Orley Farm

  • Title: Orley Farm
  • Author: Anthony Trollope David Skilton
  • ISBN: 9780192817136
  • Page: 490
  • Format: Paperback
  • Orley Farm Most of those among my friends who talk to me now about my novels wrote Trollope in later life and are competent to form an opinion on the subject say that this is the best I have written Indeed t
    Most of those among my friends who talk to me now about my novels, wrote Trollope in later life, and are competent to form an opinion on the subject, say that this is the best I have written Indeed, this fictional account of a case of forgery was much admired by the author s greatest contemporaries, including George Eliot and G.H Lewes Trollope himself singles it ou Most of those among my friends who talk to me now about my novels, wrote Trollope in later life, and are competent to form an opinion on the subject, say that this is the best I have written Indeed, this fictional account of a case of forgery was much admired by the author s greatest contemporaries, including George Eliot and G.H Lewes Trollope himself singles it out as displaying that combination of realistic and sensational effects which he felt to be the highest achievement available to the novelist Plot strands concerning youthful marriage choices, middle aged marital crisis, and the moving love and loss of an elderly man, centre on a legal action which results in the unjust acquittal of the central sympathetic character The novel proposes a standard of morality higher than that embodied in the practice of an English court of law.With its concern for social issues and its extensive coverage of middle class and landed life, Orley Farm is a novel that demands attention in the rich field of nineteenth century fiction.

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    About Anthony Trollope David Skilton


    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. This is perhaps the most unusual of all Trollope's books. The ending is quite extraordinary, morally outrageous even today or perhaps especially in this day and age, just absolutely disgusting. Trollope writes these long sagas that contain multiple small plots, usually romantic, and writes the characters so well that you get quite involved and this book does not disappoint in this. The plot seems to have been written about in just about every review so there is no point in the artificial drama o [...]

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    2. Hefty but not heavy: love, loss, iron furniture, legal shenanigans, humour, guilt, revenge, redemption, rat-catching, misunderstanding, a “moulded wife”… and more.This is a standalone Trollope novel, originally published in instalments of two or three short chapters: the 800+ pages race by. Further page-turnability comes from numerous characters and sub-plots, coupled with quite a gossipy tone, and occasional catty asides. It was his most celebrated novel in his lifetime, but sadly, it is [...]

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    3. Did Lady Mason forge her late husband's will?We learn the answer to that question early enough, but that is not the point to this story. Her guilt or innocence is beside the point. We must hear from the British class system. And, of more consequence, what of the British system of justice? The word 'verdict' comes from the Latin veredictum, and literally means "to say the truth". Then, now, here, there -- do not imagine that that hallowed derivation is reality.*"I have an idea that all lawyers ar [...]

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    4. When people ask me, "David, you're obviously a complete nut when it comes to Trollope. I've never read one of his novels, and he wrote so damned many. Which one should I try?", this is the one I recommend. Some in the Barsetshire and Palliser series may be better, but the first book in each of those series is below standard for Trollope; I don't want anyone to embark on those until they know Trollope can deliver the goods. And deliver the goods he does in Orley Farm.The plot revolves around a wi [...]

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    5. The plot of Orley Farm is as complex and multilayered as we have come to expect from the pen of Anthony Trollope. And the narrative is as filled with authorial asides and conversations between Trollope and his readers as we have come to enjoy. This is a book to be read in a leisurely manner, without any urgency or rushing. Characterizations are brilliant and individual, and plot lines interweave and separate, creating a tapestry that is always of a whole but with distinctive shades and nuances i [...]

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    6. In a word, wow! Dare I say it? Yes, I prefer Trollope to Dickens - less sentimental and more fully formed characters. Another novel about the machinations of the legal system and how reputations are made and lost with honor and integrity making merely a cameo appearance. Trollope confirms the protagonist's guilt in the first few pages so the question to be answered is whether she'll get off or not. I really should go back and read Bleak House again to compare and contrast the two.

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    7. Loved this book.Even though we know the outcome Trollope just draws you in.Found this utterly compelling.Wonderful characters some to love and some to hate.Is Lady Mason guilty?You will have to read to find out!

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    8. Did Lady Mason forge her late husband's will?We learn the answer to that question early enough, but that is not the point to this story. Her guilt or innocence is beside the point. We must hear from the British class system. And, of more consequence, what of the British system of justice? The word 'verdict' comes from the Latin veredictum, and literally means "to say the truth". Then, now, here, there -- do not imagine that that hallowed derivation is reality.*"I have an idea that all lawyers ar [...]

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    9. The plot (did Lady Mason forge her husband's will to gain his estate for her infant son?) covers familiar Trollope territory: the promptings of conscience versus financial safety. Trollope's most interesting characters are those for whom the question is never clear cut. Here's Lady Mason, considering how a possible second marriage could affect the forgery case being brought against her.Then she sat herself down, and began to look her future world in the face. Two questions she had to ask. Would [...]

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    10. Nonostante le numerose pagine (circa 1142), il piacere che ogni volta provo leggendo Trollope è impagabile.Con perfetta britannicità, si sviluppano i drammi e gli idilli delle classi medie campagnole – in un ciclo che converge in un appassionante intrigo legale sulla falsificazione di un testamento da parte di Lady Mason, adesso proprietaria di Orley Farm.Benché l’epilogo sia pressoché certo sin dall’inizio, Anthony Trollope è - ancora una volta - semplicemente perfetto sotto ogni asp [...]

