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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

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The Golden Lion of Grandpère ~ Anthony Trollope

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 Li

A sweet little romance with decent characterization that’s a suitable read for when you don’t 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 discussing

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 do

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