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The Warden by Anthony Trollope
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it was ok
bookshelves: 19th-century, classics, fiction, british-literature

There are several reasons this book is, as the preface states, "not treated as a truly important Victorian novel." In addition to having one of the most boring plots I have ever encountered--a financial controversy at a charity hospital--this book contains way too many unnecessary details, such as the yawn-inducing chapter on the warden's long day in London. I would rather watch paint dry. Another weak point is the dripping, overdone Victorian sentimentality, particularly when describing the warden's daughter (the "Iphigenia" chapter is particularly repulsive). And finally, the author addresses the reader too much--entire paragraphs are devoted to addressing the imaginary criticisms of the "dear ladies" and "bachelors" reading this work--and inserts nauseating comments on the action ("I have fears for my heroine"; "God help her, poor girl!"). Ugh. Give me Charles Dickens, please.
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Started Reading
June 24, 2012 – Finished Reading
June 25, 2012 – Shelved
June 25, 2012 – Shelved as: 19th-century
June 25, 2012 – Shelved as: classics
June 25, 2012 – Shelved as: fiction
January 18, 2013 – Shelved as: british-literature

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