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    11. This isn't one of Trollope's best-known novels (though it's hardly obscure), but I think it's one of his best. Years ago, when Sir Joseph Mason died, there had been some question about his will, which left most of his property to his eldest son but included a codicil leaving Orley Farm to his youngest, Lucius, son of his second wife. When the case came to trial, the authenticity of the will was apparently proved, and Lucius inherited. Now, though, an enemy of Lady Mason has uncovered evidence wh [...]

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    12. A most excellent novel! Like Dickens, Trollope goes after a particular facet of English life in most of his novels and makes you understand why you should care, or be concerned. In this instance, it is the legal profession and the right and wrong decisions that people make. There's something about every Trollope novel that I've read that just slowly but surely draws me in until I simply can't put the book down. This guy is so underrated by many, and I just can't--for the life of me--understand w [...]

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    13. This is my tenth Trollope, if I’m counting right and while I have really enjoyed reading them all, this one had me literally hooked right from the beginning and I couldn’t wait to get back to it, each time I put it down (at about 700 pages, no way this could be read in one go). Trollope shows once again that he knows people and aspects of life and relationships—love, friendship, jealousy, the zealousness of youth and its tendency to see things much more in black and white, and follies (of [...]

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    14. I have long been a fan of Anthony Trollope and decided to read this one because I wanted to write a Trollope TV adaptation. I hoped this novel would lend itself to that.It did. Since I write crime fiction, I really enjoyed the criminal aspect of this compelling legal drama. Although the story took some time to get rolling, once it did, Orley Farm became a page-turner.One of the reasons I enjoy Trollope so much is his complicated female characters. He has a real gift for making his women characte [...]

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    15. Like every Trollope book I read right after I read it, this was my favorite. One of the best legal suspense thrillers, where you can't help but love the wrong-doer and hope for her to get off the hook, but will she? Oodles of good characters, irony, tension, and plenty of pages to get into it. And then there's Sir Peregrine who makes you want to spend your days espousing honor and good character, sipping claret and eating mutton, playing whist and petting your dogs.

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    16. I’ve been longing to review this wonderful book and it’s taken me too long to get to it and it’s just not as fresh on my mind as it was. More’s the pity. This was an incredibly powerful book! Truly another Trollope masterpiece. Actually, Mr. Trollope mentioned during his lifetime that this was his favorite creation. He felt like it was a perfect mix of sensation and politics (or truth about humanity)—a book with a fascinating and fast-paced story no one could put down paired with polit [...]

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    17. Did Trollope need an editor? On one hand, this is a long book and sometimes the leisurely pace makes you wish he would skip quickly to more exciting subplots. On the other hand, maybe you should just relax and enjoy the ride. And I did! The book is filled with suspense, great characters, interesting historical observations and a surprising number of laugh-out-loud moments (The battle of the 'mercial room! Dinner at Groby Park! The demise of Martha Biggs! The ever mercenary Miss Furnival!). That [...]

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    18. This was the first (but hopefully not the last) Trollope book I have read. I thought the writing, so personal as if directed solely at me was exceptional. It was easy to follow the life and times of the characters as they ranged between love and the law. It was an all inclusive book that covered so many aspects of Victorian life and answered the question of what makes one a noble person. I enjoyed all the characters and thought the author did a wonderful job of making them real and ever so vulne [...]

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    19. In every aspect of writing a novel - plotting, character, scene, dialogue, and so on - Trollope displays his mastery of the craft in Orley Farm; my main quibble is that it is almost too perfectly done. He draws the reader into the moral dilemmas of his characters with disturbing expertise. At the end, he apologizes to his reader for drawing them into sympathy with the characters' sins; the reader's readiness to forgive them is the measure of his or her own heart.

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    20. Trollope was paid by the word to write this giant hunk of, er, "literature." Unless you are paid by the word to reead it, you should probably avoid it. Actually, if you like Dickens, you might like Orley Farm.

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    21. Very complex and intriguing book. Raises many questions and leaves them with the reader.

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    22. "Orley Farm" isn't part of Anthony Trollope's two six-volume "series" for which he is best known (the Barsetshire novels and the Palliser books) but its quality makes the standalone novel a pretty good option for those who don't want to explore that much territory. At the center of the novel is a court case dealing with the disposition of property among family. Lady Mason is accused of forging the will of her husband 20 years ago to ensure that the property of the book's title was to go to her b [...]

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    23. Trollope's knowledge and articulation of human nature - complex and contextual - is absolutely masterful. I have of often seen myself and many other people I've met in his descriptions of his characters; this has aided me in understanding motives and backdrops that go into our actions and what makes us who we are, as well as give grace to those to whom we desire to withhold it. I have learned more about human nature from Trollope than most books on psychology.

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    24. It took me about a year to read Orley Farm, but I loved every minute of it. The edition I have explains that Trollope fancied himself one who understood law, but that he erred greatly when he concocted the plot of this novel. It doesn't matter. I don't have a clue about 19th century English inheritance lawy anyway. To me, it's all fiction. I just loved the characters, their conflicts, the description of the hunt and the English countryside. Sigh. I'm a hopeless fan of Trollope. Is life long enou [...]

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    25. A delightful surprise. One of Trollope's best. Both funny and morally complex, especially seen through modern eyes. Trollope is always interesting on the role of gender and money and here it is especially true. Some memorable Dickensonian moments and characters and enough tension to more than hold the reader's interest through 800 plus pages, despite the somewhat slow beginning.

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    26. Like so many of these Victorian novels this is another good story that really goes on too long before it gets to the good stuff. Trollope has such a following that I am in no position to say but in the end I'm glad I read it.

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    27. Because apparently my life is not complete unless I'm reading a book that's at least 600 pages long :-)

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    28. Trollope's examination of guilty conscience.

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    29. A tenant is determined to prove that the estate is in the wrong hands.

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