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Framley Parsonage (Chronicles of Barsetshire #4)

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Paperback, 620 pages
Published April 1st 1995 by NTC/Contemporary Publishing Company (first published April 1861)
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Bruce
Jul 16, 2011 Bruce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One can seldom go wrong by taking a Trollope novel on holiday. His style, his wit, and his psychological perceptiveness always delight and allow one to pick up the book in odd moments and be instantly transported. This novel, like several of his others and like the novels of Dickens – in comparison with whom I find Trollope to be gentler and less socially biting, or at least more subtly so – was serialized in monthly publications of the time, and each chapter is thus rather self-contained. Troll ...more
Jessica
Nov 24, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It is difficult to review Framley Parsonage without also discussing Doctor Thorne. The romantic half of the novel seemed to me a revision of the romantic plot of Doctor Thorne, though a far superior model.

As with Doctor Thorne, Trollope leaves the confines of Barchester to look at the countryside. Here, too, he deals more with class issues and with the adjustments the aristocracy is slowly making to the many changes in the nineteenth century. He is moderately chatty, though not as much as in Bar
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Derek Davis
Jul 05, 2011 Derek Davis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Trollope starts slow, then goes slower and after a bit you wonder... where... exactly... is any of this...

But then, almost without realizing it, you're deep into the often tedious lives of his characters. To this American (and probably most others), the types and concerns of these characters are petty, even ridiculous. The winding-down nobility of mid-19th century Britain were a damned silly bunch by any modern standard--isolated, divorced from reality, having no function except to "be in charge
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K.
May 25, 2010 K. rated it it was amazing
So, I am seriously at a loss to express just how much I enjoyed this book. I am beginning to have a serious "thing" for Mr. Trollope.

The very beginning was actually very slow and I had some doubts. I didn't feel the story really got going until about page 80 or so. The other drawback was the heavy political vein running through it. The problem with that problem is that I have no experience with British parliamentary process past or present, and don't really get it. I am sure it was highly amusi
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Elinor
Jul 09, 2016 Elinor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every time I read the next book in the Barchester Chronicles, I think: "THIS is my favourite so far!" Each of the six novels in the series stands alone, but carries forward several familiar characters. There is a separate love story in each novel, and sometimes more than one couple are grappling with some obstacle to their marriage, but that makes it all the more interesting. This is the fourth book in the series, and the central lovers are Lucy and Ludovic. I find it the perfect escape to sink ...more
Petra X smoke fish no cigar
"They are being very patient. Oh, the English generally are if they think they are going to get something for nothing."

And I was very patient with this book. I kept losing track of the characters hoping I would get something, but I got what the English hope they won't, nothing.

The book had both plot and romance but not enough of plot and the romance was boring and somewhat hackneyed. Nothing like as good as Barchester Towers or the Warden in the same series.
Dana Loo
Mar 23, 2016 Dana Loo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Finito anche il 4 della Cronache del Barsetshire con sempre più gran soddisfazione e diletto. Una delle trame meglio articolate dell' intera serie, personaggi ottimamente delineati, stile narrativo colloquiale, a tratti confidenziale. Un maestro, Trollope, nel dipingere i personaggi femminili con i loro vizi e virtù, le loro lingue taglienti, le loro arguzie. Le loro schermaglie dialettiche, i loro scambi verbali sono irresistibili e mettono un po' in ombra i personaggi maschili che risultano se ...more
Sherwood Smith
Here's the frightening thing about this book. Gentle, wonderful Mrs. Gaskell wished it would go on forever and ever, because it was just so peaceful.

Yet we can read it now and see the savagery just beneath the surface. A pastor is worried about hunting . . . not because hunting is all about murdering a small creature, but because it Just Isn't Done on Sunday.

A woman sells herself coldly to a man she doesn't like or respect--but he's got the right title and bank account.

