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3.5 out of 5 stars
The Bertrams
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on 3 October 2013
Quite a dark novel, with a strong story line, although somewhat over-padded in places, and stylistically rather given to histrionic interjections by the narrator. But beautifully characterised, with the light and the dark of the characters, as the plot swirls around and is ulimately underpinned by the sensible, grounded Adele, who is rewarded by finally getting her man (although why she desires such a feeble also-ran is beyond this reader!).
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VINE VOICEon 27 September 2013
This is one of Trollope's undervalued novels, in my opinion, as it contains some of his most contentious ideas. Certainly the opinions of George Bertram regarding interpretation of the Bible must have caused quite a stir when this book was first published. They are a sign of the times, though, with Darwin looming large.

The story treads a precarious line beginning with the engagement of Caroline and George who are deeply in love, but far too proud to admit when their temperament carries them too far. Driven from each other, they make some bad life choices. However, the way to conclusion leads them into precarious territory where they could almost be viewed by the world as adulterous lovers. Indeed, this would seem to be the only possible ending to their situation. That or suicide which Caroline threatens. It's fairly heady stuff for mid-Victorian three volume-ness!

It is probably only because of Trollope's restraint in depicting the world at large that the story is made acceptable.

The villain here is Sir Henry Harcourt, but he is not dyed-in-the-wool, we see his gradual transformation with early psychological insights.

The sub-plot of marriage (or not) at the vicarage is much more classic Trollope territory and none the worse for that, if a little insipid. However, he doesn't dwell on it too much.

Needless to say the novel concludes using one of Trollope's favourite solutions, but (because of the unusual nature of this novel) his hero and heroine are not crowned with glory.

Extremely worth a read. My only criticism of the format is that it is large to hold and the print is exceedingly small for someone with poor eyesight (such as me). The Kindle edition is probably the better option here.
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on 28 June 2014
Another excellent book by Anthony Trollope. It was particularly interesting that part of the action took place in Jerusalem and descriptions of the place were very interesting. However, some of the philosophical passages went on a bit long and I'm afraid that a skipped over some of them.
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on 11 April 2016
Format is terrible. Difficult to read, with many typos.
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on 6 July 2015
Far too long and not enough happening.
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on 25 July 2015
OK
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