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Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope
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Feb 12, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: english-language, fiction, history, religion
Read in January, 2011

This is one of my top ten favorite novels of all time. I like the whole Barsetshire series, but this one is the star, in my opinion! I put it on my history and religion shelves as well as my fiction shelf, because it is such a vivid peek into the politics and piety of the Church of England in the mid-nineteenth century it almost deserves to be seen as a primary source.

I just finished my umpteenth re-reading of this (I do so about every three years) and it was just as entertaining this time as last. Mrs. Proudie and the Rev. Mr. Slope are about the most vivid (and hilarious) characters I can imagine in literature, and though I've never seen the BBC miniseries based on these books, I can imagine it just as vividly as if I had. Oh, and if you've read it, all I have to say is: Signora Madeline Vesey Neroni, mother of the last of the Neros! If you liked this book, you will smile at the recollection.
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