- Paperback: 270 pages
- Publisher: Broadview Press (January 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1551111381
- ISBN-13: 978-1551111384
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 110 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,392,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Prepared with meticulous scholarship, and with a deep sympathy for Trollope himself, this edition has everything the student or the general reader could require. I recommend it unreservedly.” ― T.T. Bareham, editor of The Barsetshire Novels: A Casebook and Anthony Trollope
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If you like Jane Austen novels there's a good chance you'll like this, as the basic plots -- church livings, the marriage prospects of 19th-centry british gentry -- are fairly similar. Trollope's prose here is fairly light and clear, and if not quite as sharply witty as Austen's, no one else's prose is either. Trollope does spill a great deal of ink on lengthy asides to the reader, some of which paint interesting pictures of contemporary British culture and some of which modern readers may find *amazingly* skippable.
Overall, this one's a lightly pleasant example of precisely the sort of intelligent, Victorian parlor romance it's trying to be. If you like this, the next volume in sequence is Barchester Towers; it's a bit more comically satirical, somewhere in between this and P.G. Wodehouse, but almost certainly something you'll enjoy if you liked this one.
The Kindle version of this book has no problems that I notice. I am now reading the second book in the series.
I thought it was odd.
The Rev. Septimus Harding (the Warden), kind, gentle, and conscientious, loves his comfortable position and is loved by the old men under his care - until his life is disrupted by a REFORMER, in the person of young John Bold, who questions the ample income of the warden, while the old men still receive only pennies a day. Bold brings in a solicitor and interests the newspaper The Jupiter (obviously the London Times), which makes the issue a national debate.
Although the church stands behind the warden with all its influence, the gentle Mr. Harding himself begins to doubt the propriety of his position. The matter becomes further complicated when Bold and Harding's daughter Eleanor fall in love.
This first of the six Barsetshire novels is by far the shortest and concentrates almost exclusively on the main plot. (In fact, Trollope inserts a criticism of the long serial novels of the day, although he later adopted that same mode.) "The Warden" is not so rich in detail or in the extensive cultural ambience of the later novels, but it is an excellent introduction to this deservedly acclaimed series. It introduces many vivid characters who grow and develop delightfully in the later novels.
We are treated to discourse on moral issues and economic injustice peppered with observations about young love, the unforeseen consequences of following one's conscience and the power of the popular press.
The main character...albeit somewhat frustrating at times...was a sweet-natured man of principle.