Meanwhile, Mark's sister, Lucy, is deeply in love with Lord Lufton, the son of the lofty Lady Lufton. Lord Lufton has proposed, but Lady Lufton is against the marriage, preferring that her son choose the coldly beautiful Griselda Grantly.
The novel concludes with four happy marriages, including one involving Doctor Thorne, the hero of the preceding book in the Chronicles of Barsetshire series.
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"One of the great English Victorian novelists....A sharp but sympathetic observer of Victorian social and political life." (Daniel S. Burt, The Biography Book)
Throughout the series Simon Vance has taken all his characterisations from 1950's British films. Here he also gives one minor character a Scottish accent in an early chapter, to speak a dialect no Scot ever spoke. By the end she has a more realistic Mummerset instead. Mark Robards is too old, and Mrs Crawley, a gentlewoman living a hard and poverty-stricken life, is given a working class accent thus distorting her completely. Oh dear.
Hooray for Audible for adding this and Doctor Thorne to their library. Simon Vance does a nice job reading. If you are new to Trollope, you are better off reading the Barsetshire series in order for a full appreciation of some of the secondary characters in this novel. Start with The Warden.
Trollope is an author who specializes in fine irony, and so it takes a particularly skilled reader to convey that tone without overdoing it. Vance is perfect. Although it may take a while to becoming involved in the story -- which at first seems like a trivial matter of a rural parson deciding to visit a duke's house despite the wishes of his straitlaced patroness -- the stakes grow ever higher, a love interest emerges and one of literature's great scoundrels appears. Soon enough, you'll be laughing out loud and looking for excuses to get back in the car and hear a little more.
Framley Parsonage, the penultimate book in the Barsetshire Chronicles, covers familiar territory and brings back a number of characters from earlier novels: Dr. Thorne, his niece Mary (now Mary Gresham), Miss Dunstable (whom I was particularly glad to meet again), the Grantleys and the Arabins, for starters. Of course, new characters also appear, primarily the Ludlows and the Robartses, and the setting shifts between rural towns and London.
While I enjoyed this novel, I need a Trollope break before going on to the final installment. I feel a bit overloaded with snobbish mothers who come between their sons and the worthy but common young women they love, male golddiggers trolling for wives, and cads who bring their friends to financial ruin.
Trollope is always a delight and the narrator here is terrific. Let's have more Trollope audible!
"Could not hope for better"
Trollope, of course is wonderful, and the reader is absolutely marvelous. I look forward to hearing more works by him.
Simon Vance reads flawlessly, evoking each of the many characters through subtle accents and various inflections. You could not ask for better. And the story is, as Trollope's always are, full of the human circus and all its foibles. Is it possible to tire of Trollope? I haven't yet. Poignant and laugh aloud funny, with endlessly recognizable characters, full of pride, love, greed, hope, asininity, clearsightedness, you name it. You're included. Everyone gets their just rewards, or punishment, and all the fun is getting there. One of the best.
"What more can I say? It's Trollope"
I just love Anthony Trollope. Oh, and Miss Dunstable! All of these characters have become my friends, especially with Simon Vance as the voice of Trollope.
"A Big Dissappointment"
While I very much like some 19th century fiction such as Dickens, Galsworthy, Eliot and Gaskell, this author is not nearly in the same league. I could not suffer through even the entire first (of three) sections. I haven't read any of the other books that are part of this series, that apparently have characters in common, but a book should be able to stand on it's own.
The characters were presented blandly, which made me initially not care for them, then some characters have self inflicted problems and continue to compound those problems to move whatever little story there is along. There were no problems with the narration - I always enjoy listening to him, but this story was not for me and I wanted to caution others considering this book, who may not have read other Trollope books that this book is not nearly as entertaining, interesting or amusing as some other fiction of this time.
"hard to follow, boring to listen to."
I expected I would like this book because I have read numerous Georgette Heyer books set in this era, but was sadly disappointed in the way this was presented. The author tells one the story rather than having the characters' dialogue carry the story. Was bored to tears by hour 2 and couldn't stand to finish it.
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