out of 5
Review by Asa
This is the sixth and last book in Trollope's Barchester series, and in it the author tries to show us glimpses of what has happened to the characters in the previous books, as well as telling the story of Josiah Crawley, a priest who is accused of stealing a check for twenty pounds. The book is too long and it would be hard to read this book without knowing what has happened in the rest of the series, and there are way too many characters who come back on the scene without anything new happening to them. The parts of the book that are about Crawley and the stolen check are interesting though, mostly because Crawley is a very real, if very annoying, character. He is poor and has had a lot of troubles, but hates that he has to ask for help from anyone, even old friends, and is very proud because he thinks he's as good or better than many people who has succeeded in the world. This means that he alternates between forced humility and parading his poverty and misfortunes before everyone, and a dislike of people talking about him and wanting to help him and a refusal to accept the slightest assistance. I felt very sorry for his wife and children who had to suffer with him. Enjoyable book, but tries too much.