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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: May 2011 ISBN: 9781470802462
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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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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 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 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 Christine E. | 1/22/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn Barry | 1/16/2014

    " Love Trollope. Mostly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 1/8/2014

    " This had an obscene number of characters. I think we could have lost the Mrs. Greenow story line. It was a good book. Very frustrating very often, and I got very caught up in Alice's indecisiveness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn Guare | 1/7/2014

    " The first of Anthony Trollope's "Palliser" series of novels that examine life in "society" in all its gloriously genteel scandal and drama. Classic Victorian story, delicious to read. I adore Trollope! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessebree | 12/24/2013

    " My favourite of Trollope's novels. So many interesting ethical questions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pahiers | 12/15/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Curtis | 12/2/2013

    " Not one of Trollope's best works. It got a little long winded through the middle and with a Victorian novel that's saying something. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dana | 11/29/2013

    " Inspired by PBS, I read the Palliser series and became intrigued by their society and political intrigues. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Argrossman | 11/14/2013

    " The first of the Palliser novels, a great series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen Victor | 11/11/2013

    " A marvelous read, and I've already jumped into the next book in the series, Phineas Finn. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 D.j. Lang | 11/9/2013

    " Third time reading this book. If you don't persevere, or if you don't catch Trollope's satire, you will miss a great read. I will read this book again...just not for another year or two. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 10/30/2013

    " smart, full of suspense and surprising twists, really fascinating amount of history woven in with such skill. i read it when going through a big upheaval of my own, and it soothed me to collapse into this story, which is several stories intertwined. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 10/15/2013

    " only took me ten months. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Retha Sophia Wright | 10/11/2013

    " This is the first of the Palliser series. I'm going to read them all unless I get a job first. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Argrossman | 5/17/2013

    " The first of the Palliser novels, a great series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alison Gow | 4/2/2013

    " I loved ALL the Chronicles of Barset. This, however, was stilted and annoying. I finished it (in that I made it to the end) but it was a slog and Ive forgotten most of it already "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 4/1/2013

    " Fun to read. Reminds me of bronte/Austen . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tessa | 2/24/2013

    " I lived this book very amusing and beautifully written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 2/4/2013

    " Very classic English literature wherein the choices in love are between a solid, upstanding man and a man whose love is false and immature. In my opinion, it is not going to rival Bronte, but is nonetheless an enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathalie Nelson | 2/3/2013

    " I love to read Trollope but this book aggravated me with the main female character's indecision. All the self flaggelation seemed to me to be completely unreal. However, I soldiered through and was glad that all came right in the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay | 11/27/2012

    " Not my favorite Trollope... but I was a bit frazzled at the time, so perhaps I should try again when I'm able to read in a more leisurely fashion. (Trollope, of course, demands a leisurely reading!) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki | 10/23/2012

    " my most recent read. a little hard to get into, but then, like pride and prejudice, it just sort of transports you to the time of the characters. Alice is so likeable in her flawed way. Really similar in theme to pride and prejudice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki | 9/30/2012

    " my most recent read. a little hard to get into, but then, like pride and prejudice, it just sort of transports you to the time of the characters. Alice is so likeable in her flawed way. Really similar in theme to pride and prejudice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 6/1/2012

    " 830 pages - some were superfluous - but it's good to read a classic and appreciate the language and society and nuanced conversation "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dom Corry | 4/5/2012

    " 20 years since I last read it. Still very good. Interesting treatment of the roles of women in society in 19th Century England especially the interaction of love and marriage. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Winslow Eliot | 11/10/2011

    " This was the very first Anthony Trollope book I read - which I picked off a library shelf because I loved the title - and that was the beginning of my Trollope binge. I read all the Palliser novels and have re-read them all since - my favorites are Phineas Finn and Phineas Redux. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rhonda | 9/17/2011

    " No, I can't. At least not yet (halfway through, struggling). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 6/17/2011

    " Alice Vavosar is a joyless pain in the butt. Mr. Grey is a boring suitor and George Vavosar is not believable as one whom Alice would be drawn to. Thank God Glencora is part of the story, or else I'd be stuck having to try to care what Alice does with her life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 2/20/2011

    " One of my favorite Trollope books - this woman is CRAZY! Read it and feel better about yourself :-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellie | 1/2/2011

    " One of his best (and I love Trollope). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mrsgaskell | 11/18/2010

    " This is the first novel in the Palliser series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kendra | 10/24/2010

    " Not as good a writer as Dickens, in my opinion, but Trollop is talented, and this was a good read, even if I wanted to slap the protagonist many times throughout the book. :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alison | 9/13/2010

    " I loved ALL the Chronicles of Barset. This, however, was stilted and annoying. I finished it (in that I made it to the end) but it was a slog and Ive forgotten most of it already "

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About the Author
Author Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope (1815–1882) grew up in London. He inherited his mother’s ambition to write and was famously disciplined in the development of his craft. His first novel was published in 1847 while he was working in Ireland as a surveyor for the General Post Office. He wrote series of books set in the English countryside as well as those set in the political life, works that show great psychological penetration. One of his greatest strengths was his ability to re-create in his fiction his own vision of the social structures of Victorian England. The author of forty-seven novels, he was one of the most prolific and respected English novelists of the Victorian era.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with fifty-eight Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.