Anthony Trollope (1815-1882) was one of the most successful, prolific, and respected English novelists of the Victorian era. Some of his best-known books collectively comprise the Chronicles of Barsetshire series, which revolves around the imaginary county of Barsetshire and includes the books The Warden, Barchester Towers, Doctor Thorne, and others. Trollope wrote nearly 50 novels in all, in addition to short stories, essays, and plays.
Ayala's Angelby Anthony Trollope
The wit and persistence of the latter win out finally, and he
On the death of their artist father, Ayala and Lucy Dormer are farmed out to relations. Ayala, the more romantic of the two sisters, has a high ideal of the man she wishes to marry, but reality requires she choose between the vulgar Captain Batsby, her callow cousin Tom Tringle, and ugly Jonathan Stubbs.
The wit and persistence of the latter win out finally, and he is transfigured into Ayala's "Angel of Light."
A romantic comedy of implacable exuberance, AYALA'S ANGEL is the brightest and freshest of Trollope's novels.
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Nineteenth-century Trollope is not an author for everyone, but if you try him, you may well get hooked because his characters are so real and his plots so convincing yet unpredictable. Like other writers of his day, he often interposes himself, and yet, even when he reminds you that he has created these characters, you still believe they exist in truth--and you care about them, or you hate them. It's worth plowing through the slow start of Ayala's Angel and the wordy passages in order to enjoy a true, deeply satisfying romance. As a plus, along the way you receive some delicious humor and, as always with Trollope, someone you can delight in hating. What I call the "true romance" of the story is the kind that appeals to male and female hearts because it is based on the heart, not the superficial attractions of the flesh, and hence includes those attractions of the flesh but is not limited to them. The backdrop of English culture in the 1800s is fascinating as well.
Intriguing plot and well drawn charachters. A fun read.