Phineas Finn : The Pallisers

  • by Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by Robert Whitfield
  • Series: The Pallisers
  • 22 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Phineas Finn is an Irish M.P.A. climbing the political ladder, largely through the assistance of his string of lovers. The questions he is forced to ask himself about honesty, independence, and parliamentary democracy are questions still asked today. Phineas Finn is the second of Anthony Trollope's six Palliser novels. While each is a story within itself, together the volumes comprise a large, coherent composition that captures the fashions, slang, manners, and politics of two decades. Beginning with this segment of the Palliser novels, Trollope painted an unrivaled portrait of Parliamentary political society in the high Victorian period. Trollope's understanding of the institutions of mid-Victorian England and the unobtrusive irony which informs his sympathetic vision of human fallibility is a hallmark of these stories.

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"This gracefully written work is perfectly read by Whitfield, who successfully evokes the Victorian era." (Booklist)

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Philandering Phineas - full of character

My intro to Trollope's Phineas Finn was through the 1970s TV series, The Pallisers, since watched on video and more recently DVD. The Phineas in Trollope's Palliser series is a mite more macho and naughty - his indecision as to which lovely lady to pursue to promote his political career versus his longing for the lovely pure Mary back home are well drawn by Trollope and one sympathises for his predicament in an era where, without inherited wealth and position within society, aspirations towards political power were hard to realise. The audio book has added a complexity to the character, but at the same time, with the deftness of touch which characterises Trollope's novels, where the human condition and foibles are exposed, but with gentle irony. If the sight of those close printed Trollope novels has put you off, in case of boredom, then try this audio book - it bowls along and takes you with it, effortlessly - I was sorry when it finished.
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- Janice

Book Details

  • Release Date: 24-07-2006
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.