The Prime Minister

The Prime Minister Anthony Trollope Leo Amery Hector Whistler
  • Title: The Prime Minister
  • Author: Anthony Trollope Leo Amery Hector Whistler
  • ISBN: 0192811479
  • Page: 393
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  • The Prime Minister Anthony Trollope Leo Amery Hector Whistler The Prime Minister Much against his will the Duke of Omnium consents to lead a coalition government The Duchess quickly becomes a social figure of great power with abounding and sometimes indiscriminate hospitality she
    Much against his will, the Duke of Omnium consents to lead a coalition government The Duchess quickly becomes a social figure of great power with abounding and sometimes indiscriminate hospitality she strives to consolidate his support Together they make their way to the centre of society and, like Phineas Finn before them, they find it hollow.
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    1. Anthony Trollope became one of the most successful, prolific and respected English novelists of the Victorian era Some of Trollope s best loved works, known as the Chronicles of Barsetshire, revolve around the imaginary county of Barsetshire he also wrote penetrating novels on political, social, and gender issues and conflicts of his day.Trollope has always been a popular novelist Noted fans have included Sir Alec Guinness who never travelled without a Trollope novel , former British Prime Ministers Harold Macmillan and Sir John Major, economist John Kenneth Galbraith, American novelists Sue Grafton and Dominick Dunne and soap opera writer Harding Lemay Trollope s literary reputation dipped somewhat during the last years of his life, but he regained the esteem of critics by the mid twentieth century.See also enpedia wiki Anthony_


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    1. I started my odyssey through Anthony Trollope s Palliser series of political novels in early 2011, beginning with Can You Forgive Her I said at the outset of my review of this book that the year was to be my Trollope period, an author I had hitherto overlooked Well, I only made it as far as Phineas Redux, the fourth in the series, which I reviewed in October, 2011, just before a trip to Egypt I was sidetracked, as I am invariably am, setting off in the pursuit of various literary foxes, shifting [...]

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    2. Classic Trollope than one plot line running, a good villian, some interesting reflections on the Victorian parliamentary scene with a few identifiable caricatures spot Disraeli anyone , plenty of moves from town to country, a sprinkle of impossibly good characters and plenty of old favourites from previous books Lopez is a good villain a stockbroker Trollope was suspicious of the corruption of economics and is sharply contrasted with Arthur Fletcher, his rival in love and they are pitted agains [...]

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    3. I didn t mean to read The Prime Minister quite so soon, or to rush through it quite so quickly, but I had to step back into Trollope s world because there seemed to be so many old friends I wanted to see again, so many interesting new people to meet, so many intriguing things happening.Plantagenet Palliser, the Duke of Omnium, was Prime Minister He headed a coalition government, and he had risen not so much as the result of his own charisma and ambition, because there was no other candidate acc [...]

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    4. This is the fifth novel in the Palliser series It was a favorite of Tolstoy, and readers may notice the similarity of an incident in The Prime Minister to what is perhaps the most famous incident in Tolstoy s fiction It appears that each man wrote his relevant passage before the other s passage had appeared in print Trollope focuses here on politics and marriage, and the compromises that can often be necessary to success in either, but can sometimes be destructive as well Plantagenet Palliser, n [...]

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    5. The fifth book in The Palliser series When I started this I thought it was going to be the best book to date but the story fell away at the end The main character Ferdinand Lopez is a wonderful villain He s immoral, manipulative but in some instances oddly vulnerable This is the only book in the series to date where a male character has overshadowed his female counterparts.I found many of the characters surrounding Ferdinand to be gullible and a bit irritating, particularly Ferdinand s wife Emil [...]

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    6. Lady Glen Duchess of Omnium to you is an early Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy in Trollope s penultimate Palliser, trying to build a Camelot around her glorious husband s government She hosts a different glitzy society dinner every evening at their charming Carlton Terrace home, filling it with beautiful fresh flowers and ices And then, during recess, everyone comes down to Gatherum Castle where she s spent her fortune on new linen and remodeling the gardens.The Duke, our Prime Minister, has one word [...]

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    7. I put this book down months ago, right in the middle of it It wasn t engaging me enough at the time to finish it when I had other things I had to read for various reasons When I came back to it, it sucked me right it Either I put it down 2 pages before it got good, or I just wasn t in the mood.Perhaps I had just read so much Trollope that I needed a little break so I could come back and appreciate him even Goodness, how I love his words Here are some themes in this book How disrespecting the ju [...]

