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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (808 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anthony Trollope Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Craig Black Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Chronicles of Barsetshire Release Date:
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Mark Robarts, a young vicar, is newly arrived in the village of Framley. With ambitions to further his career, he seeks connections in the county’s high society. He is soon preyed upon by a local member of parliament to guarantee a substantial loan, which Mark in a moment of weakness agrees to--despite knowing the man is a notorious debtor--and which brings him to the brink of ruin. He must face the awful reality this loss will bring his family.

Meanwhile, Mark’s sister, Lucy, is deeply in love with Lord Lufton, the son of the lofty Lady Lufton. Lord Lufton has proposed, but Lady Lufton is against the marriage, preferring that her son choose the coldly beautiful Griselda Grantly.

The novel will conclude with four happy marriages, including one involving Doctor Thorne, the hero of the preceding book in the Chronicles of Barsetshire series.

One of Trollope's most popular novels, Framely Parsonage depicts nineteenth-century country life beautifully, crafted with acute insight into human nature. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “I wish Mr. Trollope would go on writing Framley Parsonage forever. I don’t see any reason why it should ever come to an end, and everyone I know is always dreading the last number.”

    Author Elizabeth Gaskell to George Smith, publisher of the Cornhill, March 1, 1860

  • “The story is thoroughly English, and is told with a tremendous exuberance—particularly in its depiction of the ointment heiress Martha Dunstable—which betrays the author's joy in finding himself once more in the environs of Barchester.”

    Antonia Fraser

  • “Nothing is out of place in Framley Parsonage. Harold Smith’s politics, Sowerby’s rascalities, the social pleasures of the Chaldicotes set, the dinner party of the Duke of Omnium, belong to the central themes as truly as the diseases and penury of the Crawleys or the ointment of Lebanon of Miss Dunstable.”

    Sir Hugh Walpole, English novelist

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Alicia | 1/25/2014

    " So hard to select my favorite among the Barset novels (it's a 5-way tie for first, with House at Allington in lone 6th); this is another winner. Beautifully told, intimate and expert handling of the human experience, even more than a century after their writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Elena | 1/15/2014

    " While I won't give this a three star review since I like Trollope, I do think it's my least favorite in the series so far. Maybe because there was a bit too much politics in it. It's funny--I can handle the politics of the cathedral and everything but the references to who's supporting who, what party is in or out, etc, just bored me, even though he couched it humorously in terms of the gods versus the giants. I really liked Lucy Robarts, though, so I guess she made up for that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Brian | 12/28/2013

    " Victorian life in England. I read this as penance. In high school senior English I never finished the Trollope novel assigned (Barchester Towers). So, Miss Neal, I've done Trollope, 49 years late. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cindy | 12/27/2013

    " Great Victorian novel by Anthony Trollope. So much more accessible than Dickens. I loved Barchester Towers more, but this is probably 2nd. "

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