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Doctor Thorne

Doctor Thorne Now adapted for ITV by Julian Fellowes Doctor Thorne is the compelling story in which rank wealth and personal feeling are pitted against one another The squire of Greshamsbury has fallen on hard t

  • Title: Doctor Thorne
  • Author: Anthony Trollope Simon Dentith Julian Fellowes
  • ISBN: 9780198785637
  • Page: 236
  • Format: Paperback
  • Now adapted for ITV by Julian Fellowes, Doctor Thorne is the compelling story in which rank, wealth, and personal feeling are pitted against one another.The squire of Greshamsbury has fallen on hard times, and it is incumbent on his son Frank to make a good marriage But Frank loves the doctor s niece, Mary Thorne, a girl with no money and mysterious parentage He faces aNow adapted for ITV by Julian Fellowes, Doctor Thorne is the compelling story in which rank, wealth, and personal feeling are pitted against one another.The squire of Greshamsbury has fallen on hard times, and it is incumbent on his son Frank to make a good marriage But Frank loves the doctor s niece, Mary Thorne, a girl with no money and mysterious parentage He faces a terrible dilemma should he save the estate, or marry the girl he loves Mary, too, has to battle her feelings, knowing that marrying Frank would ruin his family and fly in the face of his mother s opposition Her pride is matched by that of her uncle, Dr Thorne, who has to decide whether to reveal a secret that would resolve Frank s difficulty, or to uphold the innate merits of his own family heritage.The character of Dr Thorne reflects Trollope s own contradictory feelings about the value of tradition and the need for change His subtle portrayal, and the comic skill and gentle satire with which the story is developed, are among the many pleasures of this delightful novel.About the Series For over 100 years Oxford World s Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe Each affordable volume reflects Oxford s commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up to date bibliographies for further study, and much .

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    1. Update For you lovers of costume dramas, the BBC dramatisation of Dr. Thorne started tonight, March 6th. It will definitely be enjoyable schlock because it's written by Julian Fellowes of Downton Abbey fame. Whether or not Fellowes can bring out Trollope's attitudes towards snobbery and convention rather than morality being important, I don't know. The BBC certainly failed with The Ladies' Paradise turning it into a silly romance about a poor pretty girl and skipping entirely Zola's social comme [...]

    2. Doctor Thorne kept me company during a hurricane. I don't really understand how anyone could possibly not love Anthony Trollope. This 624 page novel went incredibly fast. Trollope is more courteous, more solicitous, gentler and kinder to his readers than any other author I know. I almost thought he might even pour my tea. The story, that of a romance complicated by societal predjudice, has been told by many authors, in many times and places. But the way he tells the tale is just incomparable.

    3. I think I read this out of order but it doesn't even matter because either way, the story was fabulous!

    4. Doctor Thorne is the third novel in Anthony Trollope’s series known as the Chronicles of Barsetshire; set in Greshamsbury, a rural town many miles away from the cathedral city the was the setting for the first two novels.Mr Francis Gresham is the squire of Greshamsbury, and as he story begins he is celebrating the coming of age of his only son, Frank, with his family and friends. The squire is rightly proud of his son, who is handsome, good-natured, and popular; and his great hope is that Fran [...]

    5. Questo lungo romanzo (550 pagine in ebook), il terzo del ciclo del "Barsetshire", è un feuilleton di gran classe, prendendo questo termine nella sua accezione migliore. Trollope ci conduce con grande maestria nell'ambiente ricco dell'Inghilterra vittoriana, dove regnano ipocrisia e snobismo e dove il destino delle persone è scritto con le regole di quel tempo. Le tematiche affrontate sono quelle classiche: l'amore, la famiglia, l'amicizia, il denaro. I dialoghi e le descrizioni sono splendidi, [...]

    6. When I moved to Singapore 20 years ago, one of the things that surprised me the most was how openly people there discussed what things cost. Upon seeing that a colleague wore a new watch, 'How much, lah?' was the likeliest comment. At first, this attitude made me uncomfortable, but after a few years traveling in Asia I got used to, and actually appreciated, that frankness.Trollope doesn't treat cold economic reality as a taboo subject either, and although it probably caused a whiff of vulgarity [...]

