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William Whittlestaff, an aging bachelor, becomes a guardian to the much younger Mary Lawrie, the orphaned and penniless daughter of an old friend. Having lost the woman he loved to a richer rival many years ago, he now finds himself falling in love with Mary with intentions to marry her despite knowing that her love belongs to another man, John Gordon. John left three years previously in search of his fortune in order to make himself worthy of Mary. Not knowing if she will ever see him again, Mary accepts Whittlestaff's proposal only for her true love to return having made his fortune in the Kimberley diamond fields of South Africa. Though he knows Mary's true feelings, Whittlestaff is unwilling to be rejected once again and will not let Mary go back on her promise. John does not want to give up hope either. Who will win Mary's hand in marriage?
An Old Man's Love is the last completed work by Anthony Trollope, published posthumously in 1884. Trollope was one of the most successful and respected English novelists of the Victorian era with more than 40 published novels that are regarded by some as among the greatest of 19th-century fiction. Many of his works covered political, social and gender issues. Fans of his work have included former British Prime Ministers Harold Macmillan and Sir John Major.
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!
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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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This is the worst, so called love story, I've ever read!! Don't expect to feel good at all during this read. I listen to the end hoping it would turn around but it never did.
The narration is excellent, but this novel contains brief racism and only one major plot line, making it not my favorite of Trollope’s works. While, like most of his novels, the characters have more honor and nobility than the people I know in my life (making it, as always with him, a means to regain my faith in humanity) it’s not his best work, and the casual references to the diamond trade remind me of the distance between the world he creates and the one we live in. I’d recommend it only for those who want to exhaust all his works. For those who want to try one or two, try nearly any other, or you won’t have given Trollope a fair reading.
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.
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Exactly what I would expect from Anthony Trollope and extremely well read by Tony Britton. 5 stars all round.
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Slow moving and repepative but extraordinary analasys of relationships of three people. Clever and absorbing.