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  1. says:

    Pass me the sick pail This was wall to wall sentimental romance dressed up with lashings of stupidity, indistinguishable characters not that I cared about one than the other and leavened, as it always is in Trollope s novels, with money Everyone seems to have their life s ambition to marry for love and money, but if that s not possible, then for money This is a real disappointment to me as Trollope is one of my favourite authors.Recommended for die hard romance fans who like classics and aren t too fussy about plot or the lack of it, despicable characters and books where nothing really happens.This book disappeared from my shelves How But I found it on a GR export No point in writing to Support, that would be like banging my head against a brick wall Read March 2011


  2. says:

    Ah, me This is a most lovely series for lovers of English pastoral life and students of human nature I m almost done with The Last Chronicle of Barset the sixth and final of the series , just haven t had time to put in a review of this one, the fifth, yet This book was the first in the series in which I found myself wondering a couple of times if I liked it as well as the rest I found the character of Lily Dale maddening at times I completely sympathized with her creator, who, after completing her story, found her irritating See intro to this edition Like all Trollope s other main characters, she has her wonderful qualities, but her perverse attachment to the pain of her loss gets frustrating I really can t say exactly what frustrated me so much, as it would be a spoiler but I can say that I was completely sobbing in chapter LIV It could have been pms, but it could have also been most excellent writing I suspect the latter.Seriously, Trollope is a master artist in creating characters Even though Mr Crosbie made the mistake of his life in his choice of a wife, I ended feeling only pity and sadness for him so in the next book as well And for Johnny Eames Johnny is a hero, and the way we see him grow from hobbledehoy immature young hero in the making to full fledged knight in shining armour is so well done and it s heartbreaking I loved the one sentence that described him, after Trollope had taken pains to tell us that Johnny had never been thought of as a being who would ever amount to much You will declare that he must have been a fool and a coward Yet he could read and understand Shakespeare 148 Does that speak well for him I think so And yet he has his faults as well, and we still adore him and may even love him for them, which is the genius of Trollope.I have come to realize that by far my reviews fall short in probably convincing anyone to read these old books because I mainly put things in that I loved purely for my own pleasure and so I, myself, remember what I loved about the book I never do summaries I figure you can read that bit on goodreads But I do find myself wanting people to have a good reason, if they trust me, to read something they might never otherwise pick up I m thinking of how best to do that We ll see what happens Prepare for the soapbox here, and read no further if you don t want to hear it This book is, in main theme, about misunderstanding, specifically, willful misunderstanding The characters skirt around each others hearts and blind themselves to true intentions and therefore miss out on much of the true joy in human relationships It is amazing to me how well these books go with what I m reading with a summer group The Peacegiver , Leadership and Self Deception , The Anatomy of Peace , and Bonds That Make Us Free I know it happens when you re studying a certain subject that everything you read seems to speak the same truths, but this has been an enriching series to accompany that reading Personal tragedies are caused by cold hearts and blind eyes I love that these so very real characters experience these things and either choose peace or war and the outcomes those choices bring That kind of theme is universal and a part of all our lives We all need help in knowing how to choose peace and unruffle our wounded feathers After I finish this series, I hope to put a longer review on the complete set of the chronicles to explain just why it s so worth reading today when it may seem so arcane For now, here s a question, and my answer to it Why does one pick up some of these very large, very old fashioned, little known today books Well, in my opinion, the great majority of modern popular fiction is written purely to entertain, horrify, titillate, drain the brain, satisfy our sick but very human voyeuristic tendencies, relax or arouse, and earn money for the author Are those always good reasons for spending our precious time with them Is reading inherently good, just because we re choosing to read, instead of watch TV Do we think of ourselves when we read, purely for that reason Is the maxim true at least the kid s reading No matter what it is In lieu of TV or video games Is a good story what it s all about Sure authors need the cash Sure relaxing and being entertained are wonderful good things The others I could do without and sadly they are the main thing now Have we in general, come so low that we have no other way to find excitement other than in those ways Have we become so insistent for a great thrill that we never feel anything unless it is from these over the top sources Is this kind of modern fiction our only resource for relaxation Are the oldies simply too hard and too much for our modern 2 second, TV commercial attention spans Or are they just too out of date to matter What do we get from these old books Entertainment For sure But of a wholly different kind An uplifting, soul satisfying, learning experience all wrapped up in a totally beautifully light giving and rewarding package We ve, so many of us, lost the ability or even the desire to go beyond pure entertainment and thrill factor And yet they are thrilling, but perhaps we ve forgotten what a beautiful thrill is as opposed to a horrific thrill Some might say that sometimes it s just nice to be able to relax and not use the brain for a while, some need an escape from the reality of their hard lives sometimes I ve found myself in those exact spots, many times I wouldn t recommend anyone picking up Tolstoy or Eliot and expecting that kind of experience But I do heartily propose that our relaxing, escaping reading experiences can be found in beautiful books, wonderful things can feel relaxing even if there s no princess, no magic, no fairies, no space travel, no vampires, and no grisly murders This is particularly true of old books They had of the real goods I suggest that the modern voracity for fantasy, thriller, mystery and romance as found in modern, best selling fiction may lead to an undesirable end product ultimately, a spirit dead to the really beautiful things in life.I realize it may look as though I m suggesting that all modern fiction is bad and all old is good Please, I pray you, don t think me so simple It would be such a foolish, and misleading thing for me to say I merely intend to get thoughts rolling and begin a conversation I am even aware that these old books I love were the best selling fiction of their day But I think sensibilities were different then, and I think we ve lost something.