    7. I've read 99 percent of the trollopes, even the obscure ones, and this one is my absolute favorite. It has all the best fantasy romance elements (a wisecracking unmarried heiress who finds true love, a lovely young couple who are kept apart by poverty — until she turns out to secretly be the daughter of a very wealthy person) and more. It's got all the best of Trollope and allows you to indulge your fantasy that maybe someday everything will work out in your own lifeI'm curious to know if anyo [...]

    8. Entering the realm of Trollope is a magical experience. The writing is exquisite with waves of vocabulary and lingering sentences that virtually have their own linguistic flavor. It transports you to the realm of Barsetshire in mid-19th century England, and the midst of a number of personalities that you will literally live with as hundreds of pages unfold. Trollope has the power to place one (as a reader) among these individuals, sharing sorrows, happiness, conflicts, thoughts and daily lives. [...]

    9. For God sakes, Frank must marry money!!!! Trollope reiterates this necessity over and over again in this third novel in Barchester Chronicles series. This is series of six novels that keep getting longer and longer with each book. At the end of Doctor Thorne and we are left exactly in the middle of this great series which is reputed to be one of Trollope’s finest work. This volume in the series steers away from much of the church politics and intrigue that are involved in the first two books, [...]

    10. Trollope is definitely hit and miss for me. This was a miss by a mile. I slogged through about a third of this behemoth, which takes a very very long time to even get going. Trollope's barely-focused long-windedness is the defining feature here, and there was never enough momentum gathered to pay off the effort to tread water with this one.

    11. I’m starting to see why Trollope is considered one of the more under-appreciated Victorian novelists. While some things happen in this book a little too conveniently for the ending to be wrapped up more nicely, Trollope’s writing is strong, precise, and very, very clever.

    12. It’s hard to know why I am such a Trollope fan since many of his characters – especially the females – are so hard to relate to. Take the insipid and maddeningly passive Mary Thorne, the novel’s heroine, who simply accepts every cruel twist of fate that keeps her from marrying the man she loves even though he loves her in return (but must look elsewhere for a bride since he must marry for money in order to save the family estate.) You’d think a plot like this would be enough for me to [...]

    13. I really enjoyed this one - although perhaps didn't find it as original as Barchester Towers. Nonetheless, great characters, and Trollope's writing is lovely and easy to follow throughout. A joy to read.

    14. I am helpless against the charm of entertaining and cute suspenseful plots of Victorian young adults in love but struggling against overwhelming class disapproval of their relationships, despite the obvious irritations to me about the treatment of women and the assumed virtues in maintaining the English class system by the characters in 'Doctor Thorne', third novel in the Barsetshire series. Since the story takes place (and was written) in 1858 England about characters in a conservative farming [...]

    15. Another very enjoyable book (the third) in Trollope's "Barsetshire" series. However, the second in the series seemed to me to have more plot lines while "Doctor Thorne" had a singular one: "Frank must marry money." Still, it's amazing to me that Trollope kept me entertained all through this volume's 700+ pages. But his writing is just beautiful and smart and funny and consistent and smooth. And Trollope has a unique and grounded way to fully describe his characters so that we immediately know so [...]

    16. A nice, comfortable, read. I just wish Trollope could be a bit more imaginative in naming his characters!

    17. 3.5 starsHigh birth, pure blood and money. To those fortunate enough to be born into the upper classes of mid-19th century English society these are the three essential ingredients one must have to acquire and preserve wealth. In “Doctor Thorne” we encounter two such privileged families, the Greshams and the de Courcy’s. While there is a relatively large cast of characters the story revolves around three; Doctor Thorne, a physician with a small-town practice, his niece Mary Thorne and Fran [...]

    18. This was my first Anthony Trollope. I had no idea he was so funny -- some things made me laugh out loud. It was a thoroughly delightful romp, with a predictably happy ending. I enjoyed his writing.In addition to the humor, there are some deeper subjects explored, like alcoholism, and prejudice based on birth. For those who enjoy reading the classics, I highly recommend this one.

