The Duke's Children

Anthony Trollope Dinah Birch


The Duke's Children

The Duke's Children

  • Title: The Duke's Children
  • Author: Anthony Trollope Dinah Birch
  • ISBN: 9780140433449
  • Page: 205
  • Format: Paperback



Plantagenet Palliser, the Duke of Omnium and former Prime Minister of England, is widowed and wracked by grief Struggling to adapt to life without his beloved Lady Glencora, he works hard to guide and support his three adult children Palliser soon discovers, however, that his own plans for them are very different from their desires Sent down from university in disgrace,Plantagenet Palliser, the Duke of Omnium and former Prime Minister of England, is widowed and wracked by grief Struggling to adapt to life without his beloved Lady Glencora, he works hard to guide and support his three adult children Palliser soon discovers, however, that his own plans for them are very different from their desires Sent down from university in disgrace, his two sons quickly begin to run up gambling debts His only daughter, meanwhile, longs passionately to marry the poor son of a county squire against her father s will But while the Duke s dearest wishes for the three are thwarted one by one, he ultimately comes to understand that parents can learn from their own children The final volume in the Palliser novels, The Duke s Children 1880 is a compelling exploration of wealth, pride and ultimately the strength of love.


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Initially put off reading this novel after the first few pages because of the demise of a pivotal, well loved female character whose presence throughout the series had been an absolute delight. I couldn't believe when I first saw it mentioned in some reviews of the novel.I ended up reading the novel because I wanted to see how the series would be ended and I felt I owed it to the remaining characters to see how they fared. The previous books had such strong, resilient, fiesty female characters b [...]

Last of the Palliser novels, not the strongest by far, but a good read. The female characters in this book are fairly predictable, but Trollope almost makes up for it with his male characters.On the first page of the novel Trollope kills off the strongest female character in the series, Lady Glencora Palliser, the Duchess of Omnium. This gives him scope to develop the character of the Duke from a mere politician to a family man who has to relate to his children who are now grown and stepping out [...]

Even though I knew what had happened between the end of the last Palliser novel and that start of this next – and final – novel in said series, and yet the opening sentence of ‘The Duke’s Children’ was heart-breaking.“No one, probably, ever felt himself to be more alone in the world than our old friend the Duke of Omnium, when the Duchess died.”The brightest star of the Palliser family had been extinguished, and I was so sorry that I would never meet Lady Glencora again, and that I [...]

And so Trollope's Palliser series comes to a close. This is, again, a stand alone novel, and doesn't rely on previous works in the series. But you would be missing the joy of having read the others. Plantagenet Palliser, the Duke of Omnium, is one of the wealthiest men in all of England, if not in fact *the* wealthiest. He started life in that manner and added to his wealth through marriage. His wealth increased during his lifetime because he was more interested in politics than spending money. [...]

This is a review of the Everyman Library Edition of Anthony Trollope’s The Duke’s Children. The edition matters as the Everyman Edition includes The 65,000 words his editor had required the author to cut in from the first published edition. To the degree I can compare the two, I cannot say that this version is the better one. A more detailed reader may conclude differently, but my recommendation is to decide solely based on how much you enjoy reading Trollope. I have enjoyed the 6 book, 4000 [...]

After reading the six Barsetshire novels, I've now finished the six Palliser novels. With this, the last one, I'm really bereft in saying goodbye to his characters and thoughts in these two magnificent series.There is, of course, in this volume, the problem the Duke has in connecting with his three children as they reach adulthood after the death of their mother? Trollope's detailed and knowing understanding and portrayal of the human predicament is just wonderful. But as a commentator on politi [...]

Loved this series of books and feel sad now it's come to an end.'No-one probably, ever felt himself to be more alone in the world than our friend, the Duke of Omnium, when the Duchess died.'It was so sad when the Duchess died , the Duke being left with their three children.Silverbridge the eldest has been sent down from Oxford,Gerald isn't doing too well at Cambridge; Lady Mary is set on an unsuitable marriage.Wonderful scenes of fox hunting, parliament, horse racing and gambling!I loved this bo [...]

After the sublime The Prime Minister, the final book in Palliser series is a bit of a let down (but only a little bit) - almost like the last episode of your favourite TV series that doesn’t focus on all characters you’ve grown to love over the series but introduces new characters instead. The Duke is naturally superb. His letter to his son on entering parliament should be obligatory reading for every MP at the start of each parliamentary session. It’s a wonderful manifesto of what they sh [...]

