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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Distribution Limited; New edition edition (March 25 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747519293
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747519294
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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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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"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." —Internet Book Watch --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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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By A. Spence on April 23 2001
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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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By Phoebe on Nov. 2 2009
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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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By Carol Young on July 18 2014
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I don't know if I hate it or not - I'm waiting for the rest of my shipment!
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
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
Barbara Cartland or Jane Austen? Aug. 10 2004
By Price Grisham - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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.
Head and shoulders above the usual "chick lit" - EXcellent Dec 2 2012
By Timothy J. Bazzett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've been a closet fan of Joanna Trollope since the early 90s when I happened across her The Men and the Girls: A Novel and have read probably a half dozen of her novels since then and enjoyed every one. But I hadn't read any of her stuff for several years. A PASSIONATE MAN is one of her early ones I'd somehow missed, first published in 1990. It measures up to her high standards of what I call "very high level chick lit" with a fine veneer of British-ness. It's a story of a good solid marriage that encounters serious problems a dozen years along. There is real tragedy here, in the story of Liza and Archie Logan, as well as some marital infidelity, child-rearing problems, village politics and other stuff. But Trollope takes her fiction seriously and there are some very deep truths revealed along the way. Here's one sample, in a grief-stricken Archie's denunciation of organized religion to a well-meaning but clueless clergyman -

"Christ! Don't you even know what religion means? Are you so hidebound by your colourless bureaucratic orthodoxy that religion only means to you this frightful modern Church with its doggerel hymns and playschool prayers? ... Religion, Colin, is an awakened sense of some great controlling force, an awareness that above or beyond there is not just a freedom but a fulfilment. And this awareness of power and possibility makes us strive ever onwards, morally, emotionally, spiritually. What on earth has such a concept to do with the dreary pen-pushing second-rate God you want to offer me?"

On, another example, when Archie, a doctor, sits at the bedside of a dying patient -

"... in the queer, sweet peace of being alone with the last minutes of Granny Mossop's life. And, when the end came and she died with no commotion, he did not stir for some moments. He did not want to. He wanted simply to go on sitting there, in that same suspended time that had no measure, and breathe in the momentousness of her little, silent ceasing to be ... He did not want to let go. He wanted this curious time that was no time to go on and on until he could be sure what it was that he had learned, until he could articulate it as well as feel. There was no hurry to let go. There was nothing else to do. This time was the only thing that mattered, and it was quite outside human things, worldly things."

And later on, following other major and wrenching upheavals in his personal life, Archie remembers this and reflects upon the fact that "the human heart possesses a muscle as elastic as it is enduring, as unpredictable in its behaviour as it is reliable in its need for reassurance."

Trollope's work, obviously, is head and shoulders above the usual "chick lit" genre. It is, even with her trademark drollery and lighter moments, serious - and excellent - fiction. Try any of her modern novels. They are all great.

- Tim Bazzett, author of the memoir, BOOKLOVER
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
not sure Jan. 17 2013
By luckylast - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Not as good as Daughters in Law by the same author but OK. A reasonable holiday read but nothing to get over excited about
Loved it Sept. 4 2011
By Debra123purple - Published on Amazon.com
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Joanna Trollope writes so beautifully, I find it almost impossible not to enjoy one of her contemporary novels. Her subject matter is quite mundane in a way and the plots are of really quite commonplace events, but her characters are so finely drawn and insightfully portrayed, one can't help but become absorbed in the story, and sympathise with all the characters. 'A Passionate Man' was no exception. The story of an unusually close relationship between adult father and son, and what happens when the father remarries and then dies held me rivetted from beginning to end. As with Joanna Trollope's other books, one finds oneself feeling somewhat bereft when the book ends and dying to hear of the next phase in the lives of the characters- a testament to the quality of the writing.

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