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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,998 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anthony Trollope Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Craig Black Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Palliser Novels Release Date:
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Can You Forgive Her? is the first of the six Palliser novels. Here Trollope examines parliamentary election and marriage, politics and privacy. As he dissects the Victorian upper class, issues and people shed their pretenses under his patient, ironic probe.

Alice Vavasor cannot decide whether to marry her ambitious but violent cousin George or the upright and gentlemanly John Grey—and so finds herself accepting and rejecting each of them in turn. She is increasingly confused about her own feelings and unable to forgive herself for such vacillation—a situation contrasted with that of her friend Lady Glencora, forced by “sagacious heads” to marry the rising politician Plantagenet Palliser in order to prevent her true love, the worthless Burgo Fitzgerald, from wasting her vast fortune. In asking his listeners to pardon Alice for her transgression of the Victorian moral code, Trollope created a telling and wide-ranging account of the social world of his day.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The tale is, in many respects, one of his best.”

    Spectator, 1865

  • “Mr. Trollope...has never written a story in which there is better workmanship, or more careful study of character than Can You Forgive Her?

    Athenaeum, 1865

  • “Gripping…The satire on the mores and double dealings of society still seems contemporary…Trollope’s account of a society in which money, breeding and influence, rather than skill or integrity, are the primary routes into power is unpleasantly familiar.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Like a fine, well-aged wine, Vance’s British-laced reading is full-bodied, robust, and smooth…Vance changes dialects to indicate class levels and has an especially good time with a banker who speaks in a blustery, pompous voice. Trollope fans will love Vance’s interpretation of this classic novel.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Pahiers | 2/17/2014

    " Trollope is more serious in this novel than the delightful Barchester series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cheryl | 2/13/2014

    " I'm reading this now, and except for the long chapter about hunting, I love it. It's a great look at the expectations of young women in relationships in Victorian England. It's not so far from today's reality as one might think. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Flexnib | 2/1/2014

    " Alice Vavasor is one of the most frustrating heroines I have ever come across. I still liked her though - and OF COURSE I forgave her! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Christine E. | 1/22/2014

    " Love the whole series. It's past time I re-read it. "

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