I thought I was not going to read this book, because with Glencora dead, really what was to be hoped from it? I thought the previous five books were brilliant (except for the Eustace Diamonds which seemed like it was written by someone else) not just because of her, but certainly her spirit was the one that rescued the books from ordinariness. Certainly I love other characters and find them funny, but she is the one who shines out from the books with real life in her. And so with her gone, I tho [...]

Fascinating look at Victorian society and marriage in particular- I wasn’t sure I could enjoy a book in this series without the indomitable presence of Lady Glencora, but of course I was pulled right in.This final entry in the six-book story arc of the Pallisers starts up immediately after the previous book The Prime Minister; as the novel opens Lady Glen has just died, and the Duke of Omnium is forced to deal, on his own, with his young adult children.As is typical among the Victorian aristoc [...]

My favorite of the Palliser novels. Plantagenet Palliser, the recently widowed Duke of Omnium, a snob and a monster of rigid rectitude, has some very hard passages to make. His younger son looks like becoming a scapegrace indebted gambler. Elder son, heir to the Dukedom, is in love with an American when in his father's eyes he should be courting the high-born (and attractive) English rose that Plantagenet has destined for him. His only daughter has fallen for a title-less young man who's a thoro [...]

It's Trollope, so of course I adored it, but this book didn't draw me in they way the other Pallisers did. The loss of one of the most compelling characters in the series in the first chapter was a huge blow, but of course some of the new characters introduced were quite engaging in themselves and it was a pleasure to become better acquainted with the Duke. Less excusable was the last line of the book--it was hard enough knowing there would be no further Palliser novels, but to be left more or l [...]

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A beautiful and sad book. The poor Duke is quite right about whom it is fitting for his children to marry, but is thwarted by his own tender-heartedness. Lord Silverbridge is one of the most lovable Trollope characters, despite being an ostensibly unremarkable young man. Whereas I find Francis Oliphant Tregear to be hateful, despite his intelligence and courage and all the rest of it.

Loved this series ender of Palliser novels. The Duke, after death of Glencora, deals with his three children, Silverbridge, Gerald, and Lady Mary and their love lives and bad habits.

I have to say that Trollope could be a coldhearted bastard at times: in The Last Chronicle of Barset he quite gratuitously killed off the good Rev. Septimus Harding, ruthlessly quashing my desire to have gone on believing that somewhere, in some fictitious Cathedral town, a precentor in his mid-two hundreds was still quietly conducting his choir. He opens this, the last volume in the Palliser Series, by matter-of-factly killing off his most splendid creation, Lady Glencora Palliser, Duchess of O [...]

I think of Anthony Trollope like Thomas Hardy, but with a sense of humor. He definitely belongs to that category of Victorian writer who was wildly critical of class and gender hypocrisy of the period. Trollope tended to set all of his novels in the same fictional England; protagonists in one novel resurface as bit players in another novel. The plots weave in and out of each other. Taken as a whole, his fiction is amazingly intricate. And even taken one-by-one, they deserve a lot of artistic att [...]

Oh, Mabel Grex. What a tragically complicated and fascinating character Trollope put together when he set up the love pentagon with Frank Tregear, Plantagent Palliser Jr Isabel Boncassen, Mary Palliser, and Mabel Grex. If it were a different era, one could write her a different ending: an ending where she decamps to New York and begins editing a fashion magazine (a la Helen Gurley Brown), or writes an expose of a sexist cultural institution and so launches a career as a social activist (a la Glo [...]

Not the strongest of the Palliser series, but nevertheless a wonderful read. Unlike many other readers, I wasn't aware in advance that the brightest light of the series, Glencora Palliser, was going to die between books. So the opening sentence here had the shocking effect on me that it probably did on its first readers: “No one, probably, ever felt himself to be more alone in the world than our old friend the Duke of Omnium, when the Duchess died.” Putting the crucial word at the end. I alm [...]

The Duke's Children is the sixth and last novel in Anthony Trollope's Palliser series, a magnificent series of novels about Parliamentary politics in Victorian England. The main characters are Plantagenet Palliser, later the Duke of Omnium, a rising politician who becomes Prime Minister, and his vivacious wife Lady Glencora. I have been reading the series, one book a year, every December for the past several years. After finishing The Duke's Children, I felt sad, as if I had lost some old friend [...]

