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

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  2,303 ratings  ·  118 reviews
The central drama of the book is that of Mr.Crawley, the curate of Hogglestock who, falsely accused of theft, suffers bitterly with his family. This deceptively simple plot, though, is given a twist, and the character of Mr. Crawley is more ambigious than would at first appear. It is he himself who seems to bring about the most of his suffering, and the portrait of his man...more
Paperback, 880 pages
Published December 17th 1981 by Penguin Classics (first published 1867)
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Jessica
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
Bob
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...more
Margaret
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...more
Kathryn
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.
Julie
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
Sharon
May 16, 2007 Sharon rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
Jean
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...more
Dukeofomnium
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
Kathy
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
Brendan Hodge
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...more
Laura
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....more
Hazel
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
Jessica
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).

Th...more
Carol
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
Mrsgaskell
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
David
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
Cecily
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Laurie Ferris
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
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.'
Arwen
Aug 17, 2008 Arwen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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.
Hilary
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.
Jim
The last and arguably the best of the six-volume Barchester series, in which Trollope manages the herculean feat of tying all the loose ends together in admirable fashion. The heroism of the starveling minister Josiah Crawley is one of the author's greatest characters.
Asa
This is the sixth and last book in Trollope's Barchester series, and in it the author tries to show us glimpses of what has happened to the characters in the previous books, as well as telling the story of Josiah Crawley, a priest who is accused of stealing a check for twenty pounds. The book is too long and it would be hard to read this book without knowing what has happened in the rest of the series, and there are way too many characters who come back on the scene without anything new happenin...more
Susan
Took me awhile with the holidays and all, but I finally finished last week - a wonderful wrap-up for a very enjoyable series. I had devoured the usual 19th-century novels that would appeal to any young woman of sense (and sensibility): beloved Jane, the melodramatic Bronte sisters, and even dabbled in the lesser-known Mrs. Gaskell ("Cranford" - loved it!); heck, I even forced down some Dickens when compelled in school (not a fan in my younger days, but there was nary a Darcy nor a Knightley nor...more
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in August 1998.

The final novel of the popular Barset series contains one of Trollope's strongest characters, as well as affectionate farewells to many of those readers have come to know in earlier novels. The major character is Mr Crawley, who is a minor character in Framley Parsonage; he is the extremely poor and inflexible curate who points Mr Robarts on the right way.

In The Last Chronicle, Mr Crawley is accused of stealing when a cheque belonging to the Du...more
Jonathan
For me, this was a deeply satisfying culmination of seven months reading all the Barsetshire novels. Some of the books, especially Dr. Thorne, Framley Parsonage, and The Small House at Allington, stand on their own, and share few characters amongst them or with the two earliest stories. The Last Chronicle is where most of the characters from all the novels come together. This makes it well worth taking the time to read the books in order. Major Grantly and his family again become prominent in th...more
Bruno Bouchet
Spoiler Alert - incase you about to read this review, it’s impossible to comment on the book without giving vital plot details away.

I thought I was going to dislike a book centred Rev Crawley because he was such an irritating character in Framley Parsonage, but Trollope manages to expand a two dimensional irritant into a remarkable portrait of a man brought low. He’s still stubborn and irritating but magnificent and in the end geniunely likeable – his scene with Mrs Proudie is brilliant (any sce...more
Justin Evans
Not the best of the Barsetshire novels as a stand alone, but definitely up there. This is the most 'Victorian' of them, I think; multiple plot-lines that don't really rely on each other in any concrete way, but all centred around the problems of love and property. The main plot is easily the most interesting- it gives Trollope the chance to actually introduce us to some poor people who aren't servants, and it's incredibly refreshing to follow Mr Crawley into the homes of the poor brick-makers. O...more
Rick Boyer
Brilliant. Simply brilliant. "The Last Chronicle of Barset" is a wonderful concluding piece to the six-volume "Chronicles of Barsetshire," which, as with the six-volume Palliser series, presents one of the most inspiring, entertaining, and thought-provoking portraits of daily country life that you are ever going to see. While the Palliser novels dealt with political issues, the Barsetshire Chronicles address the world of the church and its clergy; and through every page of this epic series we ar...more
Lindsey Strachan
I confess that Anthony Trollope is my favourite author and, whilst I have not read all of his work by any means, I have read a significant chunk, indcluding all of the Barsetshire series of which "The Last Chronicle of Barset" is the sixth and final novel. I can honestly say that this is one of Trollope's finest works and the second best of the series behind only Barchester Towers for me. Trollope is a much underrated novelist, superior to Dickens in my opinion, and it is a real shame that his w...more
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