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Barchester Towers

Anthony Trollope (1815-1882)

1. 01 – Who will be the new Bishop?
2. 02 – Hiram’s Hospital
3. 03 – Dr. and Mrs. Proudie
4. 04 – The Bishop’s Chaplain
5. 05 – A Morning Visit
6. 06 – War
7. 07 – The Dean and Chapter take Counsel
8. 08 – The Ex-Warden Rejoices
9. 09 – The Stanhope Family
10. 10 – Mrs Proudie’s Reception – Commenced
11. 11 – Mrs. Proudie’s Reception – Concluded
12. 12 – Slope vs Harding
13. 13 – The Rubbish Cart
14. 14 – The New Champion
15. 15 – The Widow’s Suitors
16. 16 – Baby Worship
17. 17 – Who Shall be Cock of the Walk
18. 18 – The Widow’s Persecution
19. 19 – Barchester by Moonlight
20. 20 – Mr. Arabin
21. 21 – St Ewold’s Parsonage
22. 22 – The Thornes of Ullathorne
23. 23 – Mr Arabin reads himself in at St Ewold’s
24. 24 – Mr Slope manages matters very well at Puddingdale
25. 25 – Fourteen Arguments in Favour of Mr. Quiverful’s Claims
26. 26 – Mrs. Proudie Wrestles and Gets a Fall
27. 27 – A Love Scene
28. 28 – Mrs Bold is Entertained by Dr. & Mrs. Grantly at Plumstead
29. 29 – A Serious Interview
30. 30 – Another Love Scene
31. 31 – The Bishop’s Library
32. 32 – A New Candidate for Ecclesiastical Honours
33. 33 – Mrs. Proudie Victrix
34. 34 – Oxford, The Master and Tutor of Lazarus
35. 35 – Miss Thorne’s Fete Champetre
36. 36 – Ullathorne Sports I
37. 37 – Signora Neronem Countess De Courcy & Mrs. Proudie Meet at Ullathorne
38. 38 – The Bishop Sits Down to Breakfast, and the Dean Dies
39. 39 – The Lookalofts and the Greenacres
40. 40 – Ullathorne Sports Act II
41. 41 – Mrs. Bold Confides Her Sorrow to Her Friend Miss Stanhope
42. 42 – Ullathorne Sports – Act III
43. 43 – Mr & Mrs Quiverful are Made Happy, Mr. Slope is Encouraged by the Press
44. 44 – Mrs. Bold at Home
45. 45 – The Stanhopes at Home
46. 46 – Mr Slope’s Parting Interview with the Signora
47. 47 – The Dean Elect
48. 48 – Miss Thorne shows her Talent at Match-making
49. 49 – The Beelzebub Colt
50. 50 – The Archdeacon is Satisfied with the State of Affairs
51. 51 – Mr. Slope Bids Farewell to the Palace and Its Inhabitants
52. 52 – The New Dean Takes Possesion of the Deanery and the new Warden of the Hospital
53. 53 – Conclusion

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Summary

Second in the series of novels set in the fictional cathedral town of Barchester, the reader is treated to a hilarious, if unseemly, competition for domination of the diocese! The contenders in Barchester Towers are Mrs. Proudie the wife of the mild, sadly henpecked bishop and Mr. Slope his slimy and devious chaplain. When the beloved former bishop suddenly dies, a complete outsider is brought in to take his place. Instead of the bishop's son, Archdeacon Grantly, whom the entire parish was expecting, a more low-church minister, Bishop Proudie is given the post. The battle lines are immediately drawn between the High Church in the form of the Grantlys and the Low Church represented by the Proudie faction but there is mutiny within the ranks. Bishop Proudie's chaplain is not about to allow his territory to be invaded by a scheming bully, Mrs. Olivia Proudie. The various devices and stratagems concocted by these unholy people of God form the plot of this amusing satire. Published in 1857, Barchester Towers was followed by four other novels in Anthony Trollope's Barsetshire Series. All the novels follow the doings of the clergy, the social set, the gentry and local politicians in the small cathedral town and its surroundings. Sir Anthony Trollope was one of the most successful and highly respected writers of the Victorian era. Though born in a socially privileged family, Trollope's father was financially unsuccessful, but insisted on his children being brought up in the aristocratic way. His mother who sought to supplement the family income tried her hand at various failed enterprises and finally began to earn fame and fortune as a writer. Trollope himself had a checkered career as a soldier and post office clerk before launching on his own writing career. Though his initial Irish novels did not make waves, he met with financial and critical success with the six Barsetshire novels. His popularity began to decline in the twentieth century, but today the Barchester Series is known to a new generation of readers through the medium of the popular BBC series The Barchester Chronicles (1982). Though this series follows only the first two novels, it has remained one of the most popular English countryside series to be made for television. Barchester Towers is indeed a most diverting and humorous read for Trollope fans. For readers who have not encountered the whimsical, yet authentic, characters portrayed here before, along with their sneaky machinations, Barchester Towers is sure to please.

Reviews

dg

Mostly good readers with only one that was nearly impossible to understand. Interesting and amusing novel and I am now planning on continuing listening to more of Mr. Trollope's work. I especially enjoy listening to Andy Minter.