Barchester Towers (Chronicles of Barsetshire, #2)
"Barchester Towers", Trollope's most popular novel, is the second of the six "Chronicles of Barsetshire." "The Chronicles" follow the intrigues of ambition and love in the cathedral town of Barchester. Trollope was of course interested in the Church, that pillar of Victorian society - in its... show more
"Barchester Towers", Trollope's most popular novel, is the second of the six "Chronicles of Barsetshire." "The Chronicles" follow the intrigues of ambition and love in the cathedral town of Barchester. Trollope was of course interested in the Church, that pillar of Victorian society - in its susceptibility to corruption, hypocrisy, and blinkered conservatism - but the Barsetshire novels are no more 'ecclesiastical' than his Palliser novels are 'political'. It is the behaviour of the individuals within a power structure that interests him. In this novel, Trollope continues the story of Mr Harding and his daughter Eleanor, adding to his cast of characters that oily symbol of progress Mr Slope, the hen-pecked Dr Proudie, and the amiable and breezy Stanhope family. The central questions of this moral comedy - who will be warden? Who will be dean? Who will marry Eleanor? - are skilfully handled with that subtlety of ironic observation that has won Trollope such a wide and appreciative readership.
Publish date: July 16th 1998
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Pages no: 388
Edition language: English
As amusing as it was to read, The Warden was a straight-faced prelude to this extravagant romp through the parlors of the Anglican gentry. One should read the two together as the question of Hiram's Hospital and the wardenship are prime concerns in the greater game being played for control of the di...
Trollope seems to be having a lot of fun in this second novel of his Chronicles of Barsetshire series making it an entertaining, almost light, book for this reader in spite of the length and the somewhat heavy issue the plot revolves around--the heated battles between England’s low and high church c...
This is one of those books on which it is impossible to have an original opinion; however, as someone who has never actually watched a television adaptation, but nonetheless grew up in the television age, I must say I was repeatedly struck by how well this seemed as if it would adapt to TV. The set ...
The 2nd in Anthony Trollope's Barchester series, this Victorian novel revolves around the plotting and drama that occurs when the Bishop of Barchester dies and a successor must be chosen. Trollope subtly mocks the church system of Victorian England and presents a very readable (or listenable) socia...
The 2nd Barchester novel. Some of the church politics is rather too esoteric (but less than The Warden), but mostly it is charming, astutely ascerbic and amusing, yet also a little twee. But Eleanor is a feisty and somewhat unconventional heroine for a male writer of Trollope's time. The names of m...