Barchester Towers (2019)

Barchester Towers Anthony Trollope Barchester Towers Trollope s comic masterpiece of plotting and backstabbing opens as the Bishop of Barchester lies on his deathbed Soon a pitched battle breaks out over who will take power involving among others the
  • Title: Barchester Towers
  • Author: Anthony Trollope
  • ISBN: 9781406923049
  • Page: 301
  • Format: Paperback
Barchester Towers Anthony Trollope Trollope s comic masterpiece of plotting and backstabbing opens as the Bishop of Barchester lies on his deathbed Soon a pitched battle breaks out over who will take power, involving, among others, the zealous reformer Dr Proudie, his fiendish wife and the unctuous schemer Obadiah Slope Barchester Towers is one of the best loved novels in Trollope s Chronicles of BarsetshTrollope s comic masterpiece of plotting and backstabbing opens as the Bishop of Barchester lies on his deathbed Soon a pitched battle breaks out over who will take power, involving, among others, the zealous reformer Dr Proudie, his fiendish wife and the unctuous schemer Obadiah Slope Barchester Towers is one of the best loved novels in Trollope s Chronicles of Barsetshire series, which captured nineteenth century provincial England with wit, worldly wisdom and an unparalleled gift for characterization It is the second book in the Chronicles of Barsetshire.
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  1. Petra X

    This is hilarious The odious Mr Slope slimes his way through the upper class elements of the church looking for power and patronage and love in a village where nothing ever happens It s not so much a question of will he won t he, how much will he dare and who will fall for it There s also an interesting character reversal in the Bishop s wife, Mrs Proudie, a strict sabbatarian who seeks to convert others to that practice However, her esteem for the Church is far less than her esteem for hersel [...]

  2. Melindam

    There is no happiness in love, except at the end of an English novel A visit to Victorian England indulging myself with another re read of the delightful Barchester Towers.A new bishop is coming to town the fictional Barchester in the fictional Barsetshire greatly disturbing the stagnant water of long standing clerical balance in the diocese Almost instantly HOLY WAR is declared between resident clergymen High Church lead by Archdeacon Grantly, who got disappointed in his hope of becoming the ne [...]

  3. Cecily

    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 most minor characters are too comic for the style of the novel eg farmers Greenacre Topsoil Drs Fillgrave, Rerechild, Lamda Mewnew Omicron Pie Revs Brown, White, Grey Green aspirational Lookalofts Rev Quive [...]

  4. Proustitute

    It is with great regret that I assign my dear Trollope a mere four stars really four and a half stars To me, the most shameful part of being slightly disappointed in Barchester Towers was just how much weight is given to the novel not only in terms of Trollope s own oeuvre, but in terms of Victorian literature generally With that said, though, having read around and dappled in work of his both in and outside the Chronicles of Barsetshire, I found Barchester Towers lacking in what for me is what [...]

  5. David

    With this, his fifth novel, and second in the Barsetshire series, Trollope hits his stride This is Trollope at his best It is the favorite novel of many Trollope nuts, and certainly one of my favorites If you read the Barsetshire novels in order as I recommend you do , you will start with The Warden, a much inferior novel but fortunately one of Trollope s shortest , but when you get to Barchester Towers, it will all have been worth it.

  6. Henry Avila

    Barchester Towers,is the second, in the six Barsetshire novels, by Anthony Trollope.Set in a sleepy cathedral town, in mid nineteenith century England.Eleanor Bold, rich young pretty widow of John Bold , is feeling lonely but has a baby son, to look after Not to worry , she will have three suitors soon Wonder why When a new bishop comes to the small city,Dr.Proudie brings Rev Slope.An ambitious clergyman , who doesn t care how he achieves wealth and power first suitor.The Archdeacon DR Grantly , [...]

