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Ralph the Heir (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Anthony Trollope

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Ralph the Heir was originally published in 1871. The novel moves from country estates to London clubs, with property, illegitimacy and inheritance behind the character studies.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Trollope shines as portraitist, moralist, amiable cynic 2 septembre 1998
Par Erica - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
Ralph The Heir, written late in Antony Trollope's life, is not as well known as his Palliser or Barchester novels, and this is a great shame. To my mind his talents are on display here in all their mature glory; his penetrating observation of human motive and weakness, combined with a raucous, convaluted storyline and a wicked sense of humor. Trollope knows people through and through, and it is no small thing that he refuses here to make even his villain a monster. In true Trollope form, Ralph who is the heir (there are two Ralphs and two heirs) is in embarrased circumstances. Having spent a rather idle life waiting for his uncle to die so that he might inherit (and with the old squire hale at sixty, this will not likely happen soon), Ralph finds himself in debt up to his eyeballs...or perhaps his hand-tooled hunting boots. With a stable of hunters and a fierce riding breeches habit, Ralph must do something, but what? Just what Ralph does, and how it touches the whole pantheon within his circle (and a few decidedly outside it!) gently underlines Trollope's deep concerns for his time: just what is a gentleman? What, indeed, is nobility in man and woman? And how are we so often willfully blinkered by love, loyalty, ambition, and hate? There are several storylines in Ralph The Heir, and the author does not disappoint those who delight in watching him tie all these delicious tales together in almost Seinfeldian fashion. Parliament figures prominently and the election (or rather the attempt at an election) of a principal character is so marvelously portrayed, so wicked, it alone is worth the price of the book. Trollope is a gem. Gentle, kindly in his characters, he truly loves people and when he laughs at them, I rather think he is laughing also at himself. Enjoy this; it's one of Trollope's best.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Late Trollop 1 mai 2009
Par Harold Kaplan - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The laws on entail prevent Squire Newton from leaving his estate to his illegitimate son Ralph. The rightful heir is the squire's nephew, also Ralph, a charming but callous young man whose only talent is accumulating debt. Can the squire circumvent the law and leave the property to Ralph the noble rather than to Ralph the wastrel? This is late Trollope and contains some of his best writing. The secondary characters are superb, especially Ontario Moggs, Friend of the Working Class, and Mr. Neefit, who is determined at almost any cost to see his daughter Polly a "lady". The political chapters are among Trollope's best writing, far superior to the politics described in his earlier Palliser novels. Much of the novel is a convincing portrait of empty-headed, time-wasting Ralph, who as Trollope points out is a rather odd choice for "hero". There is also a fascinating gallery of rogues with whom Ralphs hangs out. The problem with this novel is that the good, genteel heroines -- Patience, Clarissa, Mary-- are lifeless and boring. As Trollope says, men may act but women must "sit and wait". Unfortunately noble women sitting and thinking noble thoughts and waiting for something good to happen, makes for less than exciting reading. By contrast, Polly Neefit shows considerable good sense, courage, pluck, but she is a tradesman's daughter, not a lady and therefore need not be genteel. A great read, but move quickly through the dry patches.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Inheritance 101 28 juillet 2015
Par Meredith - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Faithful Downton Abbey viewers who wish to delve more deeply into the mysteries and arcaneries of entail and related phenomena can do no better than to read, firstly, "Is He Popenjoy?", in which inheritance matters develop relatively straightforwardly (two brothers, both married with sons, actual or potential), secondly, "Castle Richmond," less predictable (two cousins, one of whom may or may not be illegitimate), and thirdly, "Ralph the Heir," where things become very much more complicated. "Ralph" is one of those seemingly lesser known, though rewarding, Trollope novels which also offer the subtlety and complexity of the better known Barchester and Palliser novels.

