Be irresistibly drawn into Barchester’s clerical skirmishes as Archdeacon Grantly declares war on Bishop Proudie and his retinue in Trollope’s most popular novel.
This 1857 sequel to The Warden wryly chronicles the struggle for control of the English diocese of Barchester. It opens with the Bishop of Barchester lying on his death bed; soon a battle begins over who will take over power, with key players including the rather incompetent Dr Proudie, his fiendishly unpleasant wife and his slippery curate, Slope. This is a wonderfully rich novel, in which men and women are too shy to tell each other of their love; misunderstandings abound; and Church of England officials are only too willing to undermine each other in the battle for power.
One of Trollope’s best-loved novels, it is a dazzlingly real portrayal of nineteenth-century provincial England peppered with humour, wisdom and extraordinary characters.
Ronald Rajan (Verified Purchase)
An amazing book. Life in an 1850s rural community. Ambition, politics, a wealth of clearly defined characters and personalities. An assault on the senses and emotions of the reader. Tragedy, comedy, romance, misunderstandings, ebb and flow.
Bandi Rajesh (Verified Purchase)
Another really enjoyable read from Anthony Trollope. He is excellent at characterisation. We find many delights in every corner of the book, goodies and baddies to love, hate, pity or admire. The more I read the more I want to continue to explore this delightful author. Not a bit stuffy or slow.
Rohan Mathew Philip (Verified Purchase)
Superbly written with dazzling characters and a gentle but robust examination of their lives, loves and machinations. Trollope is marvelous.
Abhishek D (Verified Purchase)
A great read: well drawn characters in situations recognisable to all of us now as then. Ambition, jealousy, misunderstandings, kindness and good humour. Please try this. If you are not familiar with Anthony Trollope’s work, this is a very enjoyable starting point.
Robert Mathew (Verified Purchase)
What’s not to like about this? It’s by a much under-read author so it’s great to be able to have an opinion on this wonderful work. It’s very hard to find – so thanks goes to the lovely chap who sold it to me!