  3. says:

    I don t think that I have ever found two consecutive books in a series as different as Framley Parsonage and The Small House at Allington Framley Parsonage was bursting at the seams with everything that Trollope loved and did well church and parliament, town and country, romance and finance and it was a wonderfully vibrant book that built a world that I could have happily gone on living in after the final page was turned.I explained the structure and the appeal of that book like this Consider a Christmas tree A fir tree in its natural state is lovely, but when it has been adorned with a lovely mixture of old familiar and shiny new ornaments it is something else entirely The Small House at Allington has a great many of the same things things, but they are a much smaller part of the whole and it has a quite different character.I might explain it like this Consider the same fir tree, left in its natural state, but its loveliness enhanced by an artist who has captured the beauty of its natural setting and the life that surrounds it Quite lovely of course, but it took me a while to realise that I was in a different kind of environment and to settle into this book.The Small House at Allington concerns the Dale family, who live in the Small House at Allington, a dower house in the grounds of the Great House Christopher Dale, the Squire of Allington lived alone in the Great House and he had granted the Small House rent free, to his widowed sister in law and her daughters Isabella Bell and Lilian Lily.The love affairs of two sisters, and of Lily in particular, are at the centre of this story.Lily will become engaged to Adolphus Crosbie, a close friend of her cousin Bernard Dale, who is their uncle s heir Crosbie knows that Lily s mother is a poor widow but he hopes that her uncle will provide a dowry to help them establish themselves in the world He discovers that he won t just before a visit to Courcy Castle and when he mixes with high society he sees his future with Lily, living on his small salary as bleak.The Countess de Courcy hasn t heard of the engagement and she sees him as Crosbie as a good match for her Alexandrina, her only single daughter still of marriageable age Crosbie is steered toward making a proposal, and he leaves Courcy Castle with a second fianc e..When Lily s heart is broken there is no weeping and wailing, she does not collapse under the emotional weight of her broken engagement She carries on playing her part in family life, laughing and teasing, taking joy in others happiness, and not allowing a word to be said against the man she says will always be the great love of her life.Only her mother saw the small signs that showed her daughter s depth of feeling.I really don t know what to make of Lily Dale On one hand I admired her fortitude, her devotion to her family and friends, and her willingness to plan for a future quite different to the one she had hoped for But on the other I suspected that she was one of those people who listened to everything you said to her without argument and then did something that showed she hadn t taken any notice at all I think that I like her, but I don t think I came to know her well enough to say that I love her.I didn t expect to feel as much sympathy for Aldolphus Crosbie as I did He was young and ambitious, he was foolish and weak but he was not a villain and he wished no harm to anyone He was punished for his foolish marriage to Lady Alexandrina and into the de Courcy family and he had seen enough of what love and marriage with Lily could have been to know what a terrible mistake he had made.There are other stories in the background, and they made me think of this as Trollope s marriage novel as many different aspects of marriage were considered.I was well entertained by Lily s other suitor, young Johnny Eames and by the residents of his London boarding house and his unintended entanglement with his landlady s daughter I was delighted to meet the young Plantaganet Palliser, appalled that he was besotted with Lady Dumbello, but pleased to understand him and the Duke of Omnium and the foundations of the Palliser novels a little better I was happy that Mr Harding and the Grantleys appeared but I was sorry that they were brief That made me realise that I like the Palliser books a little that the Barchester books, because they gave me time with the characters I love most.That s not to say that I m not loving my time and Barchester, and it s not to say that I didn t like this book.I have yet to read a book by Trollope that I haven t enjoyed, because I feel so at home with that author s voice, because his prose is always smooth and readable and because his characters all live and breathe I loved spending time with the family at the Small House in Allington, and I came to share their concerns and to care a great deal about what would happen to them.This is not my favourite of his books, and it s not my favourite of the Barchester books.I found some of the loveliest and some of the most heart breaking moments I have found in Trollope s work, but I also found some of his most dull scenes That was in some part because the de Courcy family who I don t think have any redeeming features were given a great many pages and I did wonder if the arrival of Plantagenet Palliser was a sign that the author was thinking of his other great series, or of how he would finish this series in The Last Chronicle of Barset.I can understand that I m eager to move on to The Last Chronicle and I wish there were enough reading hours in the day for me to revisit the Pallisers.