    19. The plot is like taking a familiar train ride: one knows where one is going to wind up, and one knows where all the stops are going to be. The pleasure is in watching the scenery (i.e the characters) go by. Trollope leaves out the Clergy in this one (Mr. Oriel might as well be a gentleman of independant means, for all his rectorship intrudes upon the story), concentrating on the aristocracy, the gentry, and, most entertainingly, on the lawyers. Outside of Dickens, I haven't enjoyed descriptions [...]

    20. Birth and blood, money and marriage, of such is this novel made. Whether it shall be a Cinderella story, the ending shall tell, and I never shall. This is one of my favorite novels by Trollope.

    21. Wonderful! I am so in love with this series! I said in my "Barchester Towers" review that one of the things I love about Trollope is his ability to create real humans with real feelings and well-rounded personalities. He doesn't really create any black or white characters. They all make good choices and mistakes, do great things at stupid, and we're given to understand their movtives and feelings more than we ever really are in other books. This book is about Dr. Thorne, a country doctor, but th [...]

    22. The 3rd Barchester novel, based in Greshamsbury, rather than Barchester. The plot is rather too predictable from quite early on. It has another feisty heroine (Mary Thorne), as well as the unconventional Miss Dunstable, contrasted with and the grand and conventional de Courcys. Dr Thorne is explicitly the hero (as stated in one of Trollope's asides to his readers), but although he acts selflessly, he does not always act well, especially re his divided financial loyalties re Squire Gresham and Si [...]

    23. Trollope's Dr. Thorne is the third of the Chronicles of Barsetshire. In this novel we leave the pulpit politics of the first two of the chronicles and find ourselves in the countryside where Dr. Thorne, the local doctor, is raising his niece Mary who has a somewhat secret past. Mary is the love of the son of the area's Squire, who finds himself financially embarrassed, and thus hoping his son Frank will marry for money. Indeed, the mantra "you must marry for money" could be the sub-title of this [...]

    24. This is yet another very enjoyable installment of the Barsetshire Chronicles. There are a few minor characters from previous novels: Drs. Fillgrave and Rerechild; and even attorneys from his The Way We Live Now in the firm of Slow and Bideawhile. Trollope has not the meanness of sarcasm, rather his style is one of tongue-in-cheek. Frank had become legally of age, legally a man, when he was twenty-one. Nature, it seems, had postponed the ceremony till he was twenty-two. Nature often does postpone [...]

    25. I found this book to be thoroughly amusing. The narrator is priceless: it is so consistently partial to all and every character that he becomes rather impartial. Thus, even the most hipocritical characters are given an excuse for their conduct and prejudice so that you can't help but see the world through their own eyes. But what I loved the most was the way the characters would lie to themselves (just like real people do) and believe they were saying something in absolute honesty, although they [...]

    26. Un romanzo gradevolissimo, uno stile narrativo molto fluido e personale che ti fa sentire coinvolta nella storia, grazie all'autore che ama intervenire e dire la sua con arguzia ed ironia, mai con irriverenza. Ottima la caratterizzazione dei personaggi

    27. The title character of Doctor Thorne is a humble country doctor, but the author/narrator tells us: "Those who don't approve of a middle-aged country doctor as a hero, may take the heir of Greshamsbury in his place, and call the book, if it so please them, 'The loves and adventures of Francis Newbold Gresham the younger.'” Dr. Thomas Thorne is descended from an old and respected family and is a distant relation of the Thornes of Ullathorne, a highly respected family in the region. However, his [...]

    28. This third installment in Anthony Trollope's loosely-connected Chronicles of Barsetshire is just as well-written, witty and engaging as the first two. It also has the advantage over the second book of not having to spend time rehashing the plot of the first to bring readers up to speed. There's no suspense in this book, or even any doubt as to the outcome, as Trollope basically tells you what's going to happen in the first chapter. The joy of this book is not wondering about what happens next, t [...]

    29. I have thoroughly enjoyed this series, but this has been the best thus far. I loved the story of Mary Thorne and Frank G. ❤️

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