The Eustace Diamonds

The Eustace Diamonds Lizzie Eustace is young beautiful and widowed Her determination to hold on to a fabulous necklace in the face of legal harassment by her brother in law s solicitor entangles her in a series of crime

  • Title: The Eustace Diamonds
  • Author: Anthony Trollope W.J. McCormack Blair Hughes-Stanton
  • ISBN: 9780199537693
  • Page: 345
  • Format: Paperback
  • Lizzie Eustace is young, beautiful, and widowed Her determination to hold on to a fabulous necklace in the face of legal harassment by her brother in law s solicitor entangles her in a series of crimes apparent and real and contrived love affairs Her cousin, Frank Greystock, loyally assists her, much to the distress of his fiancee, Lucy Morris A pompous Under SecretLizzie Eustace is young, beautiful, and widowed Her determination to hold on to a fabulous necklace in the face of legal harassment by her brother in law s solicitor entangles her in a series of crimes apparent and real and contrived love affairs Her cousin, Frank Greystock, loyally assists her, much to the distress of his fiancee, Lucy Morris A pompous Under Secretary, a neurotic American society belle, a brutal knight, and a shady Scottish radical peer are only some of Trollope s engaging and revealing characters in this melange of detective story, political novel, and ironic romance The Eustace Diamonds 1873 is the third in the Palliser series Though often considered the least political of the six, it is a highly revealing study of Victoran Britain, its colonial activities in Ireland, India, and Australia, and its veneration of wealth About the Series For over 100 years Oxford World s Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe Each affordable volume reflects Oxford s commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up to date bibliographies for further study, and much .

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    1. Delicious.Trollope said to Thackery: 'I’ll see your Becky Sharp, and raise you £10,000.’As in the £10,000 necklace--the Eustace Diamonds--that drive Lizzie Graystock and the plot of this funny and sad and insightful novel.I have read too many Trollope sweet young girls, and enjoyed his witty, strong (to a point) women Lady Glencora and Violet Effingham, and laughed with the earthy wealthy widow in the Barsetshire novels, but Lizzie is something else again. Trollope is really masterful in c [...]

    2. The third novel in The Palliser series and an enjoyable read in it's own right. It is the greedy and manipulative Lizzie Eustace who holds the plot together. This is also a lengthy character driven novel. To my mind Trollope's female characters are always well presented, faults, foibles and all. They very much overshadow the male characters in their verve and flair. My only quibble with this novel my mind the ending, "fate" of Lizzie Eustace was a bit of a let down for this reader. After Lizzie [...]

    3. From BBC Radio 4 - Classical Serial:Anthony Trollope's enthralling novel about beautiful but deceitful widow Lizzie Eustace.This is the third book of the Palliser series where the characters of Plantagenet Palliser, his wife Lady Glencora and their uncle the ailing Duke of Omnium are in the background.The plot describes the life of a fortune-hunter, Lizzie Greystock who marries Sir Florian Eustace. One month later of their marriage, Sir Florian dies and leaves his fortune to Lizzie and his son.B [...]

    4. Funny, after finishing the first 2 chapters I was thinking Lizzie Eustace was very like Becky Sharp. I rolled that around in my mind for a bit until the next time I had a chance to pick up the book. What do I read at the beginning of chapter three but that Trollope assures us that she won't be exactly a Becky Sharp and that such a character doesn't deserve heroine status anyway. :) Liked that there was less politics in this one than the last in the series, but it also lacked totally sympathetic [...]

    5. Probably should take off a star for repetitiveness, occasional windiness and bagginess, but Lizzie Eustace is an indelible character and this is one of the best marriages of a mystery and a novel of manners in fiction. Plus Trollope's dialogue is so startlingly direct and modern there's not the slightest taint of literary mustiness.

    6. Having loved The Way We Live Now, I had high expectations for this Trollope novel, which is really a stand-alone with a Palliser connection shoe-horned in. My usual fear of re-hashing the plot isn't a factor here as the book seemed all over the place, the various storylines more jumbled together than inter-connected . . . more stew than mosaic.Lizzie Greystock Eustace has been a very naughty girl; even her family despairs of her. At the outset, I rolled my eyes a bit on her nabbing a noble, gett [...]

    7. This is the third book in Trollope's Palliser series and a huge disappointment compared to the previous volumes. There are a few interesting sections, but I had to force myself to get through it and skimmed the last 100 pages or so. Trollope tries to play on the foibles of human personalities and ambitions, but falls so flat with these characters that I just wanted to smack them all upside the head. Even Lizzie's lying and conniving got repetitive and uninspired and I lost interest in whether th [...]

