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Nina Balatka

Anthony Trollope

Book Overview: 

A romance set in Prague between a Catholic and a Jew. In this short novel, Trollope moves away from his usual milieu to explore a theme which has universal resonance.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .had never thought of them as people hungry from want of food, or cold from want of clothes. It may be said of him, to his credit, that his love had been too strong for his shame, and that he had made up his mind to marry his cousin Nina in spite of her poverty. When Lotta Luxa had called him a calf she had not inappropriately defined one side of his character. He was a good-looking well-grown young man, not very wise, quickly susceptible to female influences, and gifted with eyes capable of convincing him that Nina Balatka was by far the prettiest woman whom he ever saw. But, in connection with such calf-like propensities, Ziska was endowed with something of his mother's bitterness and of his father's persistency; and the old Zamenoys did not fear but that the fortunes of the family would prosper in the hands of their son. And when it was known to Madame Zamenoy and to her husband Karil that Ziska had set his heart upon having his cousin, they had expressed no displeasure. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This is the most serious of the Trollope novels I've read. It is completely devoid of any Trollope humor. Still, I quite enjoyed it. Trollope may have been putting his own spin on a Romeo and Juliet story. In this, a poor Christian girl is betrothed to a wealthy Jewish man. Neither of the families n

This was a heavy read about the conflicts between families (one Jewish, one Christian) when two of the members decide to marry. It was made heavier by the absence of Trollope's usual little witticisms.

I appreciated the beautiful incidents of grace that were extended to Nina from one of her "enemies

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Yes; she was a weak woman — very weak; but she had that one strength which is sufficient to atone for all feminine weakness — she could really love; or rather, having loved, she could not cease to love. Anger had no effect on her love, or was as water thrown on blazing coal, which makes it bur (hide spoiler)]

This short novel was set in Prague and dealt with the love of Nina, a Christian, for Anton, a Jewish businessman. Sometimes I loved Nina and Anton; sometimes I was very disgusted with them both. I truly admired Rebecca, and I hated Nina's aunt! I love Trollope's writing, though, and even cried at th

I really enjoyed this book!

Three to three and a half stars. Not one of the best of Trollope's works, but the Prague setting is interesting and exotic, and it explores interesting themes of anti-Semitism and inter-faith marriages.

I love Anthony Trollope, he could well rank on the top of not only my favorite Victorian authors but authors in general, but this one, not his best. Apparently Trollope wrote this anonymously to see if it would sell without his name attached and commentators have said his disguise was worthless, tha

Nina Balatka is the story of a beautiful young Christian girl in 19th century Prague who is beset with two great troubles. First is her economic situation, having been plunged into poverty after her father’s industry failed him and he became ill unto death. The second, portrayed as the greater troub

3.5 stars rounded up
This is one of the three novels Trollope published anonymously. As with the other two, it is set on the continent; in Prague to be precise. It is also uncharacteristically brief. Normally Trollope gives all the main characters a chapter each to introduce them; here he manages it

One for completists only. A wimp of a heroine, a nasty 'hero', few of the Trollopian asides which make him the delightful read he usually is. Really, don't bother.

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