Framley Parsonage

Framley Parsonage Mark Robarts is a clergyman with ambitions beyond his small country parish of Framley In a naive attempt to mix in influential circles he agrees to guarantee a bill for a large sum of money for the d

  • Title: Framley Parsonage
  • Author: Anthony Trollope
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 265
  • Format: Paperback
  • Mark Robarts is a clergyman with ambitions beyond his small country parish of Framley In a naive attempt to mix in influential circles, he agrees to guarantee a bill for a large sum of money for the disreputable local Member of Parliament, while being helped in his career in the Church by the same hand But the unscrupulous politician reneges on his financial obligations,Mark Robarts is a clergyman with ambitions beyond his small country parish of Framley In a naive attempt to mix in influential circles, he agrees to guarantee a bill for a large sum of money for the disreputable local Member of Parliament, while being helped in his career in the Church by the same hand But the unscrupulous politician reneges on his financial obligations, and Mark must face the consequences this debt may bring to his family One of Trollope s most enduringly popular novels since it appeared in 1861, Framley Parsonage is an evocative depiction of country life in nineteenth century England, told with great compassion and acute insight into human nature.

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    • Petra X says:

      "They are being very patient.""Oh, the English generally are if they think they are going to get something for nothing."And I was very patient with this book. I kept losing track of the characters and the story but perservered hoping I would get something. But I got what the English hope they won't. Nothing. The book had both plot and romance but not enough of plot and the romance was boring and somewhat hackneyed. Nothing like as good as Barchester Towers or the Warden in the same series. It is [...]

    • Bruce says:

      One can seldom go wrong by taking a Trollope novel on holiday. His style, his wit, and his psychological perceptiveness always delight and allow one to pick up the book in odd moments and be instantly transported. This novel, like several of his others and like the novels of Dickens – in comparison with whom I find Trollope to be gentler and less socially biting, or at least more subtly so – was serialized in monthly publications of the time, and each chapter is thus rather self-contained. T [...]

    • Sherwood Smith says:

      Here's the frightening thing about this book. Gentle, wonderful Mrs. Gaskell wished it would go on forever and ever, because it was just so peaceful.Yet we can read it now and see the savagery just beneath the surface. A pastor is worried about hunting . . . not because hunting is all about murdering a small creature, but because it Just Isn't Done on Sunday.A woman sells herself coldly to a man she doesn't like or respect--but he's got the right title and bank account.People struggle silently b [...]

    • Jessica says:

      It is difficult to review Framley Parsonage without also discussing Doctor Thorne. The romantic half of the novel seemed to me a revision of the romantic plot of Doctor Thorne, though a far superior model.As with Doctor Thorne, Trollope leaves the confines of Barchester to look at the countryside. Here, too, he deals more with class issues and with the adjustments the aristocracy is slowly making to the many changes in the nineteenth century. He is moderately chatty, though not as much as in Bar [...]

    • Derek Davis says:

      Trollope starts slow, then goes slower and after a bit you wonder where exactly is any of thisBut then, almost without realizing it, you're deep into the often tedious lives of his characters. To this American (and probably most others), the types and concerns of these characters are petty, even ridiculous. The winding-down nobility of mid-19th century Britain were a damned silly bunch by any modern standard--isolated, divorced from reality, having no function except to "be in charge," even when [...]

    • K. says:

      So, I am seriously at a loss to express just how much I enjoyed this book. I am beginning to have a serious "thing" for Mr. Trollope. The very beginning was actually very slow and I had some doubts. I didn't feel the story really got going until about page 80 or so. The other drawback was the heavy political vein running through it. The problem with that problem is that I have no experience with British parliamentary process past or present, and don't really get it. I am sure it was highly amusi [...]

    • Cecily says:

      The 4th Barchester novel, mainly re the vicar Mark Robarts, but also Proudies, Grantlys, Greshams, Dr Thorne and Miss Dunstable. A less pleasant read in some ways because you know Mark is doomed (in the medium term, even though he is probably rescued at the end), can see it all coming and wish he did too. Aspects of the plot are too similar to the immediately preceding Barchester (titled young man possibly marrying beneath him). Too much financial detail at times (though necessary for the plot) [...]