People struggle silently b
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Susan in NC
Jun 09, 2010 Susan in NC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm (slowly) making my way through Trollope's Barsetshire series - I find I have to be in the mood. I read somewhere that a contemporary of Trollope's said they hoped the serialized "Framley Parsonage" would never end, as they loved it because nothing ever happened! That's a bit harsh, but the novel really is about what I consider the timeless, intimate details of life, relationships, property, and responsibility. The main character is country parson Mark Robarts, who has pretty much always had ...more
Julie
Jul 31, 2011 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 4 of the Barchester Chronicles, Trollope continues with many of the same characters introduced in the first 3 books. The main plot circles around a moral dilemma faced by Mark Robarts, deacon of the Framley Parsonage. In an effort to be helpful to a well-respected peer, he signs his name to a note for 400 pounds which is presented as a temporary loan. Unfortunately, Mark doesn't have the means to cover this debt and ends up getting further in debt. The other conflict concerns Mark's sister ...more
Hazel
Apr 05, 2011 Hazel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've had to start this from the beginning again. Great fun. Trollope has a marvellous way of honestly examining human frailty and our petty venality and other sins. I'm engaged with the foolish vicar who gets himself unnecessarily into more and more debt. But the author's touch is so light and forgiving that I'm left with a rueful smile rather than a condemning sneer.

I'm particularly taken with his portrayal of parliamentary politics. Things have changed, and the government doesn't collapse so
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Laura Leilani
Jun 06, 2016 Laura Leilani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you love Jane Austen, give this series a try. This book was a bit more serious than Dr Thorne was. Here, a clergyman signs an outstanding bill for an important man he wants to impress. One small error of judgement snowballs into life destroying proportions. There are plenty of romances as well, for those that enjoy them. I found most not too realistic but enjoyable nonetheless.
Myles
Jan 29, 2016 Myles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: la-sir, literary, kindle, c19th
Framley Parsonage is not the continuation of the story of Doctor Thorne the way that Barchester Towers was of The Warden, but they have a good deal in common more than characters and setting.

Mark Robarts is a clergyman, not yet thirty, who has benefited from the patronage of his friend's mother, Lady Lufton. She chose him a devoted and capable wife and granted him the comfortable living of Framley at 800 a year. He lives perhaps too respectably, with a large household and a pony-chaise - things
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Trisha
Jun 14, 2016 Trisha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is the fourth in Trollope’s Barsetshire series of novels and although I’m reading them out of order it really doesn’t make that much difference as far as I’m concerned because it’s such fun to get reacquainted with the characters who keep appearing and reappearing in these books. This time the action revolves around a series of poor choices made by Mark Robarts who owes his position as the Vicar of Framely to his patroness Lady Lufton and her son Ludovic - who falls in love with Lucy Robart ...more
Benjamin
When I learned that Jo Walton's Tooth and Claw was modeled on Trollope's Framley Parsonage, I weirdly couldn't resist doing that bit of homework before diving into Walton's Victorian-romance-with-dragons. I hadn't read Trollope before and my only exposure to his work was to some of BBC's version of The Way We Live Now. (How do we live now? Trollope's answer in that series: in debt to mysterious Jews, who have their own debts to pay.)

Imagine, if you can stomach it, the idea of Austen screwing Fau
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Nicholas Whyte
Framley Parsonage is the fourth of Trollope's six Barsetshire novels, mainly concerning the initial hostility and eventual approval of Lord Lufton's mother towards her son's love for the more humbly born Lucy Robarts; a substantial subplot concerns the financial problems of Lucy's brother Mark, who is the vicar of Framley and whose home therefore gives the book its title. Although it recapitulates much the same plot as Doctor Thorne, the third in the series, I think it is rather better: the char ...more
Peter
Jun 29, 2016 Peter rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This marks the final book of the Barsetshire series for me, and I regret that I did not read it in its proper sequence. Oh well. There is a certain languid pace in his novels, but the pace is enlivened with very insightful psychological insights into the human character. One enjoyable aspect Trollope's novels is the fact that he is able to craft every character with both strengths and weaknesses. His characters are, therefore, more real, more believable. Take Mark Robarts, his sister Lucy and hi ...more
Lorna
The fourth in Anthony Trollope's Chronicles of Barsetshire series, this novel returns to the author's familiar themes - money, class and marriage.

Mark Robarts has managed at a surprisingly young age to acquire the position of vicar of Framley, a living in the gift of Lady Lufton, the mother of his friend Ludovic Lufton. He has also acquired a wife, Fanny, and seems settled for life.

However, Robarts' youth leaves him vulnerable and naive, and after being persuaded to underwrite the debts of the s
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Paul DiBara
Feb 08, 2016 Paul DiBara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A delightful peek into a bygone period of Victorian English social history. Several interwoven story lines jostle for dominance. One, however, more thoroughly captures the reader's interest.

