Trollope

No, not trollop! I’m reading Anthony Trollope’s Chronicles of Barsetshire, in a very nice 1950 hardbound pocket edition from The World’s Classics, published by Oxford University Press. The binding is 3/4 red cloth with gold fleur‐de‐lys, with a cream spine and red title inset on the spine. And there’s a little ribbon bookmark. I have this fantasy of sitting on the T reading and having a church lady ask if I’m reading the Bible, so I can say, “No, Trollope.”

I’ve now finished Dr Thorne and Framley Parsonage. The Framley one finally begins to tie together major characters from the earlier novels (although I’m not sure if that continues). These two, certainly, form a sort of a pair, though not so much as the first two, which definitely have a complete story between them.

Next up: The Small House at Allington.

One Reply to “Trollope”

  1. Great to hear that your reading The Chronicles of Barset, the six novels are together perhaps the most delightful and amusing of Trollope’s writing. Barchester Towers and The Last Chronicle of Barset are for me amongst the best books written!
    Trollope’s later works express his disgust at political and financial corruption and show a far darker side, for many ‘The Way We Live Now’ is his greatest work.
    Whichever Trollope you prefer, the Trollope Society’s website http://www.anthonytrollope.com is running a ‘Take a Trollope on holiday’ campaign, with suggestions for what to take, and a poll to find the favourite Trollope holiday read.

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