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Money, rank, marriage and principles
on 11 August 2013
These latest Penguin English Library editions are very well formatted with thoughtfully designed, substantial covers, quality paper and immaculately printed.
This is the third (after The Warden and Barchester Towers) and so far the best of Trollope's Barchester novels I've read.
His portrayals of the subtleties and nuances of character and the importance of, and relationship between, rank, money and marriage in the rural aristocracy (believed to be Dorsetshire) are exemplary. Trollope accurately emphasises the shades of grey in the generally fundamentally decent people of his novels, with only a few 'baddies' and 'goodies'. Doctor Thorne was Trollope's personal favourite of this excellent series.
Although I read very little fiction, Trollope's classic English novels of 150 years ago are a genuine pleasure.