Talking about ‘Barchester Towers’

The book group discussion on Barchester Towers was wide ranging. We considered the religious and political preoccupations of the time as well as the social conventions that drove the story.

On a more literary side we liked the structure of the novel and Trollope’s little asides added to the enjoyment, even though such a device could not be used now.

We had quite a lot to say about the behaviour of the press then and now. Thank you, News of the World, for giving us an added dimension to our discussions.

Trollope Society summer read

The Trollope Society is holding an online Barchester Towers Summer Read. All Trollope fans are welcome.

Further information on their website or on Facebook.

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Rousham house and garden

The visit to Rousham was well worth the effort of getting up early. The house was lovely with some interesting furniture and pictures and a venerable history to go with them.

Walled gardenI think for most of us the garden was the star of the day.

It has two distinct parts: the landscape designed by William Kent, with statues, cascades, temples etc, and the older walled garden overflowing with flowers, fruit and vegetables and buzzing with bees. The two are linked (and separated) by an impressive lawn.

Since Rousham doesn’t have a café, we had both lunch and tea at the White Lion in Steeple Aston – excellent food and a pretty village.

July book group meeting: ‘Barchester Towers’ by Anthony Trollope

Barchester Towers coverFollowing The Warden we are now reading the next in the Barsetshire series, Barchester Towers.

This is a much longer and more complex story with a large number of characters and several sub-plots.

While the controversies that create the factions of the novel may now seem silly, Trollope’s analysis of the roots of dissension in human nature will always be to the point.

Despite being a long book with the usual Victorian descriptions and digressions, it is very readable. Trollope himself comments on his tale, almost as if he were one of the characters – and a very pleasant and understanding character at that.

Picture from Catherine Pope – Victorian Geek blog.

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