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The Golden Lion of Granpere

Anthony Trollope

Book Overview: 

Set in a village in the Vosges mountains in north-eastern France, this short and very entertaining novel concerns the events in the lives of an innkeeper's family; the relationship between George Voss, the landlord's son, and his beloved Marie, the rivalry between Voss and another suitor for Marie's hand in marriage, and the results of a betrothal based on mutual misunderstandings.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ay of me if we kept you at home to drudge for us, instead of settling you out in the world properly?  You forget, Marie, that I have a duty to perform, and you should not make it so difficult.’

‘But if I don’t want to be settled?’ said Marie.  ‘Who cares for the neighbours?  If you and I understand each other, is not that enough?’

‘I care for the neighbours,’ said Michel Voss with energy.

‘And must I marry a man I don’t care a bit for, because of the neighbours, Uncle Michel?’ asked Marie, with something approaching to indignation in her voice.

Michel Voss perceived that it was of no use for him to carry on the argument.  He entertained a half-formed idea that he did not quite understand the objections so strongly urged by his niece; that there was something on her mind that she would not tell him, and that there might be cruelty in urging the mat. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Though I would not classify them as traditional romances, in every Trollope novel there is a love interest - sometimes more than one! In this short novel, the love interest is the whole point of the story. The ending is quite predictable. As you'll notice from my rating, I didn't find this predic...more

Short by Trollope standards, but good.

Imagine an author so popular that, in the middle of his career, he takes off time to write three novels anonymously -- just to see if his readers would recognize his work. All three were set in Europe, through which he had traveled extensively. I have yet to read Nina Balatka, I did not much like...more

I was rather disappointed with The Golden Lion of Granpere. The thwarted love of George and Marie comes up against duty and obedience. Their romance is staged  in Alsace, but it is framed by Victorian values. Though I find George and Marie's story  and characters uninteresting, the narrative flow...more

A light and fun read.

A pleasant, much-ado-about-nothing kind of read. There is lots of talk of duty, with characters not saying what they really think, which leads to romantic mishap. All's well that ends well, however.

A sweet little romance with decent characterization thats a suitable read for when you dont want to be bothered with a complicated plot. Essentially the lovers must overcome the disapprobation of their parents, and they do. Not Trollope at his best, but quite charming. I look forward to discussin...more

I think if I had read this six months before or after another Trollope I would say 4 stars. May I admit that I'm tearing through Trollope because I want the orange bindings of the Penguin books off my shelf? Shallow, but true.

A theme that runs through so many of his books is the conflict between...more

Famous authors can be notoriously insecure. They begin to wonder whether their success is based on continued excellence or if people just buy their books because their name has become a popular brand.

This apparently happened to Anthony Trollope in the mid-1860s when he was at the height of his fa...more

This is one of the three novels Trollope wrote anonymously at the height of fame; all were set on the continent. Not one of his greatest; it is a straightforward tale with little action and Trollope, as usual focuses on character and emotion.
The Golden Lion of Granpere is an inn in the Alsace reg...more

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