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Dr. Thorne (Chronicles of Barsetshire #3)

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  2,087 ratings  ·  167 reviews
'You must give up this mad idea, Frank ... there is but one course left open to you. You MUST marry money'

Doctor Thorne, considered by Trollope to be the best of his works, is a telling examination of the relationship between money and morality.

It recounts the story of the son of a bankrupt landowner, Frank Gresham, who is intent on marrying his beloved Mary Thorne despi
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Paperback, Penguin Classics, 592 pages
Published November 5th 1991 by Penguin Books (first published 1858)
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Petra X
I enjoyed so much of this book, but after finishing it, I wish I'd never read it. It exposes, and not in a satirical way, the appalling morals of Victorian society.

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Patty
Doctor Thorne kept me company during a hurricane. I don't really understand how anyone could possibly not love Anthony Trollope. This 624 page novel went incredibly fast. Trollope is more courteous, more solicitous, gentler and kinder to his readers than any other author I know. I almost thought he might even pour my tea. The story, that of a romance complicated by societal predjudice, has been told by many authors, in many times and places. But the way he tells the tale is just incomparable.
Sean
For God sakes, Frank must marry money!!!! Trollope reiterates this necessity over and over again in this third novel in Barchester Chronicles series. This is series of six novels that keep getting longer and longer with each book. At the end of Doctor Thorne and we are left exactly in the middle of this great series which is reputed to be one of Trollope’s finest work.

This volume in the series steers away from much of the church politics and intrigue that are involved in the first two books, Th
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Cynthia
I've read 99 percent of the trollopes, even the obscure ones, and this one is my absolute favorite. It has all the best fantasy romance elements (a wisecracking unmarried heiress who finds true love, a lovely young couple who are kept apart by poverty — until she turns out to secretly be the daughter of a very wealthy person) and more. It's got all the best of Trollope and allows you to indulge your fantasy that maybe someday everything will work out in your own life...
I'm curious to know if any
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Trisha
It’s hard to know why I am such a Trollope fan since many of his characters – especially the females – are so hard to relate to. Take the insipid and maddeningly passive Mary Thorne, the novel’s heroine, who simply accepts every cruel twist of fate that keeps her from marrying the man she loves even though he loves her in return (but must look elsewhere for a bride since he must marry for money in order to save the family estate.) You’d think a plot like this would be enough for me to abandon th ...more
Spiros
Jul 15, 2009 Spiros rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of "Arrested Development"
Shelves: citylights
The plot is like taking a familiar train ride: one knows where one is going to wind up, and one knows where all the stops are going to be. The pleasure is in watching the scenery (i.e., the characters) go by. Trollope leaves out the Clergy in this one (Mr. Oriel might as well be a gentleman of independant means, for all his rectorship intrudes upon the story), concentrating on the aristocracy, the gentry, and, most entertainingly, on the lawyers. Outside of Dickens, I haven't enjoyed description ...more
Elizabeth (Alaska)
This is yet another very enjoyable installment of the Barsetshire Chronicles. There are a few minor characters from previous novels: Drs. Fillgrave and Rerechild; and even attorneys from his The Way We Live Now in the firm of Slow and Bideawhile.

Trollope has not the meanness of sarcasm, rather his style is one of tongue-in-cheek.
Frank had become legally of age, legally a man, when he was twenty-one. Nature, it seems, had postponed the ceremony till he was twenty-two. Nature often does postpone
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K.
Wonderful! I am so in love with this series! I said in my "Barchester Towers" review that one of the things I love about Trollope is his ability to create real humans with real feelings and well-rounded personalities. He doesn't really create any black or white characters. They all make good choices and mistakes, do great things at stupid, and we're given to understand their movtives and feelings more than we ever really are in other books.

