Alice Vavasor cannot decide whether to marry her ambitious but violent cousin George or the upright and gentlemanly John Grey'and so finds herself accepting and rejecting each of them in turn. She is increasingly confused about her own feelings and unable to forgive herself for such vacillation'a situation contrasted with that of her friend Lady Glencora, forced by 'sagacious heads' to marry the rising politician Plantagenet Palliser in order to prevent her true love, the worthless Burgo Fitzgerald, from wasting her vast fortune. In asking his listeners to pardon Alice for her transgression of the Victorian moral code, Trollope created a telling and wide-ranging account of the social world of his day.
Praise for Barchester Towers: 'Obviously, [Vance] relishes impersonating the dramatis personae.''AudioFile
Yes, a different time and place but, the sanctimonious, delusional thought process of the main character leaves only one answer. No. Simon Vance, who reads all the Trollope books (and the Patrick O'Brien, Aubrey/Maturin novels) is the best reader of books, ever. Period.
The book is a 19th century version of today's paperback romance novel. A little slow to start as the characters unfold, but I ended up enjoying it.