  4. says:

    One of the most maddening books I ve ever read.I thoroughly enjoy Trollope except when he s on his hobby horse about women who dared to love the wrong fellow being forever afterward spoiled goods, and who should not taint another good man.The heroine of this book is one of the most annoying EVER as she rides this hobbyhorse to death And if Trollope hadn t been such a good writer, I never would have finished the thing.So A for Trollope s usual vivid writing and scene setting, and F for the ew factor.


  5. says:

    This was my favourite of all the Barsetshire books so far there s still one to go for a number of reasons.It was just as engaging and witty as I ve come to expect Trollope to be and, in this one, he s not quite as condescending about the regular folks basically anybody who isn t independently wealthy and even has them getting the upper hand on occasion, which was nice.The main themes here are social aspiration obviously, this being Trollope and thwarted love I m a sucker for the latter, so I enjoyed that aspect a great deal There are no obvious heroes or heroines here all the characters have their flaws and a lot of them are pretty major, which I liked a lot True to its themes, not everybody gets a happy ending and not everything is wrapped up tidily as the credits roll so to speak I can totally understand how some readers might find this ending frustrating but I found it rather fitting.This book was touching, funny, human and even has a couple of honest to goodness action scenes It ticked all my boxes for this kind of novel If I had one criticism it might be that the book is slightly overlong but that s a minor quibble at best and certainly not worth docking a star for.


  6. says:

    Although the heroine Lily Dale, who cannot see the flowers beneath her feet, deserves the biggest trout slap of all time, this is a wonderfully warm and charming novel, that I thoroughly recommend to anyone who loves 19th c novels, and to anyone who hasn t yet tried one.


