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  • Posted September 15, 2009

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    Doctor Thorne

    It is not as economically told as THE WARDEN, not as discursive (or laugh-out-loud hilarious) as BARCHESTER TOWERS. Instead it has balance and energy and the characters fairly sparkle, especially the "good" romantic hero and heroine. We are used to allowing the novelist a boring romantic interest, as long as we're given other pleasures along the way; but Frank and Mary may just be the most fun personalities in their own story. No mean feat, as any reader knows, the creation of virtuous characters who are also sharp and amusing enough to carry their weight. Frank's quasi-courtship of Miss Dunstable, the delightful if ugly "oil of Lebanon" heiress, is a brilliant stroke, and the happy ending is (very carefully) not reached until Frank has proven himself worthy of it.
    You feel in such good hands with Trollope. Nothing too awful will happen to anyone, at least not without much warning, and all the deserving characters will get their heart's desire. It's like sitting down after a good dinner over brandy with a friend who is incomparably witty, candid, and good-natured. It might, literarily speaking, be fluff, after all; but it's fluff raised to an art form.
    It's impossible to imagine a novel more completely entertaining than DR THORNE. You know from almost the first page how the plot will conclude, but the getting there is delicious.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2010

    Fabulous

    Like all of Trollope, it takes no time to get "into" this book. In no way do you have to "get through" any pages to be taken up by the story. There is one trait of Trollope that might not be everyone's cup of tea, his taking of the reader into his confidence. He breaks down the fourth wall and tells you, the reader, that he is telling this story and that he is choosing which characters will figure most prominently. (This is similar to the movie "Tom Jones' in which the characters turn to the camera and the viewer joins the character's take on whatever is going on in the scene.)
    Trollope does this in all his books and I find it a very likable trait. I like the fact that the author feels confident enough to take me into his confidence and tell me how he is thinking.

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