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Christmas at Thompson Hall brings together the best of the Christmas stories of Anthony Trollope, one of the most successful, prolific, and respected English novelists of the nineteenth century. Characterized by insightful, psychologically rich, and sometimes wryly humorous depictions of the middle class and gentry of Victorian England—and inspired occasionally by missivesChristmas at Thompson Hall brings together the best of the Christmas stories of Anthony Trollope, one of the most successful, prolific, and respected English novelists of the nineteenth century. Characterized by insightful, psychologically rich, and sometimes wryly humorous depictions of the middle class and gentry of Victorian England—and inspired occasionally by missives in the “lost letter” box of the provincial post office that Trollope ran—these tales helped to enshrine the traditions of the decorated Christmas tree, the holiday turkey, and the giving of store-bought gifts. Today, they open a window onto a time when carolers filled the streets and each house’s door displayed a wreath of evergreen boughs, a time at once distant and yet startlingly familiar.This collection includes:Christmas at Thompson Hall --Christmas day at Kirkby Cottage --The mistletoe bough --The two generals --Not if I know it....

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Christmas at Thompson Hall and Other Christmas Stories Reviews

  • Katie Lumsden
    2019-02-16 00:48

    I love Anthony Trollope very much and this is a lovely collection of Christmas stories, very festive, very enjoyable and very funny! My favourite was probably the title story.

  • Cyndi
    2019-02-14 00:41

    Mrs. Brown just wants to get to Thompson Hall for Christmas. Why must men keep trying to stop her? First Mr. Brown and then Mr. Jones.Cute little stories.

  • Tiffany Reisz
    2019-02-19 04:32

    Really enjoyed this novella collection. No standout stories like Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" but Trollope can write a wonderful little Christmas romance. I enjoy how much he cares about his female characters. He writes in their pov so well and seems to be deeply concerned about their happiness and welfare. No forced marriages in his stories. Only love matches are good enough for his young ladies. He gets the psychology of love just right too. Very impressive storyteller.

  • Katherine
    2019-01-23 22:38

    Overall rating: 2.5 out of 5 starsSynopsis: If it were possible to out-Griswald the Griswalds when it comes to Christmas drama, Anthony Trollope has managed to do it.Christmas at Thompson Hall- 4/5”She allowed herself to think of these coming comforts- of those comforts so sweet, if only they would come! She would be sitting in Christmas joy among all her uncles and cousins. Oh what a change from the Pandemonium; Christmas bliss of the home of the Thompsons!”And you thought you were eager to avoid the in-laws at Christmas. I demand that this story be turned into a silly BBC Christmas special. I have never laughed so hard at a short story in quite a while. This story was by far the best of the bunch because of both its hilarity and sheer wit. A married couple is arriving from France to spend Christmas with the wife’s family. The husband is eager to do anything and everything in his power to avoid going, so he exaggerates the cold he is having and asks his wife a very simple favor; could she possibly go down to the dining room and get some mustard to put on his neck? What happens next is a hilarious ode to holiday family drama served with dry wit, humor, and cheer. Christmas at Kirkby Cottage-2/5”Christmas a bore? No; a man who thought Christmas to be a bore should never be more to her than a mere acquaintance.”If you ever wondered what would happen if one person in a relationship hates Christmas but the other is a die-hard Christmas enthusiast… you’ll have your answer.It’s a hair-pulling answer though, because you’d have to give the women the benefit of the doubt. In the sense that once she finds out that her intended sweetheart doesn’t think too highly of the holiday, she calls off the engagement. Now, I know that a lot of things are dealbreakers in relationships; whether you want to have children, religious beliefs, allergies, intolerance of the in-laws. But I have yet to read about a relationship being totally called off because the other party doesn’t think too highly of a holiday. Now he wasn’t being mean about it; it’s just not his cup of tea. What made the story so annoying and unenjoyable for me was the fact that the woman in the story simply took what was a minor disagreement way too far. The Mistletoe Bough- 3/5”’Girls who are so intent upon knowing their own hearts generally end by knowing nobody’s hearts but their own.’”Tell him the TRUTH!!!!!!!!!A young girl makes a huge deal about not having mistletoe in her family home. Why? Because if it’s hanging there and the man she still has feelings for is still there, she’s be forced to kill him, wouldn’t she? And even though she jolly well likes him, her stubborn little ass self won’t admit to it. Literally everybody around her is yelling at her to just tell the poor dude that she does like him, but she’s rather commitmantphohic, but nope. She’s not about that life. While she wasn’t as bad as the protagonist in the former story, she wasn’t much better. There’s a difference between being entirely insufferable and having just a few quirks. Trollope manages to never draw a fine line between the two, swinging from one end to the other. The Two Generals-2.5/5”’Of what use is a house divided against itself? The boys would kill each other if they met.’It is very sad.’‘Sad! It is as though the Devil were let loose upon the earth- and so he is; so he is.’”Somebody page Patrick Swayze and James Read, cause they did it better.Two brothers who have feelings for the same woman are fighting on the opposite sides of the Civil War, with lukewarm results. Now, if you’re expecting the story to end the way you think it’s going to end, you’ll be sorely disappointed. I was more disappointed in the lack of general message of the story (and hardly any mention of Christmas, despite this being in a Christmas anthology). I found it to be rather boring, but I will have to give the author credit for writing so well about the Civil War from an Englishman’s perspective. Not If I Know It-2/5”’Men are curs because the other men think them so; women are angles sometimes, just because some loving husband like you tells them that they are.’”So far, we’ve had feuding spouses, feuding sweethearts, and feuding brothers. So why the hell stop there? Let’s have feuding brothers-in-laws instead. Trollope sure does love to trump the in-laws in his stories. Two-brothers-in-law have a quarrelsome disagreement on the holidays (of course), and proceed to act like man-babies for the rest of the story until their wives calm them down and make then see sensibly. My least favorite story of the book, and if you read it as well, you’ll probably see why. As much as I like to read about family drama, I don’t like to read about it when you take all the drama out of it.***************************A mish-mash of poorly executed Christmas stories with insurable main characters and boring storylines. Aside from recommending the very first story in this collection, I’d ‘Bah,Humbug’ this Christmas Classic in favor of Louisa May Alcott’s.

