Framley Parsonage (Everyman's Library)

Framley Parsonage (Everyman's Library)


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In the course of last century, Anthony Trollope's fictional county of Barset has become one of English literature's most 'real', most celebrated landscapes. Framley Parsonage—the fourth of his engrossing Barsetshire novels—concerns itself with the drastic misjudgements of an amiable but naive and overly ambitious young clergyman. Through its shrewd and excellent social comedy and subtle, sometimes wicked, grasp of political and ecclesiastical manoeuvering, Trollope brings a whole local universe to convincing and triumphant life.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679431336
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/28/1994
Series: Barsetshire Novels , #4
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 587
Product dimensions: 5.33(w) x 8.31(h) x 1.31(d)

About the Author

Anthony Trollope (1815-1882) was born in London to a bankrupt barrister father and a mother who, as a well-known writer, supported the family. Trollope enjoyed considerable acclaim both as a novelist and as a senior civil servant in the Post Office. He published more than forty novels and many short stories that are regarded by some as among the greatest of nineteenth-century fiction.

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Framley Parsonage 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Readers have many choices as to which is the best of Anthony Trollope's nevels. The Pallisers, as a group are all favorites, and most readers like Phineas Finn the best even though he makes sense only if you read the preceding novels in the series. For stand-alone novels, modern taste seems to prefer The Way We Live Now, and I admire it very much. Framley Parsonage is within the group of novels about the imaginary county of Barsetshire. This is a deceptive story. It appears to be the story of a country clergyman who stupidly helps out a friend by guaranteeing a loan. Very soon the story becomes the hopeless love story of a young woman who knows that she can't marry the local lord. Then you are involved with the London antics of a marble-hearted beauty. Then, switch, a rich spinster asks a poor doctor to mattu her for the comforts she can afford to give him. And switch again, the Lord wants to marry the maid, and she refuses. And then, the proud mother of the Lord asks the maid to kindly marry her son. This deceptively calm story has all the convolutions of a modern soap opera. It entirely anticipates the technique of soaps, and was in fact, a novel that was published in installements of three chapters each over a hundred thirty years ago. Quite aside from the extrordinary technique of this novel, is the charm of the characters. Not one is an unreleaved villain, and not one is without the selfishness that most humans have mixed with their virtues. Every character here has dimensions that a modern novelist can envy. This under-rated book deservives new recognition as among the best of Trollope. The print in the paperback edition is a trial of squinting and adjusting the lights, so prefer one with larger type faces.
lit_chick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
2007, Blackstone Audiobooks, Read by Simon VanceFramley Parsonage is the best yet of Trollope¿s Barsetshire series! At the center of this fourth novel is Reverend Mark Robarts, who, as a young man, was awarded the comfortable Framley living by his friend¿s mother, Lady Lufton. Much to his benefactor¿s dismay, Mark naively becomes involved in the suspect dealings of notorious gambler, Nathaniel Sowerby; and the results of his actions are near financial ruin. Politics, a constant theme in Trollope¿s work, also feature largely in Framley Parsonage. Through political maneuvering and rivalry, seats are gained and lost, alliances forged and betrayed, governments formed and dissolved. Social class distinctions, another Trollope staple, are set aflutter when Lord Lufton falls for Lucy Robarts, Mark¿s younger sister. And Doctor Thorne has a delightful surprise! Other known and loved Barchester characters also appear: Archdeacon and Mrs. Grantley, Miss Dunstable, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Gresham, and the ever-disagreeable Mrs. Proudie.Trollope¿s much loved trademark humour continues to entertain throughout Framley Parsonage. At a ¿wild¿ dance held by Mrs. Harold Smith of Barchester, young Griselda Grantley finds herself the object of attention of both Lords Lufton and Dumbello. The latter takes not kindly to being outdone by his rival, and hilarity ensues:¿Lord Dumbello, in the meantime, stood by observant, thinking to himself that Lord Lufton was a glib-tongued, empty-headed ass, and reflecting that if his rival were to break the tendons in his leg in one of those rapid evolutions, or suddenly come by any other dreadful misfortunes, such as the loss of all his property, absolute blindness, or chronic lumbago, it would only serve him right.¿ (7/16)Highly recommended! As for this Blackstone Audiobook, I can¿t say enough about the reading genius that is Simon Vance. His recordings of Trollope¿s Barsetshire novels have provided hours of delightful entertainment.
DieFledermaus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was going to say that this novel, the fourth in Trollope's Barsetshire sequence, is one of my favorites in the series. But The Last Chronicle of Barsetshire is also very good and Barchester Towers is one of my all-time favorites. So in the top half? The main plot is sometimes annoying - clergyman Mark Robarts finds himself in debt and somehow keeps making it worse. However, the relationship between Lord Lufton and Mark's sister, Lucy Robarts, is wonderfully characterized. Mark starts out with everything one needs in life: a wife he loves, children, a secure and pleasant living as the vicar at Framley and the benevolent patronage of Lady Lufton. Of course, he can only go down from there. Mixing with a loose set leads him to debt. At times, his judgment is so bad, you just want to shake him, but the truth is that debt is still common today. Trollope sometimes seems to be writing the same romance subplot - class conflicted love. In this series, the men tend to be titled or well-off and fall in love with women from a lower social status. The formula changed a bit in the Palliser novels, where the women had the money/position and their loves were poor upstarts. Although Trollope repeats the theme here in his love side-story, I enjoyed the fact that he developed the relationship from its start to the inevitable happy conclusion, a departure from his usual depictions. A rather large generalization from both of his series, but it seems that the author has two kinds of romantic relationships - childhood sweethearts (so no need to describe how they fell in love, just assumed they grew up and in love) or a couple meetings at social events, then the pair is in love. He's more focused on the obstacles to marriage. In a couple instances, the author will simply state that the love is a fait accompli and readers only learn briefly about first meetings and impressions. Unfortunately, this sometimes lessens reader involvement in the relationship. However, in this novel, Trollope writes about Lucy coming to live with her brother, meeting the young lord of the estate (he's not too impressed at first), the gradual development of their friendship and the fits and starts to love. One of my favorite passages -"He had by no means made up his mind that he loved Lucy Robarts; nor had he made up his mind that, loving her, he would, or that, loving her, he would not, make her his wife. He had never used his mind in the matter in any way, either for good or evil. He had learned to like her and to think that she was very pretty. He had found out that it was very pleasant to talk to her; whereas, talking to Griselda Grantly, and, indeed, to some other young ladies of his acquaintance, was often hard work. The half-hours which he had spent with Lucy had always been satisfactory to him. He had found himself to be more bright with her than with other people, and more apt to discuss subjects worth discussing; and thus it had come about that he thoroughly liked Lucy Robarts."They meet resistance from his formidable mother, Lady Lufton. Although she's the main obstacle to marriage and happiness, Trollope doesn't make her one dimensional. She's generous, caring, loves her children and is always good-intentioned though she sometimes finds it hard to overcome her prejudices. She certainly tries to be just to her son and Lucy and imagines that she really has both of their welfare in mind. However, her main fault - and often her most prominent characteristic - is the need to, well, control everything (as is made clear in the wonderful last line of the novel).Lord Lufton and Lucy also have their faults, Lucy being too irreverent and perverse for the model Victorian wife, as well as not beautiful enough for Lady Lufton's ideal daughter in law. Lord Lufton can't be the ideal hero, either - he considers marrying another woman while Lucy is suffering at home. But Trollope novels always have the happy ending, so it's even more shocking to read somet
Cariola on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
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