The Last Chronicle of Barset

The Last Chronicle of Barset The Central Drama Of The Book Is That Of MrCrawley, The Curate Of Hogglestock Who, Falsely Accused Of Theft, Suffers Bitterly With His Family This Deceptively Simple Plot, Though, Is Given A Twist, And The Character Of Mr Crawley Is Ambigious Than Would At First Appear It Is He Himself Who Seems To Bring About The Most Of His Suffering, And The Portrait Of His Man Gloomy Brooding, And Proud, Moving Relentlessly From One Humiliation To Another Achieves Tragic Dimensions

Anthony Trollope became one of the most successful, prolific and respected English novelists of the Victorian era Some of Trollope s best loved works, known as the Chronicles of Barsetshire, revolve around the imaginary county of Barsetshire he also wrote penetrating novels on political, social, and gender issues and conflicts of his day.Trollope has always been a popular novelist Noted fans ha

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  • Paperback
  • 880 pages
  • The Last Chronicle of Barset
  • Anthony Trollope
  • English
  • 20 July 2018
  • 9780140430240

10 thoughts on “The Last Chronicle of Barset

  1. says:

    As expected, this was a triumph I love Anthony Trollope, and I have loved the Barsetshire novels so much, that I almost worried this final book might not meet my expectations, or might tamper with the novels of the previous books in ways I wouldn t like However, I should have trusted Trollope this last book in the series is absolutely superb, with brilliant characterisation, a wonderful plot, and everything as it should be I won t doubt Trollope again The series overall is brilliant and this is no exception What an author.

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    This is dessert, the reward for having read the first five books of Barset If Tennyson asks to see the exact spot where Louisa Musgrove fell in Lyme, then take me to the cathedral in Barset, so I may look at the memorial to Septimus Harding and pay my respects I forgive Archdeacon Grantly everything for giving Mr Crawley his father s book of sermons And Johnny Eames and Lily Dale Did M.D ruin their chances And Mrs Proudie Rally, bishop, rally And the Dickensian Mr Togood, surely an acquaintance of the Cherrybles.My goal was to read all six during Teddy s first year, but it took a year and a half And I will miss the wonderful hours I spent in Barset.

  3. says:

    Reaching the end of Trollope s tales of Barsetshire left me very nearly lost for words.The first book The Warden created a world and set it spinning, the books that followed illuminated different places and different lives being lived in that world, and now that I have read this book a grand finale in the best sense of the words I can t quite believe that the world Trollope created isn t still spinning and that he isn t going to tell me stories about it.It was lovely that so many characters from all of the other books in the series made appearances There were some that I missed, there were a couple I wouldn t have missed if they hadn t been there, but it worked.There were so many strands, and they had so many different qualities Some were effective than others, I enjoyed some than others, but they worked together and as I read I realised that Trollope knew exactly what he was doing.The central strand the story that you ll read about if you pick up a paperback copy and read the words on the back cover concerns an alleged theft by Josiah Crawley, the poor, proud and pious perpetual curate of the parish of Hogglestock When I first enountered Mr Crawley, in Framley Parsonage , I had read those words, he knew that he would be the central figure in this final book, and I wasn t at all sure that he was the man for the job, but now that I have read the book I realise that he was.While Mr Crawley is not high on the list of Trollope characters I would love to meet, he is one of his most complex and psychologicaly interesting creations this man who is difficult and yet loved and supported by his wife are children, who is viewed harshly by the world and yet judges himself harshly still.His story in this book was compelling, and Trollope did a wonderful job of drawing others into that story.Mrs Proudie had not doubt at all that he was guilty and that all of the weight and authority of the church should be deployed against him When the bishop tried to explain that the church didn t and couldn t work like that she carried on regardless, but is really did seem that the time when the bishop would stand firm against his wife s wishes had finally come.Major Henry Grantly, the son of the archdeacon, was a widower with a young child and he had been courting Grace, the eldest daughter of the Crawley family His father was appalled that he would not end that relationship when new of the theft broke, and father and son were at loggerheads.Lily Dale came to the assistance of Grace and Johnny Eames volunteered to go in search of the dean and his wife, who were travelling abroad and may be able to cast some light on the circumstances of the alleged theft..I liked Lily in this book much than I did in The Small House at Allington , and though the general consensus seems to be that the story her relationship with Johnny didn t need to be revisited, I was pleased that it was given another twist and a proper resolution.I was less pleased with the introduction of a new story and a new set of characters in London The story had its moments but it didn t sit well against the story that was playing out in Barsetshire and I would have much rather spent time with old friends there.My only other minor reservation was there were echoes of earlier books in the series in a few of the characters and events of this book.As always with Trollope, there is much joy in the details Mrs Thorne giving exactly the right advice and support to young lovers Mrs Grantly talking about Mrs Proudie and calling her a virago The dowager Lady Lufton offering real, practical help to Mrs Crawley Mr Harding reminiscing about old bishop with Dr Grantly over a glass of port.There is also joy in seeing how so many pieces of story fit perfectly into place there are a great many ah moments in this book.That Henry Grantly was a widower with a child reminded me that his grandfather Mr Harding was a very old man The story of the final act of his life and his departure from this world was beautifully told, losing him really felt like losing a member of the family, and every detail including a final suggestion he made to his son in law was exactly right.A great deal happened in this book I think it would be fair to say that all life is here and though I finished reading at the end of last year I can still feel the emotions I felt when I was reading.I meant to read another Trollope this month but I couldn t, and I think it was because I wasn t quite ready to let go of this one.

