take risks and to serve his fellowmen. She becomes engaged to her cousin whose political ambitions she respects but finds herself distraught at having promised herself to a man she cannot love... and then starts the long campaign of Mr John Grey, jilted lover of the resolute Alice, who is unable to come to terms with the fact that the woman he cherishes is not to be his and who is determined he shall overcome all obstacles and marry her after all.
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.
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In this, the first of the Palliser novels, Anthony Trollope tells three inter-twined stories. In the first the lovely but indecisive Alice Vavasor dithers awkwardly between the two men in her life - the saintly John Grey (upstanding, respectable, wealthy and, yes, a bit dull) and her cousin George (dashing, charismatic, charming and about as acceptable in polite society as a nine-pound note). In the second the coquettish Mrs Greenow - perpetually dabbing at her eyes in posed melancholy rememberance of her rather uninspiring deceased husband - teases and toys with the affections of her two suitors: the wealthy but oily Mr Cheesacre and the charming but thoroughly shabby Captain Bellfield - hero of many non-existent battles in places no-one can ever find on a map. Finally, in the third strand of the narrative, Trollope tells the tale of Plantagenet Palliser and his efforts to rise in the government of the day while keeping his delightfully free-spirited wife, the very lovely Lady Glencora, under some sort of control.

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.
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