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Joanna Trollope
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March 25 1996 Bloomsbury Modern Library
The story is about a man's mid-life crisis and a woman's fear of failure. It is about fathers and sons, sex and love, loyalties and identities. Archie Logan, a country doctor, and his wife Liza lead a life which is rural, child-orientated and which revolves around his practice and her teaching.

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Archie seems to have it all: a loving wife, three adorable children, a close relationship with his widowed father, and a thriving medical career. But when Archie's father falls in love again and marries Marina de Breton, Archie is angry and petulant. Then, just as Archie thinks he's coming to terms with his resentment, his father dies, and everything else in Archie's life begins to disintegrate. Estranged from his wife, Liza, unable to relate to his children, and losing track of his career, Archie finds himself infatuated with his stepmother. Both he and Liza are richly multidimensional characters, both passionate in their own ways but unable to communicate their feelings, a conundrum Trollope examines through Archie's eyes as she also considers the bigger picture, the conflict between loyalty and passion, both in the context of marriage and the family structure. Fast-paced and stirring, this is a strongly emotive and, at times, disturbing novel, but Trollope's no-nonsense prose makes this a compelling journey into the lives of two ordinary people coping with extraordinary events. Bonnie Johnston
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"Demonstrates again how good Joanna Trollope is at describing village life and how sure is her touch" Evening Standard "An elegant, witty and deeply perceptive book" Woman's Journal "Bubbly, amusing, touching, and ultimately poignant" Sunday Express --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very well done Nov. 7 2000
Format:Paperback
Dr. Archie Logan seems to have it all. He loves his wife Liza whom he met at her engagement party. Fascinated by her from the start, Archie ran a ten-day campaign to win her love. Now they have several children and seem like the ideal poster couple and family. Perhaps the only slight problem between them is that Liza feels excluded from Archie's incredible relationship with his father Andrew, a widower even though her in-law has clearly adopted her as a daughter.

However, Archie's perfect world shatters when Liza tells him that Andrew is bringing a woman, Marina de Breton, to their home after decades of parading no females around the family. Everyone else, including Archie's wife, children, and siblings find Marina charming. Archie acts jealous of the first intrusion into his relationship with his dad. However, Archie's behavior opens up the souls of everyone else, including his beloved Liza, that makes the middle aged country doctor reconsider his blindness towards the feelings of others.

A PASSIONATE MAN is a thought provoking relationship drama that centers on a good person learning that complacency can lead to negative feelings towards him. Archie is a warm, caring person, but loses perspective. His father's new situation forces him to look inside his own essence and conscience. The support cast provides more than depth by allowing the audience an opportunity to understand the inner workings of interpersonal feelings. Any one desiring a well written, conscience-rendering novel that scrubs away the armor of a human being will fully relish Joanna Trollope's mindbending tale.

Harriet Klausner
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fair to midling April 23 2001
Format:Paperback
Joanna Trollope strikes me as just a little too self-important and condescending. At the end of this book my main impression was, "So what?" I don't sense the empathy and compassion for humankind that is the mark of Anthony Trollope's books. In "A Passionate Man," the wife, Liza, is left, basically, without her dignity by story's end. The hero of our story, Archie, turns out to be not quite the perfect specimen we'd believe him to be at the beginning, but he's still not, in my view, compelling.
And why is Ms. Trollope so seemingly hostile toward the Church? If she's going to trade on her ancestor's name, she ought to show a little more ... hmmmm, if not respect, at least courtesy, to the institution Mr. Trollope portrayed with such clear-sighted affection.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A waste of time Nov. 2 2009
By Phoebe
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The two principal characters of Trollope's "A Passionate Man" are whiny and self-absorbed. I have yet to account for the word "passionate" in the title, as there is no passion in this banal and unengaging novel. I was very sorry that I wasted my time and money on what reads like the cheapest--and dullest--of supermarket fiction.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star July 18 2014
Format:Paperback
I don't know if I hate it or not - I'm waiting for the rest of my shipment!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very well done Nov. 7 2000
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Dr. Archie Logan seems to have it all. He loves his wife Liza whom he met at her engagement party. Fascinated by her from the start, Archie ran a ten-day campaign to win her love. Now they have several children and seem like the ideal poster couple and family. Perhaps the only slight problem between them is that Liza feels excluded from Archie's incredible relationship with his father Andrew, a widower even though her in-law has clearly adopted her as a daughter.

