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Framley Parsonage (Chronicles of Barsetshire #4)

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'I wish Mr Trollope would go on writing Framley Parsonage for ever'--Elizabeth Gaskell

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

Paperback, Penguin Classics Edition, 576 pages
Published September 27th 1984 by Penguin Classics (first published April 1861)
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Jul 16, 2011 Bruce rated it it was amazing
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
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
Nov 24, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
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
Derek Davis
Jul 05, 2011 Derek Davis rated it it was amazing
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
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
Renee M
Jan 08, 2017 Renee M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trollope takes on the trials of a young vicar, the disadvantages of co-signing a debt for a narcissistic friend, pride that hurts loved ones, the power of gossip, the vagaries of politics, and of course finding an appropriate mate. All while stirring the pot with characters from previous books.
Beth Bonini
This is my fourth Trollope novel - and also the fourth novel in the Barsetshire Chronicles. In some ways, this is the most satisfying to date - and a huge pleasure to read - although in another sense he is beginning to repeat himself. Trollope is a realist, not a romantic, and this is both his greatest strength and also a bit of a weakness when it comes to devising romantic plots. The marriage plot between Lucy Roberts and Lord Lufton bears far too much resemblance to the pairing of Frank Gresha ...more
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 Eggs
"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 07, 2016 Dana Loo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, classici
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 s ...more
Mar 06, 2017 Andie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the fourth novel in Trollope's Barsetshire series, and is the most satisfying so far. Trollope focuses this novel on the Rev. Mark Robarts, a young man to whom everything has come way too easily. He has the living at Framley and is earning 1000 pounds/year - quite an income for a young man in his twenties - has a lovely wife and the patronage of Lady Luftons, the mother of his boyhood friend, Luderick, Lord Lufton.

Mark aims to further his ecclesiastical career, and, unfortunately in his
Trollope and Dickens are often compared to each other, and usually Dickens is considered the better writer, but I am thoroughly enjoying this series. For me, the two writers are equally good, they just focus on a different segment of Victorian life.
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
Katie Lumsden
May 07, 2017 Katie Lumsden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyable! I love the wit, variety and characterisation in the series and this wonderful book is no exception.
One is delighted to see the return of Miss Dunstable.
Susan in NC
Apr 11, 2008 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
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
Jul 26, 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
Mar 22, 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
May 30, 2008 Cecily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Laura Leilani
Feb 05, 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.
Apr 12, 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.
Christina Baehr
Oct 25, 2016 Christina Baehr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this may be my favourite yet of the Barchester books. So insightful and entertaining.
William Leight
Feb 05, 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
This is the fourth of a six-novel series and, rather like a long-running television drama, some of the plot lines are repetitive. The novelty of this installment comes with the story of Rev. Robarts, a pleasant young vicar who is awarded the "living" of Framley Parsonage through his friendship with the titled family at Framley Court.

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
Nov 25, 2014 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
Sep 05, 2014 Trisha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Kailey (BooksforMKs)
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
I enjoyed this audio-book very much. One of the aspects I appreciate most in Trollope's novels is the genuine human characteristics of his heroes and heroines, as well as the side characters. Grizelda Grantly in this story is a kick--so beautiful and composed, and such an empty suit . . . or gown, in her case. I love Lucy Roberts, and Lord Lufton is adorable. But neither of them is too perfect and idealized--they have their flaws like real people.
Loved seeing Dr. Thorne find a happy ending. :-)
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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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Other Books in the Series

Chronicles of Barsetshire (6 books)
  • The Warden  (Chronicles of Barsetshire #1)
  • Barchester Towers (Chronicles of Barsetshire #2)
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