This book is about Dr. Thorne, a country doctor, but th
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Sara
I found this book to be thoroughly amusing. The narrator is priceless: it is so consistently partial to all and every character that he becomes rather impartial. Thus, even the most hipocritical characters are given an excuse for their conduct and prejudice so that you can't help but see the world through their own eyes. But what I loved the most was the way the characters would lie to themselves (just like real people do) and believe they were saying something in absolute honesty, although they ...more
Margaret
Here, the focus shifts away from the city of Barchester and its clergymen, to a more rural setting and a (mostly) new set of characters. The hero, Doctor Thomas Thorne, has a ward, Mary, who is secretly the illegitimate child of his dead brother (no, this isn't a spoiler, Trollope isn't interested in keeping secrets from the reader); Mary is being courted by Frank Gresham, heir to Squire Gresham, who is badly in need of money and needs Frank to marry for the wealth Mary doesn't have.

The plot is
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Cecily
The 3rd Barchester novel, based in Greshamsbury, rather than Barchester. The plot is rather too predictable from quite early on. It has another feisty heroine (Mary Thorne), as well as the unconventional Miss Dunstable, contrasted with and the grand and conventional de Courcys. Dr Thorne is explicitly the hero (as stated in one of Trollope's asides to his readers), but although he acts selflessly, he does not always act well, especially re his divided financial loyalties re Squire Gresham and Si ...more
Charmaine Anderson

This is my second Anthony Trollop (The Warden). He has written 57 novels, so they could keep me busy for a very long time. I like his language and writing style and I dearly love old English drama. I do have one objection to his writing, which I will talk about later. This one was published in 1858. After reading several Novels by George Elliot and Vilette by Charlotte Bronte, who were both writing at the same time as Anthony Trollop, I see a common element that must have been popular at the tim
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Randolph Carter
Anthony Trollope's third installment in the Barchester Chronicles. A book of birth, wealth, titles, and class distinctions. Trollope skewers all three while making Dr. Thorne and his bastard strong willed niece Mary, and Mrs Dunstable, the only ones to see the absurdity of these Victorian British mores and attempt to rise above them. Even they ultimately succumb to the pressures of peer and society and fall in line.

All the difficulties are ultimately resolved by an unlikely chain of events and f
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Jessica
Dr. Thorne is about one-third too long. The joint story of Doctor Thorne and his niece, Mary Thorne, it gets off to a lively start with an engaging heroine, hits the trials and tribulations of her love life, and then stalls.

Mary Thorne is introduced at the top of the world, teasing her best friend, enjoying wordplay, and being as likeable a heroine as anyone could wish. Her difficulties start when she falls in love with wealthy heir to Gresham, Frank, and, worse, he falls in love with her, causi
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Lorna
The third in the series of six 'Barchester' novels by Anthony Trollope, this is in many ways the most Austen-esque to date. The story of Dr Thorne and his niece Mary picks up the perennial Austen theme, the relationships of love, money and social status.

We meet again several characters from the previous two novels: Dr Thorne is a relation of the Thornes of Ullathorne, whom we met in 'Barchester Towers', and a host of other minor characters from the earlier books are reintroduced as the story pr
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Elizabeth
This is the third of Trollope's Barchester series. The plot is intricate without being particularly suspenseful or interesting (issues of inheritance and marriage), but the book redeems itself through great characters and vignettes of society. Knowing that Trollope's non-writing job was primarily in the post office, I particularly relish his discussion of how it might take more than a week for a letter to reach a recipient residing in the same community as the sender. Miss Dunstable, the young-i ...more
Hazel
Dec 06, 2010 Hazel rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of Austen/Gaskell/Dickens
A winter cold and a heavy work schedule make it impossible for me to give this book its due right now. Suffice it to say Trollope's characters are as well-rounded as ever, flawed and human. Dr Thorne is the kind of senior colleague I'd have liked for a trainer.

