Barchester Towers, the sequel to The Warden, is the second novel in Trollope's major series, the Chronicles of Barsetshire. It focuses on the power struggle between Archdeacon Grantly, Mr. Slope and the Proudies as they fight for control of the diocese of Barchester. Meanwhile, another struggle is taking place for the heart of Eleanor Bold. Who will win her? The vile Mr. Slope, the idling Bertie Stanhope or someone else entirely? This is a witty and sparkling novel about greed, hate and love; Trollope captures the intricacy of human emotion and character with warmth, humor, wonderful characterization and, of course, perfect dialogue.
"[David Shaw-Parker's] tone is confiding and personal, perfectly capturing the spirit of Trollope's narrative voice. There's no attempt to impersonate characters; Shaw-Parker's voice changes just enough that we are never in doubt who is speaking or what kind of person the speaker is. (The unctuous Mr. Slope is particularly fine.)" (AudioFile)
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Gentle comedy, good company
The wry and quiet comedy. Trollope is very charitable to his characters and I love the 19th century language. It is like a vacation from our vulgar times--although, of course, they had Slope, who might match a presidential candidate or two.
The warden and Elinor. They are our hero and heroine and are a devoted father and daughter.
I listened to the Warden and am about to listen to Dr. Thorne, third in the series. As Trollope speaks from time to time directly to the reader, I think Shaw-Parker inhabits him. I don't generally like a lot of tone and voice changes per each character, but I think the narrator gets it just right in these novels and he is excellent at accenting the humor and irony in Trollope's confidential tones. He makes me want to know Anthony Trollope--the author seeming every bit as charming as his fictional characters.
No. It's long and proceeds at it's own pace. No need to rush.
- jdukuray "askmenow"