  4. says:

    It was a long, but satisfying, haul through the chronicles of Barsetshire and such a pleasure to be reunited with so many of the characters in this final novel in the series Trollope has one major plot device in the storyline did high minded but poor Rev Crawley steal a cheque for 20 pounds and from that stone thrown in the pond of Barsetshire, everything else ripples out As usual, Trollope include a romance that between Grace Crawley and Major Henry Grantley but money, social status, reputation, honour, pride, partisanship and even a little bit of piety are to the point The last 200 pages of 930 in my edition fly by, but let s be honest the book does proceed at a rather stately and unhurried pace Trollope does manage to throw in a few surprises, though, and there was than one touching scene which brought tears to my eyes.I ve read the entire series with a group of friends who wanted to try Trollope all of us first time readers of this great 19th century figure and it has been such a wonderful and memorable journey trolloping

  5. says:

    Since Mr Trollope was so kind as to address me directly throughout the novels, I feel justified in addressing him directly in return Dear writer, you done good I m so impressed that you brought it all home in the last book You made me laugh You made me cry view spoiler You didn t overdo the happy ending by letting Johnny and Lily get together hide spoiler

  6. says:

    Today I have the pleasure of reviewing a really terrific and terrifically long book The Last Chronicle of Barset is 852 pages in my edition, all of it dedicated to a series of interweaving plots roughly centred around one character, a clergyman named Josiah Crawley, who has been accused of stealing a cheque for twenty pounds Before I move on to the body of this review, I just need to say this I ve now read all six books in the Chronicles of Barset, and this one stands head and shoulders above all the rest a grand finale well worth the name, a powerful character study, a splendid and engrossing story, a book bursting with amazing Christian wisdom and encouragement.This was definitely a five star read for me a rating I award to only about 6% of the dozens of books I read each year The Last Chronicle of Barset is quite simply, splendid.Warning While I ll be trying to keep them to a minimum, there will be a few spoilers for some of the previous books in the series in this review, especially The Small House at Allington Also, if you are already convinced to read the book, you might like to stop here and go and do so, because while I don t give away the ending, I do discuss the plot in some detail See my full, in depth review on my blog

  7. says:

    With a meal where the portion size is a little too big, if you intend to get through it, you have to work fast or you ll falter and feel too full to finish Similarly, a thousand page book about the doings of 19th century rural English clergymen has to be taken at a pace of about 100 pages a day, or there is some risk of falling off the horse.Those of who have read any of the prior Barset novels and any of the Palliser series know how Trollope liked to contrast city and country life the former fast paced and typically somewhat immoral, the latter society, however, riven by its scheming and jockeying for position Virtue, as is common with the Victorian novelists, does win in the end but it s a tough go at times For anyone who is not already a Trollope enthusiast, I may not be firing your imagination tant pis, as he is well worth some attention and eventually, I or someone else will construct the blurb that gets you started.

