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by Anthony Trollope

eBook An Eye for An Eye download ISBN: 1595477756
Author: Anthony Trollope
Publisher: NuVision Publications, LLC (November 8, 2007)
Language: English
Pages: 180
ePub: 1516 kb
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Rating: 4.2
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Category: Literature
Subcategory: Classics

Publication in the form of a two volume novel was timed to coincide with the issue of the final serialized episodes in January 1879

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British novelist Anthony Trollope is best known for chronicling many facets of family life and society in the fictional county of Barsetshire

British novelist Anthony Trollope is best known for chronicling many facets of family life and society in the fictional county of Barsetshire. Although An Eye for an Eye is not officially a part of the Barsetshire Chronicles, the novel explores many of the same issues that made that series so popular, including nuanced moral dilemmas and subtle shades of familial tension and discord.

And EYE FOR AN EYE is a banner example of how well this works. And Trollope is never better than in the final act of the book as we get into the head of our protagonist trying to justify his brutish behavior. At roughly 200 pages, the book is easily digested in one weekend. The story tells of a young man named Fred Neville who suddenly comes under the line of succession for an Earldom over a large estate. In particular the way he shifts blame for his OWN actions to perceived injustices carried out by the young girl's mother. A fallen man will point the blame at everyone but himself when it comes time to pay the piper, and nowhere have I seen this described better by Trollope.

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Download cover art Download CD case insert. An Eye for an Eye. Anthony TROLLOPE (1815 - 1882). A short but typical Trollope romance in which a young nobleman is torn between love for an impoverished Irish girl and the expectations of his family that he will marry someone suitable for inheriting an Earldom - Summary by Anthony Ogus. Genre(s): General Fiction.

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And yet the matter was of such importance as to justify almost any interference. A Roman Catholic Irish girl of whom nothing was known but that her mother was said to be a widow, was, in Lady Scroope’s eyes, as formidable a danger as could come in the way of her husband’s heir. Fred Neville was, she thought, with all his good qualities, exactly the man to fall in love with a wild Irish girl.

At a private asylum in the west of England there lives, and has lived for some years past, an unfortunate lady, as to whom there has long since ceased to be any hope that she should ever live elsewhere. Indeed, there is no one left belonging to her by whom the indulgence of such a hope on her behalf could be cherished. Friends she has none; and her own condition is such, that she recks nothing of confinement and does not even sigh for release. And yet her mind is ever at work,-as is doubtless always the case with the insane. She has present to her, apparently in every waking moment of her existence, an object of intense interest, and at that she works with a constancy which never wearies herself, however fatiguing it may be to those who are near her. She is ever justifying some past action of her life. "An eye for an eye," she says, "and a tooth for a tooth. Is it not the law?" And these words she will repeat daily, almost from morn till night.
Comments: (7)
Bearus
Over the span of his 40+ novels, Trollope understandably circled many of the same topics. The plot point of a character torn between two different paths of marriage, torn between duty and love, is among the most oft repeated. It is a testament to his skill as a writer that the majority of these stories still feel unique and fresh and are always readable. The reason it continues to work is because he was a master of writing entertaining dialogue and developing character.

As I continue through his extensive library of works, I'm finding that I like his shorter fiction better and better. I like the more focused narrative without the distraction of B and C stories. I like to stay on course and follow a single character and situation all the way through. And EYE FOR AN EYE is a banner example of how well this works.

At roughly 200 pages, the book is easily digested in one weekend. The story tells of a young man named Fred Neville who suddenly comes under the line of succession for an Earldom over a large estate. The original heir having disgraced the family and then dying, this nephew to the aging Earl is told that it is his duty to do what is best for the family and come settle down with a suitable wife. However, this young man is not quite ready to give up all vestiges of youth, and decides he must first finish out his final year in military service.

However, while doing so in the "wild" land of Ireland, he predictably falls for a young lass named Kate O'Hara. Neville would marry her, but her parentage and Catholic religion make it impossible for her to become the countess of an English estate. Even so, Neville relishes this secret "adventure," as he calls it, and ultimately pledges his love and intentions to marry Kate, despite the wishes of his dying Uncle.

As the book progresses, we see the tragic results of Fred's unwillingness to take on responsibility, instead pursuing his wild interests. While tame by today's standards, the novella tackles sexual issues in a way that was no doubt very shocking in its day. And Trollope is never better than in the final act of the book as we get into the head of our protagonist trying to justify his brutish behavior. In particular the way he shifts blame for his OWN actions to perceived injustices carried out by the young girl's mother. A fallen man will point the blame at everyone but himself when it comes time to pay the piper, and nowhere have I seen this described better by Trollope.

A late in the novel journey by Fred to the house of his lover provides an opportunity to expertly describe how much he has grown to hate the very site of the Irish landscape, all because the consequences of his selfish behavior have started to fall upon him. It is as familiar then as it is today, how once you've given in to your sin, the object of your desire becomes an object of your hatred. Top notch Trollope!!

Others have noted this is not Trollope's more typical "lighthearted" fare, and I agree the final chapters are pretty grim. However, the overall tone of the novel is not nearly as despairing as some of his other works. Fred, rogue as his actions may become, remains a very likable character throughout - and this is important because I believe the intent was to show that not everyone who acts badly is a wicked person. Fred Neville does some poor and selfish things, but they are not the act of a villain, but rather a young person who makes too many mistakes before his adult life can really take off. The true tragedy here is seeing how pride can ruin a man!

I can't recommend this one enough - it is certainly in my Top Ten from this author.
Goltigor
An Eye for an Eye is representative of Trollope's mid-level work ... certainly not his best (The Warden, Dr. Thorne, Barchester Chronicles, The Pallisers, and my favorite, Phineas Finn) but well above some of his worst. His usual and central themes of love, class, inheritance, marriage, religion, greed, and nationality are front and center in this novel. The main plot addresses the wealthy (Protestant) heir in England spending time on the West coast of Ireland and finding a charming girl and her mother living in a small cottage ... did I mention the local priest? I'm not a spoiler, but Trollope's plot is a bit more tragic than usual. Entertaining read ... if you like Trollope (which I do.)
ALAN
I disagree with one of the other reviewers that this book is a "light read." It is assuredly not in the comic vein of most of Trollope's novels and it is, if anything, "heavy" indeed! It is cast in the mold of a classical tragedy with the hero conflicted between his duty to his family and his duty to the woman he loves. Trollope dearly loves to place his characters in such a bind, but this time it doesn't have a happy ending as is so often the case. It is thus atypical of Trollope's novels,though it does reveal the author's romantic preference for love over duty. In many ways this may be his most powerful statement for that preference as love does not win out in the end. I strongly recommend it, but as with one of the other reviewers, not as a first taste of Trollope. The book is quite different from most of his many other novels.
Adrierdin
Not one of his best, but still good. It has a poetic ending, which is very plausible. He brings to light the true meaning of "an eye for an eye" - but you have to wait for it. As he always does, he keeps you interested with the enigma of just what is going to happen all the way to the end. His touches of humor as he describes certain people prove he's a master of all sorts of prose. I recommend the book - along with the others of his I've read so far.