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Trollope wrote about 50 novels and I’ve read over 30 of them, and enjoyed most, but judge An Old Man’s Love his weakest by far. The story merits a very short story but is padded out to book-length by inconsequential verbiage: admittedly nicely written but it became repetitive and annoying and was not helped by the inclusion of a housekeeper and a clergyman who are irritating caricatures. Trollope, like Dickens, wrote his novels in instalments that had to fill x-number of pages and I think he must have been short of ideas when he was commissioned to write this book. In a nutshell the story is about an insipid young woman who is sought in marriage by a young, former swain previously rejected owing to his lack of funds and older man of property. The latter is labelled “old” and “elderly” but is actually only 50 years old. The book goes back and forth as to which one she should marry, interminably!
No author could write so many books and maintain the very high standard of his Barchester and Palliser series so should be forgiven for one or two duds. So if you're new to this author don’t judge him by this book.
Tony Britton does a grand job as narrator.
"Fantastic British Fiction"
If you like the stately pace of Victorian fiction, you'll love this marvelous less well-known Trollope novel. The reader of this work does a spectacular job--the accents, the peculiar character's voices and idiosyncracies, and very credible female voices all make this a delight to listen to. Also, the book is not overly long and is broken up into manageable chapter lengths. I can't recommend this book highly enough. Enjoy!
"A Pleasure to Hear"
I've never felt compelled to comment on the quality of a narration before but this was by far the best narrator I have ever heard, his characterizations were distinct, original and many times hilarious. I wish the powers that be would let him record the entire Pallisers series.
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