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The Last Chronicle of Barset (Chronicles of Barsetshire #6)

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Anthony Trollope was a masterful satirist with an unerring eye for the most intrinsic details of human behavior and an imaginative grasp of the preoccupations of nineteenth-century English novels. In The Last Chronicle of Barset, Mr. Crawley, curate of Hogglestock, falls deeply into debt, bringing suffering to himself and his family. To make matters worse, he is accused of ...more
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Published October 29th 2002 by Penguin Classics (first published 1867)
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Apr 01, 2008 Jessica rated it it was amazing
This is dessert, the reward for having read the first five books of Barset. If Tennyson asks to see "the exact spot where Louisa Musgrove fell" in Lyme, then take me to the cathedral in Barset, so I may look at the memorial to Septimus Harding and pay my respects. I forgive Archdeacon Grantly everything for giving Mr. Crawley his father's book of sermons. And Johnny Eames and Lily Dale! Did M.D. ruin their chances? And Mrs. Proudie! Rally, bishop, rally. And the Dickensian Mr. Togood, surely an ...more
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This is the final book in Anthony Trollope's Barchester Chronicles and many of the characters from both "The Small House at Allington" and "Framley Parsonage" return to finish his story of Barsetshire life set between 1855 and 1867. These 4 episodes focus in part on the story of the proud but impoverished vicar of Hogglestock, Josiah Crawley and the accusation that he has stolen and cashed a cheque. The whole of Barset has an opinion about Crawley's guilt or innocence, but no-on
Lise Petrauskas
Since Mr. Trollope was so kind as to address me directly throughout the novels, I feel justified in addressing him directly in return: Dear writer, you done good! I'm so impressed that you brought it all home in the last book. You made me laugh. You made me cry. (view spoiler) Thank you for characters like Mr. Slope, Mrs. Proudie, Lady Lufton, Lord De Guest, Mr. Crawley, Lily Dale, Archdeacon Grantly, Mat ...more
Jun 07, 2010 Bob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With a meal where the portion size is a little too big, if you intend to get through it, you have to work fast or you'll falter and feel too full to finish. Similarly, a thousand page book about the doings of 19th century rural English clergymen has to be taken at a pace of about 100 pages a day, or there is some risk of falling off the horse.
Those of who have read any of the prior Barset novels and any of the Palliser series know how Trollope liked to contrast city and country life - the former
Feb 12, 2008 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
Along with Phineas Finn and Phineas Redux, this is Trollope's finest. I love his Barset world, and all of the favorite characters from Septimus Harding on all made their appearance. Even Glencora Palliser gets an honorable mention.

These are the perfect read for a Victorian lit lover--yes, they're fluffy and yes they're predictable, but it's like a chocolate chip cookie. You don't eat it because you don't know what it tastes like. You eat it because you do. And you love it.
May 16, 2007 Sharon rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: read the whole series
Shelves: booksalreadyread
This is truly one of Trollope's best. I've read at least twenty of his novels, and though I don't think anything can top The Way We Live Now, the whole Barchester series is wonderful, and doesn't get half as much attention as it should. I didnt' read The Warden, but I've read all the others, starting with Barchester Towers and ending with this one. The rewards are enormous. Even the minor novels in this series, like Dr. Thorne, are fabulous. Trollope uses his community of characters in such inte ...more
The final book in Trollope's Barsetshire series is simply a masterpiece of character and setting. The basic plot, which revolves around a clergyman, Mr. Crawley, accused of stealing a check, is rather thin and stretched out, but Trollope populates his novel with some of the most well-realized characters in Victorian fiction. Mr. Crawley himself, proud, impoverished, depressive, is particularly superb.

The novel can be read on its own, but as it pulls together people and even plot threads from ea
OK. Time to come clean. The original reason for me to read this book is that it is on THE LIST - the '1001 Books to Read Before You Die' list. But, it is the last book in a series of 6 titles and I was worried that I would not be able to follow the plot or be missing something, so I decided to read the entire series. Like so many other Victorian authors, Trollope can be verbose. Taking on the challenge of finishing the entire Barchester series meant reading 3414 pages or listening to over 119 ho ...more
Aug 11, 2011 Jean rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classic
The Warden and The Last Chronicle of Barset make perfect bookends to The Chronicles of Barsetshire. Both focus on a clergyman facing difficult legal circumstances, and on the daughters of those men and the marriage prospects of those daughters.

