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“Far from the Madding Crowd” (2015), Now On HBO, Very Appealing To The Senses.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to access the IMdb.com listing for this very appealing 2015 movie.


I saw it on the HBO schedule and recorded it — thinking it would be good for the kids. This week we watched it during our ‘Family TV’ time. It was outstanding in every way. Lusciously shot with vivid color and amazing detail. Great story, pleasing characters and engaging actors. With “Downton Abbey” (alas) now over “Doctor Thorne” and now this help assuage the need for good British drama. Talking of which, “Suffragette“, which was also recently on HBO, is really good and educational too. And “Carey Mulligan” stars in both.

So check out these movies. You will be glad I told you to. Enjoy.


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Anthony Trollope’s Prose Of “Doctor Thorne” So Powerful & Profound.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE and view here. From Amazon Prime Video.

It is but a great shame that millions of people will only get to know “Doctor Thorne” through Julian (Downton Abbey) Fellowes’ inspired TV adaptation for Amazon Prime Video. And that is OK. As ever Julian Fellowes has been masterful and I, as ever, applaud him. Thank you Julian.

That said it appears a shame not to take this opportunity to savor Anthony Trollope’s original prose. He was quite the writer. A very deft touch and an exquisite vocabulary (as was common in those days before the distractions of TV, Facebook etc.).

His writing has been a revelation to I. I am ordering everything in sight!

Just wanted to share some of his words with YOU.


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Click to ENLARGE and checkout here. From the “Chronicles of Barsetshire”.


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Anthony Trollope.

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Amazon Prime’s “Doctor Thorne” Is Still More Trollope Than Fellowes “Downton”.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE and view here. From Amazon Prime Video.


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“Doctor Thorne”, published in 1858, is the 3rd book in this 6-novel collection, the “Chronicles of Barsetshire”. Click to access Amazon listing.


To say that this is BY Julian Fellowes, of “Downton Abbey” fame, is to indulge in some poetic license. As Julian, to his credit, explains prior to the start of Episode 1, “Doctor Thorne” is a book by much-regarded British Victorian-era writer Anthony Trollope [1815 – 1882]. Julian took Trollope’s masterpiece (and all of Trollope’s work is considered as such) and made it into a screenplay. And, of course, Julian, a master himself, did a masterful job. However, even Julian, with all of his magic, cannot take the Trollope out of “Doctor Thorne” — and that is both good and bad.

Prolific Anthony Trollope, who had a day job working for the British postal service, was a Victorian writer — and “Doctor Thorne”, published in 1858, starts off, set in 1830s. Basically that is 90 to a 100 years PRIOR to “Downton Abbey”. Furthermore, Victorian writers, by nature, were DARK and often prone to be lugubrious. And that comes across even with Julian’s deft touch.

Having watched, with great sadness, the very last episode of “Mr. Selfridge” last night, we tried out Episode 1 of “Doctor Thorne”, on Amazon Prime Video (which we subscribe to), as a possible diversion. It wasn’t bad. I had to pause it, often, to explain to the kids what was happening. That was never necessary with “Downton” — and that is a key difference. Trollope tends to be subtle.

I am sure that we will watch all of “Doctor Thorne” and get to love it. I already ordered — in print and in Kindle — everything written by Trollope. This will be my excuse to read Trollope! SMILE. That alone is good. I can’t be a Philistine when it comes to Victorian novels (bar some exceptions, like “Jane Eyre“) all my life.

So just a heads up. Not Julian Fellowes BUT Anthony Trollope.

Got that?


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Anthony Trollope.

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by Anura Guruge