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Macdermots of Ballycloran

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Macdermots of Ballycloran is a compelling novel that dives deep into the complexities of family relationships, social class, and power dynamics in 19th century Ireland. Anthony Trollope weaves a vivid and haunting tale of the Macdermot family's struggles to maintain their ancestral home amidst financial ruin and social ostracism.

The characters are well-developed and each has their own inner turmoil and motivations, particularly the protagonist, Thady Macdermot, whose sense of duty and loyalty to his family clash with his own desires for a better life. The tension between tradition and progress is palpable throughout the novel, creating a sense of unease and foreboding that keeps the reader engaged.

Trollope's prose is elegant and evocative, transporting the reader to the rugged landscape of County Leitrim and immersing them in the daily struggles of the Macdermots. The pacing is leisurely, allowing for a slow buildup of tension and drama that culminates in a satisfying and poignant conclusion.

Overall, Macdermots of Ballycloran is a powerful and thought-provoking read that delves into the complexities of human nature and societal expectations. Trollope's keen observations and timeless themes make this novel a timeless classic that is sure to resonate with readers of all ages.

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This is the story of the Macdermots of Ballycloran the story is about the tragic demise of a landowning family. Larry Macdermot lives in a dilapidated mansion in Co. Leitrim, whose mortgage to Joe Flannelly he cannot keep up. Enmity between the Macdermot and Flannelly families is sharpened by son Thady's having declined to marry Joe Flannelly's daughter, Sally. Macdermot's daughter, Feemy, is herself seduced by the locally hated English police officer, Captain Myles Ussher. This was Trollope's first published novel, which he began in September 1843 and completed by June 1845. However, it was not published until 1847.

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