Jan 30, 2017

Reading Challenge 2017: First Book Review

The first book I read for the Reading Challenge is authored by my favorite, Anthony Trollope. I actually downloaded the book to my Kindle and began reading it in December. I was looking for some fun reading and hadn't planned to include it in the 2017 Challenge. But December is a very busy month and I didn't make it past the first few chapters. When I saw that romance was one of the categories for the Back to the Classics Reading Challenge 2017 I knew this book would be perfect.

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  1. Great review. I am reading A Trollope title this year, my friend. You are a loyal fan, and I know he is worth any reader's time!
    Thackeray also addresses the reader, and it's very neat.

  2. Oh good! Which Trollope book are you planning to read?

    Do you have a specific Thackeray title you can recommend?

    1. I don't know about the Trollope title yet. I uploaded some to my kindle. I have a physical copy of The Warden. Do you recommend a title for the first one?
      I have only read Thackeray's most known, I believe, Vanity Fair. And oh, boy, it was loooong. I don't regret having read it, and I don't know if he addressed the reader in his other books, but in hindsight, I probably would have started with another title from him. But it's hard to say. My problem is that I want to read all these authors, and they have so many books, and SO LONG (not that that's bad, but then, we can only read so much). And when we become fans of an author, like you are of Trollope, or I am of Galdos, I want to read more of them.

    2. I meant a shorter Thackeray, maybe, before the long Vanity Fair.

    3. The Warden is the first in the Barsetshire series. It is very good but you may need to keep google handy to look up all the meanings of the various ecclesiastical terms. I even needed to look up the meaning of "warden" since it has nothing whatsoever to do with a prison! That said, it starts the series off and you are introduced to characters who show up in later books in the series. Mr. Harding, the warden, still holds the place for my most favorite Trollope character!

  3. Wow, you must read this:, Trollope thought that The History of Henry Esmond was Thackeray's best novel!

  4. Agreed that this book takes a much more serious tone compared to some of Trollope' other novels. That is why I loved the bits with Aunt Stanbury so much. She really helped break up the tension when I was reading it.

    1. Absolutely! At first I wasn't so sure about her but after a bit she was definitely stealing the show for me. The moments when Barty Burgess and Aunt Stanbury interacted were fun too.

      I read where Trollope felt this book was a failure because of the main character being the way he was, failing to draw readers towards him. Of course! Who would feel sympathy for his stand?

      I kept feeling how different this story would look in the 21st century. Can you imagine any woman responding like Emily did towards the end?

      Yes, this book surely caused me to do some thinking. And I am so glad I read it!

      Thanks for your thoughts!


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