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Orley Farm de Anthony Trollope
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Orley Farm (edició 1985)

de Anthony Trollope, David Skilton (Editor)

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There was a power of endurance about her, and a courage that was almost awful.Did Lady Mason forge a codicil to her husband's will, allowing Orley Farm to pass to her son or not? Orley Farm centres on this case of forgery, and the anguish and guilt of Lady Mason. Surrounding this enigmatic woman and her apparent crime are her elderly lover, Sir Peregrine Orme; her principledbut thoughtless son, Lucius; and, not least, a group of determined lawyers.Orley Farm contains the plot with which Trollope was most pleased. Drawing on family experience of the loss of an inheritance, the novel tackles the tremendous question of property fraud. The result, as George Orwell observed, is one of the most brilliant novels about a law suit in English fiction.Orley Farm dates from a confident period of its author's life. It breathes an air of writerly assurance, with Trollope at the height of his competitiveness with Dickens. In this work Trollope claims the Victorian legal novel as his own.… (més)
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Títol:Orley Farm
Autors:Anthony Trollope
Altres autors:David Skilton (Editor)
Informació:Oxford Paperbacks (1985), Edition: New edition, Paperback, 450 pages
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I liked this standalone novel by one of my favorite authors. The plot of Orley Farm centers around a 20 year old disputed will. At issue is whether a codicil that granted Orley Farm, one small portion of the estate, to the only infant son of a second marriage was forged by this baby's mother, Lady Mason. When Lucius Mason grows up and tries to kick a tenant off his land, this tenant discovers old documents that throw doubt on the codicil being authentic. A new trial ensues.

The crux of this book is the ethics of defense lawyers defending clients that they know or assume to be guilty. Also, of course, forgiveness, redemption, and fairness even when the fair outcome doesn't benefit the parties we might wish based on personality.

I really liked this one and I think the strong focus of the plot might make it a more memorable one of Trollope's novels for me. I believe this is the 18th novel I've read by [[Trollope]]. ( )
  japaul22 | Mar 6, 2021 |
Lady Mason wanted her son to inherit Orley Farm rather than her husband's older son by a previous marriage. She found a means to do this which was contested both at the time and twenty years later. Your sins will find you out. I did not enjoy this book. The overdone prose and slow-moving plot kept me wanting the three chapters a day to be over long before I completed the first chapter. Boring! ( )
  thornton37814 | Feb 27, 2021 |
When her son Lucius was an infant, Lady Mason defended the codicil to her much older husband’s will which left his Orley Farm property to Lady Mason’s son, Lucius. Sir Joseph’s heir, Joseph Mason of Groby Park, nursed a grudge against his stepmother and half-brother for two decades. Upon taking possession of the property at age 21, Lucius Mason decides to turn out tenant Samuel Dockwrath from two fields that he has farmed for years. Dockwrath, who is also a lawyer, sets out in revenge to wrest the property from Lucius Mason and put it in the hands of Joseph Mason of Groby Park.

In the face of a new trial, Lady Mason turns to her closest neighbors for support – Sir Peregrine Orme and his daughter-in-law, Mrs. Orme. Lady Mason was defended by barrister Furnival in her previous trial, and she once again seeks his services. Mr. Furnival has an eye for a pretty lady, and he unhesitatingly accepts Lady Mason’s appeal for his services, to his wife’s great dismay.

Lucius Mason is one of a group of young people whose affairs of the heart become entangled. Lucius is in love with Mr. Furnival’s daughter, Sophia, whose hand is also sought by Judge Stavely’s son, Augustus. Sir Peregrine Orme’s grandson, another Peregrine, is hopelessly in love with Madeline Stavely. His rival for Madeline’s affection is Felix Graham, a young attorney who is too honest to succeed in his chosen profession.

Trollope had a point to hammer in this novel regarding the English justice system and the disconnect between legal guilt and innocence and moral guilt and innocence. For all intents and purposes, Lady Mason is the protagonist, with Madeline Stavely and her suitors and Sophia Furnival and her suitors as subplots. Yet Trollope writes as if (or perhaps as if his readers will expect that) the young people are the central characters. I think this is why the pacing felt uneven to me. Lucius’ character also seems underdeveloped given his importance to both his mother’s central dilemma and the romance sub-plot. Lucius was more absent than present so that I feel like I saw his persona and not the inner man. ( )
  cbl_tn | Feb 27, 2021 |
Another gem from Anthony Trollope.
Trollope has a wonderful, almost forensic, eye for describing and building his characters. While the setting is Victorian, I find it easy to spot contemporary real-life characters with similar nuances.
Unusually for Trollope, in this book the plot make a significant contribution. Although we are early informed whether the will has been forged, the reader is left to the end for the outcome of the court case. I found this one of Trollope's best books - best of a good bunch.
Read Feb 2018 ( )
1 vota mbmackay | Feb 16, 2018 |
A big and burly Victorian novel where all is not tidy in the end. It gives you a wonderfully detailed look at a very broad group of people who for the space of a few months interact. You want to follow each of them off the page. Highly recommended. ( )
  linenandprint | Jan 16, 2017 |
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Nom de l'autorCàrrecTipus d'autorObra?Estat
Trollope, Anthonyautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Loots, MarijkeTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Millais, J. E.Il·lustradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Mortimer, JohnIntroduccióautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Skilton, DavidEditorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Thorold, Algar LabouchereIntroduccióautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat

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There was a power of endurance about her, and a courage that was almost awful.Did Lady Mason forge a codicil to her husband's will, allowing Orley Farm to pass to her son or not? Orley Farm centres on this case of forgery, and the anguish and guilt of Lady Mason. Surrounding this enigmatic woman and her apparent crime are her elderly lover, Sir Peregrine Orme; her principledbut thoughtless son, Lucius; and, not least, a group of determined lawyers.Orley Farm contains the plot with which Trollope was most pleased. Drawing on family experience of the loss of an inheritance, the novel tackles the tremendous question of property fraud. The result, as George Orwell observed, is one of the most brilliant novels about a law suit in English fiction.Orley Farm dates from a confident period of its author's life. It breathes an air of writerly assurance, with Trollope at the height of his competitiveness with Dickens. In this work Trollope claims the Victorian legal novel as his own.

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