Ayalas Angel

Ayalas Angel

by Anthony Trollope

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Overview

This is Trollope's eightieth tale. Though it is the work of an older man, it is perhaps the brightest and freshest novel he ever wrote. The story of a young woman forced to choose a husband from among three unsavory men, the novel is remarkable for its wealth of minor characters and it romantic exuberance. Ayala's Angel is a novel written by English author Anthony Trollope, between 25 April and 24 September 1878, although it was not published for two years. It was written as a stand-alone novel rather than as part of a series, though several of the minor characters appear in other novels by Trollope. The plot focuses on two orphaned sisters, Lucy and Ayala Dormer, Ayala especially, and their trials, with first their relatives, and then of the heart, though as in most Trollope novels, pages are given over to subplots related to the main plot. Due to a lack of success in his immediately preceding novels, Trollope had difficulty publishing Ayala's Angel. It was first published in the United States, in the periodical Cincinnati Commercial, which, as was the usual custom for novels at the time, released it in increments, probably of four chapters per issue, between 6 November 1880 and 23 July 1881, for which illustrations were drawn, which were left out of the British publication, released in May 1882.... Anthony Trollope ( 24 April 1815 - 6 December 1882) was one of the most successful, prolific and respected English novelists of the Victorian era. Among his best-loved works is a series of novels collectively known as the Chronicles of Barsetshire, which revolves around the imaginary county of Barsetshire. He also wrote perceptive novels on political, social, and gender issues, and on other topical matters.Trollope's literary reputation dipped somewhat during the last years of his life,but he regained the esteem of critics by the mid-twentieth century.Thomas Anthony Trollope, Anthony's father, was a barrister. Though a clever and well-educated man and a Fellow of New College, Oxford, he failed at the bar due to his bad temper. In addition, his ventures into farming proved unprofitable, and he lost an expected inheritance when an elderly childless uncle[a] remarried and had children. As a son of landed gentry,he wanted his sons to be raised as gentlemen and to attend Oxford or Cambridge. Anthony Trollope suffered much misery in his boyhood owing to the disparity between the privileged background of his parents and their comparatively small means.Born in London, Anthony attended Harrow School as a free day pupil for three years from the age of seven because his father's farm,[b] acquired for that reason, lay in that neighbourhood. After a spell at a private school at Sunbury, he followed his father and two older brothers to Winchester College, where he remained for three years. He returned to Harrow as a day-boy to reduce the cost of his education. Trollope had some very miserable experiences at these two public schools. They ranked as two of the most élite schools in England, but Trollope had no money and no friends, and was bullied a great deal. At the age of twelve, he fantasized about suicide. However, he also daydreamed, constructing elaborate imaginary worlds.In 1827, his mother Frances Trollope moved to America with Trollope's three younger siblings, to Nashoba Commune. After that failed, she opened a bazaar in Cincinnati, which proved unsuccessful. Thomas Trollope joined them for a short time before returning to the farm at Harrow, but Anthony stayed in England throughout. His mother returned in 1831 and rapidly made a name for herself as a writer, soon earning a good income. His father's affairs, however, went from bad to worse. He gave up his legal practice entirely and failed to make enough income from farming to pay rents to his landlord, Lord Northwick. In 1834, he fled to Belgium to avoid arrest for debt...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594623523
Publisher: Standard Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/28/2006
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 484
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.97(d)

About the Author

Anthony Trollope (1815-1882) was one of the most successful, prolific, and respected English novelists of the Victorian era. Some of his best-known books collectively comprise the Chronicles of Barsetshire series, which revolves around the imaginary county of Barsetshire and includes the books The Warden, Barchester Towers, Doctor Thorne, and others. Trollope wrote nearly 50 novels in all, in addition to short stories, essays, and plays.

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Ayala's angel 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
MollieC More than 1 year ago
Nineteenth-century Trollope is not an author for everyone, but if you try him, you may well get hooked because his characters are so real and his plots so convincing yet unpredictable. Like other writers of his day, he often interposes himself, and yet, even when he reminds you that he has created these characters, you still believe they exist in truth--and you care about them, or you hate them. It's worth plowing through the slow start of Ayala's Angel and the wordy passages in order to enjoy a true, deeply satisfying romance. As a plus, along the way you receive some delicious humor and, as always with Trollope, someone you can delight in hating. What I call the "true romance" of the story is the kind that appeals to male and female hearts because it is based on the heart, not the superficial attractions of the flesh, and hence includes those attractions of the flesh but is not limited to them. The backdrop of English culture in the 1800s is fascinating as well.
TerrapinJetta on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable and VERY easy to read, quite hard to put down in fact. The main romance has no surprises and it's quite easy to guess how it's all going to play out (I guessed correctly after the first few chapters), but it's still lots of fun to watch it play out.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Intriguing plot and well drawn charachters. A fun read.