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Miss Mackenzie I can think of noamiable writer than Anthony Trollope, whose novels can be read again and again without any diminution of their original power As a member of the Yahoo Trollope group, I have read approximately three quarters of his 47 novels, many of them twice, and at least one of them The Way We Live Now three times What is there about Trollope s work that makes it so multiply readable My answer would have to include such factors as his high moral tone without appearing to be prig I can think of noamiable writer than Anthony Trollope, whose novels can be read again and again without any diminution of their original power As a member of the Yahoo Trollope group, I have read approximately three quarters of his 47 novels, many of them twice, and at least one of them The Way We Live Now three times What is there about Trollope s work that makes it so multiply readable My answer would have to include such factors as his high moral tone without appearing to be priggish in the slightest along with his delight in creating complicated stories with a large cast of characters Curiously, he tends to fall flat in his short stories, and most of his shorter novels are not among his best I would have to make an exception, however, of Miss Mackenzie, a novel whose heroine is beyond the first flush of youth and who finds herself with a generous inheritance from the brother she had nursed for many years.Somehow, she approached the middle years with a physical and moral attractiveness which, together with her fortune, make her the target of a number of persistent suitors ranging from an Evangelical clergyman with a demonic squint to the not quite honest son of her brother s partner in trade to an impoverished widower with children, who also happens to be a baronet.How Trollope weaves his way through these sticky situations is a wonder I liked Miss Mackenzie the first time I read it but now I would have to say my admiration has increased Most nineteenth century novels do not concern themselves with the loves of women who have been around the track a few times That Trollope succeeds in doing so at the same time as he makes us appreciate her many virtues is a rare accomplishment In Miss Mackenzie Trollope made a deliberate attempt to prove that a novel may be produced without any love, but as he candidly admits in his Autobiography, the attempt breaks down before the conclusion In taking for his heroine an middle aged spinster, his contemporaries of writing about young girls in love Instead he depicts Margaret Mackenzie, overwhelmed with money troubles, as she tries to assess the worth and motives of four very different suitors Although her creator calls her unattractive, most readers will warm to Miss Mackenzie and admire her modesty, dignity, and shrewdness Another great Trollope novel very enjoyable, tender and interesting Quite different for a Victorian novel too. This is my second reading of the unforgettable Miss Mackenzie I liked it even better than the first go around It is really a fine example of Trollope s depth, as well as his inimitable and often humorous character portrayals When her brother dies and she is on her own for the very first time, Miss Mackenzie struggles to become independent The world is a mystery to her and it is much like reading about a cloistered nun leaving the nunnery for the first time Miss Mackenzie s determination to This is my second reading of the unforgettable Miss Mackenzie I liked it even better than the first go around It is really a fine example of Trollope s depth, as well as his inimitable and often humorous character portrayals When her brother dies and she is on her own for the very first time, Miss Mackenzie struggles to become independent The world is a mystery to her and it is much like reading about a cloistered nun leaving the nunnery for the first time Miss Mackenzie s determination to make her way through an unfamiliar world and its expectations are engrossing Due to her limited social interactions for so many years, she is careful when arriving in Littlebath to measure whether she should join a group that might limit her once again She feels she should share her fortune with others less deserving, and is even criticized for that attempt Yet, she pushes forward, indomitable and courageous As she has inherited a small fortune, she is quickly taken up by three gentlemen, all anxious for her hand How she analyzes their suits and their behavior toward her comprise a good deal of the narrative Whether she is choosing whom she should marry or how she should comport herself, Margaret always holds our interest and our affection A very pleasant read, although the story itself could have easily ended 50 pages sooner However, the filler created by Trollope was also enjoyable It was an interesting portrait of a woman on her own in 19th century England I became quite attached to Miss Mackenzie and absorbed in her story.And as always, Trollope s prose is smooth and comforting There is lots of plot events and the usual range of Victorian characters. Margaret Mackenzie spent her youth caring for her ill father, only to spend her young womanhood and beyond caring for her brother who was also ill When her brother died, and left Margaret his small fortune, she was 35 years old, had no friends and knew