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The Belton Estate

Anthony Trollope

Book Overview: 

Clara Amedroz is the virtuous, intelligent, and quick-witted heroine of this novel. Like all women of her time, she has few options other than to marry. She is lucky enough to have two eligible suitors, and chooses the more urbane and worldly of the two. Alas, however, she realizes fairly quickly that Captain Aylmer is not a nice person. Throughout much of the novel we find her trying hard not to recognize that Will Belton - the suitor she rejected, and who still loves and wants to marry her - is.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Perivalians who send me to Parliament. I'm to dine with the mayor to-morrow, and as some big-wig has come in his way who is going to dine with him also, the thing has been got up in a hurry. But I'm delighted to find that you are to be with us."

"I generally go to my aunt about this time of the year."

"It is very good-natured of you." Then he asked after her father, and she told him of Mr. Belton's visit, telling him nothing—as the reader will hardly require to be told—of Mr. Belton's offer. And so, by degrees, they fell into close and intimate conversation.

"I am so glad, for your father's sake!" said the captain, with sympathetic voice, speaking still of Mr. Belton's visit.

"That's what I feel, of course."

"It is just as it should be, as he stands in that position to the property. And so he is a nice sort of fellow, is he?"

"Nice is no word for him. He is perfect!"

"Dear me! This is terrible! Y. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Alas, only 18 more Trollope novels to go! Oh well, I guess I can start all over again with the Barset series. Would that be so bad?

The Belton Estate is full of the pleasures that I have come to expect from a Trollope novel. Leisurely but engaging storytelling, vivid characters, both lovable and dete

I was surprised to see this grouped with Trollope's Comic Novels. Trollope's style is often laced with light sarcasm so that it is hard to say that any of them are absent of humor. He does poke some fun at the potential mother-in-law who is grossly overbearing and will not be seen in public without

I belong to the Anthony Trollope Society on Facebook. The Belton Estate was picked as one of the favorites by many, so I thought I would read it.

Like every Trollope novel I have ever read, the characters are so well portrayed by the author that you feel you inhabit each one as you read.

There were

This is my eighth Trollope in a row, and that’s on top of another half dozen or more I’ve read on other occasions. That gives me a lot to compare here, and, obscure as this is, I think it’s one of the better ones.

Clara Almendroz doesn’t really want to get married. She has a sort of intellectual crus

I couldn’t stop reading this excellent novel. Trollope tells the story of destitute Clara Amedroz in such a way that although you suspect all will turn out well, you aren’t really sure until the very last chapters. Clara is a fascinating character and the way she responds to her position in life is

Great novel, brilliant and engaging! I really loved it!

A really fantastic read and a great Trollope - well paced and smart, with a fantastic heroine and a great love story. I'd highly recommend!

This book is classic Anthony Trollope Clara Amedroz, beautiful young girl is forced to make an "excellent marriage" after her father and her brother fritter away their estate and the money she should have inherited. Luckily, she has two suitors: Will Belton, the new heir to the estate and Captain Fr

Clara Amedroz is one of my favorite heroines. I loved her strength through the typical Trollopian struggle of choosing between suitors. As always, in his novels, the physical descriptions of the surroundings are lush, and the characters are all filled out to a wonderful degree. This was one of my fa

It probably didn't help that I read this book after finishing Orley Farm.

One of the biggest problems with this book is that Trollope's female characters are usually deep and layered like Lady Mason in Orley Farm. However, Clara, the heroine of Belton Estate, is bland, shallow, and maddening. It's ob

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