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The Landleaguers

Anthony Trollope

Book Overview: 

Near Galway, young Florian Jones has just converted to Catholicism when he witnesses the deliberate destruction of his English father’s land by the Catholic Landleaguers. The Irish Land War has commenced, with the boycotting of wealthy landowners and a brutal chain of revenge killings. This is the story of Florian, his father, his two beautiful sisters, his adult brother Frank, and Frank’s beloved Rachel, an American singer working the London stage with her firebrand father. It’s also the story of the social order coming apart and then painfully coming back together in one Irish county.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Then he put his hand into his pocket, as much as to explain a pistol was there. After that the two men rode on in silence till they came to the gates of Ballytowngal.

 

 

CHAPTER X. BALLYTOWNGAL.
 

Daly, among other virtues, or vices, was famed for punctuality. He wore a large silver watch in his pocket which was as true as the sun, or at any rate was believed by its owner to be so. From Daly's watch on hunting mornings there was no appeal. He always reached the appointed meet at five minutes before eleven, by his watch, and by his watch the hounds were always moved from their haunches at five minutes past eleven. Though the Lord Lieutenant and the Chief Secretary and the Lord Chancellor had been there, there would have been no deviation. The interval of ten minutes he generally spent in whispered confabulations with the earth-warners, secrets into which no attendant horseman ever dived; for Black Daly was a mysterious . . . Read More

Community Reviews

I have long loved Anthony Trollope, and started this book with the thought that 3/4 of a Trollope was better than none at all. Well, the so-called heroine was overly precious AND an anti-Semite, and I just did not want to spend any more time with her.

This is the first Trollope book I've disliked. Some of his works are less good than others but they're almost always redeemed by a good yarn and some strong characters. This was left unfinished at his death or the story strikes out (not that it was great in any case). There's a very Tory view of Ire

Unlike many posthumously published, unfinished works, the completed portions of The Landleaguers read very much like a completed draft, something I attribute to Trollope's experience in writing serialized novels, and I must commend the richness of both the prose and the characters that populate this

Trollope’s last (and unfinished) work. One might classify it among his political novels, but that would be an injustice to his magnificent Palliser series. It is set in Ireland which, for all his 40 years there, he could only see through the eyes of an English squire. The Irish tenantry and peasantr

Trollope wasn't able to complete this book, but what he did leave us was enough to thoroughly enjoy, IMHO. The postscript at the end tells his intentions for the main characters, but it can pretty well be guessed at.

Definitely not a Trollope must-read.

I really wish he could have finished this book.

The Landleaguers, Trollope's last novel (No. 51 in his oeuvre), was published posthumously in 1883. Three things make it difficult to recommend:

It is unfinished. It abruptly ends in the middle of Chapter 49. He had planned 60 chapters.

The setting (the 1879-1882 Irish Land Wars) is obscure, thirty y

I've been reviewing Trollope's novels in the order they were published (in book form), which is not always the order in which they were written. An Old Man's Love is the last of Trollope's novels to be published, but The Landleaguers is the last he wrote. In fact, he had barely made it into the 49th