Barchester Towers

Barchester Towers

Book - 1998
Average Rating:
5
3
1
Rate this:
Barchester Towers, Trollope's most popular novel, is the second of the six Chronicles of Barsetshire. The Chronicles follow the intrigues of ambition and love in the cathedral town of Barchester. Trollope was of course interested in the Church, that pillar of Victorian society - in its susceptibility to corruption, hypocrisy, and blinkered conservatism - but the Barsetshire novels are no more`ecclesiastical' than his Palliser novels are `political'. It is the behaviour of the individuals within a power structure that interests him. In this novel Trollope continues the story of Mr Harding and his daughter Eleanor, adding to his cast of characters that oily symbol of progress Mr Slope,the hen-pecked Dr Proudie, and the amiable and breezy Stanhope family. The central questions of this moral comedy - Who will be warden? Who will be dean? Who will marry Eleanor? - are skilfully handled with that subtlety of ironic observation that has won Trollope such a wide and appreciativereadership.
Publisher: Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1998
ISBN: 9780192834324
0192834320
Characteristics: xliii, 328 p. : ill., map ; 20 cm

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

w
wyenotgo
Aug 20, 2015

I have to admit I wasn't able to finish this book. The story might turn out to be a good one and the characters worthwhile but the stilted early 19th century writing style became too much to bear. While it may have been acceptable in its own day, the sentence structure is so awkward and mannered that it comes across as totally artificial now. And I found that could not have cared less whether Mr. Harding or Mr. Proudie succeeded to the bishopric or whether Mrs. Proudie was able to sit on the committees she craved or whether Mr. Arabin was one of the Arabins of Uphill Station or some lesser branch of that supposedly illustrious family. The political manoeuvering and social pretensions of nineteenth century English clergy simply fails to resonate. The book suffers from the same defect as many others of its day (such as Pride and Prejudice): Irrelevance.

m
Moe1259
Jun 06, 2014

Well written, witty and a joy to read. The character of Bertie Stanhope may be compared to Woodhouse's Bertie Wooster.

EuSei Feb 05, 2014

I had never read anything from Trollope and I once tried to watch “The Barchester Chronicles” series, but could not stand it. So I was very surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. The quality of Trollope's writing is absolutely fantastic, impeccable. He most definitely was a highly talented writer who knew his trade! (Therefore, not recommended to modern readers who are not used to a time when quality of writing rather than quantity of books written was essential.) This is the second of a total of six books in the “The Barchester Chronicles of Barsetshire,” the first being “The Warden”. Trollope begins the last chapter with a very original argument: “The end of a novel, like the end of a children’s dinner-party, must be made up of sweetmeats and sugar-plums.” The book sometimes has very lengthy descriptions—of people, places or situations—but the author’s fine sense of humor, that permeates almost all the pages, and his keen portrayals of the mores of the time, make up for any inconvenience. I plan to read all the Barchester books and give the movie series another chance.

p
Pepino
Jul 03, 2010

An interesting love story. I love the author's description of the beautiful woman who charms despite her being crippled. I liked it enough to give it 3 stars but its not one that I would ever re-read I don't think.

m
meaganpeters4
Apr 09, 2010

An understanding of church structure would help in understanding the novel. Overall a very good read though!

Quotes

Add a Quote

EuSei Feb 05, 2014

Why are beautiful things given to us, and luxuries and pleasant enjoyments, if they be not intended to be used? (Signora Neroni to Mr. Arabin)

EuSei Feb 05, 2014

Peace on earth and good-will among men, are, like heaven, promises for the future. When that prophecy is accomplished, there will no longer be any need for clergymen. (Mr. Arabin to Eleanor)

EuSei Feb 05, 2014

If honest men did not squabble for money, in this wicked world of ours, the dishonest men would get it all; and I do not see that the cause of virtue would be much improved. (Dr. Grantly)

Age

Add Age Suitability

EuSei Jan 27, 2016

EuSei thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at WCLS

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top