Thursday, March 7, 2024

Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope -- BOOK BEGINNINGS



Thank you for joining me for Book Beginnings on Fridays. Please share the opening sentence (or so) of the book you are reading this week. You can also share from a book that caught your fancy, even if you are not reading it right now.


Dr. Finn, of Killaloe, in county Clare, was as well known in those parts,—the confines, that is, of the counties Clare, Limerick, Tipperary, and Galway,—as was the bishop himself who lived in the same town, and was as much respected.

-- from Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope. This is the second book in Anthony Trollope's "Palliser Series" of six novels also known as the "Parliamentary Novels." 

This one involves the rising political career of Phineas Finn, only son of the Dr. Finn in the opening sentence. Phineas was studying to be a lawyer when he had the opportunity to be elected as a Member of the House of Commons. The only problem is that the job doesn't pay -- anything. Phineas takes the risk, hoping that being elected to the House will let him reach the "first rung of the ladder" to success as a paid government official. 

If this sounds dry, it isn't! All the politics is balanced by soap-opera level romantic intrigues. Phineas falls in love with at least three women who marry and dally with others. There are plenty of proposals, broken hearts, and even a duel. The female characters are as prominent in the story as the male. Although the women are limited in their options (career, political, financial), they feel contemporary in their thinking and emotions. 

I love this book. I'm reading the Palliser series as a group read on Instagram and know the experience will be a highlight of this reading year. 


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The Friday 56 is a natural tie-in with Book Beginnings. The idea is to share a two-sentence teaser from page 56 of your featured book. If you are reading an ebook or audiobook, find your teaser from the 56% mark.

Freda at Freda's Voice started and hosted The Friday 56 for a long, long time. She is taking a break and Anne at My Head is Full of Books has taken on hosting duties in her absence. Please visit Anne's blog and link to your Friday 56 post.


-- from Phineas Finn:
"Wait a moment, you impetuous Irish boy, and hear me out." Phineas liked being called an impetuous Irish boy, and came close to her, sitting where he could look up into her face; and there came a smile upon his own, and he was very handsome.


  1. I haven't read this one, but it does sound good.

  2. Haven't heard of these books, but glad you are having such fun reading this one. And the timing is great as we get close to St. Patrick's Day.

  3. I haven't read anything by Anthony Trollope before. You make this one sound so good! Thank you for sharing!

  4. Happy Reading and have a great weekend! :)

  5. This looks like something I'd enjoy, if I could find the time! I've never read Trollope before. Happy REading!


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