'It was so hard that the pleasant waters of his little stream should be disturbed and muddied ... that his quiet paths should be made a battlefield: that the unobtrusive corner of the world which been allotted to him ... made miserable and unsound' Trollope's witty, satirical story of a quiet... show more
'It was so hard that the pleasant waters of his little stream should be disturbed and muddied ... that his quiet paths should be made a battlefield: that the unobtrusive corner of the world which been allotted to him ... made miserable and unsound'
Trollope's witty, satirical story of a quiet cathedral town shaken by scandal - as the traditional values of Septimus Harding are attacked by zealous reformers and ruthless newspapers - is a drama of conscience that pits individual integrity against worldly ambition. In The Warden Anthony Trollope brought the fictional county of Barsetshire to life, peopled by a cast of brilliantly realised characters that have made him among the supreme chroniclers of the minutiae of Victorian England.
re of the cathedral town of Barchester
Publish date: 2016-03-03
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 224
Edition language: English
Series: The Chronicles of Barsetshire (#1)
A 19th century novel about the Church and how it rewarded its personnel, about possible injustices and the legal battle to restore rights to the almspeople. It is also a satire and critical of Carlyle and Dickens and the Times newspaper.I found it a little tedious as it's really a single-plot novel,...
What kept me apart from Mr. Trollope for so long? I've had the Modern Library combined edition of Barchester Towers and The Warden for ages, and after beginning it, and falling in love, found a complete set of the Barchester Chronicles bound in red leather at the local antique store. The universe wa...
With a small town Victorian setting, the fictional Barsetshire, and an appealing somewhat Austen-like cast of characters, Trollope's novel The Warden illustrates just how complicated reforming a centuries old church policy can be, even when everyone involved has valid concerns and mostly the best of...
Good, solid Victorian stodge. The kind of book you read when you're glutted with silly, vapid "reality" stuff and need a bit of the reality fiction of its day. http://tinyurl.com/n398368 My review lives on my blog, out of reach of data-deleting megacorps.
Enjoyed this very much, my only quibble being that it didn't have much of a shape to it. A problem was presented, the nature of the problem was addressed at length, from various points of view, and a decision was taken, but, after all the examination of the emotions leading up to the decision, there...
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