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Lady Anna

Anthony Trollope

Book Overview: 

This tightly constructed and passionate study of enforced marriage in the world of Radical politics and social inequality, records the lifelong attempt of Countess Lovel to justify her claim to her title, and her daughter Anna's legitimacy, after her husband announces that he already has a wife. However, mother and daughter are driven apart when Anna defies her mother's wish that she marry her cousin, heir to her father's title, and falls in love with journeyman tailor and young Radical Daniel Thwaite. The outcome is never in doubt, but Trollope's ambivalence on the question is profound, and the novel both intense and powerful.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I never saw him?"

"He wishes to win you because he has heard what you are, and because he knows that by doing so he can set things right which for many years have been wrong."

"It is because he would get all this money."

"You would both get it. He desires nothing unfair. Whatever he takes from you, so much he will give. And it is not only for this generation. Is it nothing to you that the chiefs of your own family who shall come after you shall be able to hold their heads up among other British peers? Would you not wish that your own son should come to be Earl Lovel, with wealth sufficient to support the dignity?"

"I don't think it would make him happy, mamma."

"There is something more in this, Anna, than I can understand. You used not to be so. When we talked of these things in past years you used not to be indifferent."

"I was not asked then to—to—marry a man I did not care for."

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Community Reviews

Brillante, como siempre lo es Trollope

2.5 stars

I'm beginning to think there are two types of Trollope novels; those he put his heart and soul into like the Barsetshire series, the Palliser series, The Way we Live Now etc. and those he simply dialed in because he needed the cash. If so, Lady Anna falls squarely into the latter camp. The

Trollope's personal favourite from his body of work is a powerful and intense drama set-up with Lady Lovell fighting for the legitimacy of her class-climbing marriage to Count Lovell (already married!) and their daughter; and the main story about her daughter Lady Anna's internal and external confli

Credo di riuscire un po' a immaginarmi Trollope, annoiato dalla vita monotona di impiegato delle poste, scrivere virtuosamente lunghissimi romanzi caratterizzati da una sottile vena umoristica ed un misurato verismo. Lady Anna è così, divertente poutpourri di vicissitudini e peripezie di ogni tipo d

A really brilliant Anthony Trollope – compelling, powerful, very readable, with brilliant characterisation and a great premise. I loved it.

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