Where Do I Go From Here?: Or Which Trollope Novel Should I Read Next?
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I've read all the Pallisers (about three times each!), all the Barsetshires, He Knew He Was Right, Orley Farm, Miss Mackenzie, The Struggles of Brown Jones and Robinson, The Belton Estate, Is He Popinjoy, The Three Clerks, Rachel Ray, Lady Anna, The American Senator, Dr. Wortle's School, Ayala's Angel, The Kelly's and the O'Kellys, Ralph the Heir, The Vicar of Bullhampton, An Old Man's Love, The Claverlings, Cousin Henry, The Way We Live Now, and The Golden Lion of Granpere.
The only one of these I didn't really like was The Struggles of Brown, Jones, and Robinson.
Where do I go from here?
Thanks in advance for your recommendations.
Why not start in on the short stories? "An Unprotected Female at the Pyramids" is a classic.
Now that I think of it, Nina Balatka ain't bad. Nowhere near as dismal as Linda Tressel.
I applaud you for getting through Brown, Jones and Robinson and The Three Clerks. I've tried both several times but can't manage it; puts off my "completist" aspiration!
I think I'm going to try Mr. Scarborough's Family.
I'm not much a fan of the short store as a genre. One of the reasons I like Victorian novels is the length.
I have shied away from Linda Tressel and Nina Balatka, as I think (I could be wrong) that Trollope published those novels under a different name for the purpose of seeing how critics would react to his stuff if they didn't know he was the one writing it, and I was worried they might be different from his normal style. (I think that's the problem with Brown, Jones, and Robinson--not typical Trollope at all.) Maybe I should give them a chance.
I will also try one of the three digfish recommends with the dour caveat. Dour has never bothered me. I am a huge fan of Thomas Hardy!
I still need to get hold of Mr. Scarborough. I need to request that it be sent from the main branch of our library to the one near me.
I find that often happens in BBC versions of classics. They even had Moll Flanders sleep with the ONE man she didn't sleep with in the book! (In case you're not familiar with the plot, Moll Flanders sleeps with a ton of men, including her brother, although she doesn't know he is her brother while she is sleeping with him.)
I am a huge fan of Masterpiece Theatre, but mostly when I haven't read the book. (Caveat: I usually don't like the movie/tv adaptation when I have read the book, so my opinion may not be worth much. I may have loved the BBC version of The Way We Live Now if I hadn't read the book.)