William Whittlestaff, an aging bachelor, becomes a guardian to the much younger Mary Lawrie, the orphaned and penniless daughter of an old friend. Having lost the woman he loved to a richer rival many years ago, he now finds himself falling in love with Mary with intentions to marry her despite knowing that her love belongs to another man, John Gordon. John left three years previously in search of his fortune in order to make himself worthy of Mary. Not knowing if she will ever see him again, Mary accepts Whittlestaff's proposal only for her true love to return having made his fortune in the Kimberley diamond fields of South Africa. Though he knows Mary's true feelings, Whittlestaff is unwilling to be rejected once again and will not let Mary go back on her promise. John does not want to give up hope either. Who will win Mary's hand in marriage?
An Old Man's Love is the last completed work by Anthony Trollope, published posthumously in 1884. Trollope was one of the most successful and respected English novelists of the Victorian era with more than 40 published novels that are regarded by some as among the greatest of 19th-century fiction. Many of his works covered political, social and gender issues. Fans of his work have included former British Prime Ministers Harold Macmillan and Sir John Major.
In 1952, Tony Britton came to major attention after his role as Rameses in The Firstborn at London’s Winter Garden Theatre. A renowned classical stage star he has also appeared in numerous British films since the 1950s; most notably Operation Amsterdam (1959), Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971) and The Day of the Jackal (1973). In 1975 he won the Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Actor for his performance in The Nearly Man. In 2013 he performed in a Gala Performance of King Lear at the Old Vic, London.
Over the years Tony has lent his soothing voice to a huge collection of audio productions including Daphne du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn and Thomas Hardy’s The Mayor of Casterbridge.
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By Kirstine on 19-06-14
A marriage and money pot-boiler
Trollope wrote about 50 novels and I’ve read over 30 of them, and enjoyed most, but judge An Old Man’s Love his weakest by far. The story merits a very short story but is padded out to book-length by inconsequential verbiage: admittedly nicely written but it became repetitive and annoying and was not helped by the inclusion of a housekeeper and a clergyman who are irritating caricatures. Trollope, like Dickens, wrote his novels in instalments that had to fill x-number of pages and I think he must have been short of ideas when he was commissioned to write this book. In a nutshell the story is about an insipid young woman who is sought in marriage by a young, former swain previously rejected owing to his lack of funds and older man of property. The latter is labelled “old” and “elderly” but is actually only 50 years old. The book goes back and forth as to which one she should marry, interminably!
No author could write so many books and maintain the very high standard of his Barchester and Palliser series so should be forgiven for one or two duds. So if you're new to this author don’t judge him by this book.
Tony Britton does a grand job as narrator.
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By Amazon Customer on 04-11-06
Fantastic British Fiction
If you like the stately pace of Victorian fiction, you'll love this marvelous less well-known Trollope novel. The reader of this work does a spectacular job--the accents, the peculiar character's voices and idiosyncracies, and very credible female voices all make this a delight to listen to. Also, the book is not overly long and is broken up into manageable chapter lengths. I can't recommend this book highly enough. Enjoy!
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By Susan Tobias on 19-08-07
A Pleasure to Hear
I've never felt compelled to comment on the quality of a narration before but this was by far the best narrator I have ever heard, his characterizations were distinct, original and many times hilarious. I wish the powers that be would let him record the entire Pallisers series.
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