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    8. This book centres on the Duke of Omnium as he leads a coalition goverment.Also the plight of Emily Wharton whom Arthur Fletcher loves but she marries Ferdinand Lopez who is a speculator.The two intertwining stories go from town to country where some old friends from previous novels make an appearance.I loved this one even though it was chunky.It kept me glued while on a long train journey and I will be reading The Dukes Children soon

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    9. Sometimes, enough is just enough.I ve read through a plethora of 19th century books Some bothered me Some bothered me a great deal Some bothered me only a little But for some reason this one bothered me to the point that I was willing to chuck it at the wall and let it go.I think in part it s Trollope s arch conservativeness As far as I can tell, in not a single one of the books I ve read does he profess an idea that one could call liberal That is in apparent and, to me, befuddling, contrast to [...]

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    10. In all the political focus of the Palliser novels, it often seems forgotten they are as much as detailed examination of women in Victorian marriages as they are of men in the British parliament Trollope is one of the few Victorian authors that really examines marriage Like all his contemporaries, the trials of love and courtship is always a plot device and weddings a happy ending, but it s his marriages that are the most fascinating Of the series I find Emily Wharton in this book the most intere [...]

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    11. Trollope always gives us than one story sometimes several stories In this there are two stories that do loosely touch each other I m not sure either couldn t have been told without the other, and having them together made this quite long it is the length only that has me shorting it a star At the same time, having them together added an element to each that might not have happened had they been separate The story that is of the title provides us with a complete characterization of Plantagenet [...]

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    12. I learned than I ever wanted to know about the British Parliamentary system The really fascinating thing is that this book, written about 140 years ago, has a great deal of relevance to today s US political scene, e.g loyalties to one s political party versus acting for the good of the country, shifting allegiances for all sorts of superficial reasons, etc The characters of Plantaganet and Glencora continue to be interesting and always evolving Simon Raven, who produced the Masterpiece Theatre [...]

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    13. My love for Trollope continues to grow This is the fifth book in his Palliser series, and I think it might actually overtake my previous favorite of the series, Can You Forgive Her If you haven t read any Trollope, that s where you should start this book definitely won t be as interesting if you haven t read the rest of the series According to the introduction in this OUP edition, this novel was not very popular when it was published, because the subject matter was a bit darker than previous Tro [...]

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    14. I almost gave this 4 stars, because I found the last quarter slow going after the mad rush of Ferdinand Lopez induced page turning that constituted most of the book for me But I decided on 5 stars because I think is a book I will reflect on long into the future And because the final quarter gave me so much to think about I ve found the Palliser Novels to be as much about the nature of relationships and marriage, as they are about politics The Prime Minister, in particular, could have been writte [...]

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    15. 2 stars I enjoyed the first 500 pages or so, up until view spoiler Mr Lopez dies He was a blackguardly scoundrel but he was interesting hide spoiler Unfortunately, I found Emily and her megrims annoying and dull and I have to say that Plantagenet Palliser was much fun in the Barsetshire series became downright irritating in this novel He and Emily were flawed in much the same way and sadly a way I did not enjoy reading about Ah well, only one book in the series so I will persevere.

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    16. Yet another Trollope I do like him I feel obliged to read than one author otherwise it would be only Trollope for me In this book he skewers politicians and journalists with marvelous accuracy There is a great section where he discusses how Cabinet Ministers are chosen Read it and chuckle and chuckle harder when the new Cabinet is chosen in the transition.

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    17. Everything I have come to love about Trollope witty, funny, engaging and imperfect characters, and plot, plot, plot More review to come

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    18. It is interesting going from reading the Elena Ferrante Neapolitan novels as someone from this group suggest btw, are we a group, a community, or what I forget how I got into this and getting back to Trollope s Palliser series Both immerse you in a particular time and place with mutliple characters and intertwined family backgrounds I wondered if I could get back into the dated quaint world of 19th Century England after such an intense immersion in Naples that felt so contemporary And the answer [...]

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    19. Again, very complex character developments with many political issues simultaneously discussed.He has such an insight into a woman s thoughts and feelings that identifying with the female characters is thorough He is a master of leading and teasing the reader.