  • Ali
    2019-02-02 20:49

    I do like a Christmassy read – at this time of year – but with the weirdly warm and horribly wet weather in the UK, I needed some help in feeling at all Christmassy. Christmas at Thompson Hall & other Christmas stories looked like just the thing.These Penguin Christmas Classics are gorgeous – and I found myself seriously tempted by them last year. This year I gave in, treating myself to this collection of five stories by Anthony Trollope. There are four more books in this lovely little series, and I think there’s a high probability of my buying the rest of them in time for next Christmas.The collection put together just last year, but written in the late nineteenth century – comprises stories which humorously depict the English middle or upper classes of the nineteenth century. Told with Trollope’s familiar wit, they proved perfectly suited to my seasonal reading as they are traditionally Christmassy without being unpleasantly sentimental.Full review -

  • Katy
    2019-01-26 23:50

    My first Trollope -- nice Christmas short stories with a bit of 19th century romance.

  • Meg - A Bookish Affair
    2019-01-31 02:29

    This is the first time that I have read anything by Anthony Trollope. Yes, all the stories in this book are related to Christmas but perhaps more interestingly, they give really good insight into English society during Trollope's time.

  • Ange H
    2019-02-08 22:32

    I recently discovered Anthony Trollope and read what many considered his master work, "The Way We Live Now." That novel awed me, and I was eager to read more. The Christmas stories in this collection were obviously much lighter in scope but also quite enjoyable.

  • Beth Bonini
    2019-02-05 23:54

    I was watching A Room with a View this afternoon and it reminded me that I never reviewed this collection of stories. They are very attractively bundled into a "Christmas" collection, but they don't have all that much to do with Christmas. The titular story is mostly set in a Parisian hotel, and is really quite farcical, but at least the characters are trying to get back to Thompson Hall for a family celebration. I think that Trollope can be quite deep and perceptive, but he is definitely in skimming-on-the-surface mode in most of these stories. They are trifles, frankly, and a weak three star read for me. The reason that A Room with a View made me think of them is that the plot of that very charming film hinges on Lucy's (temporary) stubborn unwillingness to admit her love for George Emerson. Several of the stories in this collection have this same emotional pivot point, but with so much less charm and not nearly as interesting characters. I guess that young women didn't have a lot of power in 19th century England, and the power to say "No" was one of the few occasions on which the man had to play supplicant to the woman, but the plot line of "girl is vexed and always crying because she won't admit she is in love" is not the most interesting. I read these only a month ago and already they are fading from my consciousness. One of the stories, which certainly had a more interesting premise, involved two brothers in love with the same woman. Even more intriguingly, they are fighting on opposite sides in the Civil War. (Setting a novel in Kentucky, as opposed to his own fictional Barsetshire, was quite a departure for Trollope. And of course it's interesting to think about this gruesome Civil War playing out in his own time.). But despite the potential of that set-up, the story did very little for me - and strangely enough, had little dramatic power or tension. I hate to be a Trollope naysayer, but the best thing about this book is the gorgeous cover.

