Now, if we're to read another Trollope, I'm open to suggestion. It seems to be a common position that Can You Forgive Her? is one of his weaker novels. It's unfortunate that it is Book 1 of the Palliser series. I'm told that Phineas Finn is a more painless way in. If we were to read just one novel from the middle of the series, the Lifetime Reading Plan (Major, not Fadiman) recommends The Eustace Diamonds. The Way We Live Now is generally considered to be the best stand-alone, but you and I have both read it. I don't particularly want to read it again, especially when there are several other choices. Trollope is hard because there is no Middlemarch -- no established masterpiece. He Knew He Was Right is supposed to be good. Darker than most Trollope. Some say the best study in jealousy since Othello. (No recommendation to you, Joffre, thou Shakespeare hater! :^) Other novels in the Chronicles of Barsetshire are highly regarded. Framley Parsonage (Book 4) has been compared to Austen, as has The
Small House at Allington (Book 5), which Virginia Woolf is said to have ranked with Pride and Prejudice as the two "most perfect" novels in English. And, finally, The Last Chronicle of Barset (Book 6) is often thought to be the most substantial of the Barsetshire novels (and also recommended by th LRP).
And, of course, we need not read any Trollope at all.
: Haha. I'm here. Just finding it hard to find time to
: post. I wasn't offended by anything. I do wonder what
: you read by Wood. Things I've read online, published
: in the Guardian and some other review, were quite
: dull, but I've enjoyed his books a lot.
: As for the Trollope, I'm sorry to say I'm not so
: interested. I very much enjoyed 'The Way We Live Now',
: the book I was reading on September 11, 2001, but
: feeling no desire to commit to one of the series, I
: just went ahead with 'Barchester Towers' only a couple
: years ago. After a slow start, it was enjoyable
: enough, but not so much that I'm ready to reread it
: now. If we're to read Trollope, my choice would be to
: choose the next most praised of all his novels, just
: picking it out of the series. I'm not sure what that
: is, and anyway it seems to be against your and
: Guillermo's inclinations. I suppose I could read just
: The Warden, but I don't feel much interest.
: I'm reading 'Disgrace' right now. Enjoying it pretty
: well. It seems Murr suddenly died without finishing
: his story. Seems that if the book were to have his
: name, it should have ended with something from him
: rather than the part about Kreisler. I suppose I can
: start Palomar in three or four days.
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