Phineas Finn

Phineas Finn

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An adventurous Irishman sets out to find his fortune among proper English society in this classic novel from Anthony Trollope. Sent to London to become a lawyer, young Phineas Finn proves himself to be a disappointing student but truly gifted in the ways of charm, culture, and fine appearance. It is the discovery of these talents that ultimately leads him to what he believes is his true calling: English Parliament. Through sheer luck and pluck, dashing, innocent Phineas is able to win a seat on the bench, but the real journey begins as he tours the labyrinthine halls of those who hold sway over their fellow men--and the practical and romantic quandaries he must navigate if he is to advance himself. Finding both victory and defeat, love and loneliness, the path Phineas strides is one of confidence and humanity as he seeks to fulfill his wants and desires while holding true to his convictions both in his own life and in the ever-changing arena of political expediency. In Phineas Finn, Anthony Trollope invites readers to follow an irrepressible, good-minded protagonist in a comical, exciting, heartbreaking tale that resonates as much today as it did upon its first publication. Phineas Finn is the 2nd book in the Palliser Novels, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order. This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Open Road Media, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781504041973
Branch Call Number: Internet Access
Characteristics: 1 online resource (537 pages).
Additional Contributors: Sutherland, John 1938-

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Mar 29, 2011

Of Trollope's novels this is perhaps the one that Canadians should particularly read. That is because the title character, Phineas Finn, is an ambitious young Member of Parliament who during the course of the novel rises to the position of Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies. As such it is his job in the Commons to represent the colonial policies of his boss, who is in the House of Lords during a period of crucial interest to Canadians from 1865 to 1868, the period of the Fenian Raids, Confederation, and the start of building the transcontinental railway. This is a novel, so specific pieces of legislation other than those critical to the plot: the 2nd Electoral Reform Act (which doubled the number of eligible electors and eliminated most "pocket boroughs"), and the first attempt to pass an Irish Tenant's Rights bill, are not discussed, but among those bills that Phineas Finn MP would have had to move through the Commons would have been the British North America Act, which created Canada.

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