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The Warden (Illustrated) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Anthony Trollope
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The Warden is the intriguing tale of a zealous young reformer upsetting the comfortable arrangements at an almshouse for elderly men and it chronicles the wide-ranging repercussions of his actions along with a romantic sub-plot. Trollope's flawless writing and character descriptions draw readers in today just as they would have been when the book was first published well over a century ago.
This meticulous digital edition from Heritage Illustrated Publishing is a faithful reproduction of the original text and is beautifully illustrated with a number of atmospheric historical paintings that reflect the mood of the novel.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1133 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 204 pages
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  • Editeur : Heritage Illustrated Publishing (5 mars 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 wonderful 7 juin 2014
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I thoroughly enjoyed this although it is not considered the best of the Chronicles. It is
delicate, witty and elegant. I'm looking forward to the next one.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Trollope et Eliot même combat 2 mars 2006
Par ohmy
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On retrouve ici les ambiances et les sujets de George Eliot (Middlemarch, The Mill on the Floss). J'ai particulièrement aimé la modernité du traitement et le fait qu'un petit bouquin de ce genre puisse me faire réagir sur le thème classique des choix, de la trahison et de l'amour...
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 It was the beginning of an wonderful adventure . . . 10 mars 2000
Par Russel E. Higgins - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
I first read Anthony Trollope's book "The Warden" in 1995 at the age of 54; three years later I had finished all forty-seven Trollope novels, his autobiography, and most of his short stories. "The Warden" provides a necessary introduction to the Barsetshire Novels, which, in turn, provide a marvelous introduction to rural Victorian society, and its religious, political, and social underpinnings. However, "The Warden" is a small literary masterpiece of its own, even though the more popular "Barchester Towers" tends to obscure it. "The Warden" moves slowly, of course, but so did Victorian England; soon the reader is enveloped in a rich world of brilliantly created characters: in the moral dilemma of a charming and innocent man, Reverend Septimus Harding, who is probably the most beloved of all Trollope's characters; in the connivings of Archdeacon Grantly, who will become a significant force in the later Barsetshire novels; in Eleanor, an example of the perfect Victorian woman, a type that appears in many of Trollope's subsequent novels; and in the sanctimonious meddling of John Bold, whose crusade for fairness throws the town into turmoil. In modern terminology, "The Warden" is a "good read" for those readers with patience, a love of 19th century England, and an appreciation of literary style. Trollope's sentences have a truly musical cadence. "The Warden" was Trollope's fourth novel and his first truly successful one. It provides a strong introduction to the other five novels of the Barsetshire series, where the reader will meet a group of fascinating characters, including the Mrs. Proudie (one of Trollope's finest creations), the Reverend Obadiah Slope, and the Grantly family. The reader will soon find that Trollope's well-developed characters soon become "friends," and that the small cathedral town of Barchester becomes a very familiar and fascinating world in itself. It is a wonderful trip through these six novels. (I read all six in about three weeks.) But one must begin with "The Warden." Brew a cup of tea, toast a scone on a quiet evening, and begin the wonderful voyage through Trollope's charming Barchester. When you have finished the six novels, you may, like me, want to commence reading the Palliser series (another six novels) and follow Plantagenet and Glencora Palliser through their triumphs and travails! However, that remains another story.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Classic of victorian fiction, slightly dated by modern standards 6 août 2010
Par T. S. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This is the first of Anthony Trollope's "Chronicles of Barsetshire" novels, and his first popularly successful novel. The basic plot is that the Warden, Mr. Harding, has 1) a sinecure church position that pays him 800 pounds a year; 2) a reform-minded friend who's trying to abolish church sinecures; 3) a daughter who wants to marry the reform-minded friend; and 4) an existing son-in-law of an Archdeacon who takes defending the Rights of the Church very, very seriously.

