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Barchester Towers (Chronicles of Barsetshire #2)

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After the death of old Dr Grantly, a bitter struggle begins over who will succeed him as Bishop of Barchester. And when the decision is finally made to appoint the evangelical Dr Proudie, rather than the son of the old bishop, Archdeacon Grantly, resentment and suspicion threaten to cause deep divisions within the diocese. Trollope's masterly depiction of the plotting and ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 576 pages
Published November 28th 1996 by Penguin Books Australia (first published 1857)
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Bill Yes "Barchester Towers" can be enjoyed as a stand alone book. I read "Barchester Towers" before "The Warden" and enjoyed both.
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Petra Eggs
Mar 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, reviewed
This is hilarious. The odious Mr. Slope slimes his way through the upper class elements of the church looking for power and patronage and love in a village where nothing ever happens. It's not so much a question of will-he/won't he, more how much more will he dare and who will fall for it? There's also an interesting character reversal in the Bishop's wife, Mrs Proudie, a strict sabbatarian who seeks to convert others to that practice. However, her esteem for the Church is far less than her este ...more
“There is no happiness in love, except at the end of an English novel.”

A visit to Victorian England & indulging myself with another re-read of the delightful Barchester Towers.

A new bishop is coming to town (the fictional Barchester in the fictional Barsetshire) greatly disturbing the stagnant water of long-standing clerical balance in the diocese. Almost instantly HOLY (?) WAR is declared between resident clergymen (High Church) lead by Archdeacon Grantly, who got disappointed in his hope
It is with great regret that I assign my dear Trollope a mere four stars—really four-and-a-half stars. To me, the most shameful part of being slightly disappointed in Barchester Towers was just how much weight is given to the novel: not only in terms of Trollope’s own oeuvre, but in terms of Victorian literature more generally. With that said, though, having read around and dappled in work of his both in and outside the Chronicles of Barsetshire, I found Barchester Towers lacking in what for me ...more
May 30, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 2nd Barchester novel. Some of the church politics is rather too esoteric (but less than The Warden), but mostly it is charming, astutely ascerbic and amusing, yet also a little twee. But Eleanor is a feisty and somewhat unconventional heroine for a male writer of Trollope's time. The names of most minor characters are too comic for the style of the novel (eg farmers Greenacre & Topsoil; Drs Fillgrave, Rerechild, Lamda Mewnew & Omicron Pie; Revs Brown, White, Grey & Green; aspirat ...more
Mar 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trollope
With this, his fifth novel, and second in the Barsetshire series, Trollope hits his stride. This is Trollope at his best. It is the favorite novel of many Trollope nuts, and certainly one of my favorites. If you read the Barsetshire novels in order (as I recommend you do), you will start with The Warden, a much inferior novel (but fortunately one of Trollope's shortest), but when you get to Barchester Towers, it will all have been worth it.
Henry Avila
Jul 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Barchester Towers,is the second, in the six Barsetshire novels, by Anthony Trollope.Set in a sleepy cathedral town, in mid nineteenith century England.Eleanor Bold, rich young pretty widow of John Bold , is feeling lonely;but has a baby son, to look after. Not to worry , she will have three suitors soon.(Wonder why?) When a new bishop comes to the small city,Dr.Proudie brings Rev. Slope.An ambitious clergyman , who doesn't care how he achieves wealth and power (first suitor).The Archdeacon DR. G ...more
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second book in the Barsetshire series is just as witty and hard to dislike as the first. It's also got a more complex (and more interesting) plot than the first book, which was great. I'm happy to say Trollope continues his endearing habit of breaking the fourth wall, too.

Honestly, I'd have given this great book five stars if it weren't for the fact that the author spends far too much time recapping (a better word might be 'rehashing') the events of the previous book. Still, I enjoyed this a
Barchester Towers is the second volume in Anthony Trollope's Barsetshire series, a series that follows the somewhat sedate adventures of clergyman and their wives in mid-19th century England. But,in fact, despite the distance of time and space, the characters and their interactions are not as far away as one might think!

