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Saturday, 12 January 2013

Saturday Rave: The Warden by Anthony Trollope.

The Warden was Anthony Trollope's breakthrough novel.

It's about a clergyman - the sweetest, most innocent old man who ever breathed - and his partly justified persecution by a vicious press.

There's also a love story.

The Warden is the first of The Barchester Chronicles (though the books which follow in the series are much longer and more complex than The Warden). After several thousand pages about the people of Barset, a few of the characters sort of branch out sideways and start off another series of books called The Pallisers.

If you have time to read thousands and thousands of pages about life in the 1860s (which is so very much like life in the 2010s) I would recommend them all.


Word To Use Today: warden. This word arrived in English in the 1200s. It comes from the Old Northern French wardein, from warder, which means to guard.

1 comment:

  1. I will definitely read them...I don't know why I've waited all these decades to get round to them, but will get there in the end. I KNOW I will love them.