Teaser Tuesdays (Aug. 9)

Teaser Tuesdays asks us to:

Grab our current read

Open to a random page

Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like our teaser!

My Teaser:

“Considering how much we are all given to discuss the characters of others, and discuss them often not in the strictest spirit of charity, it is singular how little we are inclined to think that others can speak ill-naturedly of us, and how angry and hurt we are when proof reaches us that they have done so.”

p. 170,  Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

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28 comments

  1. I love love love that teaser! What amusing and all too true insight. Excellent choice for a teaser, which kind of automatically provokes a wry smile of recognition.

    Meanwhile, my own teaser is over at Bookishgal.

  2. I’ve read some Trollope, but haven’t gotten around to the Barsetshire books yet. I should do something about that. It’s odd (and too bad) that the women in the book are unappealing – Trollope’s women are usually very strong characters. Love the teaser!

    1. Barchester Towers is a part of Trollope’s Chronicles of Barsetshire books. I have another one from the same series Framley Parsonage on my TBR pile.

      Like I have said not all of the female characters are like that but most are.

  3. My sister has told me several times how great this book is; I may have to pick it up now thanks to your great teaser! (She read it in Seminary School and so I worried it would be too “deep” for me with all the details.)

    1. Barchester Towers is the first Trollope book I am reading. All of my fellow classic lit fans adore him but I never got around to reading him even though two of his tomes stared at me from my bookshelf everyday! Now I have finally started on him.

    1. There are one or two exceptions of course. The character of Mrs. Grantly comes to mind. And Eleanor is not really stupid. She is just one of those wide-eyed naive beauties of Victorian literature.

    1. Yes, it is a daunting book ,even for me. I am usually not afraid to tackle Victorian tomes but Trollope makes me nervous as this is my first experience with him. Hopefully I can push on and finish this soon.

    1. I am fairly enjoying it but it is a very long read. I am having trouble understanding lot of the details about clergy and church. Also, I find it kind of unappealing that most of the women are portrayed as either shrews or stupid.

      1. That’s definitely hard, when you’re reading a book written by someone who lived in a society with a very different mind set. We end up either having to recognize that the author was writing only what his society assumed, or we judge him by our century’s standards and stop reading. But sometimes it does get hard to remember that this wasn’t a 21st-century thinker.

      2. Usually I don’t have any problems dealing with society norms that died out several centuries ago but sometimes it gets hard especially when it comes to the treatment of women.

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