It was so hard that the pleasant waters of his little stream should be disturbed and muddied at his quiet paths should be made a battlefield that the unobtrusive corner of the world which been allotted to him de miserable and unsound.Trollope s witty, satirical story of a quiet cathedral town shaken by scandal as the traditional values of Septimus Harding ar It was so hard that the pleasant waters of his little stream should be disturbed and muddied at his quiet paths should be made a battlefield that the unobtrusive corner of the world which been allotted to him de 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 It is the first book in the Chronicles of Barsetshire.
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There is tranquility in a second hand bookshop Libraries are quiet because they must be This is different A kind of peace Whatever it is, it suits me I feel at home It could just be the dust Anyway, there I was kneeling in the art books, pulling them out and pushing them back Have it, read it, not interested I made my way down the row that way and swung round to continue on the shelf behind me It was low It was low and I am short and on hands and knees I still had to bend down to see I was Carte [...]
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Book Circle Reads 155Rating 3.5 of five 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 My review lives on my blog, out of reach of data deleting megacorps.
Very enjoyable book that is concerned about people putting their great big feet in puddles before ascertaining their depth It s very cleverly worked out and contains just the amount of love and romance to drive the plot forward Like most of Trollope s Barchester series, it is somewhat a comedy of manners and enjoyable for that.Recommended to those who like the classics and have a certain fondness for schadenfreude even though they know they shouldn t.
I m going to clamp down my opening paragraph with a SPOILER because I reveal in generalities how the book endswhich is kind of important I guess view spoiler Who doesn t love a happy ending Apparently Anthony Trollope I didn t realize how use to them I ve become, because I was pretty surprised when it happened Surprises in books are usually a good thing, but here it felt flat hide spoiler The Warden is the tale of a man who took his due and then developed a guilty conscience over it Septimus Har [...]
I am not sure what to write of as a review.To escape such confused state, it is better to state everything in bullets It is a story of a man who listens to his conscience even when it means to lose everything most of all, his income It is a story of wonderful relationships the friendship between the Warden and the Archbishop the filial affection between a father and a daughter the Warden and his daughter, Eleanor challenging love between lovers Eleanor and Bold a fascinating relationship between [...]
I have finally introduced myself to Anthony Trollope, and I can say with a smile that I am very happy to have made his acquaintance A friend suggested I start with The Warden and I believe it to be advice well taken.The Warden of this novel is Mr Harding, a kindly and good man, who is overseer to a group of bedesmen whose care has been provided for in the will of a long deceased gentleman The church tends the property left in the will and provides for the care of the men out of the proceeds, whi [...]
Here s proof that you can read a Trollope during a cross country flight That s a testament to the quality of Trollope s writing as well as the unusual brevity of this story Still, there were a handful of wonderfully developed characters and a display of what the English language can be Here s just a brief example In the world Dr Grantly never lays aside that demeanor which so well becomes him, He has all the dignity of an ancient saint with the sleekness of a modern bishop he is always the same [...]
Irruzione nella vita di provinciaPer chi desidera una lettura di qualit , gradevole e rilassante, Trollope un autore sicuramente raccomandabile.Scrittore d et vittoriana, rappresenta squarci di vita privata e sociale in modo realistico nel contempo per , in linea con con la grande tradizione letteraria inglese, la sua prosa ci offre uno stile lieve, gradevolissimo, venato di sottile umorismo a differenza di qualche celebre collega francese coevo, insomma, non tale da bloccare la digestione L amm [...]
I ve been on for nearly two years now where has the time gone yet I m doing something for the very first time with this book reading something has recommended to me I ve read lots of books that were recommended to me by my GR friends but this is the first one I ve read that was recommended by GR itself To paraphrase You liked Oliver Twist so you may also like The Chronicles of Barchester of which this is the first book.Well I am happy to say that you were right I did enjoy this book, so thanks f [...]
This was only my second book by Trollope, but I was surprised by how easy and often witty a read it was There were bits that felt a little plodding, and frankly the plot itself is hardly going to be an action movie, but as a piece of satire, it was clever and well paced Looking forward to the next book in the Chronicles of Barsetshire Find reviews and bookish fun at princessandpen
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Other then Septimius character and a few tidbits here and there, this was boring as fuck I realize that that isn t the most appropriate criticism but ultimately, that was still my reaction to this book.
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Activists and budding political strategists of all stripes should read The Warden by Anthony Trollope The plot revolves around characters who are ideologically opposed to each other We would label the antagonists conservatives and progressives today They do combat with each through the media newspapers and England s House of Lords of 1855 when the book was published , but caught in the middle are unsophisticated non political small town villagers of England, interested only in community and marr [...]