  • Joey Woolfardis
    2019-01-28 04:54

    Anthony Trollope has been on my radar ever since I became aware of the sheer number of books he'd written thanks to the many Trollope editions in the Oxford World Classics series and have been hankering for a taste ever since. Sadly, I didn't enjoy a single story, though there were many times-usually just a sentence here and there-that I could see potential and a humour that is to be found in Austen and Dickens. I am not naturally drawn to Christmas nor short stories and thus feel it is incredibly unkind to judge an author based solely on these particular ones and will reserve further judgement for something more substantial.Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest | Shop | Etsy

  • Mrs Mommy Booknerd
    2019-02-19 21:46

    Wow, the greatest in this book blows my mind. But that blows my mind even more is that I have never read this before. This is such a great collection of holiday cheer, with quick and easy to read stories. It has inspired me to want to carol around the neighborhood and to bring back the truest of traditions. All the stories highlight the true meaning of the season. It touched my heart in ways only old classics can...they reach a deeper and more meaningful part of your heart. I think that this is the perfect gift for book lovers for Christmas. It has 5 different stories and the cover is adorable for display.

  • Cindy
    2019-01-28 21:48

    I liked Christmas at Thompson Hall. It reminded me that we all have embarrassing times, but how do we handle it; run or confess. I also liked the Two Generals. I love Civil War stories and have always heard about the brother against brother conflicts. One for the South and the other for the North. The rest of the stories were slow and and I yawned through them. I have one criticism, the endings are not tied up very well. It almost seems like there should be some more pages to finish the story. This book did interest me in Anthony Trollope's writing and I will probably read some of his novels.

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    2019-02-14 02:31


  • Renee M
    2019-02-09 22:37

    My favorite is the title story. I was quite literally laughing aloud throughout. The other stories are also quite charming. Definitely a delight for the holidays.

  • Emma Holtrust
    2019-02-03 20:26

    CHRISTMAS FEELS: ★★★/5ROMANCE FEELS: ★★★/5CHARACTERS: ★★/5HUMOUR: ★★★★/5ORIGINALITY: ★★★★/5This Christmas book by Anthony Trollope exists of several short stories; the main one being Christmas at Thompson Hall. Though all five stories are slightly different, they are all in a very similar style and very distinctively by the same author. To review the book, I'll discuss each short story briefly.CHRISTMAS AT THOMPSON HALLThis is the main story of the collection and also by far the most original and funniest one. Though not very closely related to Christmas, it tells the journey of a married couple from their way to the south of France to their relatives in England to spend the holiday. They stay over in a hotel in Paris and what ensues is a collection of events that I can only imagine inspired Faulty Towers in a great deal.This short story is quintessentially British and the very "proper" way the upper-class characters try to respond to the worst misunderstandings would make anyone laugh. It is a very Dickensian story, as I actually think all of them are, connected by coincidences and plots driven by misunderstandings. Though the ending is fairly predictable, it added to the fun to know more than the characters do and to anticipate all the future misunderstandings they will endure.CHRISTMAS DAY AT KIRKBY COTTAGEThis might be my favourite story of the collection. A British family have a young neighbour staying with them and something grows between him and the eldest daughter. As expected, no one says anything about it and the two quarrel quite a bit while also trying to hide their feelings.I thought this story was very Christmas. Not only are there great descriptions of Christmas decorations in it, the idea of people confessing their true feelings during Christmas always makes me a little gushy. I enjoy the fact that the romance and the atmosphere of the holiday were so beautifully interwoven by Trollope's writing and I really enjoyed every single character in this short story. THE MISTLETOE BOUGHThe Mistletoe Bough is very similar to Christmas Day at Kirkby Cottage. We encounter a similar family and again see them through Christmas with the necessary romantic complications. The story revolves around the daughter and the impending Christmas visit of her former fiancé. They haven't seen each other since the engagement ended and are now reunited in the family home.Again, there are mixed feelings and misunderstandings between characters. This story was really very Christmas like and I enjoyed reading the descriptions of an English Victorian mansion during Christmas. However, the characters weren't as memorable as those in the previous two stories and the ending wasn't really that surprising at all.THE TWO GENERALSThis short story was my absolute favourite. Maybe it's because I was getting a bit tired of British people and their weird coincidences, or maybe it was just because it's an amazing story. The Two Generals takes place in Kentucky during the American civil war. Two brothers join the army; one on the Northern side and one on the Southern side. As you can expect, this causes a lot of tension in this household. Every Christmas, the brothers are home with their father and confronted about their differences. Add to that a woman they both love, and it's not exactly a merry Christmas each year. This story has some amazing storytelling and Trollope is really able to take a big historical event and make it more personal to the readers. You learn about history, while at the same time encountering my favourite characters from this collection of short stories. It didn't feel very Christmas like, probably because of the war situation, but the end does fill your heart and there's a great lesson about forgiveness and family in there.NOT IF I KNOW ITNot If I Know It is the shortest story of the collection and also the one that has least impressed me. It's about a British family that comes together for Christmas (I know, again) and a fight between two brothers-in-law whom are arguing about money - or at least one of them thinks they are, the other one thinks they're fighting for another reason. Thus story was only twenty pages long and again based on a misunderstanding that could have been fixed quite easily. Though it takes place on Christmas, the whole arguing about money put me straight out of the Christmas atmosphere. The ending is once again happy, but I really didn't relate to any character to be bothered about that. Compared to the other short stories, this one is definitely the one I'll forget.

