Completed only a few months before his death, Kept in the Dark is one of Trollope's most captivating novels. Yet unlike Trollope's other major novels - the Palliser series, The Claverings, the Barsetshire novels - Kept in the Dark succeeds without the use of considerable length or legions of characters that many thought were essential to his fictional world.Kept in the Dark is a probing psychological portrait of the near destruction of a marriage - a novel that combines keen insights with vigorous emotional strength. Jealousy, guilt, excessive pride, and compulsion all sweep across its surface: in George Western, the self-willed and fatally-proud husband, who would rather destroy his own happiness than admit to any moral strain in his character; in Cecilia Western, whose peculiar mixture of pride and submissiveness forces her inexorably toward deceit; in the grinding hypocrisy of Cecilia's friend, Miss Altifiorla; in the overwhelming egotism of the rejected suitor, Sir Francis Geraldine. Trollope gives us a distinctive portrait of the Victorian world.
This excellent reading was originally recorded in 1986 in the days of reel-to-reel tape. Although the sound is not quite up to today’s digital standards, every effort has been made to enhance the recording. However, you may hear a slight "echo effect" in some places. This should not interfere significantly with your enjoyment of the story but, just to be sure, you may want to listen to a sample before purchasing.
With Charles Dickens and Lord Tennyson, Anthony Trollope was one of the great chroniclers of English society during the Victorian era. In one of his final books, Kept in the Dark, Trollope turns his acute, comic, and sympathetic eye on Cecilia Holt, whose "period of absolute, unmistaken, unreasonable love lasted but for six weeks after her engagement" to Sir Francis Geraldine. In a refined, confessional performance by Jill Masters, Kept in the Dark follows Cecilia’s romantic disillusionment into marriage, social immersion, reconciliation, and hypocrisy. This audiobook is a firsthand glimpse into Victorian values, ideas, and obsessions.
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Not one of Trollope's best
- Anne-Mona Kambestad