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    Emotional Detachment

    I wonder if Isabel Archer could have survived her marriage to Gilbert Osmond through the kind of therapy used in Co-Dependents Anonymous, specifically through "emotional detachment." I have attended...
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    Josef Pieper

    Dear mal4mac:

    Thanks for the link. Very good way of presenting Pieper's book. This will help students to start reading it. And it's a must to read the book itself.
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    A slow read for a slow life.

    I'm reading this book and taking as much time as I need. When it tires me, I flip over to another book on my Kindle, then come back to The Portrait of a Lady when I'm ready for more. Yes, the book...
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    The Duke's children turned out all right.

    I finished the book. The curiosity about who is going to marry whom makes you persevere to the end. The children finally end up mature and well-educated. The virtue of patience is produced in them...
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    Thackeray's Vanity Fair

    Two years have passed since my last post on Vanity Fair. After having finished only 20% at that time, I have finally taken up this novel again. This time, my impression is completely different. I...
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    How to spoil your children.

    I'm one-third into The Duke's Children, the sixth and final novel of the Palliser series. You cannot second-guess Trollope. Lady Mary's lover would appear to be Ferdinand Lopez redivivus (of the...
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    Memories of The Small House at Allington.

    After having read several of Trollope's books, I reflect fondly on The Small House at Allington. This is a book that is well worth reading. I still feel sorry for Lilly's lover, not the one who...
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    Dealing with guilt in Trollope.

    Another Trollope book where something similar happens is The Prime Minister. Emily Wharton acquires a tremendous guilt feeling from having married, against all her friends' and relatives' advice,...
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    Phineas Redux

    Anthony Trollope's Phineas Redux is another exciting book by Trollope. I finished reading it about half a year ago. For those who like political maneuverings, this book is easy enough to follow. ...
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    Finished the book.

    I finished the book last week. It was well worth the effort. In the 21st Century we have to make a big effort to read novels of the 19th Century, because we don't have the time to dally as they...
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    Enjoying The Prime Minister

    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...
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    When a just man suffers.

    I finished reading this novel. The hard part of it was following the political maneuvers of British parliament. I never was interested in politics. Those who are probably find these maneuvers...
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    Forgiving Alice's idealism.

    Well, I finished reading this book some time ago. Alice (a name which means "truth" in Greek) changed her mind three times about whom she really loves. This is a marvelous story for analyzing...
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    I read this book about four years ago. So the...

    I read this book about four years ago. So the plot is kind of hazy at this distance of time. However, the impression that remains in me is of a dream. There is a way in which G.K. tells the story...
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    Thank you optimisticnad. Since you've read this...

    Thank you optimisticnad. Since you've read this book a number of times, you're the one to be our mystagogue, helping us get into this book. I have started reading the book and have found myself in...
  16. I think we are too close to the present to judge...

    I think we are too close to the present to judge it from the future. For example, Charlotte Brontė did not think very highly of Jane Austen's books. From the 20th Century, I think The Lord of the...
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    Movies vs. books

    Movies and books are entirely different art forms; practically useless to compare them. Some movies may be better than the book they are trying to put on screen. But generally a book has much more...
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    I've finally finished. This is the kind of book...

    I've finally finished. This is the kind of book I read to get to sleep at night. The story goes on and on. This book is recommendable to spouses who suffer from a spouse who is jealous. So long...
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    Should we compare Trollope to Austen?

    During the discussions given above, some have considered Austen to be just a romantic writer. I think Austen could have written about anything she chose and it would have turned out well. What...
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    PabloQ, Thanks for the suggestion. I'll read...

    PabloQ,
    Thanks for the suggestion. I'll read Phineas Finn before reading Redux. I really like Trollope. I have read all of the Barset series; some of them are better than others. Of all his...
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    I'm over two-thirds finished. The subplots are...

    I'm over two-thirds finished. The subplots are also very good. I'm amazed by the dialogues between the characters. For example, Mr. Gibson, the priest who wants to get married, with one of the...
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    Why Orion?

    I have not read Phineas Finn. Perhaps Orion is a reference to the Great Hunter in Greek Mythology. What is the context in the novel? Was Mr. Kennedy a hunter, or was he in contact with a hunter?
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    Co-dependent from jealousy.

    I am one-third the way through this novel. It is very well written. This is the story of Louis Trevelyan, who is co-dependent on his wife Emily because of his strong tendency toward jealousy. I'm...
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    For me, W&P is a book that should be required...

    For me, W&P is a book that should be required reading for all young adults. It instructs us on what life is about. For example, what happens to Natasha: she is seduced by Anatole. She was the last...
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    I'm reading He Knew He Was Right. It is not part...

    I'm reading He Knew He Was Right. It is not part of the Palliser series but I highly recommend it. Very well done. A question: Can I read Phineas Redux before Phineas Finn? Or does the latter have...
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