  7. Ailsa

    There is, perhaps, no greater hardship at present inflicted on mankind in civilised and free countries than the necessity of listening to sermons A new bishop comes to Barchester Accompanied by his domineering wife and ambitious chaplain, they thoroughly upset the way things are done in the sleepy cathedral town Old vs new High church vs low Battle lines are drawn and a power struggle between squabbling clergymen begins.Less dry and amusing than expected Archdeacon Grantly is a personal favouri [...]

  8. Paul

    The second book in the Barsetshire series is just as witty and hard to dislike as the first It s also got a complex and interesting plot than the first book, which was great I m happy to say Trollope continues his endearing habit of breaking the fourth wall, too.Honestly, I d have given this great book five stars if it weren t for the fact that the author spends far too much time recapping a better word might be rehashing the events of the previous book Still, I enjoyed this a great deal and w [...]

  9. Ellie

    Barchester Towers is the second volume in Anthony Trollope s Barsetshire series, a series that follows the somewhat sedate adventures of clergyman and their wives in mid 19th century England But,in fact, despite the distance of time and space, the characters and their interactions are not as far away as one might think Mr Harding was pushed out of his position as Warden in the previous volume called, not surprisingly, The Warden The position is now available again but the new Bishop and his horr [...]

  10. Laura

    4.5 stars Loved it I picked this up at my lunch break and couldn t put it down until I finished I wish I could explain what a great author Anthony Trollope is I am a Dickens and Austen fan, but always assumed Trollope was just a little bit stuffy and a drag to read I m very glad to be wrong Trollope has a great sense of humor and will even throw unexpected spoilers quite early on in the book But his characters are so real and full of depth that even if you know the heroine doesn t marry person X [...]

  11. Jane

    The first time I started reading Barchester Towers it failed to capture me, and to I put the book to one side When I came back to it later, having not read any Trollope for quite some time and rather missing him, I was smitten And I think that proves that even the greatest authors, even favourite novelists, need to be matched to your reading mood This story begins not long after the end of the story told in The Warden ends at a time when much remains the same, but some changes have happened and [...]

  12. Resh (The Book Satchel)

    Barchester Towers is second in the series of The Barsetshire Chronicles by Anthony Trollope, a series of six novels, set in the fictitious English county of Barsetshire and its cathedral town of Barchester The position of Warden at Hiram s Hospital is still unoccupied at the beginning of the novel The Bishop of Barchester is on his deathbed Several people have their eyes on the Bishop s chair including Mr Harding s son in law and the Archdeacon, Dr Grantly However, much to the dismay of many, Dr [...]

  13. aPriL does feral sometimes

    If the disputes of life and politics are getting you down, may I suggest a light 1857 comedy of manners, Barchester Towers Although it is book 2 in The Barchester Chronicles, it can be read as a standalone There are a few threads carried over from the first book in the series, The Warden, but they are merely harmonies to the melody of the events of love and ambition which are the primary interests in this novel.Although what is chronicled are the political and opportunistic passions of various c [...]

  14. Susan in NC

    I really enjoyed The Warden , the first in the series, which prompted me to read Barchester Towers I have since picked up the next two in the series at our local used book store the one I took you to, Jul because I ve enjoyed this one so much I love these books for the same reason I love Austen, or Benson s Lucia books, or Georgette Heyer, or Wodehouse, or so many other English authors because of the humor, the warmth, the wonderful social satire and characterizations, and, of course, the dialog [...]

  15. Jaylia3

    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 clergy The story is full of clever, often laugh out loud asides by a very present, quite friendly, somewhat cozy omniscient narrator who frequently parses the actions, thoughts, and feelings of the char [...]

  16. Ursula

    Trollope is the answer to the equation Miss Manners Vonnegut Austen Manners satire with the typical pink bow silk ribbon, of course happy endings made famous by Mr Popular Sentiment.

  17. Veronique

    4.5 It is astonishing how much difference the point of view makes in the aspect of all we look at After having experienced Trollope for the first time in The Warden, I was interested to see how this second novel in the Chronicles of Barchester would fare Well, let me tell you that this is a much better read, and a humorous one at that Oh and you don t need to have read the first to enjoy this one.The story picks up not long after the events of the first book Some of the same characters reappear, [...]

