Top positive review
A must for all Trollope fans
on 23 September 2017
Phineas Finn is the son of an Irish doctor, and makes his way to London to train as a barrister,. But before he is trained, he is scooped up by a friend and persuaded to stand as an MP. Much of the novel is about his career as a politician, and there is a lot of politics in this novel. As always, Trollope spares the reader no detail, and I did find the lengthy descriptions of the goings-on in parliament were a bit much.
But in tandem, there is Phineas's love life, for he is very attractive to women, and several are vying for his attention. Will Phineas go for the lovely Lady Laura? The wealthy Violet Effingham? Poor faithful little Mary, waiting for him back in Ireland? Or will he succumb to the charms (and the fortune) of Madame Max? As always with Trollope, love and money don't always go together, and the reader has to wait until almost the end of the novel to find out which way our hero's decision goes. He certainly kept this reader guessing up until the end.
I love Trollope; he's my favourite author, and I've read most of his books. But because this one is particularly wordy, I have downgraded it to four stars. But it is very much worth reading, and I would certainly recommend it to all Trollope fans.