The Warden

Anthony Trollope Graham Handley


The Warden

The Warden

  • Title: The Warden
  • Author: Anthony Trollope Graham Handley
  • ISBN: 9780679405511
  • Page: 388
  • Format: Hardcover



When John Bold decides to challenge corruption in the Church of England he sets the whole town of Barchester by the ears with consequences both comic and sad Trollope s first masterpiece is the study of conflicting loyalties and principles in a cathedral city where the gentle warden becomes an unwilling focus of national controversy The resulting story is both a fine comWhen John Bold decides to challenge corruption in the Church of England he sets the whole town of Barchester by the ears with consequences both comic and sad Trollope s first masterpiece is the study of conflicting loyalties and principles in a cathedral city where the gentle warden becomes an unwilling focus of national controversy The resulting story is both a fine comedy of manners and a magnificent group portrait THE WARDEN is the first novel of the Barsetshire series.


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There is tranquility in a second-hand bookshop. Libraries are quiet because they must be. This is different. A kind of peace. Whatever it is, it suits me. I feel at home. It could just be the dust. Anyway, there I was kneeling in the art books, pulling them out and pushing them back. Have it, read it, not interested… I made my way down the row that way and swung round to continue on the shelf behind me. It was low. It was low and I am short and - on hands and knees - I still had to bend down t [...]

διαχρονική ανθρώπινη φύση ένα βιβλίο για την κοσμική διαφθορά της εκκλησίας, παρουσιασμένα απλά, κυνικά και ώρες ώρες με ένα ιδιαίτερα καυστικό χιούμορ! Στο επίκεντρο η λειτουργία ενός γηροκομείου που λειτουργεί με κεφάλαιο από τη διαθήκη ενός πλούσιου πιστού, ο οποίος έχ [...]

Book Circle Reads 155Rating: 3.5* of five Good, solid Victorian stodge. The kind of book you read when you're glutted with silly, vapid "reality" stuff and need a bit of the reality fiction of its day. My review lives on my blog, out of reach of data-deleting megacorps.

Very enjoyable book that is concerned about people putting their great big feet in puddles before ascertaining their depth! It's very cleverly worked out and contains just the amount of love and romance to drive the plot forward. Like most of Trollope's Barchester series, it is somewhat a comedy of manners and more enjoyable for that.Recommended to those who like the classics and have a certain fondness for schadenfreude (even though they know they shouldn't).

I'm going to clamp down my opening paragraph with a SPOILER! because I reveal in generalities how the book endswhich is kind of important I guess.(view spoiler)[Who doesn't love a happy ending? Apparently Anthony Trollope. I didn't realize how use to them I've become, because I was pretty surprised when it happened. Surprises in books are usually a good thing, but here it felt flat. (hide spoiler)]The Warden is the tale of a man who took his due and then developed a guilty conscience over it. Se [...]

I am not sure what to write of as a review.To escape such confused state, it is better to state everything in bullets. - It is a story of a man who listens to his conscience even when it means to lose everything (most of all, his income).- It is a story of wonderful relationships: the friendship between the Warden and the Archbishop; the filial affection between a father and a daughter (the Warden and his daughter, Eleanor); challenging love between lovers (Eleanor and Bold); a fascinating relat [...]

I have finally introduced myself to Anthony Trollope, and I can say with a smile that I am very happy to have made his acquaintance. A friend suggested I start with "The Warden" and I believe it to be advice well-taken.The Warden of this novel is Mr. Harding, a kindly and good man, who is overseer to a group of bedesmen whose care has been provided for in the will of a long-deceased gentleman. The church tends the property left in the will and provides for the care of the men out of the proceeds [...]

Here's proof that you can read a Trollope during a cross country flight. That's a testament to the quality of Trollope's writing as well as the unusual brevity of this story. Still, there were a handful of wonderfully developed characters and a display of what the English language can be. Here's just a brief example:In the world Dr. Grantly never lays aside that demeanor which so well becomes him, He has all the dignity of an ancient saint with the sleekness of a modern bishop; he is always the [...]

Irruzione nella vita di provinciaPer chi desidera una lettura di qualità, gradevole e rilassante, Trollope è un autore sicuramente raccomandabile.Scrittore d'età vittoriana, rappresenta squarci di vita privata e sociale in modo realistico ; nel contempo però, in linea con con la grande tradizione letteraria inglese, la sua prosa ci offre uno stile lieve, gradevolissimo, venato di sottile umorismo ; a differenza di qualche celebre collega francese coevo, insomma, non tale da 'bloccare la dige [...]

