The Small House at Allingham is the fifth book in Anthony Trollope's Barsetshire series. The plot is unspectacular, and does not require a familiarity with the other books in the series but for lovers of Trollope, the ability to understand the drama and heroism of ordinary life, as well as its tedium, pettiness, and villainy, will always be his special appeal.

This novel is perhaps slow to seize the reader's interest but in the end the volume acquires a remarkable momentum from the progress of its various subplots and possesses in the final two hundred pages a sort of urgency in its narrative momentum that carries it briskly along.

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