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    The Small House at Allington does not quite the follow the pattern of the previous novels in the Chronicles of Barsetshire series Author Anthony Trollope always takes care of his characters most are safely housed by the end of his books, and most have found a way to a financial security of a sort, even if life plans have gone awry and any dreams of rising up in class or a job went sideways Whatever the hopes and plans of his characters, whether resolved satisfactorily to them or not by the end of the novel, usually there is some personal growth for every protagonist as well as a happy ending of some sort, and every antagonist is usually wiser if sadder, even if scuffed up socially unless they are idiots which Trollope takes care to show, not tell But in this book many of the main characters are left in the middle of their personal story by the last chapter On one hand, being in the middle of the story is true to life, but on the other, it is unsatisfying on many levels for a reader of a novel, especially for this kind of novel a proto domestic cozy imho, many of today s domestic cozies are incredibly full of generic stereotypical pablum, even if entertaining, while Trollope tries to include a ship of fools cast from all social classes of his 19th century world, even as he resorts to hinting obliquely at darker lifestyles.I believe this book can be read without having read the previous novels, and it is a mild entertainment good for many a quiet afternoon of reading to pass the time gently Trollope is an expert writer His plot is an interesting one of young women who are hoping to find satisfying husbands, and of young men who are hoping to find satisfying wives Some hope to climb upwards in class by marriage, while others hope to find true love Richer older relatives have their say about whom their younger family members should marry, and some of them interfere trying to use their wealth or power Trollope utilizes interior dialogues a great deal for each character so we readers become invested in watching the developments and misunderstandings between characters, as well as feeling sympathy or anxiety, or even some self recognition people care about things much the same way whether we live in the 21st century or the 19th However, for me, despite that I found the novel interesting enough, that is all it was interesting enough to continue with it every few days or so, kind of like occasionally tasting a different side dish while I was actually enjoying a solid repast in the meantime.The Chronicles of Barsetshire series is about a very Victorian world of mostly country middle class and some upper class people, so manners prevail over every social circumstance and financial embarrassment However, the tone of each book in the series has been and of a generic cozy with less and less politics and fewer instances of humor Trollope s characters are still true to life, but I sense a growing boredom by the author Trollope, I think, wanted to move on from this series The first novel, The Warden, was full of biting irony in comparison to the later novels As I have read further in the series, Trollope not only departs from the pattern of following in depth peripheral characters introduced in the previous book, he has been dropping entirely any political themes and he appears less interested in actually developing in depth an interesting person to engage his reader In The Small House at Arlington , not only have we seen these character types in earlier Barsetshire books before, they are much duller and sketched out.Ah well Trollope has written one in this series, and I feel engaged enough to continue, or maybe it is simply because I own it although I have never found the time before to read it.


  8. says:

    The 5th Barchester novel Lovely but too good to be true Lily Dale, vacuous Augustus Crosbie the swell , hobbledehoy Jonnie Eames It just stops, with very few threads resolved, and most of the characters unfulfilled, if not actually unhappy Is such an ending clever or frustrating


  9. says:

