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Phoebe Junior (The Chronicles of Carlingford #6)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  84 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Margaret Oliphant was one of the most prolific and popular writers of her day. Her domestic novels are steeped in the broad social, political, and religious worlds of the Victorian era, and her Chronicles of Carlingford series stands as an insightful portrait of English life.

'Phoebe Junior', the last of this series, examines Victorian class dynamics by following the socia
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published August 1st 1989 by Penguin Books (first published 1876)
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Laura
From BBC Radio 4 Extra:
The fifth and final volume of Mrs Oliphant's saga of English provincial life, set in the country town of Carlingford. With Elizabeth Spriggs.

Amanda
Oct 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I would rate this as highly as Miss Majoribanks. It's funny and (for its time) subversive. Phoebe is a feisty triumph.
Gareth Evans
Jan 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Last time I was prompted to read a book by hearing part of a dramatised extract, I found I had heard the only mildly funny bit and had to spend time with the rather dull Anne of Green Gables. Undeterred I decided to give Pheobe Junior a go and I am very glad that I did. Mrs Olliphant is very wordy and sometimes takes an age to get to the point, but she is also funny and, lack of brevity aside, knows how to tell a story. The book is interesting for its view of class and the relationships between ...more
Kell Andrews
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: victorian
What a wonderful novel full of social commentary and well-written characters. I wish it were more widely read, but the main conflict between clergy and parishioners in Dissenting and Church congregations may not seem of general interest. It could be, since matters of doctrine are not relevant -- it's the factionalism and classism that is to the point. Phoebe and Ursula are both interesting and sympathetic characters, but although romantic entanglements abound, this is not a romance. Oliphant doe ...more
Judith
May 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Margaret Oliphant's Chronicles of Carlingford are my discovery of the year. Oliphant, said to be Queen Victoria's favorite novelist, combines qualities of Austen and Trollope but has an appeal of her own, especially for those who wonder what strong, socially talented women did with themselves in the 19th century. "Phoebe Junior" is the last of the Carlingford series. It centers around the daughter of a minor character in one of the earlier volumes, "Salem Chapel," and has strong echoes of anothe ...more
ace
Apr 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about class, and what signals class in Victorian culture. Phoebe Junior's parents have moved up in society. When they send her to a small town to stay with her shop keeping grandparents, it is a shock to Phoebe and puts her in a difficult situation, but she manages to maintain her a higher status in the town by dressing is silks and fur and behaving like the ideal Victorian young lady. She manages to marry the stupid rich man she's been after since she was a child (despite falling i ...more
Steph Su
Jan 27, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: school
I'm having trouble deciding how I feel about this book. When it started out and was full of ridiculous characters meeting one another and conversing, it was witty in an almost Austenian way. I found myself chuckling at the absurdities of the characters. But then it digressed into the long-winded tale of the comings and goings of a group of young people, divided by class and religion, with a dramatic forgery subplot thrown in, and the book just lost its humorous appeal for me. I have trouble unde ...more
Water
Apr 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Adorable story about Phoebe, the daughter of Phoebe (thus the appellation "junior"). Phoebe has been raised in wealth and education, and does not realize how poor her parents were in their own childhood. When she visits her grandparents, she realizes that she comes from a background of "trade". She's a fantastic protagonist, however, and confidently faces her so-called shame. She has a love story, and there are other minor love stories as well. Quite a darling read.
Water
Apr 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adorable story about Phoebe, the daughter of Phoebe (thus the appellation "junior"). Phoebe has been raised in wealth and education, and does not realize how poor her parents were in their own childhood. When she visits her grandparents, she realizes that she comes from a background of "trade". She's a fantastic protagonist, however, and confidently faces her so-called shame. She has a love story, and there are other minor love stories as well. Quite a darling read.
Water
Apr 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adorable story about Phoebe, the daughter of Phoebe (thus the appellation "junior"). Phoebe has been raised in wealth and education, and does not realize how poor her parents were in their own childhood. When she visits her grandparents, she realizes that she comes from a background of "trade". She's a fantastic protagonist, however, and confidently faces her so-called shame. She has a love story, and there are other minor love stories as well. Quite a darling read.
Mary
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I just love Margaret Oliphant.
Very engrossing tale which is hard to believe it was written in 1876, it could easily relate to today.
It seems nothing changes with people living beyond their means and the snobbishness of the classes.
A neglected Victorian novelist which would make a very good drama for the t.v and a welcome change to all the re-makes.
I loved it!
Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore
Jul 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics
Phoebe was a very likeable character indeed- very mature for her years and yet, human enough for one to identify and sympathise with. I enjoyed this book as a whole but the end was a tad disappointing for me. I'd have preferred a storybook ending to the more realistic one that Oliphant wrote.
Judy
Jan 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Margaret Oliphant, and enjoyed this book, the last of her Carlingford Chronicles, very much.
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Margaret Oliphant Wilson Oliphant (née Margaret Oliphant Wilson), was a Scottish novelist and historical writer, who usually wrote as Mrs. Oliphant. Her fictional works encompass "domestic realism, the historical novel and tales of the supernatural".

Margaret Oliphant was born at Wallyford, near Musselburgh, East Lothian, and spent her childhood at Lasswade (near Dalkeith), Glasgow and Liverpool. A
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Other Books in the Series

The Chronicles of Carlingford (6 books)
  • The Rector (Chronicles of Carlingford, #1)
  • The Doctor's Family (Chronicles of Carlingford, #2)
  • Salem Chapel (Chronicles of Carlingford, #3)
  • The Perpetual Curate (Chronicles of Carlingford, #4)
  • Miss Marjoribanks (Chronicles of Carlingford, #5)