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The Last Chronicle Of Barset (Chronicles of Barsetshire #6)

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This scarce antiquarian book is a selection from Kessinger Publishings Legacy Reprint Series. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment to protecting, preserving, and promoting the worlds literature. Kessinger P ...more
Published April 26th 2004 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1867)
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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
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, Mat ...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 no-on
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, humour
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 abo ...more
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 statu ...more
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
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 ho ...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 ea
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, 4 ...more
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.
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!
Renee M
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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 inte ...more
Dana Loo
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, classici
Finito anche l'ultimo, corposissimo episodio delle Cronache del Barset e già ho nostalgia di tutti i suoi protagonisti che qui compaiono, alcuni con più visibilità, altri meno, omaggio che Trollope fa, a chi ha amato questa originalissima e rocambolesca serie, con il suo abituale, sottile humor che non vela però le emozioni, con ritmo, garbo e brio narrativo. 1100 pagine letteralmente volate perchè quando leggi Trollope non ti accorgi del tempo che passa, dimentichi tutto e ti ritrovi trasognata ...more
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).

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 wha
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.
May 30, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Nov 03, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favorite of the Chronicles. So sad to see the series end. Trollope does such a good job of character description and plot development. Some things were a surprise--not the "happily ever after" I had anticipated. (Much improved from _Dr. Thorne_.) He does well at describing people in all their complexity--good people with not-so-good traits, bad people with feeling hearts after all. Unlike Dickens (whom I adore), he refrains from turning people into caricatures. I can recommend this series to ...more
Finally done with the entire Barchester series. A lot of worldly insights that show not much has changed in a 150 years! Trollope is a delight to read. Will probably get back to him in a few years.
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.
Jul 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
So this is it. The last book from Barsetshire (unless you consider the Angela Thirkel’s early to mid 20th century continuations) that I will ever read. I freely admit that I cried when Septimus Harding breathed his last. I know that some people hate The Warden, the first book in this series while enjoying other Trollope titles, but I do not understand such people. It was that book that made me love Mr. Harding and ultimately Trollope. I owe it everything and I love it unreservedly. I have so enj ...more
Brendan Hodge
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The last of the Barsetshire novels, this is also one of the longer and more complex members of the series. At the center of the plot is an accusation that the impoverished Reverend Crowley stole a cheque for twenty pounds and using the money to pay his debts. All of the characters we've come to know over the course of the Barsetshire series have at least some part to play, and in that sense the book serves as a true capstone to the series.

Crowley himself is an interesting character, and I'm stil
Sep 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1001-books
I’ve committed the terrible crime of reading this Last Chronicle of Barset before any of the other books, so now I’ve ruined it for myself. It was only that the Barsetshire novels are in total 3000 pages, they said this last one was the best one and it seemed like a good idea at the time…
It is a marvellous book - leisurely, very genteel and comfortable – despite the awfulness of Mr Crawley’s predicament. Trollope’s cloistered world of Archdeacons and Bishops and Deans is a pleasant one to live i
Antonio Nunez
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having just finished "The Last Chronicle of Barset", the concluding sixth volume to Trollopes Barsetshire cycle, I stand in awe at the skill of the novelist. The book is much bleaker than the preceding five. Here, the intimations of mortality, failure and dishonor are everywhere, and they often portend evil for the characters. I hesitated at writing the word "characters", because having known them through thousands of pages, having lived through their perils, triumphs and defeats, I feel as if t ...more
Dec 15, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary-fiction
This final installment in the Barsetshire Chronicles is far too long, of course, and Trollope could have left out half of the supporting cast. And the plot and sub-plots are thin. But I love the character of Mr Crawley. He was the most interesting secondary character on Small House and we get to know him better here. He's a fine example of the man who is his own worst enemy, who makes himself (and those around him) unhappy and forges a purgatory out of his life, despite the best efforts of those ...more
Dec 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This lengthy novel wraps up Trollope's Barsetshire novels, tying up loose ends from earlier novels and giving the reader a chance to see what becomes of many of the recurring characters. The first of the two main plots of the novel is the plight of Josiah Crawley, a poverty-stricken curate introduced in Framley Parsonage who is suspected of the theft of a 20 pound cheque. The other main plot is the resolution of the romance between Grace Crawley, Josiah's eldest daughter, and Major Grantly, the ...more
Dec 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, british, own, 10-star
This is the sixth and final novel in the Barsetshire series. I loved the entire series and feel sorry to be leaving these characters. I hope someday to have time to reread all the books. Many of the characters from the earlier novels make their appearance in this final installment. The main plot hinges upon the alleged theft by the Reverend Crawley of a cheque for 20 pounds. Crawley claims he is innocent but he is confused and unable to remember from whom he obtained the cheque. This event has r ...more
Aug 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I certainly would have to take my hat off to Trollope for his ability to render the rigid society of his time period, presuming I wore hats. It reminded me somewhat of a comedy of manners, with perhaps the comedy removed. I kept thinking as I read of the works I've read of Jane Austen, though personally I prefer Austen. I really find no fault with Trollope, but I think Austen is a much more energetic and entertaining writer while still capturing the rigid society even though she was a generation ...more
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Chronicles of Barsetshire (6 books)
  • The Warden  (Chronicles of Barsetshire #1)
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