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The Choir

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  1,607 Ratings  ·  82 Reviews
Joanna Trollope's richest and most dramatic novel tells the spellbinding story of two very different sisters who realize that only through their separateness can they find the joys of sisterly love.
Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 1st 1997 by Berkley (first published 1988)
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Jean
Sep 26, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Joanna Trollope seems to have found herself a niche, but her work divides readers. She is highly acclaimed on the one hand, and has won awards including the "Best Romantic Novel of the Year" (in 1980 for "Parson Harding's Daughter") yet is also dismissed by others for writing so-called "aga-sagas". Notwithstanding, I thought I should try her for myself.

The Choir is another early work from 1988; one which I have read twice. It is well written and there were surprising references to "The Warden".
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La Tonya  Jordan
Apr 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everybody
Recommended to La Tonya by: Palladium Bookies
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You have intrigue, church politics, community politics, and human emotion in the small town of Aldminster, Great Britian just outside of London, England.

The cathedral is worth saving for it highlights the beauty of the town. It is the main work of the bishop, dean, and all who work for the church. But, the choir is a long standing tradition and should it be saved at the expense of the cathedral? That question will test family relationships, friendships, and one's faith with God. For Leo Beckfor
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Esdaile
The novel was thoroughly readable but for me somehow never quite escaped an aura of soap opera about it and certainly a fair dollop of sentimentality and old lace. I also felt that it was written rather too obviously in the shadow of the author's grandfather and the Barchester Chronicles; but arguably that is like criticising the leopard for his spots. The tale and the way it is told a polite and quietly asserted encomium for a more polite and more traditional society, for a certain Englishness, ...more
Gurth Bruins
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the last few months I have discovered two contemporary novelists that I had not appreciated before. Both really top class. It's like discovering a gold mine, for these are not one-book writers or writers whose books are all more or less the same. Ken Follett and Joanna Trollope.
Both are very strong in two characteristics that I come to value more with increasing age: maturity and objectivity. We are not presented with goodies and baddies, but shown a just appreciation of the merits of both si
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Rebekah Es
Boring story about selfish people.
Colin
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wouldn't have thought of myself as a likely Joanna Trollope reader, but I'm a sucker for books set in the closed world of cathedrals or choirs, and this combines both so I thought I'd give it a go. I have to say that I really enjoyed it. This was Trollope's first novel writing as herself, published in 1987. Thirty years on, the story it tells of hard-pressed cathedrals having to make difficult choices between maintaining their historic fabric and continuing their unique and ancient choral trad ...more
Gale
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Close” Encounters and Clashing Wills

This mesmerizing novel reveals public and private feuding
behind the seemingly serene grounds of an English Close—lands adjacent to the Cathedral. Conflict arises on several fronts: the ridid,
domineering Dean wants his own way and instant obedience in all matters: related to the cathedral repairs, the choir’s very existence and oh yes—his unsuccessfully urbane marriage. Next we meet the dedicated but harried Head Master, Alexander Troy (whose wife has disapp
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Kate Hewitt
I recently reread this after 15 years and found it did not hold up as well as I expected, although I still enjoyed it. I find the characters in Joanna Trollope's books to be amazingly unlikeable, and the style of storytelling which, fair enough, might have been more the thing when this was written, involves a lot of telling and very little dialogue. However, the machinations of the dean and all the people who get involved in saving the choir makes for a good read.
Joanne
Sep 21, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
only read half. Puzzling as Carol and I usually like the same books. Couldn't like anyone. I suspect someone who's involved with church choirs might like it more.
Clara
Jun 11, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Too many characters, perhaps, and not enough plot, but gods, so well written.
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Joanna Trollope was born on 9 December 1943 in her grandfather's rectory in Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire, England, daughter of Rosemary Hodson and Arthur George Cecil Trollope. She is the eldest of three siblings. She is a fifth-generation niece of the Victorian novelist Anthony Trollope and is a cousin of the writer and broadcaster James Trol
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