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The Claverings

av Anthony Trollope

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Since its first appearance in 1867, this novel has been acclaimed as one of Trollope's most successful protrayals of mid-Victorian life. The Claverings is filled with contemporary detail and shows, as Trollope often does, the weakness of men and the emotional strength of women.
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I'm a sucker for Trollope, so of course I enjoyed this book.
Trollope has a great eye for the detail of his characters. While the descriptions are rooted in his 19th century England, I have no trouble seeing echoes of those characteristics in people I mix with today.
Great stuff.
Read October 2017 ( )
  mbmackay | Nov 16, 2017 |
I enjoyed this very much despite not really being sure if it was a massive satire or a straightforward drama. A bit of both, I expect. Also despite there really being a dearth of sympathetic characters, which leads me to believe it was more of a satire. In some ways I feel rather sorry for Julia. She marries for money, rather than love, which is what women at that time were supposed to do but I feel that she would be condemed for either choice. However, she is her own worst enemy and seems to make rather a hash of all of her affairs. I also found the simpering superiority of Florence and Cecelia a bit hard to take and felt sorry for Harry to end up with Florence but he is no great prize either. Most of the secondary characters are either villians or fools, though the hoops that Madame Gordelope made Archie and Bodle jump through made for some great humour. I thoroughly enjoyed hating Hugh and expect I was meant to.

Still, a very enjoyable listen and is leading back into more Trollope.
  amyem58 | Feb 24, 2016 |
Julia refuses to marry Harry, because he is poor, and accepts the dissolute Lord Ongar instead. He makes her life a misery and causes unfounded rumours to be spread about her, before dying and leaving her a rich widow. Julia is left isolated and rekindles her friendship with Harry, who has become engaged to Florence, a fact he omits to mention to Julia...

As ever in Trollope, the hero is very weak and imperfect and the women strong and brave. Florence should have dumped Harry while she had the chance and he and the unlikeable Julia deserved each other. Mme Gordeloup was an entertaining villain, although her brother petered out with a bit of a whimper. I enjoyed Archie and Doodles for a bit of comic relief. I never quite worked out why Hermione and Sir Hugh didn't go on trying for an heir - they were both still young. The double tragedy towards the end was heavily foreshadowed and poured even more blessings on the undeserving Harry, so that he didn't even have to work for a living. Fanny and Mr Saul were very sweet. ( )
  pgchuis | Sep 17, 2015 |
Is there a Victorian novelist who handles love triangles as well as Trollope, with the exception perhaps of Henry James?



The Claverings is Trollope at his finest. With his usual skill, he presents us with characters who are all flawed and therefore human, led by greed, power, rank, status, and sheer narcissism; at the same time, however, Trollope is a skillful writer, able to dig deep into the psychological makeup of his characters to provide compelling reasons for their actions, and also elicit a sympathy for even the most grotesque deeds.



Harry Clavering finds himself in an awkward position: two years ago, he was jilted by his first love, Julia Brabazon, so that she could make a more financially advantageous marriage to Lord Ongar. When Julia returns—as Lady Ongar, after the death of her much older (and horribly unjust) husband—Harry has already pledged himself to another woman, Florence Burton.

The one who got away returns, then, and sets The Claverings into motion, a novel with a cast of characters as diverse as a Russian spy, a belligerent and lowly curate, and a captain whose answer to matters of the heart is almost always extortion. To give any more away would spoil the meticulous structure of the novel, where Trollope reveals things and always remains in command of his reader.

The Claverings may well be the best place to begin with Trollope; sadly, however, it also seems to be one of the most under-read of his novels. ( )
1 rösta proustitute | Jul 17, 2014 |
This is a picturesque novel about the fortunes of a contemporary English family in the 1800s. The characters are typical of the commonplace respectable life in a country town. They have their quirks and failings but are nonetheless endearing.
  TrysB | Jul 19, 2012 |
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The gardens of Clavering Park were removed some three hundred yards from the large, square, sombre-looking stone mansion which was the country house of Sir Hugh Clavering, the eleventh baronet of that name; and in these gardens, which have little of beauty to recommend them, I will introduce my readers to two of the personages with whom I wish to make them acquainted in the following story.
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