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Phineas Finn

Anthony Trollope

Book Overview: 

Phineas Finn is the sequel to “Can you Forgive Her?” and the second novel in Trollope’s Palliser series. The eponymous hero is a young Irishman who becomes a member of the English parliament. Trollope aspired to become an M.P. himself, and he ably describes the workings of the English political scene. There is also a love interest, as the somewhat inconstant Phineas courts three different women: his Irish sweetheart, Mary Flood Jones; Lady Laura Standish, the daughter of a prominent Whig politician; and a lovely heiress, Violet Effingham.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Oh, Lady Laura!"

"Listen a moment. And pray remember that what I say to you now must never be repeated to any ears. No one knows it but my father, my brother, and Mr. Kennedy. Early in the spring I paid my brother's debts. His affection to me is more than a return for what I have done for him. But when I did this,—when I made up my mind to do it, I made up my mind also that I could not allow myself the same freedom of choice which would otherwise have belonged to me. Will that be sufficient, Mr. Finn?"

"How can I answer you, Lady Laura? Sufficient! And you are not angry with me for what I have said?"

"No, I am not angry. But it is understood, of course, that nothing of this shall ever be repeated,—even among ourselves. Is that a bargain?"

"Oh, yes. I shall never speak of it again."

"And now you will wish me joy?"

"I have wished you joy, Lady Laura. And I will do so again. May you have every blessing whic. . . Read More

Community Reviews

As I re-read many of Anthony Trollope's novels, I find myself revising my rating of them upward. It seems that there are few authors I positively enjoy reading as much as Trollope. There are some, very few, of his works that I do not care for that much; but, for the most part, I find his oeuvre to b

Phineas Finn: The Irish Member isn't about an Irish penis.

Rather, it is about a young Irish gentleman who who gets himself elected to the British House of Commons and the manner that he navigates through the very exciting legislative time period surrouding the Second Reform Bill!

I bet I had you cli

A novel about an affable young man trying to do the right thing in 1865 Parliament could easily have been a bore. But Trollope's focus is on people more than politics. His penetrating insight into human behavior is so much fun - especially with the female characters. I'm looking forward to the rest

"The people can take care of themselves a great deal better than we can take care of them."
"You think no honest man can be a member of the government?"
"I don't say that, but I think honesty's a deal easier away from 'em."

One of the wonderful things about reading novels from another time and another

il romanzo è bello, per carità. forse non quanto il buon trollope ci descrive il suo fascinoso eroe-protagonista phineas, ma è indubbiamente e vittorianamente bello.
però mostra a mio avviso qualche problema di tenuta sul lungo periodo, e poi c’è che - a titolo del tutto personale - in 900 e passa pa

Another fantastic Trollope read, with compelling characters, rich themes and such enjoyable writing.

Sometimes the hardest thing you'll ever do is to do the right thing. How do you weigh the cost of the sacrifice between two objectives - both of which are dear to you, and which are mutually exclusive? Ok, so those might be bigger questions than Trollope had in mind when he wrote Phineas Finn. But t

I started the first half of 2018 with Trollope's Barsetshire series and decided to read his Palliser one next, having finished the second of six, I think I can state that like the first series, you could read each book alone but the story will be missing somethings unknown to you but if following in

I have just begun. I have only completed chapter 10:

Delightfully funny!!!!!!!

EVERYBODY must try a Trollope. He does not deliver the normal Victorian brew. I am NOT a reader of the Victorian genre. Trollope's are something different; Trollope's are special.

I am sitting here thinking of all those li

If you go home again, keep your mouth shut.

Phineas manages to ignore this bit of wisdom, and makes two commitments that lead to a fate the reader finds it hard to accept. Thank goodness there is a fourth volume of the Palliser series that leads the reader to hope for a turn of fortune: Phineas Redux

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