The Warden (EBOOK)
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Dr Bold or the conservatism of Archdeacon Grantly will help the Warden I loved the Warden of this story I love his morality his humility his simpleness I love Trollope s criticisms of the Church of England and its clergy and thexcesses of reform I love his take on the Press But it is a gentle novel There are no demons in Trollope s novel and no saints There are men who make mistakes and overshoot the mark Men who start a ball rolling and are unable to see where it will lead There are women too The women are fully formed and not just side notes There is tranuility in a second hand bookshop Libraries are uiet 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 to see I was Carter making the tiny breach i I have finally introduced myself to Anthony Trollope and I can say with a smile that I am very happy to have made his acuaintance A friend suggested I start with The Warden and I believe it to be advice well takenThe 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 which works uite well until someone decides that the church and Mr Harding are getting from the arrangement than the men themselves What might be seen as a simple matter and one in which determining right and wrong is simple as well proves to be a complicated issue in the hands of Trollope He gives us the myriads of grey that always accompany such disputes and he refuses to offer us a villain on which can be hung the blame that would so Extending Symfony 2 Web Application Framework easily justify us in taking a stand for one side or the other He makes us think and he makes us choose and he shows us clearly that whichever choice we make it will not be for godly good or satanicvil but for human judgment which is flawedI very much njoyed this novel It moved uickly and held my interest while still causing me to pause and "Ponder I Saw Much In "I saw much in that I could asily identify in current situations politics and the machinations of the press have not changed as much as we like to think I will be reading the next book in the series which I am assured is an Ritual Alliances of the Putian Plain: Volume Two: A Survey of Village Temples and Ritual Activities even delightful novelThank you Mr Trollope for being so patient in waiting for my promised visit to your world I am pleased to say it will only be a few weeks and I will gladly call on you again I m going to clamp down my opening paragraph with a SPOILER because I reveal in generalities how the bookndswhich is kind of important I guessview spoilerWho doesn t love a happy nding 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 I am not sure what to write of as a reviewTo scape such confused state it is better to state Wish You Were Here: An Essential Guide to Your Favorite Music Scenes—from Punk to Indie and Everything in Between everything in bullets It is a story of a man who listens to his conscienceven when it means to lose The Day Christ Was Born 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 relationship between a father in law and a son in law the warden and his first son in law Dr Grantly It is about 19th century Church politicsspecially the Church of England It is about the abuse of charity funds by clergy which was a great discussion point in Trollope s timeOverall it is a lovely story written in a superb language I loved the language and Trollope s habit of addressing the reader once a whileThis dition also has a wonderful introduction by Robin Gilmour and he has rightly indicated at the opening of introduction Gilmour and he has rightly indicated at the opening of introduction it is meant for those who have read the novel That was a great service I just skipped it and went direct for the novel I am a new reader and after the completion when I read the introduction I was wonder struck by very many remarkable points analysed Had "I READ IT EARLIER I WOULD "read it arlier I would neither understood the analysis nor have The Seventh Witch enjoyed the novel A gentle story about unexpected clerical upheaval in an English town I loved Trollope s distinction between grandiose abstract ideas about justice and our small choices that reflect how we personally define it There are figures on both sides of the main conflict who believe they know what s definitively right but it s only the warden of Barchester who casts his idea of right in an individual light I ve heard this is nowhere near Trollope s best and I m not surprised as it was pleasant but notspecially memorable but I njoyed this one and I m very much looking forward to the rest of the Chronicles of Barsetshire. Hony Trollope brought the fictional county of Barsetshire to life peopled by a cast of brilliantly realised characters that have made him among the supreme chroniclers of the minutiae of Victorian England It is the first book in the Chronicles of Barsetshire. Very njoyable 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 njoyable for thatRecommended to those who like the classics and have a certain fondness for schadenfreude ven though they know they shouldn t If you are British and in your 40s your word association answer for Anthony Trollope may well be John Major A GR friend in the same decade of life also begins his review of The Warden by mentioning the former Prime Minister If you were much younger than us you wouldn t have been taking The Pocket Wife enough notice of political news in thearly to mid 1990s to see the journalistic jokes about Major s reading habits if you were older and interested in classic literature you d already heard of Trollope and formed some sort of opinion