Barchester Towers
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Barchester Towers

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by Anthony Trollope, Michael Sadleir, Frederick Page, John Sutherland
     
 

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Barchester Towers (1857) is the second of the six Chronicles of Barsetshire, the work in which, after a ten years' apprenticeship, Trollope finally found his distinctive voice. In this his most popular novel, the chronicler continues the story of Mr. Harding and his daughter Eleanor, begun in The Warden, adding to his cast of characters that oily symbol of 'progress'…  See more details below

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Barchester Towers (1857) is the second of the six Chronicles of Barsetshire, the work in which, after a ten years' apprenticeship, Trollope finally found his distinctive voice. In this his most popular novel, the chronicler continues the story of Mr. Harding and his daughter Eleanor, begun in The Warden, 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. Love, mammon, clerical in-fighting and promotion again figure prominently and comically, all centred on the magnificently imagined cathedral city of Barchester. The central questions of this moral comedy - Who will be warden? Who will be dean? Who will marry Eleanor? - are skilfully handled with the subtlety of ironic observation that has won Trollope such a wide and appreciative readership over the last 140 years. For this new edition, John Sutherland has contributed an introduction and extensive notes, as well as a chronology of the novel's composition and current events, and a note on Trollopian names.

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ISBN-13:
9780191611094
Publisher:
OUP Oxford
Publication date:
11/07/1996
Series:
Oxford World's Classics Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
7 MB

Meet the Author

Anthony Trollope (1815-1882) was born in London to a bankrupt barrister father and a mother who, as a well-known writer, supported the family. Trollope enjoyed considerable acclaim both as a novelist and as a senior civil servant in the Post Office. He published more than forty novels and many short stories that are regarded by some as among the greatest of nineteenth-century fiction.

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Barchester Towers (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) 3.6 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 23 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great classic! Anthony Trollop has the amazing insignts into human nature and brings out characters which are so close to life. One can always relate to situations and personalities in real life. None of the characters in his story are absolutely good or bad, good ones are not perfect, bad ones have some endearing trait as well. The plot is also well structured and entertaining.
lindacLA More than 1 year ago
As a 52 year old accountant I'm enrolled in a one month class at my alma-mater entitled "Study in the Victorian Novel". We are required to read this book as one of four in a thirty day period. I was overwhelmed but this book went by so fast. The characters are so engaging, the story is interesting and the author is so amusing. I've already ordered other books by Trollope. I'm currently reading "Adam Bede" by George Eliot and it's not nearly as riveting. Don't be intimidated by this book - dive in!
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Arrvin More than 1 year ago
Who will marry Eleanor Bold? That is one of several plot lines in Barchester Towers which is a novel set in the English countryside in the 1860s. Other plots ask Who will be the warden of Hiram Hospital? Which, if any, of Mr. Slope's devious plans will work out? Will the domineering Mrs. Proudie get her comeuppance? Will the archdeacon be scandalized by the conduct of his sister-in-law? Trollope's characters are memorable and very well drawn. They ring true in all eras. You will find you in fact know people like these. In developing his characters Trollope rises almost to the exquisite insights of Jane Austen; however, Trollope has more plots and more intricate plots than does Austen. His novels have a greater page-turning quality about them. Barchester Towers is the second in a series of six novels that make up the Barchester Series. The first is The Warden which is short and not necessary to a full appreciation of Barchester Towers. If you like Barchester Towers, and it is hard to imagine anyone who wouldn't, you will also enjoy the remaining novels in the series--Dr. Thorne, Framley Parsonage, The Small House at Allington, and The Last Chronicle of Barset. The last four I have read as e-books on my Nook which I find to be a good reading experience; however, I have one word of caution. When buying an e-book don't waste your time on the free ones from Google. I have tried about five of these and only found one to be satisfactory. The others were either not complete when downloaded or had serious defects; e.g., in one the letter "e" was systematically replaced with an "o". "The" became "Tho" and "She" became "Sho" which essentially made it unreadable. Even the $0.99 versions are not quite satisfactory. The two I tried had double or triple spacing between paragraphs so that not much text appeared on the page. Spring for the $2.99 editions for a decent reading experience.
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Too much talking and an overabundance of footnotes.
olemoney More than 1 year ago
Don't bother