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The Kellys and the O'Kellys

Anthony Trollope

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Anty did not want much persuading. She was soon induced to get up and dress herself, to put on her cloak and bonnet, and hurry off with the widow, before the people of Dunmore should be up to look at her going through the town to the inn; while Biddy was left to pack up such things as were necessary for her mistress' use, and enjoined to hurry down with them to the inn as quick as she could; for, as the widow said, "there war no use in letting every idle bosthoon [13] in the place see her crossing with a lot of baggage, and set them all asking the where and the why and the wherefore; though, for the matther of that, they'd all hear it soon enough."

To tell the truth, Mrs Kelly's courage waned from the moment of her leaving her own door, and it did not return till she felt herself within it again. Indeed, as she was leaving the gate of Dunmore House, with Anty on her arm, she . . . Read More

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The Kellys and the O'Kellys: Or Landlords and Tenants is probably the first indicator that, at this early juncture (1848), Anthony Trollope was destined to become perhaps a great writer, or, at the very least, a first-rank one. The urge to write came upon him while he was working for the British Pos

It took me about 20% to get into this book of Trollope's, and, if he hadn't been an author I knew I liked, I probably wouldn't have bothered. However, once they were done talking boring politics and I had everyone straight in my head, it was a good read!

Two engagement stories parallel each other, on

One of my favourite Lucky Luke comics is Les Rivaux de Painful Gulch which tells the fascinating story of the conflict between the O'Timmins and the O'Haras. The title of this Trollope makes me think about that. Only there is no conflict between the Kelly’s and the O'Kelly’s. In fact the heroes of o

This is Trollope's second novel. It is better than his first novel, The Macdermots of Ballycloran, and, like it, is set in Ireland, where Trollope lived for several years while working for the British post office. (Important trivia: Trollope is the inventor of the mailbox. Not the one at your door,

This is one of the novels set in Ireland, and it centres on two related families, particularly the romantic doings of the two young men: Frank O'Kelly aka Lord Ballindine, and Martin Kelly. The plot is fairly basic, but I love the characterisation. Trollope's characters always seem very real and bel

The story of two Irish families, one aristocratic (the O'Kellys) and one middle class (the Kellys) who each have an elder son seeking marriage. Set in 1844, prior to the potato famine (the book was written in 1848), the book does not deal with that matter at all. While the novel touches some of the

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3.5* rounded down.

At first you think this is going to be a book about the Repealers' trial of 1844, but as soon as you have read the explanatory notes and worked out what the Repeal movement was all about, Trollope largely abandons the poor repealers and settles down to the love lives of Martin Kell

This was Trollope's second novel, and although the plot, which deals with two courtships, isn't as balanced as it could be (and would be later), it does show much of what characterizes Trollope's work. There's a nicely realized setting (Ireland, where Trollope worked for the Post Office for some yea

I loved this early work. Mr. Trollope was only 33 when he wrote this. It sold 140 copies at the time, but I think it is one of his best. It is more tightly written (more self-edited perhaps?) than many of the bigger works, and all of the elements I enjoy are there--character development, setting, su

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