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The Eustace Diamonds

The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

In "The Eustace Diamonds" by Anthony Trollope, readers are taken on a journey through the scandalous world of upper-class society in 19th century England. The story follows the beautiful and cunning Lizzie Eustace as she navigates her way through a web of deceit, manipulation, and betrayal in her quest to hold onto her beloved diamonds.

Trollope's writing is sharp and insightful, offering a vivid portrayal of the complexities of human nature and the destructive power of greed. The characters are richly drawn and multifaceted, each with their own motivations and desires that drive the story forward.

The plot is engaging and full of twists and turns, keeping readers on the edge of their seats as they try to unravel the mysteries surrounding the Eustace diamonds. Trollope expertly weaves together themes of love, loyalty, and morality, creating a thought-provoking and compelling read.

Overall, "The Eustace Diamonds" is a gripping and compelling novel that offers a fascinating glimpse into the darker side of Victorian society. Trollope's keen observations and expert storytelling make this a must-read for fans of classic literature.

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Lizzie Greystock, a fortune-hunter who ensnares the sickly, dissipated Sir Florian Eustace, is soon left a very wealthy widow and mother. While clever and beautiful, Lizzie has several character flaws; the greatest of these is an almost pathological delight in lying, even when it cannot benefit her. Before he dies, the disillusioned Sir Florian discovers all this, but does not think to change the generous terms of his will. The diamonds of the book’s title are a necklace, a Eustace family heirloom that Sir Florian gave to Lizzie to wear. Lizzie attempts to hold onto them, much to the irritation of the longtime family lawyer, Mr Camperdown. The Eustaces find themselves in an awkward position. On the one hand, the diamonds are a valuable heirloom to which Lizzie may not have a legal claim, but on the other, they do not want to antagonize the mother of the heir to the family estate (Lizzie having only a life interest).Meanwhile, after a respectable period of mourning, Lizzie searches for another husband, and “the plot thickens”.

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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - March 23, 2017
The reader in chapter 21 reads too fast. Making it difficult to enjoy the book.

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