Rachel Ray

Rachel Ray

by Anthony Trollope

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RACHEL RAY: A Novel

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ISBN-13: 9783732635566
Publisher: Outlook Verlag
Publication date: 04/07/2018
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

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Anthony Trollope (24 April 1815 - 6 December 1882) was an English novelist of the Victorian era. Among his best-known works is a series of novels collectively known as the Chronicles of Barsetshire, which revolves around the imaginary county of Barsetshire. He also wrote novels on political, social, and gender issues, and other topical matters. Trollope's literary reputation dipped somewhat during the last years of his life, but he had regained the esteem of critics by the mid-20th century.

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Rachel Ray 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
DieFledermaus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I do love books by Anthony Trollope, but I had to knock off half a star for this one because the anti-Semitism bothered me too much. A couple others of his that I¿ve read had something like this ¿ but those ones were much longer, so it wasn¿t as big a plot point ¿ and had more mitigating factors. For example, in The Way We Live Now, a getting-up-in-age girl from a good family wants to marry a wealthy Jewish man and her family and friend put up some violent, anti-Semitic opposition. However, most of them are portrayed as snobby and unsympathetic and the girl herself is bit of a golddigger. Here, an election for MP pits a country squire type against a Jewish businessman, and the campaigning gets rather ugly. It wasn¿t the main storyline, but was still annoying. Trollope does imply that the Gentile candidate was less qualified and that their religion-bating tactics weren¿t the best, but the man¿s wife ¿ who does a lot of the campaigning ¿ is supposed to be sympathetic. She takes the part of the main character, Rachel Ray.Besides the unfortunate anti-Semitic overtones, the book has what I like about Trollope ¿ heavy-handed narrating, lots of descriptions of the varieties of clergymen and their trivial yet monumental (to them) squabbles, well-written conflicts on the way to marriage. As opposed to some Victorian novelists who strive for realism in narration, Trollope makes all sorts of comments about the characters, passing judgment, saying who is right and wrong, even in some cases spoiling the ending. I love this tendency. He does that a lot in this book, which made normal opening-chapter character descriptions very interesting. For example, Rachel¿s sister Mrs. Prime is one of the unsympathetic characters ¿ but Trollope shows that she has good intentions and does good work ¿ but, in her inflexibility, judgmental behavior and overzealous adherence to religion is, in his opinion, quite wrong. Also loved the clergyman squabbling. Unlike Barchester Towers, the religious conflicts take a backseat to Rachel¿s romance with Luke Rowan, but we still get satisfying glimpses of the varying species of clergymen. Like who goes to what church ¿ where Rachel and her mother side with the genial, worldly Mr. Comfort and indifferent Dr. Harford, while Mrs. Primer takes up the cause of the zealous, critical Mr. Prong - ¿Mrs. Prime, however, did not choose to say anything against Mr. Comfort, with whom her husband had been curate, and who, in her younger days, had been a light to her own feet. Mr. Comfort was by no means such a one as Dr. Harford, though the two old men were friends. Mr. Comfort had been regarded as a Calvinist when he was young, as Evangelical in middle life, and was still known as a Low Churchman in his old age. Therefore Mrs. Prime would spare him in her sneers, though she left his ministry. He had become lukewarm, but not absolutely stone cold, like the old rector at Baslehurst. So said Mrs. Prime. Old men would become lukewarm, and therefore she could pardon Mr. Comfort. But Dr. Harford had never been warm at all,¿had never been warm with the warmth which she valued. Therefore she scorned him and sneered at him. In return for which Rachel scorned Mr. Prong and sneered at him.¿Some of Trollope¿s love stories may seem antiquated now ¿ generally two young people in love, but face all sorts of 19th c. societal obstacles ¿ from the wrong class, need to marry for money etc. But I like to read about all the fuss over what seems not a big deal now. And it was back then ¿ but despite the fact that some may think Trollope is making a huge fuss over trivial love problems, who doesn¿t make a fuss over their own love problems today? No matter how not-original or small your own romantic complications are, of course the world seems like it¿s ending when they happen. The relationship problems here concern Rachel Ray, from a clergy-connected but poor family, and Luke Rowan, part owner of the brewery, who falls in love with
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This book was hard o understand.
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Martha3 More than 1 year ago
Because of typos and spelling variations throughout the book, it may be hard to follow. But overall, it was interesting and enjoyable. I would recommend for the patient reader. I would equate to "Little Women."