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A Good Place To Start

The Eustace Diamonds 2
Barchester Towers 1
The Way We Live Now 1
The Warden 1

A Bad Place To Start

Barchester Towers 2


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Anthony Trollope

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bookbug January 27th, 2006 04:38 PM PST

Trollope is such an amazing writer. You certainly want to start right, because you will miss a lot if you don't. There are quite a few wrong places to start. The Barchester novels have never appealed to me at all (surely a matter of taste, as people do love them). I don't think you can go wrong with the Palliser novels. The first one is "Can You Forgive Her?" Chronologically, that's a sensible place to start--but I think "Phineas Finn" and "The Eustace Diamonds," which come later in the series, are better books. Perhaps one should sidestep the whole series question and start with "The Way We Live Now," a really masterful novel. For my money, Trollope's women are a hundred times more interesting than the women in Dickens. His ideas of a woman's place are--well, outmoded, at the least--but his understanding of the socioeconomic pressures on women in his time is superb. He also writes with amazing persuasiveness about how people accumulate power in government--read "Phineas Finn" for that. Terrific writer, don't miss him.

vitawallace January 27th, 2006 10:08 PM PST

I love Trollope, too. Many of his books explore difficult moral questions or choices in depth, yet they are easy to read and delightful in tone and texture.

hanmeng February 5th, 2006 10:37 AM PST

I started with the first of the Barchester novels, and have kept on going. (My being unreligous was no obstacle to enjoying them). Most recently I read The Way We Live Now, and found it to be my least favorite.

joecowley May 27th, 2007 12:42 PM PST

I, too, am a Trollope fan. I especially enjoyed the Palliser novels. I accidentally started with The Eustace Diamonds and was hooked. No need to read them in order if you don't mind going back and forth in time, with some characters major in some of the novels, and minor in others. Reading Trollope is like eating peanuts; one doesn't know when to stop, until the whole of the canon is empty. Joseph Cowley


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Anthony Trollope (April 24, 1815 - December 6, 1882) became one of the most successful and respected English novelists of the Victorian era. His popularity continues into the present day (some famous fans being Alec Guinness, who never traveled without a Trollope novel, and ex-Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, John Major); however, his reputation amongst literary critics fluctuates markedly, for reasons explained below.

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