  • Terra
    2019-02-07 01:37

    Trollope takes us into wonderful worlds that he creates in these five stories. I laughed out loud when reading the first one “Christmas at Thompson Hall” which involves an embarrassing mishap between strangers in a hotel room, and a dangerously hot mustard plaster. “The Two Generals” is about two brothers who fought in the United States Civil War on opposing sides, in “Not If I Know It” odd consequences arise from the saying of that innocent phrase. The book itself is pretty and will make a welcome gift. I plan to read this every year in December.

  • Julia Wilson
    2019-01-23 02:26

    These sweet little Christmas stories are perfect for December reading. I suspect I might re-read them ion the years to come.It only took three years for me to look longingly at this little book. I re-read these stories this Christmas season. The sly humor and happy endings made them perfect for this year.

  • Deborah
    2019-01-22 01:28

    I had never read a Trollope short story before this book. I normally prefer novels as I find short stories don't typically have the meatiness that I like. Trollope is different. The stories feel very complete and are beautifully written. They have wonderfully drawn characters. Definitely worth reading.

  • Kelly
    2019-02-19 03:33

    This a collection of 5 short stories. Two of the stories I enjoyed, one I didn't understand, and two were mediocre. Nevertheless, it fulfills one of my requirements for the 2016 book challenge (a book about Christmas), and has a lovely cover that would cheerfully grace any coffee table during the Christmas season.

  • Lavender Dreamer
    2019-01-23 23:27

    Very good book for Christmastime!

  • Terri
    2019-02-03 01:38

    My favorites were the title story, The Two Generals, and Not If I Know It. The setting of The Two Generals was a surprise!

  • Sonia Gensler
    2019-01-30 03:36

    Such gorgeous packaging, but the stories were a little disappointing.

  • Denlillebogblog
    2019-02-08 02:46

    2½ star.

  • Gabi Coatsworth
    2019-02-05 21:38

    For lovers of Trollope, a set of Christmas stories that showcase his kindly but piercing eye for human foibles. Perfect for taking one away to a simpler time.

  • Dianne
    2019-02-13 22:41

    This little book contains five of Anthony Trollope's Christmas stories. I enjoyed the lack of sugary sweetness usually found in Christmas stories and I find Trollope's Victorian language lovely.The first story is Christmas at Thompson Hall, about a husband and wife trying (well she's trying, he's fighting it) to get from France to England to join their family for Christmas.The second is Christmas Day at Kirkby Cottage, about a young couple who are meant to be together but have trouble communicating their feelings for each other.The third story is The Mistletoe Bough, about a young man and woman who meet again two years after her father told the young man she was too young to be thinking about marriage.The fourth is The Two Generals in which brothers fight on opposite sides in the American Civil War. It was refreshing to read a Christmas story not focused on a romantic relationship.The final story is Not If I Know It, about brothers-in-law whose relationship is threatened by a few hastily spoken words.Anyone looking for something seasonal and easy to read in the busy month of December would probably enjoy this.

  • Karen
    2019-02-09 02:30

    I enjoyed this collection of Christmas-themed short stories. I hadn't read any of Trollope's short stories before and while of course they don't offer the scope and depth of his novels, they still feature his excellent writing and some of his thoughtful characterizations. The title story is very funny and I also particularly liked "The Two Generals," as I'd never read any Trollope set n America before, and that plus the conflict between the two brothers made it very interesting.

  • Cherie
    2019-02-05 01:54

    Generally enjoyable, but I think the collection would have been better left at just the first three of the tales. They were humorous, and told an interesting story. The last two were... baffling. They were vaguely set at Christmas, but beyond that, they had nothing to recommend them.

  • Kathryn Pokarier
    2019-01-24 03:41

    Trollope is one of my favourite authors . I enjoyed most of the stories but feel that his genius lies in the development of characters and plots in his ( lengthy) novels.The wry wit is still evident and I loved the term”philomartyrdom “!

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  • Bethany
    2019-02-10 02:44

    The title story was fantastic, the rest were just okay.