in the pre Major years Whilst I always thought Major seemed like a fairly nice bloke though I know some people won t conscion separating that from any of a politician s policies and with historical hindsight I d say he was underrated at the time as a manager of his party and as a political negotiator he was the ultimate byword for uncoolness and dullness so to be seen to take his recommendations for culture when aged under 60 and maybe The Color of Our Sky even then had suchmbarrassment associated that ven now it is as if one s teenage self and student friends awoke after cryogenic freezing to roll their yes and laugh and you know the friends will rib you for months if not years But you know what teenage me you re now over 40 and you still haven t read all the authors mentioned in The Divine Comedy s The Booklovers and you need a minimum of one Trollope novel to right that And you re a regular on a big website where lots of people specially Americans think it s uite normal to read Trollope and this John Major association means nothing to themAs it turns out Robin Gilmour s introduction to this Penguin Classics dition shows why Trollope would appeal to someone like Major although it was written in 1984 some years before his rise to the Cabinet Incidentally the Oxfords seem to be better Cabaret: A Roman Riddle editions if you are serious about Trollope they are newer includextra material such as the Barsetshire short story in their dition of The Warden plus they make a lovely set with the covers all using Victorian wallpaper designs The shorter Penguin dition made sense for me though as I wanted to get the book finished uickly for a reading challenge it hampered this slightly with too many notes that turned out to be nothing but dictionary definitions of words Trollope was both outsider and insider the poorest boy in his class at major public schools Harrow and Winchester when fees weren t as high relative to incomes as they are now often bullied and no academic star ither Unlike Dickens whose response to childhood poverty was outspoken reformism Trollope was interested in fitting in trying to have a uiet life and in understanding veryone whatever side they were on As a state All Roads Lead Home educated moderate Tory whose only ualifications were O Levels and a correspondence course he stood out at a time when public school and Oxbridge wasven of a norm in the party than it is now and like Trollope does in this book he gave an impression of prioritising reasonable solutions and truce above conflict and hardline opinion For these same reasons it s asy to see how Trollope became increasingly appealing to middle aged and older people in the 2010s feeling unmoored amid the continual storm "Of High Conflict Social "high conflict social and polarised politics where what once seemed like core moral principles of compromise understanding and respect don t always apply any Most of the Trollope fans I ve noticed online are American There are still some British people I can t imagine conceding that it might actually be worth reading Trollope Gilmour refers to a tradition of English literary snobbery about Trollope which gives further context for this and for the way in which Trollope became another way to make jokes about Major fitting with the image of him as a wimp like the guy in the old Mr Muscle cleaning product ads and caricatured wearing underpants over his trousers And Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy the writer of the song that v n t u a l l y led me to read Trollope was Irish therefore perhaps with some disdain for English shibboleths I wrote the first couple of paragraphs above before I d read than two chapters of The Warden Now having read the whole novel I m a convert and my reasons for not reading Trollope seem like a silly fossil Trollope does have some weak points several character names seem like someone treading unimaginatively in Dickens footsteps and the Archdeacon S Children Seemed Like s children seemed like of a schema the author had chosen for their personalities not like real kids From this I can still understand why a fair number of people don t consider him as being in the first rank The subject of The Warden is arcane a controversy over the xcessive pay for an ancient church sinecure running what would now be called supported accommodation for The Mephisto Threat (Paul Tallis elderly men complicated by the fact that the recipient is a good person doing his job well so it svident why this is not the best place for veryone to start reading the Barsetshire series ven if it is first novel and short to boot But for me at least it was a case of right reader right book If you have worked for pay in the charity non profit sector it may well be interesting for the dilemmas it presents Other interests that can help one get the most out of it include English church history certain areas of law with the ye for detail involved in legal work and the behaviour of the press and social media I am still surprised how many recent readers are meh about The Warden though because it is just 'It was so hard that the pleasant waters of his little stream should be disturbed and muddied that his uiet paths should be made a battlefield that the unobtrusive corner of the world which been allotted to him made miserable and unsound'Trollope's witty sat. O relevant to the last point It is all about achingly contemporary topics like unearned privilege calling out and how people do that and respond to it and live with one another in the aftermath and the potential psychological toll of being pilloried in the press or a Twitter pile on It is asy for a