EBOOK READ [The Warden]
What he had to do when he got there Gentlemen when at law or in any way engaged in matters reuiring legal assistance are very apt to describe such attendance as uite compulsory and very disagreeable The lawyers on the other hand do not at all see the necessity though they uite agree as to the disagreeable nature of the visit gentlemen when so engaged are usually somewhat gravelled at finding nothing to say to their learned friends they generally talk a little politics a little weathe Book Circle Reads 155Rating 35 of five Good solid Victorian stodge The kind of book ou read when ou 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 I am not sure what to write of as a reviewTo 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 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 politics especially 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 edition also has a wonderful introduction by Robin Gilmour and he has rightly indicated at the opening of introduction that 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 have neither understood the analysis nor have enjoyed the novel 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 enjoyable for thatRecommended to those who like the classics and have a certain fondness for schadenfreude even though they know they shouldn t 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 What might be seen as a simple matter and one in which determining right and wrong 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 refu 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 exists 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 ears 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 ear 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 emotional 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 power behind the still complications the bishop is about to retire Grantly is an ambitious intelligent man also a defends church privileges he believe in its sanctity Harding s best friend is the bishop he gave him the do nothing job After much soul searching everybody loves titles the warden decides to resign and accept poverty a not very modern concept However unexpectedly the hospital will become vacant after the old men are gone The entertaining surprisingly riveting book about church politics and clergymen s struggles from long ago People of different religions or none at all can and will enjoy this I did 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 not especially memorable but I enjoyed 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. ,
Ardenship a hackneyed subject for journalism at the time the novel was publishedThe relatively moderate behaviour of 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 treat environmentally 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 extravagant lifestylesI m finding than ever this ear that I don t rate novels primarily for their endings those seem a relatively unimportant small fraction of their contents This is one such although the ending 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 exist in other fields such as directorships maintained by a system of if we don t pay them millions someone else will Swings and roundaboutsThere is also just something I click with about Trollope s writing His apparent wish to understand everyone including those on different sides strikes a chord something that wouldn t have seemed so noticeable if I d read this Bird Habitats in Britain 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 everyone was working towards on some level even if they found it difficult in the moment After making Archdeacon Grantly the villain of the piece for 90% of the novel towards the end 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 explain their good ualities Gilmour mentions that Trollope is considered a writer of communitieset when The Guitar Style of Jerry Reed you look closely many of the most memorable scenes are of solitary characters and their thoughts of puzzling over exactly how to interact with people My favourite episode in the novel was one such solitary one 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 expected this author or this character to produce scenes that felt somehow so much like my own experience 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 exist any though taxi drivers caffs did 10 15ears 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 الإيضاح لمتن ايساغوجي في المنطق 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 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 guessview spoilerWho 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 Didou ever know a poor man made better by law or a lawyer said Bunce bitterly Anthony Trollope The WardenSuch a lovely social novel Trollope sets up a series of characters and a situation and ou know that Warden Septi 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 thembe the dust Anyway there I was kneeling in the art books pulling them out and pushing them 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 into Tutankhamun s tomb Yes I see wonderful things Little books Little books that fit in my hands Little books that fit in my pocket Little books that fit under my pillow at night rows of little my pillow at night Rows of little running along the wooden floor of the bookshop like a literary baseboard I wondered what perverse person put them there A brilliant short person no doubt I imagined them laughing maniacally Bwahaha Finally Tall people will need usObviously this is about the gold and green 1902 volume next to me than the story inside You can read about that anywhere The Warden is the first of the much loved Chronicles of Barset first published in 1855 The theme of the book is the clash of ancient privilege with modern social awareness Blah blah blah What no one else can tell ou is this It is the exact size of my hand How fantastic is that The exact size It was made and re bound by Alison Leakey so states the inside cover for me These are the things I love about it 1 2 There s a small stain on page 329 Tea I know exactly what caused it When the archdeacon left his wife and father in law at the Chapter Coffee House to go to Messrs Cox and Cumming he had no very defined idea of. 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.
SUMMARY The WardenIf Jewish Women Speak About Jewish Matters you are British and inour 40s Friends Forever: Everything Changes (Friends Forever) 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 Ifou were much The TV Writer's Workbook: A Creative Approach To Television Scripts younger than usou wouldn t have been taking enough notice of political news in the early to mid 1990s to see the journalistic jokes about Major s reading habits if ou were older and interested in classic literature ou d already heard of Trollope and formed some sort of opinion in the pre Major Writing in the Dust: After September 11 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 even then had such embarrassment associated that even now it is as if one s teenage self and student friends awoke after cryogenic freezing to roll their eyes and laugh andou know the friends will rib Engine Performance Diagnostics you for months if notears But ou know what teenage me ou re now over 40 and Erebus you still haven t read all the authors mentioned in The Divine Comedy s The Booklovers andou need a minimum of one Trollope novel to right that And ou re a regular on a big website where lots of people especially 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 edition shows why Trollope would appeal to someone like Major although it was written in 1984 some ears before his rise to the Cabinet Incidentally the Oxfords seem to be better editions if ou are serious about Trollope they are newer include extra material such as the Barsetshire short story in their edition of The Warden plus they make a lovely set with the covers all using Victorian wallpaper designs The shorter Penguin edition 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 either 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 everyone whatever side they were on As a state educated moderate Tory whose only ualifications were O Levels and a correspondence course he stood out at a time when public school and Oxbridge was even 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 easy 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 media 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
And Neil Hannon of Divine Comedy the writer of the song that e v e n t u a l l 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 illustrations 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 excessive pay for an ancient church sinecure running what would now be called supported accommodation for elderly men complicated by the fact that the recipient is a good person doing his job well so it s evident why this is not the person doing his job well so it s evident why this is not the place for everyone to start reading the Barsetshire series even if it is first novel and short to boot But for me at least it was a case of right reader right book If HERBALISM WORLD: This book includes: 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 eye 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 so 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 easy 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 '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.Trousers And Neil Hannon Of