Can You Forgive Her?

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OUP Oxford, Mar 8, 2012 - Fiction - 752 pages
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'She loved him much, and admired him even more than she loved him...Would that he had some faults!' Alice Vavasor is torn between a risky marriage with her ambitious cousin George and the safer prospect of a union with the formidably correct John Grey. Her indecision is reflected in the dilemmas of her friend Lady Glencora, confined in the proprieties of her life with Plantagenet Palliser but tempted to escape with her penniless lover Burgo Fitzgerald, and of her aunt, the irreverent widow Mrs Greenow, who must choose between a solid farmer and an untrustworthy soldier as her next husband. Each woman finds her choice bound up with the cold realities of money, and the tension between public expectation and private inclination. Can You Forgive Her? is the first of Trollope's six Palliser novels, and its focus on the exercise of power, whether in the masculine world of parliament and the professions, or within the domesticities of friendship, courtship, and marriage, signals a new breadth and diversity of interest in his fiction. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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User Review  - arubabookwoman - LibraryThing

I perhaps didn't wait long enough after finishing Phineas Finn before starting Can You Forgive Her?, so I was maybe "Trolloped Out", because it took me quite a while to get into this book. I limped ... Read full review

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User Review  - froxgirl - LibraryThing

Oh noes! I loved this book, my first Trollope, and his works are like 900 pages each and overfilled with 1830's type language and he's not too fond of women. What's a reader to do? Can I forgive him? Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Dinah Birch writes regularly for the London Review of Books and the Times Literary Supplement, and contributes to arts programmes on radio and television. She is the editor of the Oxford Companion to English Literature and of Oxford World's Classics editions of Ruskin's Selected Writings and Gaskell's Cranford. She is Professor of English Literature at the University of Liverpool.

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