Oh lord, this book. It has been squatting on my conscience for over a month. That's how long it's been since I actually finished it, and how long it's been since I've been putting off writing about it. Which is not to say it was so terribly bad - in fact, if that were the case, I'd probably have ranted tout suite. It was just ... there. I enjoyed it more than anything else I've read of his; this, however, does not say very much.
I hated Felix and Lady Carbury, but their comeuppance was disappointing. FIRE AND BRIMSTONE, DUDE. FOR REALZ. I also hate the fact that Trollope is, in essence, a romance writer, except one who never seemed to realise the fact, or exploit the concept of people falling love - as opposed to people already being in love, but with a more suitable suitor in the wings whom they eventually reject so they can live in happy poverty. EVERY TIME. I KID YOU NOT. The stuff about Melmotte is never carried through and from what I can remember, there's a lot of repetition from chapter to chapter. I also remember finding it quite witty, but sadly let down by the ending.
Also the title sounds like a soap opera.
I think I've given Trollope enough of a chance. I'm not labouring through the Barchester series or anything else just to be disappointed more thoroughly. Adieu, dude with the hilarious last name!
Previously, on Book Glomp 2009:
He Knew He Was Right, Anthony Trollope |The Bostonians, Henry James | For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway | For Esme - with Love and Squalor, JD Salinger | The Outsider, Albert Camus | The Princess Diaries: Ten out of Ten, Meg Cabot | The Vicar of Bullhampton, Anthony Trollope | Molesworth, Geoffrey Willans | Villette, Charlotte Bronte | The Portrait of a Lady, Henry James | The Way of All Flesh, Samuel Butler | Cecilia, Fanny Burney | The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger | The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Muriel Spark | Breakfast of Champions, Kurt Vonnegut | Valley of the Dolls, Jacqueline Susann | Siddhartha, Herman Hesse | The White Tiger, Aravind Adiga | The Duke and I, Julia Quinn | Brave New World, Aldous Huxley | North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell | Cider with Rosie, Laurie Lee | Catch-22, Joseph Heller | Bright Shiny Morning, James Frey | Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck | The Demon's Lexicon, Sarah Rees Brennan | The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton | jPod, Douglas Coupland | 'Are these my basoomas I see before me?', Louise Rennison | Faro's Daughter, Georgette Heyer | Anansi Boys, Neil Gaiman | The Accidental Sorcerer, K.E. Mills | Ethan of Athos, Lois McMaster Bujold | V., Thomas Pynchon | The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway | The Dragon Keeper, Robin Hobb | Orlando, Virginia Woolf | The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath | Snuff, Chuck Palahniuk | Crush, Richard Siken | Trust Me, I'm a Junior Doctor, Max Pemberton | The Dice Man, Luke Rhinehart | Call Me By Your Name, Andre Aciman | Young Miles, Lois McMaster Bujold | He's Just Not That Into You, Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo | The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand | A Classical Education, Caroline Taggart