  8. says:

    From BBC Radio 4 This is the final book in Anthony Trollope s Barchester Chronicles and many of the characters from both The Small House at Allington and Framley Parsonage return to finish his story of Barsetshire life set between 1855 and 1867 These 4 episodes focus in part on the story of the proud but impoverished vicar of Hogglestock, Josiah Crawley and the accusation that he has stolen and cashed a cheque The whole of Barset has an opinion about Crawley s guilt or innocence, but no one is affected by it than Archdeacon Grantly s son, Henry, who has fallen in love with Crawley s daughter, Grace Meanwhile, Johnny Eames has returned to try for the hand of Lily Dale, who is still devastated by the betrayal of her amoral fiance, Adolphus Crosbie Happily, Mrs Baxter returns to tell the tale and give her inimitable opinion on events.Part One The Way Things AreIn the sleepy village of Silverbridge, Henry Grantly has fallen in love again and Mr Crawley is to find that a butcher with a vengeance is someone to be reckoned with.Part 2 Propose ProposeLily s past returns to haunt her, Grace has a difficult letter to write, Johnny makes a new friend and Mr Toogood begins to live up to his name.Part 3 DoggedJohnny traverses Europe trying to save Mr Crawley, who has a revelation in the rain Meanwhile, Archdeacon Grantly is having trouble with his temper.Part 4 All the Work of His LifeJohnny s travel abroad brings him an unexpected new friend and an answer to Mr Crawley s dilemma, but what repercussions will it have in Barsetshire Music composed by David Tobin, Jeff Meegan and Julian Gallant.Produced directed by Marion NancarrowMaggie Steed stars as Mrs Baxter and is joined by Adam Kotz, Tim Pigott Smith, Samuel Barnett and Scarlett Alice Johnson.The Barchester Chronicles is Anthony Trollope s much loved series of witty, gently satirical stories of provincial life set within the fictional cathedral town of Barchester and the surrounding county of Barsetshire With a focus on the lives, loves and tribulations of the local clergy and rural gentry, the canvas is broad and colourful, with a wonderful set of iconic characters whose lives we become intimately involved in as they grow up, grow old and fall in or out of love and friendship across the years.

  9. says:

    OK Time to come clean The original reason for me to read this book is that it is on THE LIST the 1001 Books to Read Before You Die list But, it is the last book in a series of 6 titles and I was worried that I would not be able to follow the plot or be missing something, so I decided to read the entire series Like so many other Victorian authors, Trollope can be verbose Taking on the challenge of finishing the entire Barchester series meant reading 3414 pages or listening to over 119 hours of audiobooks Now that s a commitment I hesitantly started the first book of the series, The Warden and found that I liked it It wasn t earth shattering, but the characters were quaint and even after reading this relatively short book, I had a picture in my mind of a charming English setting filled with believable characters and resolving some of life s day to day conflicts I took a break from the story, but every few months, I would feel like picking up the another book in the series By the time I had finished Book 3, I was hooked I even watched a few of the TV serials made by the BBC I just could not get enough of the characters and conflicts of this charming world I both read and listened to this entire series The narrator, Simon Vance, was absolutely amazing And by the time I had finished listening to the last chapter 119 hours later I was really sad to see it end.

  10. says:

    Although I started listening to this book, I changed over to reading it to slow down the process I tend to speed listen on my kindle to keep my mind from wandering to make sure I had every crumb of detail and to drag this The Last Chronicle of Barset out for as long as possible Alas The foray is over Time to return to reality, although it felt very real there Will I ever return Who knows When I last left almost 20 years ago, I did not expect to return Perhaps nostalgia will call me back again depending on how many years are left me and how many other GoodReads beckon elsewhere BTW, if you have never visited Barsetshire, you do NOT KNOW what you are missing Pick up a copy of The Warden and get to know Septimus Harding, his Bedesmen and the rest of the residents in this most beautiful of literary shires You will be so glad you did November 26, 2018 This could almost be Part 2 of the The Small House of Allington, the two stories are so closely connected Very many of the characters introduced throughout the entire series make a comeback in this book Enjoyed it right off the bat

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