nothing of the world But that small fortune left her with options Most middle class women in Victorian England had to find a husband in order to secure even their most basic needs Margaret could afford to look around a bit.Not only did Mar Margaret Mackenzie spent her youth caring for her ill father, only to spend her young womanhood and beyond caring for her brother who was also ill When her brother died, and left Margaret his small fortune, she was 35 years old, had no friends and knew nothing of the world But that small fortune left her with options Most middle class women in Victorian England had to find a husband in order to secure even their most basic needs Margaret could afford to look around a bit.Not only did Margaret have her 800 a year, but she was a kind and gentle soul into the bargain Aunt is so kind, Susanna said She s always kind If you wake her up in the middle of the night, she s kind in a moment And if there s anything good to eat, it will make her eyes quite shine if she sees that anybody else likes it I have known her sit for half an hour ever so uncomfortable, because she would not disturb the cat As things would have it, though, middle class men also needed to marry By finding a woman who had a bit of money, and combining it with their own, a comfortable life might be had Margaret had options Perhapsoptions than she anticipated Trollope gives us much of his usual humor A butler hired for just an evening was called Mr Grandairs Sir John Ball was on the boards of at least two named firms The Shadrach Fire and the Abednego Life Companies Margaret s attorney was Mr Slow, of the oft mentioned firm of Slow and Bideawhile Of course, Margaret s many admirers provided their amusement as well.Although perhaps not my favorite, this is very good, typical Trollope, and a solid 4 stars Miss Margaret Mackenzie,a middle aged spinster, has spent her life in service to her family First she nursed her aged father through his final illness and now her older brother, Walter When Walter s will is read, everyone is shocked he left his fortune to Margaret None isshocked than her older brother Tom, of Rubb and Mackenzie, tire manufacturers Tom s wife takes personal offense at this snub Margaret is finally getting the chance to live her life and she heads to Littlebath to join Miss Margaret Mackenzie,a middle aged spinster, has spent her life in service to her family First she nursed her aged father through his final illness and now her older brother, Walter When Walter s will is read, everyone is shocked he left his fortune to Margaret None isshocked than her older brother Tom, of Rubb and Mackenzie, tire manufacturers Tom s wife takes personal offense at this snub Margaret is finally getting the chance to live her life and she heads to Littlebath to join society there Her niece, Susanna, comes along to attend school there with Margaret s money Margaret is soon caught up in the Evangelical Christian Mrs Strumfold s society where she meets the squint eyed minister Mr Maguire Margaret is forced to choose between the Strumfoldians and hermorally free neighbors She tries to straddle both worlds as best she can but Mr Maguire has Margaret in his line of sight to be his rich bride She s delighted with visits from her brother s business partner, Mr Rubb, Jr and promises to loan her brother money for a mortgage As she discusses business with Mr Rubb, she comes to enjoy his company very much and if he should propose but he isn t a gentleman so naturally he s out of the question A family tragedy brings her into the orbit of her relatives, Sir John and Lady Ball, their grown children and grandchildren Sir John s son, John, Jr is as dull as men come but he becomes a rock on which Margaret can lean on Then, a chance meeting with her lawyer brings shocking news and Margaret s life will never be the same again.I think Trollope must have read and enjoyed Jane Austen because this book has many similarities with an Austen comedy of manners It gets a littlemelodramatic in the end but it is at heart a witty social commentary a la Austen and Dickens Trollope s humor isn t quite as overtly funny as Austen s but with characters named Mr Slow and Mr Bideawhile and a clergyman with a squint, you know he is playing with his readers the way Dickens did Indeed many of the characters bear strong resemblances to Austen characters Lady Ball is a cross between Lady Catherine and Fanny Dashwood and every manipulative, smothering mother you ve ever come across Mr Maguire at first seems like a Mr Collins character but he s no buffoon He s shrewd and cunning and knows what he wants and will stop at nothing to convince the world he s right Mrs Mackenzie of Incharrow is like Elizabeth Bennet s aunt Gardiner with a dash of delightful matchmaker like Emma I really enjoyed her character She s manipulative in a good way Miss Baker and Miss Todd are intriguing characters and I wish they were in the storyThe main characters are Margaret, Mr Rubb, John Ball and Mr Maguire Margaret is around my age but she seems much older and careworn like Anne Elliot She s had a tough life and has never been loved so it s easy to root for her and want her to find someone to love I wasn t thrilled with any of her suitors, they re just too dull, but she knew which one she wanted and so I wanted the match for her She s a character who is easy to