Not my favorite Trollope. Seems to lack the human touch of the Barset Chronicles. But (supposedly) high on the list of favorites of "Old Trollopians" because of the fugue-like plot structure and ironical protrayals of English upper, middle and lower class interactions.
Another treat from Trollope! This time he dissects the political system from the top down and, as usual, has much to say that is pertinent to today's carnival. Check out the current embarrassment of determining a presidential candidate for the republican party, and you'll see how up-to-date this late Victorian novelist can be. He also considers the problem of a man with all the attributes of a gentleman without actually being one, and that riddle is still with us. One thing missing - a chapter devoted to the hunt, Trollope's great passion. I missed that, and most of his novels have one. Nevertheless, five stars, without flattery or favor.