Through a combination of naivety and social ambition, Robarts is compromised and brought to the brink of ruin.
Trollope tells his story with great compassion, offsetting the drama with his customary humour. Like all the Barsetshire novels, it is an extraordinarily evocative picture of everyday life in 19th-century England.
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This is the fourth in the Chronicles of Barsetshire and old characters reappear and their story continues and new characters are introduced. As always Trollope paints a wonderful rural picture but its not all chocolate box sweetness - there's poverty, illness and bailiffs alongside the fun and frivolity of wooing, hunting and sermon writing.
I'm loving this frolic through 1850s Victorian England and a complete convert to Trollope as read by Timothy West. This is as good a listen as it gets when you love the classics and I am already to listen to the next instalment in the series - you really can't have a better recommendation than that after some 50+ hours of listening!
You won't be disappointed by Framley Parsonage. I found it a bit slower start than other stories in the Barchester/Barseter series (I have read all 6), but eventually it picks up and presents the familiar Trollope chronicle of behind the scene clashes in ecclesiastical societies, including the clash of piety vs. prosperity among clerics. It also continues Trollope's theme of the triumph of true love over class. Trollope's books give a good fictional account of the breakdown in the British class structure even as that structure extended to the Church of England. I have enjoyed them all! Timothy West truly adds to the pleasure of the novel making the audio experience much richer than the printed books (which I have also read). He is perfect for Trollope's novels!
Timothy West makes all of Trollope's books special. As long as they are, he is such a professional in making every page and every voice interesting.
One of my favorite things about Trollope is his ability to make you squirm. You care about the characters so much that the reaction to their predicaments is physical. Thankfully, he always brings things right in the end, with lessons learned by all. It may not be realistic, but, boy, is it fun to read!
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