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The Rector and The Doctor's Family

(The Chronicles of Carlingford omnibus)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  89 ratings  ·  13 reviews
"She watched him as women often do watch men ... The incomprehensibleness of women is an old theory, but what is that to the curious wondering observation with which wives, mothers and sisters watch the other unreasoning animal ..!"

These two short novels raise the curtain on an entrancing new world for all who love Jane Austen, George Eliot, and Trollope's "Barsetshire Ch
Paperback, 192 pages
Published December 2nd 1986 by Penguin Books (first published 1861)
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Dec 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
These days of course a series is a very popular thing, both with readers and booksellers. A series of books of course are by no means a new thing. Anthony Trollope’s Barsetshire chronicles for example have delighted readers for many a long year. Less well known perhaps though from a similar era, are the Chronicles of Carlingford by Mrs (Margaret) Oliphant. Written in the 1860’s they then spent many years out of print. The Rector (a short story) and The Doctor’s Family a short novel– were publish ...more
Oct 13, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Gaskell, Burnett, Chesterton
Shelves: victorian
Two sweet little novellas set in Carlingford, Oliphant's imaginary Victorian town. In "The Doctor's Family," young Dr. Rider is burdened with a small practice and a good-for-nothing older brother. When his brother's family tracks him down and requires his assistance, Dr.Rider is annoyed--until he falls in love with his sister-in-law's sister, the willful workhorse Nettie. Stubborn, practical, and devoted to her sentimental sister, Nettie refuses to be considered a martyr while simultaneously ref ...more
Joan Richardson
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
50-year-old Mr Proctor has had a very satisfying life as Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. Now he has ventured out from that academic haven to become Rector of the parish church in Carlingford. Instead of adjusting gradually to his new surroundings, Mr Proctor becomes more and more uncomfortable in his role of parish clergyman. Finally his presence at the deathbed of a parishioner will bring his feelings to a crisis.
This story also introduces members of Carlingford society who will be featur
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Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Doctor's Family and Other Stories by Mrs Oliphant; VMC; ROOT; (4*)

(a): The Executor: I thoroughly enjoyed this. Lovely but rather Victorian story, aren't they all lovely? (4*)

(b): The Rector: Again I thoroughly enjoyed this Victorian short. I love how Mrs. Margaret Oliphant uses her words. (4 1/2*)

(c): The Doctor's Family; An enjoyable story about a young woman who takes care of & provides for her sister & her family of 3 children. Yearning for but refusing to admit that she wants a
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: classic
This is a collection of two short novels, I preferred 'The Rector' to 'The Doctor's Family'. What has made me rate this as only OK, is partly the style. It lacked conversations and told me how characters feeling, what their personalities were like and so on rather than letting me observe them. The way the story is related by the narrator is fine, but I couldn't really care about the characters, or consequently what happened to them. It's hard to say what is is exactly that put me off, style, cha ...more
Lynden Wade
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classical
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Nov 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Oliphant really does do an excellent job of telling quiet, daily human stories that portray men and women dealing with the challenges of well-meaning lives. These two short novels, the second and third in her "Chronicles of Carlingsford" series, printed between 1862 and 1865, though quiet, stayed on my mind as I thought about the universal nature of the conflicts and struggles she portrayed in the lives of villagers a century and a half ago. These are not exciting, romantic or tragic plots, but ...more
Tom Walsh
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am to summarize Chaps 9-12 on Yahoo Group otherlit Aug 2nd.

I am ashamed to say, as an English major in a NE Corridor university, I was never exposed to Mrs. Oliphant! Her writing is witty, empathetic, but not overly sweet and innocent. In fact, she is more like Zola (who was born after her work) than Dickens. "The Doctor's Family" introduces us to some very well-developed characters. Nettie is the strong-willed SIL to Susan and Fred Rider. Fred is a lazy, unmotivated sloth, who gains most of
Aug 31, 2011 rated it liked it
Sort of Trollope without the know-all intrusive author - which sounds as if I don't like Trollope, which I do, so this was OK but just lacking that detachment. The characterisations are excellent, the writing fluent and the ambience gentle. I'm surprised costume drama television hasn't found this author yet.
Jan 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jan08
A lot of exposition, which gets difficult given the length of the book and your desire to hear the characters converse. That said, I continue to be astounded by Oliphant's fascinating female characters.
Corinna Laughlin
Jun 21, 2012 rated it liked it
"The Rector" is a short story, "The Doctor's Family" a short novel. Nettie, the heroine, is described as a fairy way too many times. Still, it was charming.
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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

Other books in the series

The Chronicles of Carlingford (7 books)
  • The Executor (The Chronicles of Carlingford, #.5)
  • 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)
  • Phoebe Junior (Chronicles of Carlingford, #6)