Well, Trollope’s 200th birthday was last year so I could say that my completion of the six Palliser novels in January 2016 is a bit of a day late a dollar short. But on the other hand, I just finished almost 5,000 pages of Trollope, so who cares if I am 20 days late. I suppose I should also point out that I didn’t read all six of them in 2015 but I did read four of the six last year.
Overall I still prefer the Barsetshire novels over the Palliser novels mainly because I prefer Church of England gossip over parliamentary gossip. And there were moments in the Pallisers where the political talk got a little boring because I didn’t understand enough about the issues being discussed to get really interested. Small point though. I love Trollope.
Now that I am finished. What did I think? Will I always ask myself questions? Just a cheap literary cheat when I don’t have the energy to be clever? Even lazier, I am going to make a list.
Ranking the Pallisers
6. Phineas Finn (Book 2)
5. Phineas Redux (Book 4)
4. The Duke’s Children (Book 6)
3. The Eustace Diamonds (Book 3)
1. (tie) Can You Forgive Her? (Book 1)
1. (tie) The Prime Minister (Book 5)
This was way harder then I thought it would be. The Prime Minister tied for the top spot because I loved how awful Ferdinand Lopez was. Without him, Can You Forgive Her? would not have t share number 1.
Favorite character names: Sir Gregory Grogram (appears in Books 1, 4, and 5) and Samuel Cheesacre (Book 1).
Favorite meta moment: When one of the characters talks about putting a letter in a pillar box–the mail receptacle Trollope helped introduce into usage in the Channel Islands and ultimately mainland UK.