Confession: I often think that I want to review books I’ve read, just to have a record of my thoughts on the book. Mainly because I know that within six months I’ll have forgotten it already. However, the reality is that I’m very bad at getting it done. For one thing, I typically finish a book and immediately launch (and become absorbed) into another, which removes the recently finished book from my mind. But I am going to try to review books more often, and what better novel to start with than The Warden as I ready myself to begin Barchester Towers (the second in the Chronicles of Barsetshire series) next week with my Trollope group?
A man lives comfortably with his daughter on a nice pension from a dead man’s will. A young lawyer (who happens to be courting the warden’s daughter) decides to challenge the will because he believes that the money rightfully belongs to the church’s bedesmen. What ensues is a story of a family and village dividing over the issue, with the warden becoming increasingly burdened by the decision that he will have to make: will he fight for what is rightfully his or will he cave to unreasonable demands placed on him in a community that is too small for any issue to be handled in anonymity?
This is a short book and one well worth reading. If you’re planning on joining the Instagram Barchester Towers read along, reading this ahead of time isn’t necessary, but it is definitely a must-read sometime in the future.
Here’s a link to my edition of The Warden:
The Warden (Oxford World’s Classics)
Happy Easter, everyone! On Instagram I posted a part of John Donne’s Good Friday poem to commemorate the weekend. I haven’t had much time to be quiet and reflective this Easter week, so I’m grateful for small moments spent reading a poem or gazing on nature in order to refresh my soul.
Until Next Time,