However, Archie's perfect world shatters when Liza tells him that Andrew is bringing a woman, Marina de Breton, to their home after decades of parading no females around the family. Everyone else, including Archie's wife, children, and siblings find Marina charming. Archie acts jealous of the first intrusion into his relationship with his dad. However, Archie's behavior opens up the souls of everyone else, including his beloved Liza, that makes the middle aged country doctor reconsider his blindness towards the feelings of others.

A PASSIONATE MAN is a thought provoking relationship drama that centers on a good person learning that complacency can lead to negative feelings towards him. Archie is a warm, caring person, but loses perspective. His father's new situation forces him to look inside his own essence and conscience. The support cast provides more than depth by allowing the audience an opportunity to understand the inner workings of interpersonal feelings. Any one desiring a well written, conscience-rendering novel that scrubs away the armor of a human being will fully relish Joanna Trollope's mindbending tale.

Harriet Klausner
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Barbara Cartland or Jane Austen? Aug. 10 2004
By Price Grisham - Published on Amazon.com
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I must confess that it was hard to put this book down; but once I actually did, I realized, with some sadness, that there was not as much to like about it as I had originally thought.

The writing itself is truly wonderful: where it is witty, you laugh out loud, and the lovely phrasing evokes effectively the atmosphere of an English village that is resisting suburban sprawl. (The local post-mistress is Mrs. Norris reincarnated.)

Oddly enough, however, I found the main characters not fully convincing, especially Archie. He seems to display classic symptoms of bi-polar syndrome at times: He is very kind and sensitive one moment--the next he is morally obtuse.

Liza, on the other hand, begins the novel by seeming mature and well-balanced, becomes dissatisfied with her life, gains some additional confidence, then completely crashes when her affair with a silly twit sputters out.

Marina seems charming and convincing until she allows her son-in-law to jump into bed with her; but surely she is far too sophisticated for this to be an unguarded acceptance. She must realize she is ruining her relationship with a family whom she has come to respect and love. Although she is generally kind and generous, this selfish act makes me think that no one but Austen's Mary Crawford (whom she so strongly resembles) might admire her.

Jane Austen herself, of course, is mentioned in the novel (or at least her tomb is); and while I suspect that she is not quite rolling beneath it as a result of The Passionate Man, she may have at least raised an ironical eyebrow.

For the humor and irony--the "exterior" qualifies--of Austen's works are reflected clearly in The Passionate Man; but Ms. Trollope's novel does seem to lack the inner foundation of Austen's novels, where her heroes and heroines' growing clarity in understanding both themselves and basic right and wrong is central. Mary Crawford didn't understand this.

Nor, apparently, does Archie; and one wonders what awaits him and his family in Scotland.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not sure Jan. 17 2013
By luckylast - Published on Amazon.com
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Not as good as Daughters in Law by the same author but OK. A reasonable holiday read but nothing to get over excited about
5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding a Passion March 4 2006
By Granny reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Joanna Trollope never fails to make a "right on the target" hit with her novels. A PASSIONATE MAN makes every nerve vibrate with feelings wrought with emotions. Her characters bring you tears through their pain and joy in their love. The story remains taunt with the revealing of truths felt both by women and the men they love. This is a love story honestly exposing our human aspects.
2.0 out of 5 stars The husband and Marina's episode I felt was put in at the last minute to expand the story - not a good write this time July 8 2014
By Nora - Published on Amazon.com
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I found Joanna Trollope's writing not her usual. Story was bland with little real interest. She did not portray depth in her expression of the relationships. The husband and Marina's episode I felt was put in at the last minute to expand the story - not a good write this time.
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