There are two Ralph Newtons: sons of brothers who quarreled and never spoke again. City Ralph, spendthrift and scapegrace, legal heir to his family's estate in Hampshire, has already exhausted the legacy left by his father, and has never been out of debt. He has declined to take up a profession, since he expects to become a landowner when his uncle dies, and his only occupations are hunting and making himself pleasant to others. His cousin, country Ralph, an only son born out of wedlock but loved by his father and raised to be the perfect squire, is prohibited by law, because of his birth, from inheriting the estate on which he has lived most of his life. He sympathizes with his frustrated father, but has himself become weary of all the controversy. Gregory Newton, his father, will have nothing to do with nephew Ralph, but tormented by guilt and the impossibility of son Ralph's inheriting, does everything he can to amass an alternative fortune in order to provide for him. City Ralph and country Ralph have not even seen each other for many years, since squire Gregory refuses to let his nephew on the property.

Somewhat unusually for Trollope, two of the more important characters are middle-aged fathers of marriageable daughters. Sir Thomas Underwood is one of Trollope's most complex and enigmatic creations, inspired partly by memories of Trollope's own life as well as that of his father, Thomas Anthony Trollope. Sir Thomas has abandoned a successful legal career and become disillusioned with politics after a brief term in office. Still, for him, the most important thing in life is work, or the illusion of work. Even though he owns a pleasant villa on the Thames, where his daughters Patience and Clarissa live, he spends most of his life, including nights, in his dismal, dreary London office, where, surrounded by books, he does practically nothing. His daughters. feeling abandoned, wish he would spend more time at home, but he prefers being alone and they cannot change him. Nevertheless, he can be generous and kind, bringing his orphaned niece Mary into his home as a third daughter.

Mr. Neefit, the prosperous maker of breeches for sporting gentlemen, is also much happier at work, where he stays busy and feels important, than at his suburban home. He is, however, devoted to and proud of his spirited daughter Polly, who will be an heiress, and (like the Dean in Popenjoy) takes a hands-on approach to getting her settled in life. Polly, her father believes, deserves to be married to a gentleman, and the pleasantest gentleman he knows is Ralph the heir, despite the fact that he orders so many more pairs of riding breeches than he ever pays for ("What does he do with them?" everyone wonders). Polly and her father understand each other very well, however: she knows he wants only the best for her, and he knows she will ultimately and inevitably choose for herself.

Sir Thomas, former guardian of Ralph the heir, hoping to make one last effort to put him on his feet, conceives, along with squire Gregory, a plan that just might rescue Ralph from his debts, and at the same time save the Hampshire estate for the squire's son. But, of course, complications ensue, and nothing goes as planned. Sir Thomas also makes an effort to revive his own career by running again for Parliament, an undertaking which echoes the author's own expensive, humiliating experiences as a Parliamentary candidate. Trollope of course had a lifelong love/hate relationship with politics, and this book is considered to be his strongest expression of his own feelings on the subject. It is obvious to Sir Thomas that the party leaders of Percycross have nothing but contempt for his high principles, yet they are still able to arrange things so that he pays for everything they eat, drink, or smoke.

Meanwhile the young ladies of Popham Villa (Patience, Clarissa, and Mary) and Alexandrina Cottage (Polly) have important decisions of their own to make, all of which must wait, however, until the Newton family difficulties can be resolved. There are other young men vying for their affections than just the two Ralphs. Yet another Newton, parson Gregory, who, unlike his debt-ridden brother, has held on to his father's legacy and has a profession as well, and poet/politician/bootmaker Ontario Moggs make their own appeals to the ladies.

"Ralph the Heir" fits solidly into the mainstream of Trollope novels, with the range of its themes, the complexities of its characters, and its combination of serious social and moral concerns with humorous and satirical situations. In the titular Ralph it certainly has a prime example of the typical Trollope "hero": a young man with the best intentions in the world but absolutely no idea of what to do with himself or his life.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 just okay 25 janvier 2013
Par B. Faw - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I thought this book was just okay. I stuck with it because I am a Trollope fan and would like to eventually read all of his works. This Kindle book was free on Amazon.com in the classics section. Free sure beats the price of Trollope books if you can even find them.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Ralph the Heir 19 janvier 2013
Par Roberta Silver - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I love anything by Trollope. I like to own the books, but my copy had tiny print, so reading it on the Kindle was a pleasure.
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