The Cathedral


Read by David Wales

(4.6 stars; 16 reviews)

Sir Hugh Seymour Walpole, CBE (1884 – 1941) was an English novelist. He was the son of an Anglican clergyman, intended for a career in the church but drawn instead to writing. Among those who encouraged him were the authors Henry James and Arnold Bennett. His skill at scene-setting, vivid plots, and high profile as a lecturer brought him a large readership in the United Kingdom and North America. He was a best-selling author in the 1920s and 1930s, but has been largely neglected since his death.... One of Walpole's major novels of the early post-war period was The Cathedral, which unlike much of his fiction was not dashed off but worked on across four years, beginning in 1918. The story of an arrogant 19th-century archdeacon in conflict with other clergy and laity was certain to bring comparisons with Trollope's Barchester Towers (The Manchester Guardian 's review was headed "Polchester Towers"), but unlike the earlier work, The Cathedral is wholly uncomic.... The reviewer Ivor Brown commented that Walpole had earlier charmed many with his cheerful tales of Mayfair, but that in this novel he showed a greater side to his art: "This is a book with little happiness about it, but its stark strength is undeniable. The Cathedral is realism, profound in its philosophy and delicate in its thread." The Illustrated London News said, "No former novelist has seized quite so powerfully upon the cathedral fabric and made it a living character in the drama, an obsessing individuality at once benign and forbidding. ...The Cathedral is a great book." The Jubilee which plays an important part in the story is the national celebration in 1897 of Queen Victoria's sixty years on the throne. Summary by Wikipedia and david wales (15 hr 0 min)

Chapters

Book 1 Prelude:Chapter 1 Brandons 36:26 Read by David Wales
Bk 1 Prelude: Ch 2 Ronders 21:19 Read by David Wales
Bk1 Prelude: Ch 3 One Of Joan's Days 44:37 Read by David Wales
Bk 1 Prelude: Ch 4 The Impertinent Elephant 41:40 Read by David Wales
Bk 1 Prelude: Ch 5 Mrs. Brandon Goes Out To Tea 24:19 Read by David Wales
Bk 1 Prelude: Ch 6 Seatown Mist And Cathedral Dust 39:21 Read by David Wales
Bk 1 Prelude: Ch 7 Ronder's Day 41:08 Read by David Wales
Bk 1 Prelude: Ch 8 Son -- Father 32:11 Read by David Wales
Book 2 The Whispering Gallery: Chapter 1 Five O'Clock -- The Green Cloud 11:32 Read by David Wales
Bk 2 The Whispering Gallery: Ch 2 Souls On Sunday 28:41 Read by David Wales
Bk 2 The Whispering Gallery: Ch 3 The May-Day Prologue 28:20 Read by David Wales
Bk 2 The Whispering Gallery: Ch 4 The Genial Heart 48:08 Read by David Wales
Bk 2 The Whispering Gallery: Ch 5 Falk By The River 41:32 Read by David Wales
Bk 2 The Whispering Gallery: Ch 6 Falk's Flight 39:52 Read by David Wales
Bk 2 The Whispering Gallery: Ch 7 Brandon Puts On His Armour 38:55 Read by David Wales
Bk 2 The Whispering Gallery: Ch 8 The Wind Flies Over The House 14:20 Read by David Wales
Bk 2 The Whispering Gallery: Ch 9 The Quarrel 45:20 Read by David Wales
Book 3 The Jubilee: Chapter 1 June 17, Thursday: Anticipation 51:09 Read by David Wales
Bk 3 The Jubilee: Ch 2 Friday, June 18: Shadow Meets Shadow 32:24 Read by David Wales
Bk 3 The Jubilee: Ch 3 Saturday, June 19: The Ball 36:06 Read by David Wales
Bk 3 The Jubilee: Ch 4 Sunday, June 20: In The Bedroom 29:24 Read by David Wales
Bk 3 The Jubilee: Ch 5 Tuesday, June 22: 1 The Cathedral 25:57 Read by David Wales
Bk 3 The Jubilee: Ch 6 Tuesday, June 22: 2 The Fair 28:53 Read by David Wales
Bk 3 The Jubilee: Ch 7 Tuesday, June 22: 3 Torchlight 14:28 Read by David Wales
Book 4 The Last Stand: Chapter 1 In Ronder's House: Ronder, Wistons 26:43 Read by David Wales
Bk 4 The Last Stand: Ch 2 Two In The House 31:53 Read by David Wales
Bk 4 The Last Stand: Ch 3 Prelude To Battle 20:30 Read by David Wales
Bk 4 The Last Stand: Ch 4 The Last Tournament 25:13 Read by David Wales

Reviews

GREAT. BUT TRAGIC, WORK


(5 stars)

Tragic because it is not a tale of an archdeacon vs a canon. It is actually a story of the demise of the faith, championed by those who should be it's guardians. Rondor wants to alter the faith by the introduction of liberal scholarship. As the heretical standard bearer, he generously employees the use of trite terms such as "old fashioned" or "out of touch" to prejudice the listener. Brandon is the embattled champion of orthodoxy. His death is the picture of the demise of the cathedral with it's bedrock faith. HOW SAD!!

Definitely not a comedy


(4 stars)

"But unlike the earlier work, The Cathedral is wholly uncomic" - is the truth. It's more dark than light, revealing some of the ugly underbelly of human nature even (or especially?) in a religious setting. One does feel for the characters. I found myself sympathizing with each of the main characters in turn, even when initially disliking some of them. Reader is good, but pronounces "row" (disturbance/fight) incorrectly. ;) Technically (volume, etc) it's great.

I listened to this book , sensing that it was about human frailt


(5 stars)