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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,918 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Oliver Goldsmith Narrator: David Thorn Publisher: Alcazar AudioWorks Format: Audio Theater Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The story opens in the country parsonage of Dr. Primrose, a kindly man who has a good heart, a good family, and a good income. Suddenly, his idyllic life is cruelly devastated by a series of misfortunes, and he ends up in prison. Yet, despite all this calamity and injustice, the vicar never loses sight of Christian morality, a conviction which lends him genuine nobility and, in the end, also brings justice and the restoration of his family and fortune.

Through this simple, almost fairy-tale plot, Goldsmith gives us a charming comedy. It is not a novel of sentiment but an artful send-up of many of the familiar literary conventions of his day: the pastoral scene, the artificial romance, the unquestioning stoic bravery of the hero—all culminating in a gloriously improbable dénouement.

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  • “We return to it again and again, and bless the memory of an author who contrives so well to reconcile us to human nature.”

    Sir Walter Scott

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mary Anne | 2/19/2014

    " Fun to see an old English novel that came before Austen and Dickens and yet looks like they both pulled a lot from here. Funny that the focus is on the Vicar who does preside over his family of girls but is really rather oblivious to what goes on in his household. It's prett short too so if you're looking for an English Novel but not willing or able to devote the time at the moment this is a good choice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Webcowgirl | 2/17/2014

    " Primarily a narrative linking various essays on religion, morality and politics. I found it preposterous at times and dull at others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Justin Evans | 2/14/2014

    " What's going on here? According to the introduction and notes, it's satire on literary convention. But satire seems too harsh- more like loving parody. I have very little to say, except that if i had to read one eighteenth century novel, this would be it: it's short, it's not repetitive, the prose is lean and clean, it's funny, and it's full of good cheer. And the characters have persuasive arguments for the importance of neo-classical ideals in literature, of which recent authors of bloated monstrosities and self-referential navel gazing turgidities are much in need. And the soft-hearted Tory politics are pleasant even for a crusty old revolutionary such as myself: "I found that monarchy was the best government for the poor to live in, and commonwealths for the rich. I found that riches in general were in every country another name for freedom; and that no man is so fond of liberty himself as not to be desirous of subjecting the will of some individuals in society to his own," chapter 20. Amen to that, vicar's son. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Sharon Sherman | 2/14/2014

    " I find that I prefer satire in short story rather than in novel. This book was a pain to read maybe in part because I had to answer many questions about it for a college class. The things that happened in it were just too unbelievable and it dragged in places. I was so glad to be finished with it. "

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