18 September 2013

Review: Dr Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Trade paperback, 496 pages
Published 1994 (originally 1858) 

Acquired April 2010
Read November 2012
Dr Thorne
by Anthony Trollope

This was my first Trollope, and perhaps not a very good one to start with, because I did not think it a very good book. It is about dull people doing dull things in very long-winded fashion-- all the worst attributes of Victorian fiction distilled and then diluted, like reading Dickens but without any good jokes, or Eliot without the psychological insight, or Gaskell without the class awareness. I did like some of the stuff about local politics, and the young protagonist's attempt to marry a notorious seductress.

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