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Dr Thorne (Everyman's Library Classics) [Hardcover]

Anthony Trollope
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16 Sep 1993 Everyman's Library Classics
In the third novel of the Barsetshire series, Trollope continues his study of a small cathedral city and the surrounding rural community which he presents as a microcosm of nineteenth-century England. Through each of the Barsershire novels can be read on its own, the six together present an incomparable portrait of life and manners in the quiet but troubled heart of a great nation at the zenith of its prosperity. DOCTOR THORNE revolves round the characters of the doctor and his niece, Mary, but the complex social life of which they are a part, ranging in scope from great houses to poor cottages, is almost more important than individual characters. If God is in the details, these novels are indeed divine.

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  • Hardcover: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Everyman; New Ed edition (16 Sep 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857151658
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857151657
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 21.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 382,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anthony Trollope is the author of many titles, including BARCHESTER TOWERS. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Visit to the Good Doctor 24 April 2006
By Paul D
Format:Paperback
For this, the third in the Barsetshire series after The Warden and Barchester Towers, Trollope takes us to East Barset, and the home of the eponymous Doctor Thorne. The Doctor is a kind and gentle man, good-hearted and generous, who thinks the world of his niece, Mary. She is in love with Frank, son of the impoverished local landowner, who reciprocates her love. The problem is that Mary is without a fortune, and Frank must marry money. How these difficulties are resolved forms the basis of the novel. Trollope had no time for the mysteries that often lay at the heart of Victorian fiction; he makes it clear just a few chapters in that Mary and Frank will end up happily married, and he is scornful of those writers for whom plot is more important than character - mentioning Mrs Radcliffe by name.

Doctor Thorne is a charming, witty book with much humour. One of Trollope's great strengths is his understanding of character, which leads him to create well-drawn, three-dimensional characters who have both good and bad, dark and light, in their characters. Few people in Trollope are either wholly good or wholly bad. Thus, the Doctor has to endeavour to preserve the lives of not one but two people whose deaths would benefit his niece greatly.

I felt when reading this novel that this is truly where Trollope's world fully develops. Although he wrote forty-seven novels and many other works, including the celebrated Autobiography, the quality never suffered. The reader fully lives with the characters and their milieu, and actually cares about the people, and that, finally, is what the purpose of reading should be.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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This is the third of the Barsetshire novels and the first to leave behind the trials and tribulations of Hiram's Hospital. Typical of Trollope's subtle humour the first literary trick of this book is the title since the Doctor himself, though not exactly a minor character, is in many ways almost an overseer of the plot rather than the true hero of the story. That honour goes to his neice Mary, whose strange origin is the event that underlies the plot. So cleverly does Trollope bring us close to Mary and her plight that he has the reader practically wishing for the death of a character so that Mary's happiness might be secured. This book contains an array of interesting characters, as you would expect from Anthony Trollope, but is a little less complex than some of the "Palliser" and other novels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love and money in Victorian times 27 Mar 2008
By Didier TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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'Dr. Thorne' is the third novel in Trollope's Barsetshire-series, and the first to steer away from Barchester city and the clergymen living there. The action is set in Greshambury, where Doctor Thorne is living with his 'niece' Mary, who is actually the illegitimate child of the doctor's deceased brother. Frank Gresham, son of the local squire, grew up with Mary and, now that he has come of age, is intent on marrying her. Frank's father however is virtually bankrupt, and to save the estate Frank is pushed on all sides marry 'money' and not some penniless orphan, however charming she may be...

Based on this simple plot Trollope tells a beautiful and captivating story. As always his main interest lies with the inner life of his characters, and he records their thoughts, feelings, changes of heart and emotions with infinite care and in great detail. Should Frank follow his heart and marry Mary? Or is that selfish and should he rather think of the reputation (and property) of his family and marry some rich heiress? And even though he has pledged himself to her, should perhaps Mary release Frank from their engagement since their marriage would only bring quarrels and financial ruin for the Gresham-family? With great affection for his characters and often subtle humour, Trollope investigates the implications and myriad aspects of each choice to be made.

'Dr. Thorne' gives one a glimpse into life 'as it was' for the landed gentry in Victorian times, and yet it is also very recognizable and relevant today (often I found myself thinking 'that's exactly how I would have felt'). I was very sorry to reach the end of this book, and afterwards immediately started in 'Framley Parsonage'!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of his best 22 May 2010
By F. M. M. Stott TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I have read many of Trollope's novels, but none better than this one. Like so many of his novels, it is the story of thwarted lovers - Mary Thorne, niece of the eponymous Doctor, who has adopted her and brought her up, and Frank Gresham, son and heir of the local squire. But Frank needs to marry for money, his father having squandered most of the family estate, and Mary is poor. It seems that there is no solution to their problems, the world (especially Frank's ambitious mother, Lady Arabella) is consipiring against them, and it looks as though the lovers may have to go their separate ways. Unless, of course, something dramatic happens to turn their fortunes around.

This novel has all the qualities of Trollope at his best; humour, tension, likeable (and not so likeable) charcters, and the author's acute inisght into human beings, with all their failings. A thoroughly enjoyable read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Thorne 19 Jun 2010
By Rich
Format:Paperback
The third Barchester novel sees Trollope drop some of the 'political' intrigue of the previous novels, and focuses instead on the politics of romance and the right kind of marriages. I.E. not marrying outside of your class. Trollope's characterisations are yet again fantastic. You may not like some of these characters but the compassion he shows them, means you understand them. The hero and heroine are a little wet but their resolve to live their lives as they want to gives them a lot of strength. There is also great pleasure in the incidental details, the election campaign, the struggles of the local gentry to find suitable marriages. Best of all is Trollope's voice. He apologises for a boring beginning, for contriving events to turn out the way he wants because he is the writer. Yet, the book still feels 'real'
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5.0 out of 5 stars Traditionally Trollope
OK, so you know exactly where this will take you by about 33% of the way through, but it's beautifully written, and good comes out on top. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Ronni Lamont
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr Thorne
AT was a masterful story teller, confident in his characters and plots. It’s like Jane Austen, only better. Read more
Published 15 days ago by MR ANDREW W H JEFFRIES
5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing read
It was an enthralling read with the ultimate coming of the heroine Mary Thorne as the saviour of the Squire's family and possessions. Read more
Published 17 days ago by charlotte coxon
2.0 out of 5 stars I did not like Simon Vance's characterization of female voices and...
Simon Vance's reading is beautiful but such a pity he had to vocalize the female voices and some of the male characters too. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Janet L.
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed!
Have read and thoroughly enjoyed the first two of the Barsetshire Chronicles but Dr Thorne, the third in the series, I gave up on. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bri
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr Thorne
A lovely part of the Barchester Chronicles. Mary and the other characters are charming. Enjoy this as part of the whole series.
Published 2 months ago by Judith Hosking
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Thorny, but plenty of Trollope!
Another brilliant Trollope novel with the added value of a hardback at fantastic discount. If you enjoy Anthony's writing style and intrigue then you'll not be disappointed.
Published 5 months ago by Music Maestro
5.0 out of 5 stars Another entertaining stroll through Barsetshire life
This third instalment of the `Barchester Chronicles' series really grew on me after a slowish start. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jeremy Bevan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
A very unpredictable plot. Interesting, certainly. the characters are interesting, the plot good, and the world created absorbing. Read more
Published 6 months ago by TheMidnightClear
5.0 out of 5 stars No Better
Gripping story and well written. Step back in time and delve into Victorian life. Wonderful escape. Couldn't put the book (kindle) down.
Published 7 months ago by JohnCUK
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