    • Renee M says:

      Trollope takes on the trials of a young vicar, the disadvantages of co-signing a debt for a narcissistic friend, pride that hurts loved ones, the power of gossip, the vagaries of politics, and of course finding an appropriate mate. All while stirring the pot with characters from previous books.

    • aPriL does feral sometimes says:

      ‘Framley Parsonage’, fourth volume in the Barsetshire Chronicles, is good. However, it is not my favorite in this series. Each successive novel in the series has had a slight loss of energy and bite. The author Anthony Trollope has settled for in this book what to me is a story which is primarily a romantic Victorian cozy about manners, morality, money and social class - there being either too much or too little of the four elements which causes moral/financial embarrassment (linked indubita [...]

    • Greg says:

      The book jacket tells us "These novels [are] the first serial fiction in English literature." That's just one more reason to read these in order, which I'm doing, and enjoying. I liked best, in "Framley Parsonage", Lucy Roberts standing up to all, and proving to all she has, and IS the "Backbone of Barsetshire": why, she literally kidnaps four children from a mother with typhus then, risking her own health, nurses the mother back from deaths door. (Not to worry, this is not a major plot point an [...]

    • Cleo says:

      4.5 stars!

    • John says:

      Poor Mark Robart’s and his aspirations leading him on a perilous path by Mr Sowerby. Underneath the gentleness of Trollope’s story is an undercurrent of Jones versus the Jones. A great tale of a naive clergyman and his tribulations brought about by himself. Woven in is his sister’s Lucy and her courtship with Lord Lufton and whether it will happen or not. Through in a millionaire woman, Miss Dunstable and her wry humor and you have a wonderful entertaining story about class and people’s [...]

    • Beth Bonini says:

      This is my fourth Trollope novel - and also the fourth novel in the Barsetshire Chronicles. In some ways, this is the most satisfying to date - and a huge pleasure to read - although in another sense he is beginning to repeat himself. Trollope is a realist, not a romantic, and this is both his greatest strength and also a bit of a weakness when it comes to devising romantic plots. The marriage plot between Lucy Roberts and Lord Lufton bears far too much resemblance to the pairing of Frank Gresha [...]

    • Elinor says:

      Every time I read the next book in the Barchester Chronicles, I think: "THIS is my favourite so far!" Each of the six novels in the series stands alone, but carries forward several familiar characters. There is a separate love story in each novel, and sometimes more than one couple are grappling with some obstacle to their marriage, but that makes it all the more interesting. This is the fourth book in the series, and the central lovers are Lucy and Ludovic. I find it the perfect escape to sink [...]

    • Katie Lumsden says:

      Thoroughly enjoyable! I love the wit, variety and characterisation in the series and this wonderful book is no exception.

    • Dana Loo says:

      Finito anche il 4° della Cronache del Barsetshire con sempre più gran soddisfazione e diletto. Una delle trame meglio articolate dell' intera serie, personaggi ottimamente delineati, stile narrativo colloquiale, a tratti confidenziale. Un maestro, Trollope, nel dipingere i personaggi femminili con i loro vizi e virtù, le loro lingue taglienti, le loro arguzie. Le loro schermaglie dialettiche, i loro scambi verbali sono irresistibili e mettono un po' in ombra i personaggi maschili che risultan [...]

    • Arpita (BagfullofBooks) says:

      3.5 stars

    • Andie says:

      This is the fourth novel in Trollope's Barsetshire series, and is the most satisfying so far. Trollope focuses this novel on the Rev. Mark Robarts, a young man to whom everything has come way too easily. He has the living at Framley and is earning 1000 pounds/year - quite an income for a young man in his twenties - has a lovely wife and the patronage of Lady Luftons, the mother of his boyhood friend, Luderick, Lord Lufton.Mark aims to further his ecclesiastical career, and, unfortunately in his [...]

