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Barchester Towers | [Anthony Trollope]

Barchester Towers

Barchester Towers, Trollope's most popular novel, is the second of the six Chronicles of Barsetshire. Trollope continues the story, begun in The Warden, of Mr Harding and his daughter Eleanor.
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Barchester Towers, Trollope's most popular novel, is the second of the six Chronicles of Barsetshire. Trollope continues the story, begun in The Warden, of Mr Harding and his daughter Eleanor.

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What the Critics Say

"One of the great English Victorian novelists....A sharp but sympathetic observer of Victorian social and political life." (Daniel S. Burt, The Biography Book)

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    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 03-13-08
    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 03-13-08

    Narrative makes the world go round.

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    "comfortable listening"

    This is my favorite of the <i>Chronicles of Barsetshire</i>. If someone had told me six months ago that I'd ever even pick up a Trollope novel, I would have needed smelling salts. After recently coming across the very clever Trollope Society web site, I thought there must be some merit to the man's works and downloaded <i> The Warden</i>. I enjoyed every book in the series. There's no Dickenesque social problem exposition, but clever observations on human nature, some nice Victorian prose, lots of opportunity to "read between the lines," and for a Victorian man, some protofeminist ideas (but, unfortunately, he wasn't above his era's racism). I still don't think I would "read" Trollope, but I will listen to everything Audible offers for download. (very good narration though the entire series, too)

    32 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    P. Bowen New York, NY United States 01-15-14
    P. Bowen New York, NY United States 01-15-14 Member Since 2006

    Chally

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    "Trollope packs a wallop"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Trollope is really the perfect novelist for audio books -- graceful, leisurely, comic, and human. Such a pleasure to float in his world.


    What other book might you compare Barchester Towers to and why?

    Dickens


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    Allan K Bishop Bethany, CT United States 06-24-15
    Allan K Bishop Bethany, CT United States 06-24-15 Member Since 2002
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    Anthony Trollope's view on human nature is as relevant as it was when he first wrote this novel.

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    "A straightforward reading"

    The title isn't meant to be faint praise. This is a huge improvement on Simon Vance's eccentric reading. This is one of Trollope's easier to listen to books. His mannerisms and repetitions can wear, even though his characters live. They especially live in this book when it's read properly, as it is here

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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