THE HISTORY OF HENRY ESMOND - William Makepeace Thackery
I read this novel because Anthony Trollope thought it the greatest English novel - better even than Pride and Prejudice, one of his other favorites. I can't say I share Trollope's enthusiasm. Although it is certainly a good novel, it had too many descriptions of battles for my taste, and one of the female characters was too good to be true. The woman we are supposed to dislike I found the most interesting because she was so truthful about her own fault, and was quite accurate in her realization that had the hero won her he would have been miserable within weeks.
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