    8. Another fun story from Mr. Trollope. His opening lines:It was admitted by all her friends, and also by her enemies, -- who were in truth the more numerous and active body of the two, -- that Lizzie Greystock had done very well with herself. We will tell the story of Lizzie Greystock from the beginning, but we will not dwell over it at great length, as we might do if we loved her.Perhaps Mr. Trollope forgot himself, for the majority of the novel is about Lizzie Greystock, but he was right in that [...]

    9. Poor Lizzie Eustace! Widowed at a young age, she’s now being asked to give up the valuable diamonds that her late husband gave her to be her very own–or so she says. Lizzie’s lies and other hijinks in her effort to keep “her” diamonds while finding her next husband make this a highly entertaining and humorous read. Although Lizzie gets the most attention, the book contains a large cast of characters, and the women are especially well-written. There’s Lucy Morris, a governess who long [...]

    10. I’ve now completed The Eustace Diamonds, the third in Anthony Trollope’s Palliser series of political novels; another milestone passed; another three to go! I enjoyed Can you Forgive Her? and Phineas Finn, the Irish Member though not nearly as much as the story of Lizzie Eustace and a legacy which brings more trouble than pleasure. It seems to me that the author is much more assured here in his treatment of themes, of plotting and of character, his style much more relaxed, perceptive and gen [...]

    11. Nearly 800 pages of mid and high society people deceiving each other, engaging in mercenary behavior, and writing hilariously snarky letters back and forth to each other. Needless to say, I loved this and can't wait to read more Trollope. Surprisingly modern and somewhat cynical about human nature, with not a hero in sight.

    12. Oh, what a maddening book!As I read there were moments when I thought this might be my favourite Trollope (to date) and there were moments when I thought it would be at the bottom of the list.In the end I did like it. But.The story spins around Lizzie Greystock, who will quickly rise to become Lady Eustace.Lizzie was the only child of the disreputable Admiral Greystock, who died leaving her nothing but debts. Fortunately her daughter had learned to live by her wits, and she realised that to marr [...]

    13. My first Trollope and it's about time. I really enjoyed "The Barchester Chronicles" when it was on PBS many years ago. So far this is a pretty smooth read. I skipped a very long introduction by some literary fanatic. I may read it later on. Interesting to compare Trollope to someone like Hawthorne. So much the better writer! Seems like the general rule was that 19th century English writers were much easier and more enjoyable to read than their American counterparts. I suspect that the above-ment [...]

    14. As I re-read many of Trollope's novels, I find myself appreciating them more the second time around, and changing my ratings from four stars to five. Why not? Anyone who could enthrall me -- twice -- over a stretch of 800 pages deserves a high ranking indeed. Anthony Trollope's The Eustace Diamonds is about an almost archetypical bad girl named Lizzie Greystock, who marries the dissipated Lord Florian Eustace. But then Eustace dies before the novel begins, leaving Lizzie a title and -- this is t [...]

    15. The Eustace Diamonds (1873) is the third novel in Anthony Trollope's Palliser series. However, this is the first Trollope novel I've read--picked out initially for the jewel in the title to fulfill part of the What's in a Name Challenge. I didn't find that stepping into the series in mid-stream hurt my understanding of the book at all. There weren't any references to people or incidents that weren't made clear in the work itself. According to the blurb on the back of the book, this novel "bears [...]

    16. On a whim, I decided that I needed to read Trollope's "Paliser"/Parlimentary Tales series. Although this book was not considered by Trollope to be part of the series proper, The Eustace Diamonds is a great satire reminiscent of Thackeray's "A Vanity Fair" (another must-read for those who dig 19th century Brit Lit). Trollope writes of aptly named Lizzie Graystock, who becomes Lizzie Eustace when she convinces a Lord to marry her. His untimely demise leaves her holding the family diamonds; the Eus [...]

    17. My "Summer of Trollope" continues with "The Eustace Diamonds", the 3rd novel in his Pallisers series and, so far, my favorite. Here we are introduced to a number of characters that we love to hate. Lady Eustace is a "bee-atch" of epic proportions who, in today's cultural milieu, would fit right into the set of the Real Housewives of New Jersey. In reading these long 19th century novels one can become seriously engaged with the characters. At a couple of points about 2/3rds of the way through, I [...]

