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Preview — Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope
Framley Parsonage (Chronicles of Barsetshire #4)
The fourth of the Barsetshire Chronicles, Framley Parsonage was published in 1860 to wide acclaim and has always been one of Trollope's most popular novels. In it the values of a Victorian clergyman Mark Robarts, are put to the test. Through a combination of naivety and social ambition, R...more
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 ...more
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
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
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
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.
Mark aims to further his ecclesiastical career, and, unfortunately in his ...more
Another aspect that I like about Trollope is that Chronicles of Barsetshire really is a series. We encounter the same characters from book to book (at least so far, I have only read 4 of the 6), although we are introduced to new main characters in ea ...more
I'm particularly taken with his portrayal of parliamentary politics. Things have changed, and the government doesn't collapse so ...more
As readers of Jane Austen know, in 19th century England a "living" was the endowment from wealthy benefactors that allowed a village church to support a vicar in a ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Loved seeing Dr. Thorne find a happy ending. :-)
Trollope has always been a popular novelist. Noted fans ha ...more