Mr. Harding was pushed out of his position as Warden in the previous volume (called, not surprisingly, The Warden). The position is now available again but the new Bishop and hi
Resh (The Book Satchel)
Barchester Towers is second in the series of The Barsetshire Chronicles by Anthony Trollope, a series of six novels, set in the fictitious English county of Barsetshire and its cathedral town of Barchester.

The position of Warden at Hiram’s Hospital is still unoccupied at the beginning of the novel. The Bishop of Barchester is on his deathbed. Several people have their eyes on the Bishop’s chair including Mr. Harding’s son-in-law and the Archdeacon, Dr. Grantly. However, much to the dismay of ma
aPriL does feral sometimes
If the disputes of life and politics are getting you down, may I suggest a light 1857 comedy of manners, 'Barchester Towers'. Although it is book #2 in The Barchester Chronicles, it can be read as a standalone. There are a few threads carried over from the first book in the series, The Warden, but they are merely harmonies to the melody of the events of love and ambition which are the primary interests in this novel.

Although what is chronicled are the political and opportunistic passions of vari
Susan in NC
Apr 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Austen, Gaskell, Victorian comedy of manners
Recommended to Susan in NC by: Amazon
Shelves: favorites
I really enjoyed "The Warden", the first in the series, which prompted me to read "Barchester Towers." I have since picked up the next two in the series at our local used book store (the one I took you to, Jul!) because I've enjoyed this one so much.

I love these books for the same reason I love Austen, or Benson's "Lucia" books, or Georgette Heyer, or Wodehouse, or so many other English authors - because of the humor, the warmth, the wonderful social satire and characterizations, and, of course
Doreen Petersen
Oct 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Really, really liked this one. Great read!
Jun 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trollope seems to be having a lot of fun in this second novel of his Chronicles of Barsetshire series making it an entertaining, almost light, book for this reader in spite of the length and the somewhat heavy issue the plot revolves around--the heated battles between England’s low and high church clergy. The story is full of clever, often laugh-out loud asides by a very present, quite friendly, somewhat cozy omniscient narrator who frequently parses the actions, thoughts, and feelings of the ch ...more
Sep 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Trollope is the answer to the equation: Miss Manners + Vonnegut + Austen = ? Manners satire with the typical pink bow (silk ribbon, of course) happy endings made famous by Mr. Popular Sentiment.

"It is astonishing how much difference the point of view makes in the aspect of all we look at!"

After having experienced Trollope for the first time in The Warden, I was interested to see how this second novel in the Chronicles of Barchester would fare. Well, let me tell you that this is a much better read, and a humorous one at that! Oh and you don't need to have read the first to enjoy this one.

The story picks up not long after the events of the first book. Some of the same characters reapp
This is my first Trollope and I was truly pleased with it. His wry humor is very amusing. Trollope is a great observer and describer of personality. I feel that many of his characters could fit into novels (or TV shows) of modern day manners. I recently took the book on vacation and heard stories of my friends' social life in a wealthy gated community at the same time I was reading about Miss Thorne's party and how she struggled to keep the "Quality" separated from the working people: the former ...more
Jan 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: students of human nature
Shelves: thecanon
Trollope is a writer I turn to when I want to feel that all's right with the world. I read The Warden (the first of the Barsetshire Chronicles) years ago and fell instantly in love. I was sidetracked by the Palliser novels, and am now happily returning to Barchester.