There's a lightness that pervades even the moments of maximum crises, nothing like the psychological turmoil and torment of contemporary Russian works. Trollope must have been a gentle man at heart. His characters are more than caricatures but the reader is left wishing for more depth and range.

Taken as a who
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Lucy Seton-watson
Aug 22, 2016 Lucy Seton-watson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the humanity of these books. And the dark parts, in which Mark confronts his own weakness as he is about to be ruined, and in which the awful Mr Sowerby also confronts the fact that he has eaten his cake entirely and what he now faces, are very, very good. I found them very moving as well as very tough.

This is just me: the political parts of the book I found boring, so I skipped them. I was interested in the Lucy/Lord Lufton subplot and the Mark Robarts subplot. But that worked fine.
Terry Southard
Aug 15, 2013 Terry Southard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
LOVED this installment in the series. Characters are well drawn, and Trollope lets us see both the good and the bad about his characters. I was especially taken with the Mr. Sowerby character - the cause of Mark Robarts' troubles. While he does a wicked thing, Trollope refuses to cast him as completely awful, reserving some small bit of sympathy for his ultimate fate.

Much the best of the Barset books so far, at least to my mind.
Bob
Mar 28, 2011 Bob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I never get tired of Trollope, though the doings of rural Anglican clergy, land-owning aristocrats and mid-19th century London politicians may seem a bit rarefied, his books offer plenty of universal truths and elegant and humorous writing. This is my fourth of the six in the Barchester series, which I have not read in order but doesn't much matter.
Laura
From BBC Radio 4 - The Barchester Chronicles
Dramatisation of Trollope's fourth novel set in the fictional county of Barsetshire.


Free download available at Project Gutenberg.
Suzannah
Apr 15, 2014 Suzannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This might be my favourite Trollope book so far. Wonderful.

Full review now available at Vintage Novels.
Lauren
Dec 29, 2014 Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The events in Framley Parsonage directly follow from the previous Barchester novel, Doctor Thorne. While I was not a huge fan of that book, I highly recommend reading it before this one.
William Leight
Mar 18, 2016 William Leight rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like, it seems, all of Trollope’s best work, “Framley Parsonage” is dominated by women. Nominally the central character is Mark Robarts, the parson of Framley, a rather commonplace young man who, having achieved a relatively good position — a comfortable living, the patronage of the local nobility, etc. — at an early age, comes to believe that all these accomplishments are due solely to his own talents and, shooting for higher things, trips over his feet and falls flat on his face. Which is all ...more
Kailey
Oct 22, 2016 Kailey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mark Robarts, the vicar at Framley Parsonage, has a seemingly perfect life. He has the patronage of the great Lady Lufton, and the friendship of her son, Lord Lufton. He has a darling wife, Fanny, and lovely children, and everything a man could want on a moderate income.

But Mark becomes involved with the "wrong" sort of people, gamblers, debtors, and disreputable gentlemen of society. Mark's kindness is taken advantage of, and his generosity lands him in a difficult money situation, which will
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Cindee
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Cirtnecce
Feb 09, 2014 Cirtnecce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Framley Parsonage is the fourth instalment in Anthony Trollops Chronicles of Barsetshire and was published in 1861. I do not know why I took so long in getting round to this book, because I had so far read three of the Chronicles and loved them – The Warden, Barchester Towers and my personal favorite Dr. Thorne.
Framley Parsonage continues the saga of the Cathedral Town of Barchester and follows the life of Mark Roberts – a young Vicar who is blessed in every possible way when our story opens. M
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Webster Bull
Oct 19, 2016 Webster Bull rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Of the five Trollopes I've read so far, this is my clear favorite. While seeing his limitations (he has no apparent heart for the poor), I love Trollope’s language, his dialogue, and his evisceration of the British upper class—especially the Anglican clergy beholden to it. I also love the way the Barsetshire books are lightly linked, with appearances made here by Mr. Harding (book 1), Mr. Arabin (2), Dr. Thorne (3), and of course the immortal Mrs. Proudie (2-3). I am moving quickly on to Book 5.
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Chronicles of Barsetshire (6 books)
  • The Warden  (Chronicles of Barsetshire #1)
  • Barchester Towers (Chronicles of Barsetshire #2)
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