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Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

Nina Balatka (1867)

by Anthony Trollope

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"There has been no girl connected with decent people who has ever so degraded herself"
By sally tarbox on 10 March 2017
Format: Kindle Edition
Set in 19th century Prague, this is the tale of a lovely - but poor - Christian girl, and her love for stern, wealthy - but Jewish - Anton Trendellsohn. A mixed marriage in such a racially divided city is always going to be difficult, and as incensed relatives, jealous would-be lovers and interfering servants get involved (on both sides), the union seems fraught with problems. But there is a further issue: someone on Nina's side is in possession of deeds properly belonging to the Trendellsohns. Can Anton retrieve what is rightly his - and is it Nina herself who is concealing them?

Well written and enjoyable. As a shorter Trollope work (195p) maybe you don't get quite as caught up in the characters as in the superlative Pallisers etc. But interesting to read a novel of the era that has some sympathies with the Jewish plight. ( )
1 vote starbox | Mar 9, 2017 |
very good; about a Jewish man and a Christian girl; more of a novelette than a novel, actually caused a few tears which Trollope novels rarely do; read in Maui 2/08 ( )
  lindawwilson | Feb 19, 2008 |
My English teacher of two years loved Trollope, to the extent that I think he made sure that we got all of Trollope novels in the school library. (I suspect I was probably the only one who read any of them, at least at the time.) So it shouldn't come as a suprise that he wanted us to study one of the Trollope novels. That novel was Nina Balatka, about a poor Jewish girl in Prague who falls in love with a rich Christian boy (unless I remember it all wrong, I haven't read it since my finals).

This edition of the novel also contains Linda Tressel, another shortish novel on very similar themes. ( )
  queen_ypolita | Aug 14, 2006 |
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Nina Balatka was a maiden of Prague, born of Christian parents, and herself a Christian - but she loved a Jew; and this is her story.
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A novel in "The Penguin Trollope" series, which contains all of Trollope's novels, short stories and autobiography published in the order in which they were written.

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A Christian girl of Prague falls in love with a Jewish merchant. One of the few novels published anonymously by Trollope, who was trying (unsuccessfully and unnecessarily) to disguise his style.

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