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Framley Parsonage (Chronicles of Barsetshire #4)

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Paperback, 620 pages
Published December 1st 1999 by NTC/Contemporary Publishing Company (first published 1861)
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Bruce
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
K.
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...more
Jessica
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...more
Derek Davis
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...more
Hazel
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...more
Megan
I really enjoyed this book. The beginning is slow, but after the third chapter I couldn't wait to find out what was happening next. That said, there are no real surprises in the story, but I love how the story is being told. I felt bad for poor Mark.
Petra SockieX
"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.
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.
Susan
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
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...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...more
Julie
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
Lada
I have read the novel approximately at the same time as Dickens and G. Elliot. I have forgotten the plot and still remember Dickens' and G. Elliot' novels. It speaks for itself.the plot takes on common Victorian themes as Dickens and Elliott but with a huge difference. Whereas the two authors treats the subject on the second and higher reading, wih metaphorical and metonymy language, descriptins have symbolic meaning generally with charecters or heroes of the novel, Trollope is straight forward....more
Cirtnecce
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...more
Terry Southard
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.
Amanda Allen
First of all, I will start by recommending this book. This is the 4th book in a series that I’ve enjoyed thoroughly thus far.The first three books are:

* The Warden

*Barchesters Towers

* Doctor Thorne

I think you could probably read the books out of order, I don’t know that I recommend it. Miss Dunstable, for example and Dr. Thorne, carry over from Doctor Thorne. And the Grantlys show up in The Warden and Barchester Towers. Plus, I’m obsessive about reading in order. It’s almost as impossible for me...more
Lawrence
Trollope is one of my favorite writers, and I am going through the Barsetshire novels in order. With Trollope, I have a good feeling that I am looking into the lives of real people, and that their predicaments and conflicts --- like those of Mark Roberts in Framley Parsonage --- are realistic and understandable, even universal. The fact that one is looking at them through the scrim of distant, but still recognizable values, adds to the pleasure because one is transported to a world that is sligh...more
Alex
Framley parsonage wasn't as laid back and easy going as Doctor Thorne or as thoughtful and interesting as Batchester Towers. There's a nice central idea at its core, - very Trollope - Mark Roberts a clergyman and upright citizen makes a small slip when he spends some time with the "wrong crowd" (a bunch of Whigs but Trollope doesn't judge too much, the Torys aren't much better...) and is pressured into signing a bill to cover some money he can't afford. Running parallel is a marriage story invol...more
Craig
Trollope's fourth work in his Barchester Chronicles series. Each of the first three novels in the series stand independent and can be read without the knowledge set forth of any preceding volume. Framley Parsonage, however, draws upon the characters and backgrounds of the first three novels and integrates the charaters nicely into this fourth tome. The author's subject matter focuses principally upon the clergy of the Church of England (the high and the low, the sincere and the hypocritical) jux...more
Megan
My literary education is mostly a haphazard, scattershot mess, so my prior knowledge of Anthony Trollope was limited to the fact that he was an extremely prolific Victorian author. I was not disappointed by Framley Parsonage, and I found it a steady, gentle read. I really enjoyed the tone, and the humor was quite often just perfect: soft at times and sharp at others, it was always character-driven humor. The characters were memorable and sympathetic; even when I found myself crying out, "Mark, y...more
Jonathan
Many reviewers say that The Warden is insubstantial, but it could be seen as a rehearsal for Framley Parsonage. In both, the central character must choose between his principles and his comfortable life. But the circumstances leading to this are set out almost at the beginning of The Warden, whereas in FP they take a long time to develop.

The Warden has a single, almost random, chapter set in London. The capital (absent from Chronicles 2 & 3) returns as a major setting in FP. The vicar of Fr...more
Carol
The fourth of the Barsetshire novels concerns vicar Mark Robarts, his wife Fanny, his sister Lucy, and their neighbors and friends Lady Lufton and her son Lord Lufton and their dealings with each other and the wider world. Mark Through and unscrupulous friend, Robarts gets drawn into a financial entanglement that nearly ruins him and Lucy and Lord Lufton fall in love, all of which is, by Victorian standards, rather improper and problematic given the positions of the various characters as regards...more
Margaret Heller
This is not absolutely the first book I read entirely on my iPod with the Stanza app, but it was the first lengthy novel I ever attempted. It took the entire summer, and mostly was read while eating lunch and on public transit, which may color my review.

This is the second time reading this book, but the first time as an adult. I appreciated the dichotomy between what wasn't really a problem--i.e. Lucy and Lord Lufton's relationship and what really was a problem--i.e. Mark Robart's friendship wit...more
Lisa
Favorite bits:

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Lady Lufton had been greatly rejoiced at that good deed which her son did in giving up his Leicestershire hunting, and coming to reside for the winter at Framley. It was proper, and becoming, and comfortable in the extreme. An English nobleman ought to hunt in the county where he himself owns the fields over which he rides; he ought to receive the respect and honor due him from his own tenants; he ought to sleep under a roof of his own, and he ought also - so Lady Lufton though...more
Caroline
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Carsten Thomsen
I like Anthony Trollope's ironic musings on his characters. At first I found this very intrusive to the story, but now four novels into the Barchester Chronicles I have got used to his style of writing. And when he sits back and wonder at his own story and the actions of his character's we can be sure, Trollope will tell us truths about human nature - either praise of a good character - or his rebuke of our folly - how easily we can be manipulated and deceived - or just like this quote gently po...more
James
My only reason for not giving five stars to this fourth novel of Trollope's six Barsetshire Chronicles -- is because there's nothing positively spectacular about Framley Parsonage to place it right up there with Barchester Towers, boasting as the latter does its hilariously show-stopping encounters between Mrs Proudie and Mr Slope. In fact, Trollope here returns to Mrs Proudie for his single best scene. Yet Framley Parsonage is filled with touching personal exchanges, rich Victorian lore and piq...more
Elizabeth (Alaska)
As shown by the 3-star rating, this is not my favorite of the series so far, but it is a high 3 based on the last half of the novel. After the introduction of the characters at Framley Parsonage, Trollope led us down the path of mid-19th Century English politics. If there was humor accompanying it, I didn't get it. In fact this volume lacked the humor I have come to expect. (One character, however, was Lord Dumbello, a fellow who had no personality and little intellect.)

After the first 150 pages...more
Julia
I continue to love Trollope’s ability to give us real characters: every great person eventually reveals some character flaw, and every nasty villain inevitably shows an unexpected soft side. He treats each character with tenderness and respect. In his books, Trollope portrays many difficult marriages, but they usually make it work anyway. Even the wonderful marriage between Mark and Fanny Robarts in "Framley Parsonage" is marred by some very bad decisions one of the spouses makes, but the other...more
Ross
Having read the first three novels in the chronicles, I was charmed with this the fourth in the series. I rate it the equal of book three Doctor Thorne. It has the same wonderful prose and gentle witty satire of the peers. Plus a serious story line with serious characters who will engage your interest. I did actually learn one thing that I had not known. That indeed still in the middle of the 19th century the Anglican church was largely controlled by the government, obviously much to the detrime...more
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