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Angela Thirkell's World [Hardcover]

Barbara Burrell
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Jan. 1 2001
Barsetshire has been the subject of two series. First, Anthony Trollope developed the sequence novels with the first Barsetshire in the mid-nineteenth century. Angela Thirkell, in her twenty-nine novels set in the twentieth century Barsetshire, has perfected the form. Barsetshire is an imaginary west country county populated with people, towns, villages, estates and all the things necessary to create a rural society not so far from London in custom or protocol. � This book is a reference work designed to help readers find their way through the thicket of Angela Thirkell's creations. Since she began populating her mythical Barsetshire in the early 1930's and then wrote one a book a year, it is no wonder that even the author occasionally lost track of what she had done with a few a them!

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Barbara Burrell is an avid Angela Thirkell fan as wel as an Associate Research Professor in the Department of Classics at the University of Cincinnati.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Barsetshire at Your Fingertips Nov. 4 2002
Format:Hardcover
As an avid and thorough reader of Angela Thirkell, I've often tried to sketch out family trees for the beautifully braided relationships in her Barsetshire books. And always failed, sometimes merely for lack of paper. But Barbara Burrell has done it with Angela Thirkell's World, in the only way it could be done: alphabetically. This is an essential resource for all Thirkellians with two minor caveats: one, be careful not to read beyond yourself (this makes sense when you see how Burrell's organized) or you'll discover who marries whom, etc., in upcoming books. Not that this really spoils the book, as Thirkell's delight is in her language, not her suspense. And, two, she might have listed houses as well as people, to remind us, for example, who lives at Rushwater.
But her task was Herculean and the result is truly wonderful, so I don't cavil.
Angela Thirkell's World lives on my nightstand, along with the current Thirkell of choice, and I refer to it often.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Barsetshire at Your Fingertips Nov. 4 2002
By V. Muratore - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
As an avid and thorough reader of Angela Thirkell, I've often tried to sketch out family trees for the beautifully braided relationships in her Barsetshire books. And always failed, sometimes merely for lack of paper. But Barbara Burrell has done it with Angela Thirkell's World, in the only way it could be done: alphabetically. This is an essential resource for all Thirkellians with two minor caveats: one, be careful not to read beyond yourself (this makes sense when you see how Burrell's organized) or you'll discover who marries whom, etc., in upcoming books. Not that this really spoils the book, as Thirkell's delight is in her language, not her suspense. And, two, she might have listed houses as well as people, to remind us, for example, who lives at Rushwater.
But her task was Herculean and the result is truly wonderful, so I don't cavil.
Angela Thirkell's World lives on my nightstand, along with the current Thirkell of choice, and I refer to it often.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Angela Thirkell's World: A Complete Guide to the People and Places of Barsetshire June 5 2008
By K. B. Burgin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Devotees of Angela Thirkell's series of novels about the inhabitants of Barsetshire,the fictitious English West Country county originally created by Anthony Trollope, will be grateful that Barbara Burrell has painstakingly and lovingly catalogued every character. She provides an alphabetical roster from the gentry to the servants and everyone in between, listing all of the novels in which each character appears and giving a summary of what happens to that particular person in each book.
Even characters who are never named but simply referred to as, say, "eldest Updike son," are included.

This book is particularly helpful for readers who have not been able to read each novel in the order in which it was written. Because of the many young characters who meet, marry and (in the women's cases) take on new names, it is especially rewarding to know that a character can be found by maiden or married name. Even the babies are listed.

My only unmet expectation was maps. I was truly hoping for a more detailed map than the one included at the beginning of each of the novels. Barsetshire has many small towns, and a larger map would have proved very useful to locate these more specifically.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Loving this resource July 16 2013
By Book Lady - Published on Amazon.com
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I am loving this resource book. It lists literally every single character in Angela Thirkell's Barsetshire novels, and describes briefly what happens to each character in each book. The author even bridges lapses in logic or storyline between the novels, for as any Thirkell fan will admit, she sometimes changes characters names, ages, or relationships from story to story without any explanation (other than forgetfulness!) It even includes characters that are only known by descriptions, such as the girl from the sixth form, or Betty's cousin. If you've ever thought you were going crazy and that the name used to be Cross and is now Crosse, and is that the same person or not, this is the book for you. It would have been helpful to have a table describing which people live in which towns or are associated with which houses, but it's clearly a product of hundreds of hours of work. Save yourself the effort and buy this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars All things Barsetshire March 31 2013
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This really is soul food for the Thirkell lover. You'll find every character, location, what books they're in, who they connected with in the various books, maps, descriptions. I go through phases when I'm deep into a Thirkell kick (always a rereading kick as well) where keep this book out and just read through it and remember the individual characters' importance in the series. As Mrs. Thirkell got older, she got less adept at remembering who was who and in some cases, she even changed the names of a character, or made them age at an incredible pace. Good fun.
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