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Prepare to fall in love with Trollope,
This review is from: The Warden (Kindle Edition)
I must confess, I am a Trollope devotee and it was The Warden which started off my love affair with Trollope's literature. This book is quite short but definately left me wanting more. We are introduced to some memorable characters, most notably Archdeacon Theophilus Grantly - one of the best creations of English literature. Wily, cunning, determined, proud and yet very moral, Grantly springs off the page and captures your attention from the start. Trollope's descriptions of all his characters brings them to life on the page, and his ability to describe the thoughts, feelings and motivations of his characters in second to none.
The story is very relevant even now. The inherent criticism of journalism and newspapers is very resonant with recent scandals around journalism e.g. phone hacking and so gives the book a really relevant feel. The main character Rev Septimus Harding, is lambasted in the newspapers for earning an income in a charitable hospital. He is a thoroughly honourable, decent, hard working man yet the paper's and his critics slowly eat away at his confidence, dignity and energy so much that his life is close to being ruined. Who could not relate to this treatment at the hands of the print media in this day and age?
Do not be put off by the fact the book is about clergy. Religion is by no means forced down your throat in this book, it does not preach at you. The clergy are very human, flawed characters who just happen to do that particular job and anyone can relate to these people. Also, this may be a Victorian classic but the writing style is very accessible and anyone could easily read the novel.
In The Warden, the first of the Barchester Chronicles, Trollope has set the scene of Barchester wonderfully and wheted the appetite for the masterpiece to come, Barchester Towers. He brings to life the cathedral city of Barchester and its inhabitants brilliantly. Prepare to fall in love and want to read more!