Here endeth the Palliser novels, and as a book it's full of the usual Trollopean messages -- most of which spell out that men and women who scheme at marriage are bound to fail, whereas those who wish to marry for genuine love generally will have their difficulties smoothed over by the end (someone will get into Parliament, someone will be blessed with a last-minute inheritance, that sort of thing). But the real spectre at the feast is the shade of the late Duchess of Omnium, Lady Glencoraor rat [...]

Trollope's world is plush and his characters compelling, sympathetic, and some inspiring. Characters like the Duke of Omnium who politically is quite liberal but personally and to his peerage and his descendants, very conservative and protective which is the theme of this novel and carries the plot forward, as he struggles with his children's insistence on marrying persons not descended from the English aristocracy. Trollope is one of my favorite authors. He, along with Dickens and Tolstoy, Dost [...]

What's the difference between being determined and being obstinate? If your love is not returned, is it sensible to turn your love in a new direction or is this proof of weak character? Lots of questions of romantic love are explored in this final book of the Palliser series. It is set against a backdrop of social change. The Duke, a man raised in tradition, struggles with the attitudes of the new generation; his children. A good book, but I missed the usual comic characters Trollope usually thr [...]

This is the sixth and final novel in the Trollope's Palliser series. The children of Plantagenet Palliser and Lady Glencora (Duke and Duchess of Omnium) are now entering into adulthood. That presents Trollope with familiar material: parents' concerns about children's marriages (usually resolved with the parent becoming reconciled to the child's choice) and difficulties between fathers and sons (complicated here by differing political alliances).

I was never as in love with Lady Glencora as other admirers of the Palliser series and yet it still struck me that killing her off in the first sentence was a bit of a gamble. But it's Trollope and he knew exactly what he was doing. Fabulous!Bits I liked (including spoilers):"No doubt by degrees that idea which he at first entertained was expelled from his head,—the idea that she had been cognisant of the whole thing before she came to Matching; but even this was done so slowly that there was [...]

I liked The Prime Minister the second best in the Palliser Chronicles, and now The Duke's Children is my all-time favorite. (Caution: Spoiler Alert)The Duke of Omnium: The one word or phrase that would describe him is his Sense of Duty. He is an honest man of high integrity, with a strong sense of duty. Since I myself am no longer five-and-twenty, I could fully sympathize with him in his trials and tribulations regarding his wayward children as he embarked on the journey of becoming a single par [...]

A beautiful story and a fitting finale to Trollope's series of Palliser political novels. In its restored and complete addition the story is filled out in greater detail, even if there are no hidden surprises. It has nineteenth-century, high Victorian morality written all over it, however. In an age when most people live together long before marriage, and when others toss aside marriages as easily as they do an out-of-date vehicles, The Duke's Children will seem a strange story indeed.The recent [...]

Number 6 in Anthony Trollope's Palliser series, The Duke’s Children, begins with the death of Lady Glencora, Duchess of Omnium. Now why in the world did Trollope kill off one of his most popular characters? My theory is it’s because Glencora’s death triggers a plot that finally puts her shy mild-mannered husband Plantagenet, Duke of Omnium, in the spotlight. In the previous novel The Prime Minister, he is titular character but Lady Glencora still hogged most of the limelight. In The Duke [...]

The final book in Trollope's Palliser chronicles, the complement to his Barsetshire chronicles on clerical life, while highly enjoyable as are all of Trollope's works, is not the best in the series. That honor possibly belongs to The Prime Minister. In this instance the former Planty Pall, the Duke of Omnium, must deal with his children's hijinks. Most of these deal with elder son the Earl of Silverbridge's troubles when he becomes the owner of a racehorse and oscillates in his preferences betwe [...]

Politics in Love.In this truly stunning saga, the two go hand in hand, in an epic story, this being the last novel of six. Full of cruelties, frailties and misdemeanors of aristocratic and parliamentary life, among the privileged and obscenely wealthy classes. Where the concept of arranged marriages according to appropriate family breeding is a done deal, and yet causing havoc amongst the fluttering hearts of the lesser bornd inevitably leading to many a fatal marital decicion.Remarkably, by the [...]


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