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The Last Chronicle of Barset

(Chronicles of Barsetshire #6)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  5,004 ratings  ·  277 reviews
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ebook, 983 pages
Published November 16th 2011 by Everyman's Library (first published 1867)
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John No, but I have heard the view expressed that Mr Crawley knew quite well how he got the cheque, and chose not to disclose the truth. Which makes him a…moreNo, but I have heard the view expressed that Mr Crawley knew quite well how he got the cheque, and chose not to disclose the truth. Which makes him a much nastier villian than Mrs Proudie .
Michael Bafford Taking a course in "The Novel in English Literature" this is the Trollope we were given. I had never heard of him. Have since read the whole series,…moreTaking a course in "The Novel in English Literature" this is the Trollope we were given. I had never heard of him. Have since read the whole series, twice! They are better read in order. Many characters reoccur which adds depth. (less)
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Katie Lumsden
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars
As expected, this was a triumph. I love Anthony Trollope, and I have loved the Barsetshire novels so much, that I almost worried this final book might not meet my expectations, or might tamper with the novels of the previous books in ways I wouldn't like. However, I should have trusted Trollope more - this last book in the series is absolutely superb, with brilliant characterisation, a wonderful plot, and everything as it should be. I won't doubt Trollope again! The series overall is brilliant ...more
Feb 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reaching the end of Trollope’s tales of Barsetshire left me very nearly lost for words.

The first book – 'The Warden' – created a world and set it spinning, the books that followed illuminated different places and different lives being lived in that world, and now that I have read this book – a grand finale in the best sense of the words – I can’t quite believe that the world Trollope created isn’t still spinning and that he isn’t going to tell me more stories about it.

It was lovely that so many
Beth Bonini
It was a long, but satisfying, haul through the chronicles of Barsetshire - and such a pleasure to be reunited with so many of the characters in this final novel in the series. Trollope has one major plot device in the storyline - did high-minded but poor Rev Crawley steal a cheque for 20 pounds? - and from that stone thrown in the pond of Barsetshire, everything else ripples out. As usual, Trollope include a romance - that between Grace Crawley and Major Henry Grantley - but money, social ...more
Mar 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, reviewed
Fantastic! What a book! If you like great big long sagas full of crime, romance and interesting, if obnoxious, characters, this is for you. Its a beach book, a recovering-from-flu book or a flight-to-Indonesia (24 hours!) book. Of all the Barchester books, this one is the best. You don't need to read them in order either but it helps with the chronology of the characters.
”I know very well that men are friends when they step up and shake hands with each other. It is the same as when women kiss.”