I’ve been on for nearly two years now (where has the time gone?) yet I’m doing something for the very first time with this book: reading something has recommended to me! I’ve read lots of books that were recommended to me by my GR friends but this is the first one I’ve read that was recommended by GR itself. To paraphrase : You liked Oliver Twist so you may also like The Chronicles of Barchester (of which this is the first book).Well, , I am happy to say that you were right: I did enjo [...]

This was only my second book by Trollope, but I was surprised by how easy and often witty a read it was! There were bits that felt a little plodding, and frankly the plot itself is hardly going to be an action movie, but as a piece of satire, it was clever and well-paced. Looking forward to the next book in the Chronicles of Barsetshire:-)Find more reviews and bookish fun at princessandpen

Με λιτή γραφή σκιαγραφούνται οι χαρακτήρες έτσι όπως διαμορφώνονται από γεγονότα και καταστάσεις. Όλα αυτά βέβαια στην βικτωριανή εποχή όπου η ευγένεια και η άμιλλα παρέμειναν στο προσκήνιο παρά τις όποιες αντιπαραθέσεις. Θα ήταν βέβαια ευχής έργο, στη ζωή μας να συντάσσα [...]

Είχα σκοπό να παρακάμψω το πρώτο βιβλίο της σειράς "Τα χρονικά του Μπάρτσεστερ" και να διαβάσω κατευθείαν το δεύτερο αλλά δυστυχώς παρασύρθηκα και διάβασα τον Επίτροπο.Άλλη φορά θα ακούω το ένστικτό μου γιατί η αλήθεια είναι οτι απογοητεύτηκα λίγο.Δεν μπορώ να πω οτι είναι [...]

Other then Septimius’ character and a few tidbits here and there, this was boring as fuck. I realize that that isn’t the most appropriate criticism but ultimately, that was still my reaction to this book.

Ο Άντονι Τρόλοπ, ένας από τους πιο γνωστούς Βικτωριανούς συγγραφείς μαζι με τον Ντίκενς και τον Κόλινς, είναι τελείως άγνωστος στην Ελλάδα και δεν υπάρχει καμία μετάφρασή του στα Ελληνικά (οι εκδόσεις Gutenberg διαμηνύουν εδώ και δύο χρόνια μια μετάφραση αυτού του βιβλίου και τ [...]

Ο Anthony Trollope (1815-1882) ήταν ένας πετυχημένος Άγγλος συγγραφέας, της βικτωριανής γενιάς, το πρώτο μυθιστόρημα του οποίου δημοσιεύτηκε μόλις το 1847, όταν βρίσκονταν στην ηλικία των 32 χρόνων κι είχε ήδη εξασφαλίσει μία ομολογουμένως πετυχημένη εργασιακή πορεία στο Ταχυδρομείο, όπ [...]

Activists and budding political strategists of all stripes should read 'The Warden' by Anthony Trollope. The plot revolves around characters who are ideologically opposed to each other. We would label the antagonists conservatives and progressives today. They do combat with each through the media (newspapers) and England's House of Lords of 1855 (when the book was published), but caught in the middle are unsophisticated non-political small-town villagers of England, interested only in community [...]

3.5 stars. My first Trollope. I was warned not to start with this one, as it is a bit dry, and that's no lie. It is all about church politics and there is a Point, and at times, you are beaten over the head with it until you lose the will to press on. But then that chapter ends, and Trollope moves back into the lives of the Warden and his surrounding family and friends, and things pick up again. The audio narrator for my library's cd copy was Simon Vance, who did a wonderful job. He changes voic [...]

Poor Warden. What did he do to deserve to be treated so cruelly? An innocent man, accused of misallocating funds from the inheritance of the hospital that he administrates, faces litigation from his future son in law. The Warden’s story is such a tragedy. So much so that many Trollope readers consider this to be the worst story in the Barchester Chronicles series. Well, I do agree that this story suffers from simplicity. Fortunately it was written by Anthony Trollope so what it loses in substa [...]