3.5 stars My first Trollope I was warned not to start with this one, as it is a bit dry, and that s no lie It is all about church politics and there is a Point, and at times, you are beaten over the head with it until you lose the will to press on But then that chapter ends, and Trollope moves back into the lives of the Warden and his surrounding family and friends, and things pick up again The audio narrator for my library s cd copy was Simon Vance, who did a wonderful job He changes voices so [...]
Poor Warden What did he do to deserve to be treated so cruelly An innocent man, accused of misallocating funds from the inheritance of the hospital that he administrates, faces litigation from his future son in law The Warden s story is such a tragedy So much so that many Trollope readers consider this to be the worst story in the Barchester Chronicles series Well, I do agree that this story suffers from simplicity Fortunately it was written by Anthony Trollope so what it loses in substance it m [...]
The 1st Barchester novel More political than Barchester Towers and with a much smaller cast Mostly concerning the validity or otherwise of Mr Harding s generous remuneration for being warden of Hiram s Hospital and how that debate affects the burgeoning relationship between his younger daughter Eleanor, and the campaigning John Bold Interestingly modern twist of layers of stories the basic plot is a parody of real events and in the story a fictionalised Dickens Mr Popular Sentiment writes a stor [...]
That went much too quickly I m afraid I ate it in the manner called Full American as rapidly as possible without pausing even to breathe I kid, of course But, only sort of.I had already read this book for a literature class in college, theoretically That is, I answered many essay questions about it and may have even written about it in a paper However, there is nothing familiar in it that suggests I ever actually opened the book My loss entirely It is marvelous If you read it for no other reason [...]
I ve always resisted the idea of Trollope But this book has changed my opinion It s a kind, generous, humane book generous to a fault I ve never seen a book where the concluding chapter tells you the bad guy isn t really as bad as he seems The writing is mostly clean and simple like Jane Austen though not as clever than Thomas Carlyle who is parodied in one of the book s less memorable moments , or even Dickens The story of a weak, easily led Anglican clergyman who is driven by his conscience t [...]
Arguto e di gradevolissima lettura Credo legger anche gli altri romanzi di Barchester.
3.5What is any public question but a conglomeration of private interests After nearly ten years of wanting to read this novel, and try Trollope, I have finally managed it I don t know why I was so hesitant This is a good Victorian novel, admitedly not my favourite, but worth reading nonetheless.The story revolves around the question of the possible misuse of charitable funds The reformer side is personalised by Mr Bold, while the holder of the warden position is Mr Harding Both sides are shown v [...]
The Warden is the first book in the Chronicles of Barsetshire that is regarded as Anthony Trollope s finest work This book was first published in 1855 and is set in the fictitious province of Barsetshire and is a story of a clergyman in cathedral town of Barchester Book CoverAs goes for all the classics, the cover is beautiful So, no complaints here.PlotThe story is of Septimus Harding, a clergymen who is living a peaceful and happy life as a Warden of Hiram s Hospital and as the precentor of Ba [...]
Where I got the book audiobook on Audible.This is the first novel in the Barchester Chronicles attentive friends may remember that I listened to the second novel, Barchester Towers, first, loved it and then found it was the abridged version grrrr and decided to go back to the beginning and listen to the whole series, unabridged There are several different audio versions available, and after listening to the samples I opted for this one, narrated by David Shaw Parker who does a nice job.It s a si [...]
The Warden, melancholy story of Septimus Harding,Church of England clergyman, in the fictitious cathedral town of Barchester Winchester in reality Britain ,the middle of the 19th century andthis quiet little city exists, because of the cathedral, and is dominated by the clergy.In 1434 a wealthy merchant John Hiram died, and left in his will land , to support twelve retired old men from Barchester.A hospital nursing home was to be built, the church to administer it by appointing a warden Four hun [...]
This was my first Trollope It concerns Septimus Harding, the warden of an almshouse, whose remuneration comes under question from John Bold Unlike Dickens we have no villains Septimus is guilt ridden that he may have unwittingly been doing something wrong, or even seen to be wrong Even his son in law, Dr Grantly, who comes across as a bit of a tyrant and who advises Septimus to stick to his guns throughout the novel, is still very human and it s this aspect of Trollope s writing that greatly app [...]
It has taken me far too long to get to Anthony Trollope, though I did read The American Senator a couple of years ago Part of this year s reading plan such as it is is to read The Chronicles of Barsetshire The first volume is The Warden and its central character is Septimus Harding, the Warden of what is in effect a retirement home for 12 old men of the city who are no longer able to work and support themselves He is a gentle and sensitive man, ill equipped to deal with the storm which breaks ov [...]
THE WARDEN 1855 Anthony Trollope I last read this novel ready fifty years ago I remembered liking it at the time, but it was probably too slow of a read for me then Reading it now, I can better appreciate skill with plot and character, and have the patience for a slow read This edition the one I read not the one pictured was from The Folio Society in 1995, and contains an introduction by Owen Chadwick and illustrations by Alexy Pendle The novel was the first in Trollope s Barchester Chronicles, [...]