Trollope does in The Last Chronicle what he also did so insightfully in The Warden: a study of character under pressure. In The Warden, Dr. Harding is a mild-mannered, humble, moral man, who struggles between what his conscience tells him is right and wha
Dec 25, 2007 Dukeofomnium rated it it was amazing
A fitting end to the Barsetshire series, and a very good novel in its own right. Josiah Crawley is one of Trollope's best characters (albeit not a very likable one): scholarly, impoverished but proud. Paradoxically, he shows worldly pride while not being worldly enough to know how cheques (in the British spelling) work. The Grace/Major Grantley romance is fairly mundane, by Trollopean standards. Several poignant scenes, especially as we say farewell to a man we have come to love over the series, ...more
Nov 03, 2009 Kathy rated it really liked it
My favorite of the Chronicles. So sad to see the series end. Trollope does such a good job of character description and plot development. Some things were a surprise--not the "happily ever after" I had anticipated. (Much improved from _Dr. Thorne_.) He does well at describing people in all their complexity--good people with not-so-good traits, bad people with feeling hearts after all. Unlike Dickens (whom I adore), he refrains from turning people into caricatures. I can recommend this series to ...more
Oct 28, 2014 Jenn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 1001-books
I’ve committed the terrible crime of reading this Last Chronicle of Barset before any of the other books, so now I’ve ruined it for myself. It was only that the Barsetshire novels are in total 3000 pages, they said this last one was the best one and it seemed like a good idea at the time…
It is a marvellous book - leisurely, very genteel and comfortable – despite the awfulness of Mr Crawley’s predicament. Trollope’s cloistered world of Archdeacons and Bishops and Deans is a pleasant one to live i
Antonio Nunez
Sep 26, 2014 Antonio Nunez rated it it was amazing
Having just finished "The Last Chronicle of Barset", the concluding sixth volume to Trollopes Barsetshire cycle, I stand in awe at the skill of the novelist. The book is much bleaker than the preceding five. Here, the intimations of mortality, failure and dishonor are everywhere, and they often portend evil for the characters. I hesitated at writing the word "characters", because having known them through thousands of pages, having lived through their perils, triumphs and defeats, I feel as if t ...more
Brendan Hodge
Mar 04, 2013 Brendan Hodge rated it really liked it
The last of the Barsetshire novels, this is also one of the longer and more complex members of the series. At the center of the plot is an accusation that the impoverished Reverend Crowley stole a cheque for twenty pounds and using the money to pay his debts. All of the characters we've come to know over the course of the Barsetshire series have at least some part to play, and in that sense the book serves as a true capstone to the series.

Crowley himself is an interesting character, and I'm stil
Dec 21, 2012 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I was at uni and we were due to study this period of English Literature, we discovered that our lecturer loved poetry and must have known nothing about the Victorian novel. We analysed poems in great detail, and he then allocated a novel to each student. We had to write an essay and give a presentation to the class, whilst he did... nothing. Needless to say, attendance got pretty low.
We reacted with great drama to our allocated novels. I recall a boy being smug because he got Moll Flanders.
Jun 11, 2011 Hazel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary-fiction
This final installment in the Barsetshire Chronicles is far too long, of course, and Trollope could have left out half of the supporting cast. And the plot and sub-plots are thin. But I love the character of Mr Crawley. He was the most interesting secondary character on Small House and we get to know him better here. He's a fine example of the man who is his own worst enemy, who makes himself (and those around him) unhappy and forges a purgatory out of his life, despite the best efforts of those ...more
Dec 06, 2012 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics, victorian
The Last Chronicle of Barset , last and longest of the Barsetshire Chronicles, is tied together by the central mystery of whether or not Josiah Crawley, curate of Hogglestock, stole a check. One way or another, all of the characters from previous novels become involved in the affair. It also picks up the trailing threads left from The Small House at Allington, and introduces another romance, this one between Grace Crawley and Henry Grantly, son of Archdeacon Grantly (first seen in The Warden).

