He Knew He Was Right by Anthony Trollope

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If you like big, fat, thoroughly enjoyable 19th century novels, this is the book for you. Considered by some to be one of Trollope's masterpieces (he wrote something like 50 novels), "He Knew He Was Right" is a character study, a satire, and an exploration of patriarchal power and women's rights. The central plot involves a happy, loving marriage gradually destroyed by the husband's obsessive jealousy. Orbiting Mr. and Mrs. Trevelyan are a fascinating and amusing assortment of friends and family members whose lives and loves intersect. One of my favorite scenes involves a single clergyman who can't bring himself to propose marriage to a young woman he's been stringing along for years--because he is so repulsed by her "shapeless, monstrous, absurd, and abominable" chignon. Check Our Catalog

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