The 1st Barchester novel. More political than Barchester Towers and with a much smaller cast. Mostly concerning the validity (or otherwise) of Mr Harding's generous remuneration for being warden of Hiram's Hospital and how that debate affects the burgeoning relationship between his younger daughter Eleanor, and the campaigning John Bold. Interestingly "modern" twist of layers of stories: the basic plot is a parody of real events and in the story a fictionalised Dickens (Mr Popular Sentiment) wri [...]

That went much too quickly. I'm afraid I ate it in the manner called Full American: as rapidly as possible without pausing even to breathe. I kid, of course. But, only sort of.I had already read this book for a literature class in college, theoretically. That is, I answered many essay questions about it and may have even written about it in a paper. However, there is nothing familiar in it that suggests I ever actually opened the book. My loss entirely. It is marvelous. If you read it for no oth [...]

I've always resisted the idea of Trollope. But this book has changed my opinion. It's a kind, generous, humane book--generous to a fault. I've never seen a book where the concluding chapter tells you the bad guy isn't really as bad as he seems. The writing is mostly clean and simple: more like Jane Austen (though not as clever) than Thomas Carlyle (who is parodied in one of the book's less memorable moments), or even Dickens. The story of a weak, easily-led Anglican clergyman who is driven by hi [...]

Arguto e di gradevolissima lettura. Credo leggerò anche gli altri romanzi di Barchester.

3.5What is any public question but a conglomeration of private interests?" After nearly ten years of wanting to read this novel, and try Trollope, I have finally managed it. I don't know why I was so hesitant. This is a good Victorian novel, admitedly not my favourite, but worth reading nonetheless.The story revolves around the question of the possible misuse of charitable funds. The reformer side is personalised by Mr. Bold, while the holder of the warden position is Mr Harding. Both sides [...]

The Warden is the first book in the Chronicles of Barsetshire that is regarded as Anthony Trollope's finest work. This book was first published in 1855 and is set in the fictitious province of Barsetshire and is a story of a clergyman in cathedral town of Barchester. Book CoverAs goes for all the classics, the cover is beautiful. So, no complaints here.PlotThe story is of Septimus Harding, a clergymen who is living a peaceful and happy life as a Warden of Hiram's Hospital and as the precentor of [...]

Where I got the book: audiobook on Audible.This is the first novel in the Barchester Chronicles—attentive friends may remember that I listened to the second novel, Barchester Towers, first, loved it and then found it was the abridged version (grrrr) and decided to go back to the beginning and listen to the whole series, unabridged. There are several different audio versions available, and after listening to the samples I opted for this one, narrated by David Shaw-Parker who does a nice job.It [...]

The Warden, melancholy story of Septimus Harding,Church of England clergyman, in the fictitious cathedral town of Barchester.(Winchester in reality) Britain ,the middle of the 19th century andthis quiet little city exists, because of the cathedral, and is dominated by the clergy .In 1434 a wealthy merchant John Hiram died, and left in his will land , to support twelve retired old men from Barchester.A hospital(nursing home) was to be built, the church to administer it by appointing a warden. Fou [...]

This was my first Trollope! It concerns Septimus Harding, the warden of an almshouse, whose remuneration comes under question from John Bold. Unlike Dickens we have no villains; Septimus is guilt-ridden that he may have unwittingly been doing something wrong, or even seen to be wrong. Even his son-in-law, Dr Grantly, who comes across as a bit of a tyrant and who advises Septimus to stick to his guns throughout the novel, is still very human—and it's this aspect of Trollope's writing that great [...]

It has taken me far too long to get to Anthony Trollope, though I did read "The American Senator" a couple of years ago. Part of this year's reading plan (such as it is) is to read "The Chronicles of Barsetshire". The first volume is "The Warden" and its central character is Septimus Harding, the Warden of what is in effect a retirement home for 12 old men of the city who are no longer able to work and support themselves. He is a gentle and sensitive man, ill-equipped to deal with the storm whic [...]

THE WARDEN. (1855). Anthony Trollope. *****. I last read this novel (ready?) fifty years ago. I remembered liking it at the time, but it was probably too slow of a read for me then. Reading it now, I can better appreciate skill with plot and character, and have the patience for a slow read. This edition (the one I read not the one pictured) was from The Folio Society in 1995, and contains an introduction by Owen Chadwick and illustrations by Alexy Pendle. The novel was the first in Trollope’s [...]


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