: Well, okay then. Guillermo, if you want, you and I can
: read The Warden and Barchester Towers , but we won't
: inflict it on Joffre. Joffre, I don't presume to tell
: you what to do, but I would not really recommend you
: read The Warden . I just did (it's relatively
: short), and while I thought it interesting enough. It
: seems to me that the main reason to read it is for the
: relevant background story that I understand is
: summarized in Barchester Towers . If you did not
: enjoy that much more popular and highly regarded novel
: enough to re-read, I doubt that The Warden is worth
: your time.
: Now, if we're to read another Trollope, I'm open to
: suggestion. It seems to be a common position that
: Can You Forgive Her? is one of his weaker novels.
: It's unfortunate that it is Book 1 of the Palliser
: series. I'm told that Phineas Finn is a more
: painless way in. If we were to read just one novel
: from the middle of the series, the Lifetime Reading
: Plan (Major, not Fadiman) recommends The Eustace
: Diamonds . The Way We Live Now is generally
: considered to be the best stand-alone, but you and I
: have both read it. I don't particularly want to read
: it again, especially when there are several other
: choices. Trollope is hard because there is no
: Middlemarch -- no established masterpiece. He Knew
: He Was Right is supposed to be good. Darker than
: most Trollope. Some say the best study in jealousy
: since Othello. (No recommendation to you, Joffre,
: thou Shakespeare hater! :^) Other novels in the
: Chronicles of Barsetshire are highly regarded.
: Framley Parsonage (Book 4) has been compared to
: Austen, as has The
: Small House at Allington (Book 5), which Virginia
: Woolf is said to have ranked with Pride and Prejudice
: as the two "most perfect" novels in English.
: And, finally, The Last Chronicle of Barset (Book 6)
: is often thought to be the most substantial of the
: Barsetshire novels (and also recommended by th LRP).
: And, of course, we need not read any Trollope at all.
: --Previous Message--
: Haha. I'm here. Just finding it hard to find time to
: post. I wasn't offended by anything. I do wonder what
: you read by Wood. Things I've read online, published
: in the Guardian and some other review, were quite
: dull, but I've enjoyed his books a lot.
: As for the Trollope, I'm sorry to say I'm not so
: interested. I very much enjoyed 'The Way We Live Now',
: the book I was reading on September 11, 2001, but
: feeling no desire to commit to one of the series, I
: just went ahead with 'Barchester Towers' only a couple
: years ago. After a slow start, it was enjoyable
: enough, but not so much that I'm ready to reread it
: now. If we're to read Trollope, my choice would be to
: choose the next most praised of all his novels, just
: picking it out of the series. I'm not sure what that
: is, and anyway it seems to be against your and
: Guillermo's inclinations. I suppose I could read just
: The Warden, but I don't feel much interest.
: I'm reading 'Disgrace' right now. Enjoying it pretty
: well. It seems Murr suddenly died without finishing
: his story. Seems that if the book were to have his
: name, it should have ended with something from him
: rather than the part about Kreisler. I suppose I can
: start Palomar in three or four days.
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