  18. Joy

    This is my first Trollope and I was truly pleased with it His wry humor is very amusing Trollope is a great observer and describer of personality I feel that many of his characters could fit into novels or TV shows of modern day manners I recently took the book on vacation and heard stories of my friends social life in a wealthy gated community at the same time I was reading about Miss Thorne s party and how she struggled to keep the Quality separated from the working people the former on the la [...]

  19. Arwen

    Trollope is a writer I turn to when I want to feel that all s right with the world I read The Warden the first of the Barsetshire Chronicles years ago and fell instantly in love I was sidetracked by the Palliser novels, and am now happily returning to Barchester Barchester Towers is chock full of wonderful characters, from the deliciously slithery Mr Slope, to the ever gentle but stubborn Eleanor Bold Trollope captures the intricacy of human character and emotion as any writer I ve ever read Thi [...]

  20. Suzanne

    Sighlovely good fun I could write so much about Trollope s treatment of women but it would rambling and only halfway reasoned so I ll spare you from having to even skip it.

  21. Michael

    Funny, witty, filled with engaging characters and written with an assured hand and full command of the English language, Barchester Towers is Anthony Trollope at the top of his game Once again the writer has provided a cast of fascinating female characters For the most part, they drive the narrative and the men in their lives A most enjoyable read, probably my favorite Trollope to date Cheers

  22. Hugo Emanuel

    Barchester Towers uma s tira social que se debru a sobre uma guerra de vontades e influ ncia travada por uma s rie de cl rigos e as suas esposas numa pequena prov ncia Apesar de apresentar uma ideia com consider vel potencial, a forma como o enredo avan a de tal modo laboriosa e excessivamente alongada que me deixou frequentemente impaciente apesar de tudo persisti, embora n o sinto que tenha beneficiado tremendamente por o ter feito N o se entenda que pretendo sugerir que o livro desprovido de [...]

  23. Laurel Hicks

    Much of Trollope takes place inside the heads of the author narrator and his characters I like that Trollope is a good companion.

  24. Sketchbook

    Unhand me, sir, belches Mrs Proudie when a pal tries to release her tangled frock I plan to finish this 1,000 pager when I m a castaway in the Azores Islands.

  25. Jessica

    I came into this book completely blind I only wanted to read a book by Anthony Trollope, because I never had before, and I had heard that his Barsetshire Chronicles were considered his best So voila, here I am So First of all, I know diddly poop about the Anglican church I do not know the difference between High Church and Low Church, or between a vicar and a dean or what a prebendary is I know enough to get by reading Jane Austen, or to get a laugh of out of the Tarts Vicars party in Bridget Jo [...]

  26. Jane

    Where I got the book audiobook on Audible I swear Audible is keeping me going these days I bought this book because it s reputed to be Trollope at his finest Not having read that cynical old Victorian for some twenty five years and having only read some of his purely political London based novels, it felt a little different to be suddenly immersed in the far restrained politics of clergymen in a small cathedral town So it was a little while before I found my feet and then suddenly I remembered [...]

  27. Tim

    This is like it The Warden, though a short book, is mediocre, hamstrung by a poor second half That first book in the Barchester series probably has kept many people from continuing with Trollope That would be a shame Trollope realizes his potential with the second Barsetshire book, Barchester Towers It s a delight in every way.Trollope s penchant for speaking to his readers, repeatedly and humorously pointing out that this is a novel, should be off putting, but isn t He even points out, in effe [...]

  28. Greg

    I won t marry one a wife without money wives with money a nt so easy to get now a days the parsons pick them all up This is a funny, beautifully written novel The plot flows perfectly to a happy ending for all the characters even the singular bad guy does well at the end It s as if Trollope wishes good things for all people He writes of Mrs Proudie the mover and shaker of the town , our prayers for her are that she may live forever I enjoyed the first of this series, The Warden but Barchester To [...]

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