    I will begin this review with a bit of dithering about whether or not it deserves 4 or 5 stars Clearly, it is a 4.5 starred novel in my mind with that last little bit withheld because there was something just not quite as emotionally satisfying both with the romances and their finales as I would wish Still, what an absolutely enjoyable Trollope Despite the different manners and morals of the mid 19th century world he portrays, I always come away from a Trollope novel with the sense that he truly understood human nature and portrayed it accurately, sometimes waspishly, but always lovingly His novels are studded with such wonderful observations, and I love his wry sharp understated sense of humour There are actually a large number of characters in this novel, but Trollope focuses the reader s interest primarily on a mother Mrs Dale and her two young adult daughters Isabella Bell and Lily The three female Dales are the inhabitants of the Small House at Allington, which gives the novel its title The Big House is owned by the Squire and brother in law to the widowed Mrs Dale Although the Squire is generous to his sister in law and nieces in some ways, they are never entirely convinced of his regard especially in the case of Mrs Dale This withholding of affection causes some strain and distance between the two houses, and will become one of plot lines in the novel At the very beginning, the authorial voice narrator, or Trollope himself, depending on how you look at it warns the reader that there will not be one hero in the piece but rather a collection bits and pieces, as the English say of male characters that have to add up as a hero between them In truth, the four heroes are all fairly unsatisfactory and most attention is given to the least admirable of them Bernard Dale is the girls first cousin, and the Squire is determined that Bernard and Bell marry in order to keep the estate together Dr Crofts is the poor but kindly local doctor who Bell has actually favoured for several years Lily, too, has two possible suitors Johnny Eames is the local boy and childhood friend of Lily, while Adolphus Crosbie is the far glamorous suitor from London who comes to Barsetshire as Bernard s friend One one hand, you can definitely talk about this novel in terms of the marriage plot Neither of the Dale girls have any money of their own, despite being connected to it, and they are at an age in which marriage is both desirable and inevitable Contrasting with the Dale girls who are lovely and kind, with appealing manners are the De Courcy girls Despite their aristocratic status and assets, the De Courcy family are also short of ready money and none of the many unmarried De Courcy daughters has much to recommend her, either in face, fortune or personality Although the Dales are the major characters in the novel, the De Courcy family have an important secondary storyline Money may not be everything in the Trollope world, but it cannot be ignored Not all of his characters make decisions with the financial bottom line uppermost in their calculations, but neither the characters nor the reader can ever forget entirely about life s practicalities I ll try and not spoil much of the plot, but when Crosbie a fashionable man about town in London falls in love with Lily, he is not so much in love that he can bring himself to disregard material satisfactions Throughout the novel, Trollope refers quite precisely to sums of money mostly how much someone earns, and how much so and so has a year to live on As in Jane Austen s novels, annual income is openly stated and of supreme significance There are some noticeable parallels between the sisters in Austen s Sense and Sensibility and the Dale sisters They are too similar, I think, for Trollope to have been unaware of them The very big difference though is the way he treats the cad of the novel While Willoughby or less disappears from the scene, Crosbie is in some senses the most important character in the novel His choices, and the consequences of them, are given the most detailed attention.There are a few side plots which seem unnecessary particularly the one between Lady Dumbello nee Griselda Grantley and Plantagenet Palliser but then one of the particular satisfactions of reading the entire series of the Barchester Chronicles is seeing the recurrence of old characters All in all, Trollope manages his large Barsetshire canvas peopled by so many humanly imperfect and yet endearing characters with great skill.


  10. says:

    The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope is a gem Of course, it helps to already love Trollope I confess I ve gotten out of the habit of reading the 19th century and it took a while for me to recapture that rhythm so different than the contemporary works I have been reading but once I was back, I remembered why I loved Trollope.The prose is measured, smooth, and very calming The characters are full and practically walk off the pages, carrying their shawls and tea with them I grew to care about what happened to the Dale family, to Lily and her sister Bell and their mother, as well as to their friends And I did not need to like a character to be fascinated by their life and habits.It was interesting to go back again to the 19th century Trollope is the kind of writer that brings out the romantic in me and my beloved, unrealistic version of the Victorian era.I used to say that I went to Trollope for sanity I discovered that I can still go to him to find balance and comfort.As I said, if you like Trollope and have the patience for leisurely storytelling and an escape into another time although not an escape from the human condition , this is a book you should read.


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The Small House at Allington summary pdf The Small House at Allington, summary chapter 2 The Small House at Allington, sparknotes The Small House at Allington, The Small House at Allington 6f360a2 The Small House At Allington Is The Fifth Book In Anthony Trollope S Barchester Series As With All Of Trollope, It Is Beautifully Written And Draws The Reader Into Its Many Interwoven TalesFormer Prime Minister John Major Declared This Particular Novel To Be His Favourite Book Of All Time, And In Doing So, He Was Joining The Good Company Of The Countless Trollope Fans Who Have Ensured This Work S Lasting Fame, And Helped To Enshrine Its Place As A Literary Classic

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  • 695 pages
  • The Small House at Allington
  • Anthony Trollope
  • English
  • 03 September 2017
  • 9780140433258

About the Author: Anthony Trollope

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 ha