I knew it had to have a happy ending, for this story is more about love than politics or religion, but he wove the tale so well that I was on tenterhooks to make sure they would live happily-ever-after. At the same time, he doesn't pull t
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Megan
I really like the story, but Anthony Trollope has a tendency to repeat himself over and over. Sometimes he even uses the same exact sentences.
Janice
While Trollope is not the reformer Dickens is, as I read this, the third of the "Barchester" series of novels, it was hard to avoid seeing him as a critic of his times in his own way. There is much discussion in this novel about "blood": noble blood, family blood, illegitimacy, etc. And while overall those with "good" bloodlines tend to be the heroes and heroines, and tend to end up well, I noticed that the most adamant adherents of the value of "blood" tend to be played for comic effect, or end ...more
Pgchuis
The story of illegitimate Mary Thorne, who is brought up by her uncle (Dr Thorne), and who falls in love with the son of the local squire, Frank Gresham. Frank falls in love with her back, but his parents want him to marry money, since they have mismanaged the estate so badly. I found this novel rather tiresome: there were endless discussions of what "good blood" the Gresham line was and whether it was appropriate for them to marry people "in trade", let alone an illegitimate woman. There was fa ...more
Neil
The last few times I have been sick, I've picked out a big mid-Victorian novel for comfort and distraction. Last time it was Braddon's _The Doctor's Wife_ and this time it was _Doctor Thorne_.

Trollope knows how to construct an interesting plot and he knows how to find the drama in everyday life. The source of the plot in _Doctor Thorne_ is actually rather sensational: murder, alcoholism, a disgraced woman, emigration to America, and a hidden identity. But the novel that springs from this source
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Arwen
Mar 06, 2008 Arwen rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone who needs their faith restored in humanity
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Heath
The third of the Barsetshire Chronicles (and the second I've read)--finely drawn characters and precise dialogue with clear expositions of the character of the de Courcys' (leading me to think we'll see more of them in future volumes). The plot and resolution are entirely evident early on, but there is no diminution in pleasure from this. Thoroughly enjoyable, and an excellent novel with which to travel.
David Alexander
Dr. Thorne may not be as good as The Warden and Barchester Towers, but it is still first rate nonetheless and has indispensable reflections woven into its fabric for those tracking the warm wisdom of its author. One thing I esteemed in this novel by Anthony Trollope was his wise and warm examination of the human heart accosted by cultural doctrines of his time of aristocratic bloodline and the doctrine placing money on the throne of the heart in considerations of matrimony. Trollope's examinatio ...more
Kathie
I was delighted to find such an entertaining novel. Mary Thorne, the niece of Dr. Thorne is truly the center of this book. It takes place in 1850's England when there were truly different levels in society and one didn't dare propose to associate with those outside their own class. Well, Frank Gresham did fall in love with Mary and most of the book is how his family tried to break that romance and how Mary endured their treatment. It was unsettling to me how Mary accepted their treatment and did ...more
Alastair Hudson
Trollope is a Gem, this being his third Barsetshire book and the third I've read. It's only connection with the previous two novels is the location names and some previous characters making small appearances... which was a shame as I loved the political intrigue and overlaping concerns of society, church, state, country, town and village life that made the previous two so rich in dilemmas, contrasts and viewpoints.

This is a much simpler tale of the social morals of 'whom to marry'. There is some
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Bruno Bouchet
You can't go wrong with Trollope. Loved the way the you know exactly what's going to happen and yet it's so engaging you can't wait for it to happen.
Sally
I have long had a set of the Barsetshire novels of Anthony Trollope on my bookshelves and so far had only read 'Barchester Towers' which I loved. Finding it hard to settle to any current books I decided to tackle Trollope again. Doctor Thorne is the third in the series after 'The Warden' and 'Barchester Towers'. Doctor Thorne is a flawed character, an excellent doctor who doesn't suffer fools gladly and thus upsets wealthy likely patients. The light of his life is his niece Mary Thorne, the ille ...more
Jean Hontz
As usual, Trollope is hilarious in how he pokes fun at everyone, Whig or Tory, rich or poor, silly or wise.
Cassandra
I do really enjoy Trollope; there is something quite soothing and stimulating both in watching his novels march along to their ordered ending. This in particular was quite ordered, one knows (view spoiler) ...more
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Anthony Trollope became one of the most successful, prolific and respected English novelists of the Victorian era. Some of Trollope's best-loved works, known as the Chronicles of Barsetshire, revolve around the imaginary county of Barsetshire; he also wrote penetrating novels on political, social, and gender issues and conflicts of his day.

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