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.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The story of a righteous man's battle with his conscience. 8 juillet 1998
Par Leonard L. Wilson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
In the 15th century, Hiram's Hospital was established as a perpetual charitable home for 12 poor old men, each being replaced at his death. Over the years the income from the property of the estate has increased to the point where the warden of the hospital enjoys a substantial salary.
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.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 No doom and gloom in this Victorian novel. 2 novembre 2004
Par John Austin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:CD
Although its principal character, Mr Harding, the Warden of Barchester, suffers abject misery and extreme anxiety during most of this novel, the reader of "The Warden" will enjoy one of the happiest, richest and warmest experiences to be gained from the whole of English Literature.

Untypically short, yet three years in the making, "The Warden" has a simple structure that Trollope utlized again and again. Take a moral dilemma of some sort, one that provides endless pros and cons to be argued, one that possibly takes many hundreds of pages to resolve, explore its social, political and financial implications, and show how it touches the lives of characters not too unlike ourselves.

The dilemma here concerns the income of Septimus Harding, the Warden of Barchester. Under the terms of a will, dated 1434, twelve superannuated woolcarders were to be accommodated in an almshouse, receiving one shilling and fourpence per day. A residence was to be provided for a warden who was to receive the income from the remainder of the testator's property. Now, more than 400 years later, there seems to be an imbalance in these depositions. The almshouse inmates continue to receive only one shilling and fourpence, while the warden, living on the proceeds of some valuable properties, receives eight hundred pounds annually and the use of the warden's house.

The dilemma faces a young Barchester surgeon, John Bold. If he allows the imbalance to continue, the wishes of the original benefactor, he believes, are being nullified. If he succeeds in having the warden's comfortable living discontinued, he will lose forever the possibility of making the warden's daughter his wife. And so the issue is taken up, argued and publicized.

As Anthony Trollope reveals in his autobiography, this tiny novel was successful enough (it earned him twenty pounds) to lead him to consider writing more of the same, and he soon began "Barchester Towers".

English actor Sir Nigel Hawthorne, brilliant as Archdeacon Grantly in a memorable TV adaptation of this novel, revisits Trollope's Barchester to provide a robust, opulent, complete and unabridged reading that no Trollope enthusiast should miss hearing.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Enjoyable Moral Tale 1 mai 2012
Par Oddsfish - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
I had never read Trollope before, though I'd heard good things about him for years. The thing that held me back was that I like to read things in order, and in this case, reading things in order meant starting with a novel that seems almost universally to be considered...so-so. The Warden is just considered the book that Trollope got started with before finding his feet in Barchester Towers. Still, it's highly recommended that you not skip this one, unless you miss out on knowing characters in his later novels.

Quite a quandary, obviously. All of those later novels sounded so good, and to get to them, I had to go through this dull one. I'm not sure what got into me one day, but I ended up picking up The Warden to try it out, and do you know what? It was good. And it didn't just exceed my low expectations. It was just really good.

The story concerns a clergyman, Mr. Harding (one of the more pleasant characters in Victorian literature), who has enjoyed a comfortable income. John Bold, a young political reformer, happens to discover that Harding's income seems excessive, more than was intended in the founding of the estate, and seeks to have the matter looked into. The problem is that John is engaged to Harding's daughter Eleanor, and John's well-intentioned efforts at reform threaten to ruin all of their happiness.

It's really a pleasant and thoughtful comedy of manners. Admirable characters are placed into complex moral situations, and it is fascinating and entertaining to watch how they deal with them. It's a really satisfying plot, with full-fleshed characters and something to think about. I will admit that there are moments when you might realize that this is Trollope's first novel. He can go on page-after-page long tangents, railing at such things as newspapers, for instance. Though these moments can be drawn out and frustrating, they are certainly not long or painful enough to miss this book. It's actually a very fine read, despite its reputation, and I look forward a lot to exploring more of what Trollope has to offer. If this is Trollope at his weakest, I can only imagine the wonderful things that he must have written at his peak.
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