January 15, 2009
January 15, 2009
Rachel Ray offers a masterly and entertaining evocation of a small community living its life in mid-nineteenth-century England. The novel first appeared in 1863, a year in which public reaction against the excesses of the popular sensationalist novel prompted Trollope to state that he was writing about "the commonest details of commonplace life among the most ordinary people."
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Trollope's belief that reading novels was the ideal way for women to "learn what was expected from them, and what to expect when loves come" informs this charming depiction of the romance between an innocent young woman from a small town and a brash young man from London. Luke Rowan, a brewer, falls in love with Rachel Ray, but the match is opposed not only by Rachel's mother (an evangelical enthusiast who finds Luke too worldly) but by the brewery-owner's wife who wants Luke for one of her daughters. This novel is somewhat unusual for Trollope because it concerns not the titled and monied classes, but tradesmen and people of small means.
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes, Fiction + Literature Genres
- Subgenre: Classics, Romance, Human Qualities + Behavior, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Love + Relationships + Sex, Types of Characters, Society + Social Issues, Family + Friendship
- Language: English
- Author: Anthony Trollope
- Online Item #: 11478063
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-04-4766
- ISBN: 9780199537761
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported