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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (663 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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His beloved wife having died in childbirth, Phineas Finn finds Irish society and his job as a poorhouse inspector dull and unsatisfying, particularly after the excitement of his former career as a member of Parliament. Back in England, the Whigs are determined to overturn the Tory majority in the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Since Finn had once been considered the most promising of the younger set, he is encouraged to run for office again. Bribery, romance, and murder are peppered throughout this Trollope novel.

The fourth novel in the Palliser series, Phineas Redux stands alone as a compelling work of political intrigue, personal crisis, and romantic jealousy.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “There are certain chapters in the middle of Phineas Redux that are Trollope at the highest power.”

    Sir Hugh Walpole, English novelist

  • “At its core, Phineas Redux is more about friendship than romance, family life, or even politics…Alliances through friendship permeate political and romantic relationships alike and repeatedly entwine them together…Friendship is for Trollope one of the most stable of social bonds and yet also a transitory and transitional one, another in-between state, that is always in danger of becoming something less or more.”

    John Bowen, professor of nineteenth-century literature, University of York

  • “Later Palliser novels such as Phineas Redux and The Prime Minister ennoble—at times even heroize—exemplary characters. The thoroughgoing corruption these novels depict does not neutralize or even privatize human virtue so much as portray public life as a grueling duty (Palliser) or exacting challenge (Finn) to which ethical exemplars must submit.”

    Lauren Goodlad, author of Victorian Literature and the Victorian State

  • “There is a case for arguing that Phineas Redux, although perhaps less well-known and popular than Phineas Finn, is in some ways a greater achievement. In it Trollope displays, at times almost negligently, his two greatest strengths—his power of characterization and his capacity to dramatize the ordinary…In Phineas Redux, with its darker tone and more astringent style, it is recognizably a real world with which we are dealing and we pay it the ultimate tribute of feeling a genuine sense of loss when we leave it.”

    F. S. L. Lyons, author of Ireland Since the Famine

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tanya Faberson | 2/11/2014

    " Another great book in the Palliser series. Loved it! :-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sophie | 1/30/2014

    " Excellent. One of those great books where I enjoyed the journey through it as much as finding out what happened. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Karen | 1/29/2014

    " Started over and I enjoyed this book much more. This is the 4th of the Palliser novels - full of British politics, Victorian society and the changing world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by K. | 1/28/2014

    " I'm struggling a little more through this series than others of Trollopes. The super long political chaptes get me feeling a little sleepy :) This did have some really good points about how vitriolic the offended newspaper man can be, and how damaging to one's political career it can be if one doesn't vote exactly with his party on every issue. "

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