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The Prime Minister



The fifth of the six novels in Trollope's Palliser novels: Can You Forgive Her? (1864), Phineas Finn (1869), The Eustace Diamonds (1873), Phineas Redux (1874), and The Duke's Children (1879).

Anthony Trollope may have a name amongst the unversed for political topics, but I have to differ, as all the different series [Barchester, Palliser] are first and foremost wonderfully woven stories of people and relationships. He puts in the words of his protagonists such clever and profound thoughts that we can quite often find ourselves echoing the sentiment, in these times - in fact his stories are timeless. Listening to them on CD read by Timothy West brings them alive in a whole new way, and the careful, polite and 'delicate' society of those times is enlightening to those people who are only used to the overt behavior of current the last few decades.--Submitted by Vera Saunders

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Using a Kindle, I'm 40% into The Prime Minister. This is about the twelfth novel of Trollope's which I have read so far. I consider it one of Trollope's best. The characterization of Ferdinand Lopez and his wife Emily Wharton are particularly well done. These two characters stand out far above that of the Prime Minister (Plantagenet) and his wife Glencora, at least in this novel. I am interested in knowing what others who have read this novel think of it. I'm surprised no comments about it are yet found here. The rage of Ferdinand against Emily, (only for having remembered her former suitor as a friend, not as a lover, because she says she never actually loved him as a candidate for marriage); well, this rage about which I read last night in bed, kept me awake half the night; it's so realistic! Ferdinand is a disgusting sociopath, or at least an extreme narcissist. I think Trollope had an incredible capacity to describe human personality disorders.

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