BBC Radio Presents' classic dramatization of Trollope's gently satirical moral tales of provincial life--contains two novels from Trollope's famous Barchester series.
An ironic but affectionate drama of wealth and wedlock starring John Wood, Leo McKern, Amanda Root and Eleanor Bron. Dr. Thorne, one of Trollope's most popular novels, is the story of the apparently penniless social outcast Mary Thorne and Frank Gresham whose lot it becomes to save his landed family's ailing fortunes by making a 'good marriage'. But his lack of hypocrisy and his love for Mary suggests a different outcome which can only be realized with the revelation of a secret known only to the good Dr. Thorne himself.
This classic novel captures the essence of Victorian England--where property, status, family and convention were paramount. Mark Robarts is a naive and ambitious young clergyman whose unwise association with spendthrift Sowerby and the dissolute Duke of Omnium brings him almost to the brink of ruin. Trollope's compassionately moral comedy features some of the most familiar characters of the series and stars David Haig, Anna Massey, Rosemary Leach and Kenneth Cranham.
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This dramatization of Dr. Thorne and Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope presents listeners with a playful romp through late-19th-century English country life. Trollope, who felt the chief purpose of a book was to be readable, would no doubt be pleased with this eminently ear-friendly production of his work. Read by English actors and highlighted with background music, the clip-clop of horse hooves, and the rumblings of villagers, this audio version--originally conceived for BBC Radio--has the feel of Masterpiece Theater. Against the backdrop of the universal search for a perfect love, the stories of Dr. Thorne and Framley Parsonage offer a satirical look at the English class system. Rife with irony and populated by virtuous heroines, good uncles, impossible mothers, and the usual louts, these stories are distinguished by Trollope's fine dialogue and pacing. While the plot of Dr. Thorne is rather predictable, things do heat up in Framley Parsonage: bailiffs come knocking on the overly ambitious clergyman's door, and we fear that his compassionate sister may contract typhoid fever as she escapes the wrath of her betrothed's mother. The frailties of human nature are, of course, timeless. As a scene with a scheming campaign manager in Dr. Thorne demonstrates, the overly mannered, oft-frivolous, and ever hypocritical Victorian world created by Trollope is not so far-removed from today's world as a listener might think. ( Four tapes; running time: 225 minutes)From AudioFile:
The satirical yet affectionate view of provincial life in Victorian England that Anthony Trollope presents in his novels is effectively conveyed in an outstanding BBC Radio dramatization of two novels from The Barchester Chronicles. Realistic sound effects and appropriate mood setting music support the superb performances of the cast members. In Dr. Thorne, John Wood gives Dr. Thorne a mellow, soft-spoken voice in keeping with the doctor's understanding and sympathetic nature. In Framley Parsonage, David Haig portrays Mark Robarts--the young clergyman who risks professional and personal ruin through unwise association with a scoundrel--with a nice balance of naivety, misguided enthusiasm and contriteness. This fine introduction to Trollope's novels will serve equally well as entertainment for those who know The Barchester Chronicles already. C.R.A. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description Random House Audio, 1998. Audio Cassette. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110553479458
Book Description Random House Audio, 1998. Audio Cassette. Book Condition: New. Brand New!. Bookseller Inventory # VIB0553479458