247 Followers
21 Following
maven

Maven Books

Reviews about historical, literary, classic, and other fiction.  Miscellaneous book things.

Currently reading

Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner?: A Story of Women and Economics
Katrine Marcal
Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference
Cordelia Fine
Tales from the Underworld
Hans Fallada

Orley Farm by Anthony Trollope

Orley Farm - Anthony Trollope, David Skilton

The first Trollope novel I've read, this book kept making me think back to Dickens' Bleak House, which I read at the end of last year.  Both deal with a major legal case, though each very different in nature.

It may not be a fair comparison, but I definitely preferred Bleak House, for the style and overall feeling of the story.  Orley Farm felt too drawn out for much less of an overall story -- though it certainly had some of the same complexities -- and it didn't have the cozy feeling Bleak House had.  I didn't feel all that attached to most of the characters, who didn't seem quite as well developed or defined, and my interest in the story waned as it dragged on.