    • Karen says:

      Trollope and Dickens are often compared to each other, and usually Dickens is considered the better writer, but I am thoroughly enjoying this series. For me, the two writers are equally good, they just focus on a different segment of Victorian life. Another aspect that I like about Trollope is that Chronicles of Barsetshire really is a series. We encounter the same characters from book to book (at least so far, I have only read 4 of the 6), although we are introduced to new main characters in ea [...]

    • Nicole says:

      One is delighted to see the return of Miss Dunstable.

    • Manuel Alfonseca says:

      Fourth book in the Barchester Chronicles. Excellent critical view of Victorian political intrigues (more or less the same as we have now), and how the corruption of a few can tarnish innocent people (as the parson who is one of the main characters of the book), although the novel is right to signal that even the innocent are not completely free of guilt.

    • Daniel Sevitt says:

      Another lovely romance that follows similar lines to Doctor Thorne and also revisits some beloved characters from earlier in the Chronicles and marries them off beautifully too. I get a bit lost in all the politics and I'm not entirely sure what the Duke of Omnium is supposed to have done to earn so much opprobrium, but it all rattles along with good things happening to mostly good people and mostly bad people ending up with less, so who could possibly complain? Trollope's still a Jew-hating ass [...]

    • Susan in NC says:

      I'm (slowly) making my way through Trollope's Barsetshire series - I find I have to be in the mood. I read somewhere that a contemporary of Trollope's said they hoped the serialized "Framley Parsonage" would never end, as they loved it because nothing ever happened! That's a bit harsh, but the novel really is about what I consider the timeless, intimate details of life, relationships, property, and responsibility. The main character is country parson Mark Robarts, who has pretty much always had [...]

    • Cheyanne says:

      This is the fourth of a six-novel series and, rather like a long-running television drama, some of the plot lines are repetitive. The novelty of this installment comes with the story of Rev. Robarts, a pleasant young vicar who is awarded the "living" of Framley Parsonage through his friendship with the titled family at Framley Court. As readers of Jane Austen know, in 19th century England a "living" was the endowment from wealthy benefactors that allowed a village church to support a vicar in a [...]

    • Peter says:

      This marks the final book of the Barsetshire series for me, and I regret that I did not read it in its proper sequence. Oh well. There is a certain languid pace in his novels, but the pace is enlivened with very insightful psychological insights into the human character. One enjoyable aspect Trollope's novels is the fact that he is able to craft every character with both strengths and weaknesses. His characters are, therefore, more real, more believable. Take Mark Robarts, his sister Lucy and hi [...]

    • Julie says:

      Book 4 of the Barchester Chronicles, Trollope continues with many of the same characters introduced in the first 3 books. The main plot circles around a moral dilemma faced by Mark Robarts, deacon of the Framley Parsonage. In an effort to be helpful to a well-respected peer, he signs his name to a note for 400 pounds which is presented as a temporary loan. Unfortunately, Mark doesn't have the means to cover this debt and ends up getting further in debt. The other conflict concerns Mark's sister [...]

    • Hazel says:

      I've had to start this from the beginning again. Great fun. Trollope has a marvellous way of honestly examining human frailty and our petty venality and other sins. I'm engaged with the foolish vicar who gets himself unnecessarily into more and more debt. But the author's touch is so light and forgiving that I'm left with a rueful smile rather than a condemning sneer. I'm particularly taken with his portrayal of parliamentary politics. Things have changed, and the government doesn't collapse so [...]

    • Laura Leilani says:

      If you love Jane Austen, give this series a try. This book was a bit more serious than Dr Thorne was. Here, a clergyman signs an outstanding bill for an important man he wants to impress. One small error of judgement snowballs into life destroying proportions. There are plenty of romances as well, for those that enjoy them. I found most not too realistic but enjoyable nonetheless.

    • Suzannah says:

      This might be my favourite Trollope book so far. Wonderful.Full review now available at Vintage Novels.

    • Christina Baehr says:

      I think this may be my favourite yet of the Barchester books. So insightful and entertaining.

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