An Old Man's Love Paperback – 16 Aug 2010
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About the Author
As young adult, Trollope endured seven years of poverty in the General Post Office in London before accepting a better-paying position as postal surveyor in Banagher, Ireland in 1841. The years in Ireland formed the basis of his second career delineating clerical life in small cathedral towns. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Mr Whittlestaff was rejected by a lady love when he was 30 years old, and has since then spent his life making himself comfortable, and is fairly set in his ways. He is not short of money, and lives well but modestly. When the daughter of a friend is orphaned, he takes her in, and decides over a period of just over a year that he will endeavour to make her his wife. Mary Lawrie, while grateful to Mr Whittlestaff, is torn between her feelings of gratitude and the ideology and dream of true love.
As always with Trollope's work, this book is not full of action, with characters racing to and fro. Rather, it is an introspective analysis of feelings, emotions, motives, ways of life, characters and their personalities. We are treated to the thoughts of the characters as they move through their crises and we view, more from an insider's perspective than we are normally able to, the paths that life can take and why. This is what Trollope was so good at - the emotive characterisations and the introspective reviewing of life. His writing, even though this was his last book and much of it was dictated to his niece due to Trollope's ill health, is as sharp as ever. But there is definitely sadness inherent in this story, of Mr Whittlestaff and his second chance at love. Totally recommended.
A modern reader will probably think it unreasonable that the young "hero" has not been in contact with his lady during his years of absence, and indeed the Victorian convention that an unmarried woman must hold no correspondence or communication with an unmarried man unless they are engaged, was already almost dead.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoyed this story bit sad for the old man enjoy all trollope booksPublished 9 months ago by Beryl Bromley
Typical Trollope intensive writing. Who shall she marry. The long lost young and rich sweetheart or the older suitor under whose protection she has lived for some time.Published 13 months ago by R J Soar
arrived in good time and as described. It is just what I ordered. What more can I say. book averagePublished on 15 July 2013 by M. Brownell