The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope audiobook

The Duke’s Children

By Anthony Trollope
Read by Simon Vance

Blackstone Publishing, Craig Black

The Palliser Novels: Book 6

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The brilliant conclusion to the Palliser novels, this touching story follows the elderly Duke of Omnium, the former prime minister of England, as he struggles to overcome his grief at the loss of his beloved wife, Lady Glencora. To complicate matters, he must also deal with the willfulness of his three adult children as he tries to guide and support them—his plans for them are quite different from their own. While his two sons, sent down from university in disgrace, rack up gambling debts, the duke’s only daughter yearns to marry the poor son of a country squire. Though the duke’s noble plans for his children are ultimately thwarted, he comes to realize that parents can learn from their children as well. This final Palliser novel is a tale of love, family relationships, loyalty, and principles, as well as a compelling exploration of wealth, pride, and the strength of love.

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Summary

Summary

The brilliant conclusion to the Palliser novels, this touching story follows the elderly Duke of Omnium, the former prime minister of England, as he struggles to overcome his grief at the loss of his beloved wife, Lady Glencora. To complicate matters, he must also deal with the willfulness of his three adult children as he tries to guide and support them—his plans for them are quite different from their own.

While his two sons, sent down from university in disgrace, rack up gambling debts, the duke’s only daughter yearns to marry the poor son of a country squire. Though the duke’s noble plans for his children are ultimately thwarted, he comes to realize that parents can learn from their children as well.

This final Palliser novel is a tale of love, family relationships, loyalty, and principles, as well as a compelling exploration of wealth, pride, and the strength of love.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

The Duke’s Children remains a comedy, beginning with a death and ending with marriages. For all its sobriety, it is among the most optimistic of Trollope’s novels. The duke is thwarted, but he is also educated, and his story reflects Trollope’s faith that parents can and should learn from their inheritors.” Dinah Birch, professor of English literature, University of Liverpool
“The only duke whom all of us know.” Westminster Review
“[This] dramatic essay, if we may so term it, upon the aristocratic principle, in its relation to politics, society, and morality, possesses an interest which few or none besides Mr. Trollope could have imparted to it.” Spectator (London), 1880

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Reviews

by Kenneth 9/13/2017
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A surprising book

Anthony Trollope is a largely neglected writer these days. This neglect is not entirely unjust, frankly. His books tend to rattle on with characters and situations that are hollow and limited. Unlike writers such as George Eliot and Charles Dickens, Trollope seems to have understanding of and sympathy only for men and women of the upper, or near-upper, classes in England. Still, THE DUKE'S CHILDREN is a surprising book. The Duke of the title is that Palliser who had been, at one time, Prime Minister of England. The raising of his children was left to his wife, Glencora. When she dies, it is up to Palliser, who has succeeded to the title of Duke of Omnium, to take parental control of the lives of two sons and one daughter. He had not been a major presence in their lives before Glencora's death. Each child disappoints him for a different reason. The oldest, Lord Silverbridge, wants (horrors of horrors!) to marry a wealthy American heiress. The second son, Gerald, not an important character in this novel, causes his father acute heartburn by being 'sent down' from college and gambling. The daughter, Lady Mary, wants to make a love match with a man who is from the lower classes. In the course of the events, the Duke grows into a fine, caring parent. The older son also grows from a callow youth to a responsible young man. It is excellent character development. Trollope creates another fascinating character: Lady Mabel Grex is an almost clinical study in passive/aggressive behavior. She frustrates and humiliates Silverbridge when he pursues her, only to berate him again when he has the temerity to takes her at her word and fall in love with the American girl he eventually marries.
The narration of this book is excellent: Simon Vance is a great reader. This man does good service to a book that is too laden with words. He keeps interest in it at a high level.

Author

Author Bio: Anthony Trollope

Author Bio: 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 a 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.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 19.95
Audience: Adult
Language: English