The Eustace Diamonds

The Eustace Diamonds

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by Anthony Trollope
     
 

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The central plot of The Eustace Diamonds (1872) involves the theft and ultimate discovery of a diamond necklace - the Eustace family heirloom. A splendid sense of the absurd permeates the novel and allows Trollope to examine "truth" in may contexts and at many levels of seriousness. Lizzie's unscrupulous lies do not prevent her final exposure, and it is, as…  See more details below

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The central plot of The Eustace Diamonds (1872) involves the theft and ultimate discovery of a diamond necklace - the Eustace family heirloom. A splendid sense of the absurd permeates the novel and allows Trollope to examine "truth" in may contexts and at many levels of seriousness. Lizzie's unscrupulous lies do not prevent her final exposure, and it is, as Stephen Gill says in his Introduction, "this honesty, this clarity of vision that places Trollope with the greatest social novelists of the nineteenth century, with Dickens, Thackeray, and George Eliot."

In spite of its prevailing comedy, this rich and subtle novel reveals a sombre vision of the world, representing the mature Trollope's growing feelings about class structure and social change in England.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781161462593
Publisher:
Kessinger Publishing Company
Publication date:
05/23/2010
Series:
Palliser Series, #3
Pages:
654
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.38(d)

Meet the Author

Anthony Trollope (1815-1882) was born in London to a bankrupt barrister father and a mother who, as a well-known writer, supported the family. Trollope enjoyed considerable acclaim both as a novelist and as a senior civil servant in the Post Office. He published more than forty novels and many short stories that are regarded by some as among the greatest of nineteenth-century fiction.

Stephen Gill is a professor of English literature at Oxford University, a fellow of Lincoln College, and editor of Selected Poems by William Wordsworth.

John Sutherland is Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature at University College London and wrote the introduction to Chekhov’s The Shooting Party for Penguin Classics.

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The Eustace Diamonds 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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Despite the many wonderful books written by Trollope, I must confess, this is my favorite. It tells a wonderful story in which the reader will find that the characters become as familiar as best friends. Where else is the hero also the villain? A tale of greed, love, honor, loyalty, and morality, don't let the large size discourage you from reading this wonderful book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Besides the evidently historical backdrop, it is hard to imagine that even in the past, the same sort of evil characters are everywhere. The main character, Lizzie, is a hopeless 'goldigger'; proving that the 49er's weren't the only one's back then! :) What modern novels portray today with such ease is considered much more shocking in the past, thougb present all the same. The main character is one that is much more likely to be a villain than anything else, and in its rather abrupt beginning, we learn that she is one to stop at nothing to get what she wants...Even though the plot is either rushed or dragged-out, I think Trollope's character decriptions are what make this book so worth reading.
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The Eustace family claims the diamond necklace as a family heirloom. Lizzie Eustace insists that Lord Eustace, her late husband, gave the jewels to her before he died. Upper crust gossip has a grand time disparaging Lizzie because of her foibles. Borrowing a page from Wilkie Collins, the fabulous diamonds are stolen. In the midst of this scandal, three couples do the ritual courtship dance common to 19th century English novels. Lizzie and Lord Fawn are engaged, but loveless. They fear that honor and social expectations will be unduly compromised should their engagement end. Frank Greystock loves the penniless Lucy Morris. He hesitates because he needs money from a rich wife for his career in politics. Lucinda Roanoke and Sir Griffin Tewett use one another as scratching posts in the uncertain quest for Hymeneal bliss. Oh, yes, Lady Glencora and the Pallisers are around as minor characters. The very proper Victorians are too easily betrothed and considerations as wealth and position factor too heavily. Love, alas, is an afterthought. Hence, the unlikely pairings and abrasive relationships. Mr. Trollope has ample opportunity to poke gentle fun. One thing that strikes the modern reader is the very civil discourse between the sparring couples. Gentlemen remain gentlemen, regardless. Even in anger, ladies remain politely restrained. The novel rambles on for almost 800 pages. A leisurely pace was fine for Victorian readers not limited by the time constraints of modern life. The style is finely polished, and the atmosphere is so thoroughly Victorian that the book is a beguiling relic of a past era. Enjoy the opportunity. ;-)