sympathize with Mr Rubb seems charming I liked him I didn t care for John, a 50 year old widower I don t see him making a good lover He s steady and dependable but I would wish for some passion in a relationship I couldn t figure out who Margaret was going to choose until she did it The pacing of the novel is quite slow for the first half and then once it gets going, it gets easier to read I recommend this to fans of Austen, Dickens and Elizabeth Gaskell It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single woman in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a husband. I never tire of returning to the novels of Anthony Trollope, and Miss Mackenzie has proved to be the treat I d anticipated This wonderful Victorian novelist never fails to delight In this unassuming little novel, the less than attractive spinster, Margaret Mackenzie, unexpectedly inherits a small fortune and decides to expand her horizons, moving from the dreary London neighborhood where she has long nursed her now deceased brother to the modestly genteel town of Littlebath There she and her I never tire of returning to the novels of Anthony Trollope, and Miss Mackenzie has proved to be the treat I d anticipated This wonderful Victorian novelist never fails to delight In this unassuming little novel, the less than attractive spinster, Margaret Mackenzie, unexpectedly inherits a small fortune and decides to expand her horizons, moving from the dreary London neighborhood where she has long nursed her now deceased brother to the modestly genteel town of Littlebath There she and her fortune are wooed by the mercenary young clergyman, Mr Maguire, whom she does not find attractive Nor is she muchthan transiently attracted to Mr Rubb, the crude and somewhat oily son of her other brother s business associate Her third suitor is her middle aged, dumpy, poor but kind cousin who, with his nine children, barely keeps his head above water without her fortune, a fortune which was denied him when she inherited it.Trollope is a master of satire but satire of a kind hearted and gentle sort The reader quickly comes to love these flawed and very human characters, each of whom develops as the story progresses It was Trollope s claim the in the person of Miss Mackenzie he was creating someone whom one could not possibly love, but he was being disingenuous when he said this In fact, the reader s sympathies are with her throughout the story, despite her mistakes and foibles Yes, the landscape is peopled with typical Trollope characters the senior and slimy clergyman and his domineering, manipulative wife, the whiny and demanding relatives, the snobbish and insensitive aristocrats The common themes of British 19th century novels are all present class, money, inheritance, marriage Probably the only thing missing from this Trollope novel is the fox hunt which is usually included in histhan forty novels.Maybe what makes Trollope s characters so indelible is their humanity He has the ability to hold a mirror up to our own world and to ourselves Yet he does this in such a wise and gentle, such a fond manner, that the reader not only tolerates it but becomes an ally with the author in observing the common life of the world around him and in sympathizing with it.Each time I read one of Trollope s novel I find myself eager to read another Fortunately, there are many This is an overlooked small gem of a novel Margaret Mackenzie is a spinster in her mid thirties who receives a large inheritance when her brother dies and must then deal with what comes with the inheritance, including several suitors, who may or may not simply be after her money Trollope depicts Miss Mackenzie with his usual unsparing honesty, and although in his autobiography he called her a very unattractive old maid , her modesty, charity, and dignity endear her to the reader I found myse This is an overlooked small gem of a novel Margaret Mackenzie is a spinster in her mid thirties who receives a large inheritance when her brother dies and must then deal with what comes with the inheritance, including several suitors, who may or may not simply be after her money Trollope depicts Miss Mackenzie with his usual unsparing honesty, and although in his autobiography he called her a very unattractive old maid , her modesty, charity, and dignity endear her to the reader I found myself so sympathizing with her that I found the rather everyday plot quite engrossing


About the Author: Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope became one of the most successful, prolific and respected English novelists of the Victorian era Some of Trollope s best loved works, known as the Chronicles of Barsetshire, revolve around the imaginary county of Barsetshire he also wrote penetrating novels on political, social, and gender issues and conflicts of his day.Trollope has always been a popular novelist Noted fans have included Sir Alec Guinness who never travelled without a Trollope novel , former British Prime Ministers Harold Macmillan and Sir John Major, economist John Kenneth Galbraith, American novelists Sue Grafton and Dominick Dunne and soap opera writer Harding Lemay Trollope s literary reputation dipped somewhat during the last years of his life, but he regained the esteem of critics by the mid twentieth century.See also


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