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Phoebe, Junior (The Chronicles of Carlingford #6)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  60 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Phoebe, Junior, the last of the tales that made up the Chronicles of Carlingford, brought to a close one of British literature’s best-loved series. Phoebe, Junior, however, has long been regarded as a wonderful tale in its own right, a hidden treasure in what can often become a tired parade of the usual suspects. This wonderful volume, by Queen Victoria’s favorite novelist ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by Nonsuch Publishing (first published 1876)
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Laura
From BBC Radio 4 Extra:
The fifth and final volume of Mrs Oliphant's saga of English provincial life, set in the country town of Carlingford. With Elizabeth Spriggs.

Amanda
I would rate this as highly as Miss Majoribanks. It's funny and (for its time) subversive. Phoebe is a feisty triumph.
Gareth Evans
Last time I was prompted to read a book by hearing part of a dramatised extract, I found I had heard the only mildly funny bit and had to spend time with the rather dull Anne of Green Gables. Undeterred I decided to give Pheobe Junior a go and I am very glad that I did. Mrs Olliphant is very wordy and sometimes takes an age to get to the point, but she is also funny and, lack of brevity aside, knows how to tell a story. The book is interesting for its view of class and the relationships between ...more
Kell Andrews
What a wonderful novel full of social commentary and well-written characters. I wish it were more widely read, but the main conflict between clergy and parishioners in Dissenting and Church congregations may not seem of general interest. It could be, since matters of doctrine are not relevant -- it's the factionalism and classism that is to the point. Phoebe and Ursula are both interesting and sympathetic characters, but although romantic entanglements abound, this is not a romance. Oliphant doe ...more
Judith
Margaret Oliphant's Chronicles of Carlingford are my discovery of the year. Oliphant, said to be Queen Victoria's favorite novelist, combines qualities of Austen and Trollope but has an appeal of her own, especially for those who wonder what strong, socially talented women did with themselves in the 19th century. "Phoebe Junior" is the last of the Carlingford series. It centers around the daughter of a minor character in one of the earlier volumes, "Salem Chapel," and has strong echoes of anothe ...more
Water
Adorable story about Phoebe, the daughter of Phoebe (thus the appellation "junior"). Phoebe has been raised in wealth and education, and does not realize how poor her parents were in their own childhood. When she visits her grandparents, she realizes that she comes from a background of "trade". She's a fantastic protagonist, however, and confidently faces her so-called shame. She has a love story, and there are other minor love stories as well. Quite a darling read.
Mary
I just love Margaret Oliphant.
Very engrossing tale which is hard to believe it was written in 1876, it could easily relate to today.
It seems nothing changes with people living beyond their means and the snobbishness of the classes.
A neglected Victorian novelist which would make a very good drama for the t.v and a welcome change to all the re-makes.
I loved it!
Steph Su
I'm having trouble deciding how I feel about this book. When it started out and was full of ridiculous characters meeting one another and conversing, it was witty in an almost Austenian way. I found myself chuckling at the absurdities of the characters. But then it digressed into the long-winded tale of the comings and goings of a group of young people, divided by class and religion, with a dramatic forgery subplot thrown in, and the book just lost its humorous appeal for me. I have trouble unde ...more
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This book is about class, and what signals class in Victorian culture. Phoebe Junior's parents have moved up in society. When they send her to a small town to stay with her shop keeping grandparents, it is a shock to Phoebe and puts her in a difficult situation, but she manages to maintain her a higher status in the town by dressing is silks and fur and behaving like the ideal Victorian young lady. She manages to marry the stupid rich man she's been after since she was a child (despite falling i ...more
Water
Adorable story about Phoebe, the daughter of Phoebe (thus the appellation "junior"). Phoebe has been raised in wealth and education, and does not realize how poor her parents were in their own childhood. When she visits her grandparents, she realizes that she comes from a background of "trade". She's a fantastic protagonist, however, and confidently faces her so-called shame. She has a love story, and there are other minor love stories as well. Quite a darling read.
Water
Adorable story about Phoebe, the daughter of Phoebe (thus the appellation "junior"). Phoebe has been raised in wealth and education, and does not realize how poor her parents were in their own childhood. When she visits her grandparents, she realizes that she comes from a background of "trade". She's a fantastic protagonist, however, and confidently faces her so-called shame. She has a love story, and there are other minor love stories as well. Quite a darling read.
Mallika
Phoebe was a very likeable character indeed- very mature for her years and yet, human enough for one to identify and sympathise with. I enjoyed this book as a whole but the end was a tad disappointing for me. I'd have preferred a storybook ending to the more realistic one that Oliphant wrote.
Judy
I love Margaret Oliphant, and enjoyed this book, the last of her Carlingford Chronicles, very much.
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Margaret Oliphant Oliphant (née Margaret Oliphant Wilson) was a Scottish novelist and historical writer, who usually wrote as Mrs. Oliphant.

Oliphant, during an often difficult life, wrote more than 120 works, including novels, books of travel and description, histories, and volumes of literary criticism.
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Other Books in the Series

The Chronicles of Carlingford (6 books)
  • The Rector (Chronicles of Carlingford, #1)
  • The Doctor's Family (Chronicles of Carlingford, #2)
  • Salem Chapel (Chronicles of Carlingford, #3)
  • The Perpetual Curate (Chronicles of Carlingford, #4)
  • Miss Marjoribanks (Chronicles of Carlingford, #5)
Miss Marjoribanks (Chronicles of Carlingford, #5) Hester He that will not when He may The Rector and the Doctor's Family The Perpetual Curate (Chronicles of Carlingford, #4)

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