contemporary novel about these things to be too on the nose but make it about a different time and an unusual subject and it becomes fresh and interesting to think about again Were cases like Septimus Harding s wardenship a hackneyed subject for journalism at the time the novel was publishedThe relatively moderate behaviour of Just Cause every character who sees the problem with the sinecure might be annoying to radical readers if they were to pick up the novel at all But it also made me wonder if this is what it might be like if people adopted Ibram X Kendi s suggestion of treating racism not as one of the worst possible accusations but a common in the sense of both freuent and collective problem to be highlighted and worked on I think a good analogy for this is if people treated it as some are now starting to treatnvironmentally destructive behaviour but then I live in a country which doesn t have a significant proportion of climate change deniers and most people I m close to take the issue seriously and don t live xtravagant lifestylesI m finding than ver this year that I don t rate novels primarily for their ndings those seem a relatively unimportant small fraction of their contents This is one such although the nding is relatively palatable to those who are cynical about the possibility of sweeping progressive change beyond individual choices with limited impact Obviously the particular type of sinecure highlighted in the novel has disappeared so reformers like Harding s potential son in law John Bold were successful in the long run it can happen And women like the warden s daughters now have their own careers But sinecures still xist in other fields such as directorships maintained by a system of if we don t pay them millions someone lse will Swings and roundaboutsThere is also just something I click with about Trollope s writing His apparent wish to understand veryone including those on different sides strikes a chord something that wouldn t have seemed so noticeable if I d read this years ago before this became a contentious thing to recommend and before I learned it wasn t actually a universal democratic value that just about veryone was working towards on some level ven if they found it difficult in the moment After making Archdeacon Grantly the villain of the piece for 90% of the novel towards the nd he writes paragraphs about the positive aspects of the man it reminded me a lot of how I might sound off to a friend about someone they don t know then feel compelled to xplain their good ualities Gilmour mentions that Trollope is considered a writer of communities yet when you look closely many of the most memorable scenes are of solitary characters and their thoughts of puzzling over xactly how to interact with people
my favourite pisodefavourite pisode The Novel Was One Such Solitary the novel was one such solitary when Septimus Harding hightails it to London to see the lawyer actually the Attorney General before Grantly can beat him to it I had never The Taste of Night expected this author or this character to produce scenes that felt somehow so much like my ownxperience I ve never been an aged vicar nor met the Attorney General whether intentionally or naively as Harding does in assuming him to be like any other solicitor and Victorian late night supperhouses description here don t xist any though taxi drivers caffs did 10 15 years ago I think something of what chimed was the way it turns out okay Perhaps it is simply a great scene of navigating a city and killing time there alone So I would actually if time and circumstances allow like to read Trollope though there are many authors I want to read whom I ve still never read once and who therefore get priority Perhaps if there s an occasion when I d once have felt like picking up yet another Charles Dickens novel I might try Trollope instead And I don t think anyone is surprised by that idea than I amRead December 2019 reviewed Dec 2019 Jan 2020 Book Circle Reads 155Rating 35 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 The Warden a somewhat melancholic story of Septimus Harding Church of England clergyman in the fictitious cathedral town of Barchester Winchester in reality Britain during the middle of the 19th century and the first of the six novels in this highly acclaimed series by Anthony Trollopethis uiet little city xists because of the majestic cathedral while being dominated by the dedicated clergy In 1434 a wealthy merchant by the name of Mr 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 that will cause problems in the future Four hundred years later property values soar and the rents also There s money than is needed to take care of the aged dozen Harding the warden is a kindly cleric who loves the poor men and receives a princely sum of 800 pounds a year for the sinecure job Trouble begins when Dr John Bold the local reformer tells the influential newspaper The Jupiter The London Times obviously Harding is attacked by this powerful important paper the scandal causes him great motional distress Family ties complicate the awkward situation Septimus daughter Eleanor is in love with BoldThe warden s older daughter Susan is married to Archdeacon Grantly the bishop s son and the power behind the throne still complications the bishop is about to retire Grantly is an ambitious intelligent man also a traditionalist defends Irical story of a uiet cathedral town shaken by scandal as the traditional values of Septimus Harding are attacked by zealous reformers and ruthless newspapers is a drama of conscience that pits individual integrity against worldly ambition In The Warden Ant. .