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Christmas at Thompson Hall

Anthony Trollope

Book Overview: 

"A Mid-Victorian Christmas Tale"; tells of a night time encounter between relatives who had never before met, resulting in minor injuries, embarrassment, and Trollope's usual 'nice' social interactions.

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Community Reviews

Better than his Christmas at Kirby Cottage, that I already loved reading earlier this month.
This short story is a comedy of errors, not so much about Christmas as the title infers as happening around Christmas time, with a family gathering at the end. This was absolutely hilarious. I think I'll hav

Metti un viaggio verso Thompson Hall, una sosta in hotel a Parigi, una signora inglese molto dignitosa, un mal di gola alquanto pretestuoso, un vasetto di senape da sottrarre nella notte, quindi un misterioso ospite ... e la combinazione che ne trae la penna di Trollope è la gustosa ilare trama di q

I roared laughing at this one. Probably because I’ve been a married woman beset by the holiday expectations of my family and my husband. I think for some the events might seem ridiculous and illogical but make perfect sense if the person involved is trying to make everyone happy by not upsetting too

This is the last time Trollope would write about Christmas (1882), but not the first. (See Christmas at Kirkby Cottage)

Though Thompson Hall is in the title, most of the action takes place in Paris where Mrs. Brown and her husband have stopped to rest and give Mr. Brown a moment to rid himself of a c

Delightful! Hilarious! I enjoyed every second of this short story.

Although it takes place at Christmastime, the time of year is not integral to the story. More light-hearted than Trollope's usual fare. I chuckled throughout, but thought the ending was a bit weak.

A great comedy of errors with a Christmas theme!

This was a delightful story about the yearning to be home for Christmas and the blunders that hinder along the way. I loved Trollope's writing style and the way he explained the minute thoughts that pass through a character's head in times of stress. I read this story in the Christmas Stories Everym

For some reason, I have trouble relating to Trollope. I get bored very easily. I guess that in this case, I got intimidated by the name, which is why I gave it 3 stars.
To be perfectly honest, I got so bored that I could have given only one or two. I must be too thick to perceive the humour.

A nice change of pace during this hectic season. I enjoyed this visit to Victorian England in what is in some ways a Christmas story, but in more ways is just a lot of period fun. Trollope is always a keeper.

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