The book centers on the character of Mr. Harding, a clergyman of great personal integrity, whose charitable income far exceeds the purpose for which it was intended. Young John Bold turns his reforming zeal to exposing what he considers to be an abuse of privilege, despite being in love with Mr.... show more
The book centers on the character of Mr. Harding, a clergyman of great personal integrity, whose charitable income far exceeds the purpose for which it was intended. Young John Bold turns his reforming zeal to exposing what he considers to be an abuse of privilege, despite being in love with Mr. Harding's daughter Eleanor. The novel was highly topical as a case regarding the misapplication of church funds was the scandalous subject of contemporary debate. But Trollope uses this specific case to explore and illuminate the universal complexities of human motivation and social morality. This edition includes an introduction and notes by David Skilton and illustrations by Edward Ardizzone.
Publish date: July 23rd 1998
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Pages no: 336
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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