Can You Forgive Her? is the first of the six Palliser novels.
Trollope inextricably binds together the issues of parliamentary election and marriage, of politics and privacy. The values and aspirations of the governing stratum of Victorian society are ruthlessly examined, and none remains unscathed.
But it is above all on the predicament of women that Trollope focuses. 'What should a woman do with her life?' asks Alice Vavasor of herself, and this theme is echoed by every other woman in the novel, from the uncomfortably married Lady Glencora to the coquettish Mrs Greenow and Alice's clear-headed cousin, Kate.
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Twenty hours! I think the great beauty of this audio-book lies in its bulk- and the knowledge that the rest of the Pallisers- each equally bulky- can follow behind it- like a warm ocean of Trollope stretching out with no further shore in sight.
It's a sort of gentle relief from boredom on an epic scale- and Timothy West's voice assures us that it will all be very moderate, very reasonable, very English... and there is no need at all to hurry...
I listened to it in about a week, while lambing sheep, as a kind of backround music.
In the whole thing only one mistake springs to mind- He pronounced 'Shoreditch' once with too much emphasis on the last syllable. And the pauses between chapters are too long.
"Hooray! Hooray! Hooray!"
Gloomily, I searched yet again (probably for the 20th time) to see if audible.co.uk had got this title and they have now!!! Trollope is my favourite male author and Timothy West is my favourite reader of his work, ably bringing to life the many personalities in Trollope's novels.
As stated in the description, this is the first of the political Palliser Books but the insights of his era are just as pertinent today as is his insightful portrayal of his characters' motives and behaviour in their personal lives. Listeners will be introduced to (and come to fall in love with Glencora and Plantagenet Palliser - the focal persons in the series); will relish the cynicism of the Duke of Omnium and Glencora's snobbish relatives; and come to actively hate the villian of this novel! And that's just for starters. These novels predate the formal study of psychology but are expert little gems of analysis that can well stand repeated readings/listenings with fresh points to ponder coming out each time.
So if you like good involved plots well delineated, you are in safe hands with this author and reader combination and are in for a long-lasting treat!
"Wonderfull and moving"
Being a native dane, Classic english litterature for me have been Austen and Shakespeare. But Audible and Timothy West have introduced med to Anthony Trollope and I am hooked. This book in particular has moved me. Moved me to tears. Trollope has a fine and allso great understanding of human caracter, and Timothy West has a great understanding of Trollope.
I had read about 300 pages of the paperback but was struggling. Determined not to give in so easily on my first Trolllope book I tried this audio version. Truly wonderful experience. Previous reviewers are quite right- Timothy West reads Trolllope so wonderfully well these are hard to put down. Truly wonderful and I do hope more of the Palliser series are to follow!!!
"Can you forgive her?"
I am very familiar with the Trollope books and have just loved this. It is so well done and the humour so much more effective than reading it - no doubt due to the acting skills of Timothy West. I have listened to nearly all the Trollope novels now and Timothy West deserves so much praise. A very enjoyable experience
"I never wanted it to end"
Another wonderful reading of a great Trollope novel by Timothy West, who captures every nuance of style,character,humour and pathos. Please read the rest of the series Mr West!
"Trollope and Timothy West: the perfect partnership"
This is not my favourite Palliser novel: I find the story of the "her" whom we are to forgive or not, to be not one of Trollope's best. But it introduces Glencora and her story, and best of all, here is Timothy West yet again making Trollope even better than you thought. Trollope is an interfering author so the reader has to become Trollope as well as the characters. I'd like to know Timothy West's Trollope. So - five stars as usual.
"Another excellent narration by Timothy West"
Another wonderful narration of Trollope by Timothy West. An absolute joy to listen to. The characters are brought to life brilliantly and I became completely immersed in the story, which is still as relevant today as it was when it was written.
"Please try this!"
If you feel Anthony Trollope is a Victorian author you should avoid, please give this a try. I would never have tried to read a Trollope novel, but Timothy West's interpretation is absolutely brilliant. The plot is interesting, and if nothing else, provides the listener with the way in which women were expected to marry to gain their security and station in life. Listen to Timothy West's Mr Cheesacre, and I defy you not to laugh! Highly recommended.
Beautifully read by Timothy West - he really is so good! A classic tale with comedy and sadness and great characters. And a good, long story, too! Highly recommended.
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