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    20. The Liberal government fell, and neither Mr Gresham nor Mr Daubeny could form a cabinet Largely through the influence of the Duke of St Bungay, the Duke of Omnium, very much against his will, consented to lead a Coalition government Effective as he had been in the House of Commons, he was too thin skinned, too diffident and unbending, too much inclined to feel that opposition to his views was a personal affront, to be a successful Prime Minister The Duchess, by abounding and sometimes indiscrimi [...]

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    21. As a Trollope devotee I cannot honestly say this is one of his works which I enjoyed the most, but it is one of his works which I admire the most Trollope was really pushing the boundaries of his own writing when he wrote The Prime Minister, he was daring to be different which is something I always admire in a writer with an established reputation As a result, The Prime Minister lacks something of the warmth of the Barset novels or the political optimism of some of the earlier Palliser novels e. [...]

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    22. A TAD HEAVY HANDED EVEN FOR TROLLOPETrollope s novels and he wrote many are verbose and thus lengthy sagas, at times bordering on soap operas capturing the social, gender and political issues of his day Victorian England and are full of large casts of well developed characters And because of their length, Trollope s novels are not everyone s cup of tea.The books are similar to Dickens novels in time and place but there the similarity begins to blur Trollope s books are not light hearted often no [...]

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    23. Trollope s great strength, as I see it, lies in his heroines They are a diverse lot, blending high purpose and integrity with wit and compassion for the most part, once Trollope left the Close at Barchester, they are mated with hearty members of the squirarchy and lesser nobility, manly men much given to huntin , fishin , and shootin These heroes are much less interesting than their eventual spouses This novel traces the fraught alliance of Arthur Fletcher and Emily Wharton, into which courtship [...]

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    24. Of course it gets five stars it s Trollope I could go on about how great this book is, but I need to register my discomfort with the fact that both this and The Way We Live Now both of which involve amoral, money grubbing, oleaginous, swarthy Continentals trying to worm their way dishonestly into the English class and siphoning off good English people s hard earned wealth in the meantime, in both cases ending in spectacular, undignified, and largely unmourned self destruction were written in the [...]

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    25. The 5th book in the Palliser series introduces the reader to one of the darker characters in Trollope s Victorian world One of the pleasures of reading this author is the complexity of the main characters Heroes, heroines and villains are often portrayed with both admirable characteristics and flaws In The Prime Minister we encounter many of the same characters from the previous four books and, for the first time, are introduced to the character of Ferdinand Lopez Mr Lopez is probably the most d [...]

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    26. The Duke of Omnium Plantagenet Palliser is reluctantly persuaded to lead a coalition government The Duchess Lady Glencora , however, is pleased and proud of her husband s accession to power and vows to solidify his position by social means She embarks on a campaign of grand entertainment at Gatherum Castle I love both these characters in spite of their faults and enjoyed the opportunity to see them up close again The years have passed by and over time they have forged a successful, loving, and s [...]

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    27. This is the first book I have read by Anthony Trollope At the moment I do not expect to be rushing to read another.I am open to the possibility that I have interpreted this book incorrectly and that it is in fact a satire that is taking the piss out of all the characters Unless that is the case I find the book disappointing To me it is shallow in both plot and characterisation There are two parallel and interconnected plots One is mildly interesting and the other quite boring In the interesting [...]

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    28. Saltando con un doppio carpiato la saga del Barsetshire di stampo ecclesiastico che andr a concedermi ormai sul prossimo anno , ho preferito cimentarmi come lettura impegnativa di questo mese sulla cosiddetta serie politica di Anthony Trollope.Nella bella edizione doppia Sellerio, ben 1.128 pagine di sonante britannicit , protagonista Emily coinvolta e travolta da un matrimonio sbagliato con un arrivista avventuriero, la cui vita travagliata scandita dagli interessanti intermezzi politici, cos s [...]

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    29. A wonderful, if overly lengthy, addition to the Palliser series Heroes, villains, and the usual stylish depiction of characters high and low, good and bad and the world they live in The only sour note, for me, was the stubborn lack of self esteem and warmth shown by Emily Wharton in the aftermath of her disastrous marriage to Lopez Mr Trollope seems to have a penchant for turning otherwise magnificent female characters into martyrs to their pride and sorrow It s not becoming, and it don t wash.

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    30. This superb fifth in the six book Palliser series deals very seriously and entertainingly with the issue of political leadership, integrity and practicality, honesty and expediency, as well as with the broader issues of character and society The intertwined plot line is the career of the speculator Ferdinand Lopez, and the lives of Emily Wharton, her family and circle A treat.

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