Saturday, 30 March 2013

Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

The second in the series of political novels by Trollope, about the eponymous hero who enters Parliament as an Irish MP. Indeed, the subtitle is 'The Irish Member'.

I really enjoyed it, though it does get a bit soap opera-ish with numerous love affairs to enjoy in parallel with description and exploration of the political issues of the nineteenth century. Finn's success in London society and the compromises he has to make in order to sustain it are as relevant today as they were when Trollope wrote them.

He keeps up a fast pace in terms of narrative. In its way, a bit of a potboiler. Entertaining and diverting.