The Choir

The Choir

Book - 1995
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In the gentle precinct of Aldminster Cathedral, crisis loomed.  The urbane and worldly Dean (Purdey guns and the regular arrival of a delivery van from Berry Brothers) wanted nothing so much as to restore and beautify his beloved Cathedral--even if it meant sacrificing the Choir School to pay for it.  Alexander Troy, Headmaster of the school, a conscientious man, somewhat out of his depth with his elusive and poetical wife (once seen walking barefoot in the dew across the Cathedral Close) was determined that nothing and no-one-certainly not the overbearing Dean-should destroy the Choir.

As the rift widened into Machiavellian dimensions, many others found themselves caught in the schism--Leo Beckford, brilliant but wayward organist, repelling the adoration of the Dean's dreadful daughter--the gentle, left-wing Bishop, trying to soothe the angry protagonists--Sally Ashworth, mother of the leading chorister, fighting loneliness and an erring and absent husband.  Each frail and human dilemma took its part in the greater turmoil of Chapter and Close and the final battle for the survival of the Choir.


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Baker & Taylor
A confrontation between the Dean of Aldminster Cathedral and the headmaster of the Choir School involves the necessity to sacrifice the school in order to restore the cathedral, and results in community-wide rifts

Blackwell North Amer
The Choir is set in the gentle world of one of England's beautiful old cathedral towns. Crisis looms. Funds are short, and the cathedral is in need of major repair. One faction of the community concludes that the obvious way to finance the work is to put an end to the expensive and nowadays rather irrelevant boys' choir. The other faction is prepared to fight to the death to save the choir.
As the rift in the community widens, Trollope's wonderfully drawn characters are all dragged into the battle: the choir school's headmaster, a conscientious scholar somewhat out of his depth with his elusive, poetical wife; the cathedral organist and choirmaster, brilliant, wayward, and in love with the lead chorister's married mother; the former lead chorister, now twenty-three and directionless, who haunts his old school looking for a sense of purpose; and the gentle, left-wing bishop, trying to soothe the angry protagonists. Their stories are marvelously woven into another compulsively readable Joanna Trollope novel about modern life in old-world England.

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& Taylor

A confrontation between the Dean of Aldminster Cathedral and the headmaster of the Choir School involves the necessity to sacrifice the school in order to restore the cathedral, and results in community-wide rifts. 25,000 first printing. Tour.

Publisher: New York : Random House, [1995]
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780679444541
0679444548
Branch Call Number: FIC Tr 1995
Characteristics: 261 pages ; 25 cm

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