Barchester Towers is chock full of wonderful characters, from the deliciously slithery Mr. Slope, to the ever-gentle but stubborn Eleanor Bold. Trollope captures the intricacy of human character and emotion as any writer I've ever r
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book, 2016
Sigh...lovely good fun. I could write so much more about Trollope's treatment of women but it would rambling and only halfway reasoned so I'll spare you from having to even skip it.
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Funny, witty, filled with engaging characters and written with an assured hand and full command of the English language, "Barchester Towers" is Anthony Trollope at the top of his game. Once again the writer has provided a cast of fascinating female characters. For the most part, they drive the narrative (and the men in their lives). A most enjoyable read, probably my favorite Trollope to date. Cheers!
Hugo Emanuel
Jun 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
"Barchester Towers" é uma sátira social que se debruça sobre uma "guerra de vontades e influência" travada por uma série de clérigos e as suas esposas numa pequena província. Apesar de apresentar uma ideia com considerável potencial, a forma como o enredo avança é de tal modo laboriosa e excessivamente alongada que me deixou frequentemente impaciente - apesar de tudo persisti, embora não sinto que tenha beneficiado tremendamente por o ter feito. Não se entenda que pretendo sugerir que o livro é ...more
Laurel Hicks
Much of Trollope takes place inside the heads of the author/narrator and his characters. I like that. Trollope is a good companion.
Katie Lumsden
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everything a good book should be - witty, moving, beautiful and Victorian!
"Unhand me, sir," belches Mrs Proudie when a pal tries to release her tangled frock. I plan to finish this 1,000 pager when I'm a castaway in the Azores Islands.
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, audiobook
Where I got the book: audiobook on Audible. I swear Audible is keeping me going these days!

I bought this book because it’s reputed to be Trollope at his finest. Not having read that cynical old Victorian for some twenty-five years and having only read some of his purely political London-based novels, it felt a little different to be suddenly immersed in the far more restrained politics of clergymen in a small cathedral town. So it was a little while before I found my feet—and then suddenly I rem
Feb 08, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is more like it. "The Warden," though a short book, is mediocre, hamstrung by a poor second half. That first book in the Barchester series probably has kept many people from continuing with Trollope. That would be a shame. Trollope realizes his potential with the second Barsetshire book, "Barchester Towers." It's a delight in every way.

Trollope's penchant for speaking to his readers, repeatedly and humorously pointing out that this is a novel, should be off-putting, but isn't. He even point
Greg Z
"I won't marry one [a wife] without [money]: wives with money a'nt so easy to get now-a-days; the parsons pick them all up." This is a funny, beautifully written novel. The plot flows perfectly to a happy ending for all the characters: even the singular "bad guy" does well at the end. It's as if Trollope wishes good things for all people. He writes of Mrs. Proudie (the mover and shaker of the town), "...our prayers for her are that she may live forever." I enjoyed the first of this series, "The ...more
That was pretty damn good, particularly for a book with so many clergymen in it.
"Конец романа, как и конец детского обеда, должен состоять из конфет и засахаренного чернослива."
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Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anthony Trollope was a very prolific writer, yet each of his novels unfold almost leisurely. Indeed, Barchester Towers is the second of his Barsetshire novels, yet it can be read as a stand alone novel. More and more I find myself drawn into his novels not because they are packed with action and tumult, but because they take the time to develop and evolve his characters with incisive commentary and social insight. Barchester Towers presents two of the most fascinating characters I have read in r ...more
Elizabeth (Alaska)
Anthony Trollope is so amusing. In this the second of his Chronicles of Barsetshire, a few of his minor characters are: Mr. Quiverful, a parson with 14 children; Dr. Rerechild, the pediatrician; Dr. Fillgrave, the physician to the dying dean.

Trollope also talks to his readers. At one point he tells us that his characters believe such and such will come about but we readers can be assured that it will not be. Elsewhere he tells us that a good novelist would be able to describe just exactly the s
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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)
  • Dr. Thorne (Chronicles of Barsetshire #3)
  • Framley Parsonage (Chronicles of Barsetshire #4)
  • The Small House at Allington (Chronicles of Barsetshire #5)
  • The Last Chronicle of Barset (Chronicles of Barsetshire #6)

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