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Doctor Thorne

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Frank Gresham and Mary Thorne are intent on marriage despite Mary's seeming poverty. Only Doctor Thorne knows a secret that will make Mary acceptable to the disapproving middle-class society to which Frank belongs.

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Overview

Frank Gresham and Mary Thorne are intent on marriage despite Mary's seeming poverty. Only Doctor Thorne knows a secret that will make Mary acceptable to the disapproving middle-class society to which Frank belongs.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781470820282
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2012
  • Series: The Chronicles of Barsetshire Series
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 17
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Anthony Trollope (1815-1882) grew up in London in debt and deprivation. He inherited a writing ambition from his mother and was famously disciplined in developing his craft. While establishing a successful career at the post office, he got his first novel published in 1847. He eventually achieved fame and fortune with forty-seven novels.

Simon Vance has won numerous EarphoneS Awards and the prestigious AudieĀ® Award in 2006. Born in England, he worked for ten years as a radio news announcer for the BBC and as a narrator for the Royal National Institute for the Blind.

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Doctor Thorne is the third of the six highly popular Chronicles of Barsetshire

In many ways Doctor Thorne is Trollope's ideal character - human, reticent, stern and honourable. He has the strength to stand up to the destructive prejudices and fears of mid-Victorian society but at the same time does not abandon its traditional values.

Doctor Thorne is about the problem of an unsuitable marriage. Shall young Frank Gresham, heir to a great impoverished estate, marry the penniless Mary Thorne? Shall Doctor Thorne, her uncle, disclose that she may herself become heiress to a huge fortune? In the anxieties of honest people who behave without heroics; in the gentle satire with which great persons are described; and in the pleasant humour which pervades the book, Trollope reveals the subtlety which is so characteristic of his novels.

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  • Posted September 15, 2009

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    Doctor Thorne

    It is not as economically told as THE WARDEN, not as discursive (or laugh-out-loud hilarious) as BARCHESTER TOWERS. Instead it has balance and energy and the characters fairly sparkle, especially the "good" romantic hero and heroine. We are used to allowing the novelist a boring romantic interest, as long as we're given other pleasures along the way; but Frank and Mary may just be the most fun personalities in their own story. No mean feat, as any reader knows, the creation of virtuous characters who are also sharp and amusing enough to carry their weight. Frank's quasi-courtship of Miss Dunstable, the delightful if ugly "oil of Lebanon" heiress, is a brilliant stroke, and the happy ending is (very carefully) not reached until Frank has proven himself worthy of it.
    You feel in such good hands with Trollope. Nothing too awful will happen to anyone, at least not without much warning, and all the deserving characters will get their heart's desire. It's like sitting down after a good dinner over brandy with a friend who is incomparably witty, candid, and good-natured. It might, literarily speaking, be fluff, after all; but it's fluff raised to an art form.
    It's impossible to imagine a novel more completely entertaining than DR THORNE. You know from almost the first page how the plot will conclude, but the getting there is delicious.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted October 7, 2014

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  • Posted April 19, 2010

    Fabulous

    Like all of Trollope, it takes no time to get "into" this book. In no way do you have to "get through" any pages to be taken up by the story. There is one trait of Trollope that might not be everyone's cup of tea, his taking of the reader into his confidence. He breaks down the fourth wall and tells you, the reader, that he is telling this story and that he is choosing which characters will figure most prominently. (This is similar to the movie "Tom Jones' in which the characters turn to the camera and the viewer joins the character's take on whatever is going on in the scene.)
    Trollope does this in all his books and I find it a very likable trait. I like the fact that the author feels confident enough to take me into his confidence and tell me how he is thinking.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2006

    Good!

    Except the fact that the main female protagonist gets rich in such a short duration following the quick deaths of her uncle and cousin, everything else is handled very well. Having observed this limitation the writer succeeds in keep the reader engrossed in the plot throughout this moderately big book. There are few bumps on the way but its possible to read the book in 2 days and immensely enjoy it, this itself is a fete and very few writers have then or since able to achieve the same.

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