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The American Senator

Anthony Trollope

Book Overview: 

The American Senator is a novel written by Anthony Trollope. Although not one of Trollope's better-known works, it is notable for its depictions of rural English life and for its many detailed fox hunting scenes. In its anti-heroine, Arabella Trefoil, it presents a scathing but ultimately sympathetic portrayal of a woman who has abandoned virtually all scruples in her quest for a husband. Through the eponymous Senator, Trollope offers comments on the irrational aspects of English life. (Description by Wikipedia)

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I am on a visit to this country and am at present staying at the house of my friend, Mr. John Morton."

"He's the gentl'man from Bragton, Dan."

"Hold your jaw, can't you?" said the husband. Then he touched his hat to the Senator intending to signify that the Senator might, if he pleased, continue his narrative.

"If you did kill that fox, Mr. Goarly, I think you were quite right to kill him." Then Goarly winked at him. "I cannot imagine that even the laws of England could justify a man in perpetuating a breed of wild animals that are destructive to his neighbours' property."

"I could shoot 'un; not a doubt about that, Mister. I could shoot 'un;—and I wull."

"Have a care, Dan," whispered Mrs. Goarly.

"Hold your jaw,—will ye? I could shoot 'un, Mister. I don't rightly know about p'ison."

"That fox we saw was poisoned I suppose," said the Senator, carelessly.

"Have a care, Dan;—have a. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I'm so glad to have been back reading Trollope. This novel has three plot lines: the American Senator of the title, Arabella Trefoil and her husband-chasing, and Larry Twentyman who wishes Mary Masters to be his wife. It is the rare Trollope novel that doesn't have at least one fox-hunting scene or

I bumped this to four stars from three. I've read all of Trollope. It took many years. When I ranked his books when I first signed up for Goodreads, I had only vague recollections about some of them. I started reading him when I was in my twenties because I was looking for an author who wrote lots o

This is my 26th Trollope novel. I am bereft that there are only 21 more to read. With an average of 500 pages that means only 10,500 more pages of joy.

The American Senator is a late novel. I have noticed that the satire is slightly more bitter than in the earlier novels, but fear not! There are stil

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I try, I try, yet Trollope is just as he sounds!

4.5* An underrated Trollope novel of scheming and saintly young women in search of a husband.

I read Trollope’s The American Senator immediately after a memorable experience with The Way We Live Now, which many see as Trollope’s masterpiece. The two books aren’t in the same league at all, although The American Senator was still a pleasant enough read.

The title is misleading, in that the Ame

This is a fantastic read - really well written, really engaging, with fantastic characterisation and such great plotlines. I'd highly recommend it.

Early on in reading Anthony Trollope’s The American Senator, I complained that it was not that good. Other readers at Goodreads suggested that with Trollope; it is often the case that the reading pleasure arrives later. This is my 7th Trollope, so I soldiered on. I do hereby declare that in the case

Better than I remembered it. For some books, especially those byAnthony Trollope, re-reading reveals so much more depth and nuance. This book was one of those for me. Great.

Once again I have been unable to contain myself and have rushed ahead to the end of The American Senator ahead of the schedule of my online Trollope group. And it’s not like I just HAD to know how it ended. I’ve read it at least twice before.

This is not Trollope at his best. Or rather, it’s at his b

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