"Barchester Towers" by Anthony Trollope

Monday, 02 Jul 2012

"Regardless of which side of the ecclesiastical infighting is wrong or right, this novel presents people as people no matter how crazy they or their agendas might be."
Despite the existence in print of odd genres like Young Adult Fiction, Manga, or Online Harry Potter Fan Fiction, I suggest that perhaps the strangest literary genre today is something I call "Dramatic Clergy Fiction." Impossible, you say, that such literature could yield a profit in today's economy. Yet recent novels set in pastoral-sounding towns like Gilead or Mitford should be enough to demonstrate otherwise. For my purposes here, however, I prefer to call to memory that great fictional city epitomizing the whole corpus of romantic pastoral literature. I am referring, of course, to the cathedral ...

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