Apr 06, 2011 Carol rated it really liked it
This lengthy novel wraps up Trollope's Barsetshire novels, tying up loose ends from earlier novels and giving the reader a chance to see what becomes of many of the recurring characters. The first of the two main plots of the novel is the plight of Josiah Crawley, a poverty-stricken curate introduced in Framley Parsonage who is suspected of the theft of a 20 pound cheque. The other main plot is the resolution of the romance between Grace Crawley, Josiah's eldest daughter, and Major Grantly, the ...more
Dec 12, 2010 Mrsgaskell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, british, own, 10-star
This is the sixth and final novel in the Barsetshire series. I loved the entire series and feel sorry to be leaving these characters. I hope someday to have time to reread all the books. Many of the characters from the earlier novels make their appearance in this final installment. The main plot hinges upon the alleged theft by the Reverend Crawley of a cheque for 20 pounds. Crawley claims he is innocent but he is confused and unable to remember from whom he obtained the cheque. This event has r ...more
Aug 06, 2013 David rated it really liked it
I certainly would have to take my hat off to Trollope for his ability to render the rigid society of his time period, presuming I wore hats. It reminded me somewhat of a comedy of manners, with perhaps the comedy removed. I kept thinking as I read of the works I've read of Jane Austen, though personally I prefer Austen. I really find no fault with Trollope, but I think Austen is a much more energetic and entertaining writer while still capturing the rigid society even though she was a generation ...more
Aug 01, 2008 Cecily rated it really liked it
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Laurie Ferris
Nov 10, 2011 Laurie Ferris rated it liked it
Ah, with the last pages of this 6 novel series read, I feel as if I've lived a time in another world. The series was written as a series for a magazine, and so there is a great deal of repetition as Trollope catches up his readers, but for the most part every book on the series looks to study a few characters, mostly men, in depth and with such uncanny perception. When it comes to people, their foibles, their glories, and their sorry relationship with money, not much has changed in 160 years!
Sarah Harkness
Jan 17, 2011 Sarah Harkness rated it it was amazing
An absolute classic. So touching, and very funny. a very satisfying finale to one of the best series of novels in Victorian literature. 'But to me Barset has been a real country, and its city a real city, and the spires and towers have been before my eyes, and the voices of the people are known to my ears, and the pavements of the city ways are familiar to my footsteps. To them all I now say farewell.'
Aug 17, 2008 Arwen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Trollope lovers, students of human nature
Shelves: thecanon
The Last Chronicle of Barset has everything I love about Trollope: wonderful characters, deep exploration of human motivation, the struggle to define morality and to stand by it, and lots of love, of all sorts. I must admit that while the Palliser novels have greater scope, there's something so comforting and tender about the Barsetshire novels. They're the ones I'll return to again and again.
Oct 10, 2014 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 27, 2008 Hilary rated it it was amazing
The least known, but the very best of the Barchester Chronicles. If you haven't found your way through the other five, skip the rest and read this one. It is long, but there is a whole sub-plot (the one weakness in the novel) that you can actually ignore totally! In fact I recommend that you do, as the main plot is intriguing to the nth degree.
Jun 10, 2015 Geoffrey rated it did not like it
Dammit, Tony, I am THROUGH indulging you. For larding up your novel to grotesquely bloated proportions with useless subplots, and PARTICULARLY for inflicting the insufferable Lily Dale on us again, I give your novel ONE STAR. Now go and sin no more.
Angela Montgomery
Jan 12, 2015 Angela Montgomery rated it it was amazing
I love this series. It is definitely worth several thousand pages of Victorian prose. I don't know why Trollope isn't better known. Dickens wrote using caricatures. George Eliot seemed to be unable to keep a sentence less than a page long. Henry James took several pages to indicate that someone had raised an eyebrow ironically. Whereas Trollope just wrote beautiful, uncomplicated stories with realistic characters. I'm going to miss the Archdeacon most of all. My only criticism is that sometimes ...more
Derek Davis
Dec 04, 2015 Derek Davis rated it it was amazing
This wraps up one of the great – perhaps the greatest – continuing sagas of 19th-century British lit. Among the six works of the Barsetshire Chronicles, this is my second favorite, behind The Small House at Allington. It's second favorite because it devote less time to Lily Dale, the best character Trollope created, a mixture of wit, rampant determination, confidence, and the ability to tell unflinching truth without injury. She's a marvelous combination of unvarnished realism and an internal re ...more
Mar 18, 2015 Dereka rated it it was amazing
This is a third listen to my favorite of the Barsetshire novels. This time around I find myself most interested in Mrs. Proudie (of course!). and the story of Mr. Crawley and the missing check (even though I know the ending!). I have read that Mrs. Proudie is one of Trollope's most famous characters, so I guess I am just going with the flow there. The Dobbs Broughton story line leaves me cold although there is some amusing writing and I am getting pretty sick of Lily Dale.
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