The Choir

The Choir

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by Joanna Trollope
     
 

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In the rustic town of Aldminster, a crisis looms. Funds are short and the cathedral is in need of major repair. Some hope to finance the work by abolishing the costly boy's choir-while others are aghast at the idea. Drawn into the fray is Sally Ashworth, the lonely mother of a ten-year-old chorister. She is anchored only by her unexpected love for the brilliant

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In the rustic town of Aldminster, a crisis looms. Funds are short and the cathedral is in need of major repair. Some hope to finance the work by abolishing the costly boy's choir-while others are aghast at the idea. Drawn into the fray is Sally Ashworth, the lonely mother of a ten-year-old chorister. She is anchored only by her unexpected love for the brilliant choirmaster-and by her young son, whose melodic voice may be the only thing that can unite a divided community.

Author Biography: Joanna Trollope is a member of the same family as nineteenth-century English novelist Anthony Trollope.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
As in the music that pervades the plot of Trollope's (The Rector's Wife) absorbing novel, contrapuntal technique results in a brilliant composition. Like her ancestor Anthony, Trollope focuses on an English cathedral town and its dissonant voices. Hugh Cavendish is dean of Aldminster Cathedral. The father of mutinous, unorthodox children, he is a bitterly disappointed man who craves administrative and spiritual authority. The prized boy's choir, however, is under the authority of King's School headmaster Alexander Troy and music master Leo Beckford. When the cathedral needs a quarter-million pounds worth of roof repairs, all matters of God, pedagogy, politics and music become matters of funds. Cavendish prefers to pay off the roof costs by sacrificing the expensive-to-maintain choir. Meanwhile, socialist/atheist city councilman Frank Ashworth wants the town to buy the headmaster's house out from under him to use as a community facility. Into the fray fall Sally Ashworth, married to Frank's long-absent son and in love with Leo; Sally's young son, Henry, the choir star; Alexander's untethered wife, Felicity; and Hugh's daughter Ianthe, an up-and-comer in the music business, who helps give her father what he deserves. Sacred music, the perfect treble of pre-pubescent boys and delicious deadpan understatement create a uniquely rich soundtrack on the pages of this beautifully crafted tale, which was first published in Britain in 1978. Author tour. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Trollope's contemporary novels usually take place in picturesque English villages where the business of the church is inextricably bound up with the business of the town and where, behind the front doors of their gentrified cottages, people live messy lives. In the village of Aldminster, factions are lining up over the disposal of the church's dwindling cofferson the side of its much-needed new roof or on the side of its prestigious but high-maintenance choir. The large cast of characters features Sally Ashworth, whose marriage has been strained by her husband's frequent business absences; her young son, Henry, who has just been invited to join the choir; her father-in-law, Frank, a champion of leftist and lost causes who loves his grandson and the choir with equal ardor; and Leo Beckford, the organist with whom Sally falls in love. Trollope's villagers, young and old, take up room in one's heart. Published in Britain in 1988 and issued in the United States for the first time to coincide with its appearance on Masterpiece Theater, The Choir is one of Trollope's very best. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 5/15/95.]Barbara Love, Kingston P.L., Ontario
From the Publisher
"One of the most interesting writers to have emerged in the past few years"
-Carla McKay, Daily Mail

"A Modern Barchester Chronicle"
-Sunday Telegraph

"A convincing portrait of a closed society together with its political battles"
-Literary Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307757883
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/25/2011
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
372,972
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Joanna Trollope is the author of eagerly awaited and sparklingly readable novels often centred on the domestic nuances and dilemmas of life in present-day England.

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The Choir 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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I am a big Joanna Trollope fan and have loved all of her books, but this one is still my favorite. The characters feel like people you could actually meet, the plotline about a cathedral school boys' choir is fascinating, and as always with this author, there is a satisfying ending. Highly recommend! The PBS miniseries and CD of the music are great too. Joanna Trollope also wrote as Carolyn Harvey - historical fiction, also very good!
Bijou1313 More than 1 year ago
I own all of Joanna Trollope's books and I love every one. They are all written in such a lovely voice and while they are all very different in tone, each is a joy to read. This was one of her first books. The character development is excellent and it may be hard to believe, but you really end up caring about a boy's choir in England! Definitely buy all of her books - you won't regret it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book has lots of characters moving to its conclusion, and it sometimes feels so detail oriented that it seems to droan. Yet, I am very glad that I stayed with the book because it gives lots of insight into human nature. I understand that the story is also part of a PBS series, so I hope that I am able to view it in the future.