    18. This is the third novel in Trollope's Palliser series, although the Pallisers themselves are largely offstage in it. The main characters in this novel are schemers and cheats of one sort or another. To the extent Trollope means to suggest that standards of conduct are in decline in English society, the novel is a forerunner of The Way We Live Now.The diamonds of the title are a necklace, once the property of the late Florian Eustace. His widow claims that he made a gift of the necklace to her be [...]

    19. Trollope’s novels are generally pretty slender, despite their great length. Their worth is in their charm and gentle entertainment value. His shtick is a nicely flowing sentence and a mock seriousness of tone, and he applies this approach well, across many pages and many works. Trollope is sometimes criticised for telling rather than showing, but this seems an unfairly rule-bound complaint to me. Authorial asides are the very heart of his style. As narrator, he is an avuncular companion, telli [...]

    20. Crowded with lords and ladies and their cronies and hangers-on, hardly any single sympathetic character in sight. Makes for fun reading, because you don’t really care for anyone and are able to watch all their wriggling and writhing with amusement. It also makes you wish for the worst possible outcome for everyone involved. Or was it just me? Haha.The narrator is insufferable, and his sympathies and antipathies made me go all contrary. I cheered for Lady Eustace (I agree with one of the previo [...]

    21. After Phineas Finn, this book feels like a time out from the Palliser series as the familiar characters recede into the background and we focus on the career of Lizzie Eustace. Knowing as I did that book 4 of the series was going to take us back to Phineas, I was at first impatient about slogging through this diversion, then I became interested enough in these characters to give them their due attention. But what really made me start to love it was when I realized that Trollope was doing somethi [...]

    22. Anthony Trollope’s books are usually pretty light hearted marriage plots where situations like class or annual income interfere with true love. But The Eustace Diamonds was different in a refreshing way. In addition to the typical conundrum of two people without any income falling in love, there is the added intrigue of politics and gasp, a stolen diamond necklace. And not just any necklace, but a family heirloom valued at 10,000 pounds. The mystery of the stolen necklace definitely added a bi [...]

    23. Classic Trollope, with a "heroine" who rivals Scarlett O'Hara, Becky Sharp, and Undine Spragg for getting her way by hook or crook or batted lashes. Batted lashes do seem to have been the semi-respectable female weapon of choice back in the day. Also, diamonds weren't this girl's best friend.Dear Lizzie Eustace. I always hope she'll get the "hero," even though I know the sweet little English rose and/or long-suffering Griselda will win in the end.

    24. I think I enjoyed this book even more on this re-reading. Lizzie Eustace is deliciously awful, not just because she's a manipulative liar, but worse because she actually always manages to convince herself of her victimhood. I loved the Fawn family and wanted to wring Frank Greystock's neck because he so loved to play with fire. But Trollope sticks up for his flawed creation, and, really, Lucy Morris's righteous self-abnegation makes you long to see her tell Frank off.

    25. 3 1/2 stars (They are my stars, they were given to me and I'm not giving them away. I don't care what Turtledove says.)There were many moments while reading this book wherein I voiced to myself that Anthony Trollope was a genius (perhaps a bit of an overstatement). His fairly blatant commentary on the political and legal processes as well as the methodology and rationale behind betrothal and marriage were full of irony and humor.The heroine, Lizzie Eustace, is so unlikable and yet I found myself [...]

    26. I will not dispute the general consensus that although this novel is part of Trollope's Palliser series, it can stand on its own. In fact, I did once read it on its own, quite a number of years ago, and found it quite enjoyableEVER, upon reading it a second time, as the third in the Palliser novels, I was utterly swept away. What Trollope does here is take some of the same themes that he has already developed in great depth -- particularly the question of marrying for love vs. marrying for money [...]

    27. " 'It is very disagreeable,' said Lady Glencora, 'to believe that your wife has got the finest diamonds in England, and then to find out that she has only -- stolen them.' "Starts off very strongly but then meanders for hundreds of pages. Originally written as a serial and then published in multiple volumes, which may be why the structure is a bit confusing. I'm not sure why this even qualifies as a Palliser novel when those characters crop up only a few times. But the insults are spectacular.Ed [...]

    28. I was sitting in my living room, reading The Eustace Diamonds and was within 100 pages of the conclusion. My 13-year old daughter is on the sofa thoroughly engrossed in a Facebook games & chats. For no particular reason, I began to read aloud. Mind you, I have about 100 pages left of a 900 page book. Most of the action has occurred. Regardless of the fact that she knows nothing of the previous 800 pages. my daughter loses interest in Facebook, transferring her engrossment to Trollope. I fini [...]

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