"When I see women kiss, I always think that there is a deep hatred at the bottom of it.”
And so the long, arduous, fitful, endearing, maddening, and epic-filled Chronicles of Barsetshire are at an end… and it’s a glorious end that my four-star rating can’t truly reflect, unless you’ve read them all in order and in fairly quick succession. It feels, in many ways, like the
Jun 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Lise Petrauskas
Since Mr. Trollope was so kind as to address me directly throughout the novels, I feel justified in addressing him directly in return: Dear writer, you done good! I'm so impressed that you brought it all home in the last book. You made me laugh. You made me cry. (view spoiler) Thank you for characters like Mr. Slope, Mrs. Proudie, Lady Lufton, Lord De Guest, Mr. Crawley, Lily Dale, Archdeacon Grantly, ...more
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour, classics
Today I have the pleasure of reviewing a really terrific (and terrifically long) book. The Last Chronicle of Barset is 852 pages in my edition, all of it dedicated to a series of interweaving plots roughly centred around one character, a clergyman named Josiah Crawley, who has been accused of stealing a cheque for twenty pounds. Before I move on to the body of this review, I just need to say this: I've now read all six books in the Chronicles of Barset, and this one stands head-and-shoulders ...more
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 ...more
From BBC Radio 4:
This is the final book in Anthony Trollope's Barchester Chronicles and many of the characters from both "The Small House at Allington" and "Framley Parsonage" return to finish his story of Barsetshire life set between 1855 and 1867. These 4 episodes focus in part on the story of the proud but impoverished vicar of Hogglestock, Josiah Crawley and the accusation that he has stolen and cashed a cheque. The whole of Barset has an opinion about Crawley's guilt or innocence, but
Although I started listening to this book, I changed over to reading it; to slow down the process (I tend to speed-listen on my kindle to keep my mind from wandering) to make sure I had every crumb of detail and to drag this The Last Chronicle of Barset out for as long as possible. Alas! The foray is over. Time to return to reality, although it felt very real there. Will I ever return? Who knows? When I last left almost 20 years ago, I did not expect to return. Perhaps nostalgia will call me ...more
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
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In ‘The Last Chronicle of Barset’ Victorian author Anthony Trollope (1815-1882) brings back as many of the main characters he can that he introduced from the first book in the Barsetshire novels, The Warden and from all of the following novels. ‘The Last Chronicle of Barset’ is the sixth in the series. This novel can be read as a stand-alone, but I think it is a better read if one knows the back story of many of the characters the reader will meet in this book. The denouement of many of the ...more
Daniel Sevitt
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pre-1900
I thought this would be a great book to have with me on the plane for a couple of trips, but I ended up reading it only in spurts for two weeks and then racing through the last 600 pages in one day. It's a pretty wonderful end to the Chronicles closing with the last days of the Warden, Septimus Harding. The proto-mystery wraps itself up pretty instantaneously after being dragged out for 700-odd pages, but I didn't mind. I am sure there will be some people who believe Lily Dale to be perfectly ...more
classic reverie
I decided to read Trollope's Chronicle of Barsetshire this year and having just finished book 6 out of 6, I wanted to comment on this book and the series. I started in January and going in order, reading a book a month which helped me remember the stories read; plus my ridiculous highlighting and note taking on the Delphi collection of his works version, I could look up something and remember correctly.
If interested in my notes look up my book under my "Trollope" shelf above.
Like I said with
May 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  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 ...more
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Feb 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Renee M
Satisfying conclusion to the Barsetshire novels. What wonderful characters Mr. Trollope has created! I shall miss them all, even they annoying ones, because they are annoying in such human ways. At least until I go back and revisit. Barsetshire has been such a lovely place to some spend time.
Laurel Hicks
2009: This is truly and sadly the last of Trollope's Barsetshire novels. I actually read it last year immediately after finishing the fifth book in the series; I simply had to find out what happened to two of the characters. Then, freed from the need to discover the ending, I read it again this year at the rate of six or eight chapters a week with my on-line Trollope group. Here is the entire series, which I am sure I will read again someday: 1.The Warden, 2.Barchester Towers, 3.Doctor Thorne, ...more
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, fiction
After spending the last 13 months in Barsetshire, my time there has drawn to a close and I am bereft.
Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, victorian
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).

The Last Chronicle of Barset is a) 900 pages long in this edition, and b) the culmination of a highly involved and interconnected six-book series, Anthony Trollope’s nineteenth-century Chronicles of Barsetshire. Consequently, I am not confident that a standard review–even one that goes into great thematic detail–will be of much use to most of the people likely to read this post. Instead, I’d like to take a leaf out of the books of some other reviewers I rate (primarily Abigail Nussbaum) and ...more
Jul 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic
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
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Chronicles of Barsetshire were wonderful. No, I'm wrong. They were both outstanding and memorable. As I finished The Last Chronicle of Barset I felt I was saying farewell to an entire community. But, like all times that are special, I will carry the memories green in my memory.

The Last Chronicle of Barset gives us a clergyman by the name of Crawley who is accused of theft. Here, we have a religious focus that will span from his own humble parish to a bishop. We have multiple love interests.
What a satisfying finish to a fabulous series. I have absolutely loved my foray into the writing of Anthony Trollope with my Trollope reading group on IG. Even though it was a bittersweet moment finishing this last book in the Barsetshire Chronicles. I can’t wait for us to read more from him, it’s a good thing he was such a prolific writer!
Manuel Alfonseca
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the review of the fifth book in this series, I wrote that it has been my experience that there is a certain connection between the length of each book in a series and the quality of the book, at least from my point of view. I have noticed this in other series and authors, not just in Trollope and the Chronicles of Barsetshire. Once I have read the whole series, the correlation has disappeared:

The Chronicles of Barset----------------Pages--------My rating
1. The
Dec 17, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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Chronicles of Barsetshire (6 books)
  • The Warden  (Chronicles of Barsetshire #1)
  • Barchester Towers (Chronicles of Barsetshire #2)
  • Dr. Thorne (Chronicles of Barsetshire #3)
  • Framley Parsonage (Chronicles of Barsetshire #4)
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