☉ The Old Wives Tale PDF / Epub ❤ Author Arnold Bennett – Anguillais.us

The Old Wives Tale The Old Wives Tale 1908 Celebrates The Romance Of Even The Most Ordinary Lives As It Tells The Story Of The Two Baines Sisters, Placid Stay At Home Constance And Rebellious Sophia, From Their Girlhood To Their Last Days They Move From The Family Drapery Shop In Provincial Bursley During The Repressive Mid Victorian Period To Old Age In The Modern Era Of Mass Marketing And The Internal Combustion Engine The Setting Ranges From The Wesleyan Methodist Chapel In Bursley To A Paris Brothel, The Action From The Controlled Domestic Routine Of The Baines Household To Wife Murder And The Siege Of Paris During The Franco Prussian War Of 1870 1 This Edition Of The Old Wives Tale Gives Fascinating Critical Insights Into Bennett S Most Wide Ranging Novel, Considered By Many To Be His Masterpiece.

☉ The Old Wives Tale  PDF / Epub ❤ Author Arnold Bennett – Anguillais.us
  • Paperback
  • 644 pages
  • The Old Wives Tale
  • Arnold Bennett
  • English
  • 15 December 2018
  • 0192829661

    10 thoughts on “☉ The Old Wives Tale PDF / Epub ❤ Author Arnold Bennett – Anguillais.us


  1. says:

    A simple concept of parallels and contrasts in the lives of sisters, carefully told with gentle irony It starts in 1864 when Constance and Sophia are 16 and 15 respectively and follows them to the end of their lives Book 1 covers their teenage years together above and in a draper s shop in a small town in the Staffordshire Potteries central England Book 2 is in the same location, but focuses on Constance Book 3 is set in Paris during great political upheaval and war, and is about Sophia I A simple concept of parallels and contrasts in the lives of sisters, carefully told with gentle irony It starts in 1864 when Constance and Sophia are 16 and 15 respectively and follows them to the end of their lives Book 1 covers their teenage years together above and in a draper s shop in a small town in the Staffordshire Potteries central England Book 2 is in the same location, but focuses on Constance Book 3 is set in Paris during great political upheaval and war, and is about Sophia In book 4, the two threads come together again Bennett modelled it on the great realistic French novels of the time Balzac, Flaubert et al in some ways it is very mundane, and yet the attention to de...


  2. says:

    I recall intensely that The Old Wives Tale had me weeping silently into my mug of tea onthan one occasion as I followed raptly the ordinary tedious lives of twothan a little irritating women from youth to addled toothlessness, whence are we all doomed, although, one hopes, these days, withhumane dentistry and superior bridgework Ah, humanity Is it ever thus Yes, thus it was, thus it is, and thus is to be Here is a symphony of domesticity, panopticon o...


  3. says:

    BLURB Every stout, ageing woman is not grotesque far from it but there is an extreme pathos in the mere fact that that every stout ageing woman was once a young girl with the unique charm of youth in her form and her movements and in her mind And the fact that the change from the young girl to the stout ageing woman is made up of an infinite number of infinitesimal changes, each unperceived by her, only intensifies the pathos It was at the instant of this observation that I was visi BLURB Every stout, ageing woman is not grotesque far from it but there is an extreme pathos in the mere fact that that every stout ageing woman was once a young girl with the unique charm of youth in her form and her movements and in her mind And the fact that the change from the young girl to the stout ageing woman is made up of an infinite number of infinitesimal changes,...


  4. says:

    A testament to the power and influence of Goodreads is the discovery of this gem which otherwise would have escaped my notice.Bennett grabbed me with the second sentence of his preface and never let go for a moment In many ways this 5 page preface iscompelling than the actual novel Here he relates an anecdote of sitting in a favorite cafe when an old woman comes in talking to herself and dropping her parcels She is the subject of immediate ridicule by the two waitresses, one old enough A testament to the power and influence of Goodreads is the discovery of this gem which otherwise would have escaped my notice.Bennett grabbed me with the second sentence of his preface and never let go for a moment In many ways this 5 page preface iscompelling than the actual novel Here he relates an anecdote of sitting in a favorite cafe when an old woman comes in talking to herself and dropping her parcels She is the subject of immediate ridicule by the two waitresses, one old enough to know better and one young enough to becharitable He muses that this fat, ugly,...


  5. says:

    He saw a fat, old, ridiculous, shapeless woman in a restaurant Then he imagined her once as a vivacious young girl, perhaps pretty when she was a young woman, had some love affairs, married, brought forth children, and now she s like that, most likely alone and forgotten For a long while he thought of writing a story about an old woman like her When he finally got himself into writing it, he thought it would bechallenging to write about two of them, so Arnold Bennett made them sisters He saw a fat, old, ridiculous, shapeless woman in a restaurant Then he imagined her once as a vivacious young girl, perhaps pretty when she was a young woman, had some love affairs, married, brought forth children, and now she s like that, most likely alone and forgotten For a long while he thought of writing a story about an old woman ...


  6. says:

    Arnold Bennett is one of the great under read authors ever His prose is shining carved out of marble each word beautiful resonating off the surrounding ones But really his craft is so pure and every word counts Of course, it s good his writing is so unsentimental because it keeps his stories from being unbearable sad instead of just barely bearably painful This is the book I would recommend people begin with if they don t know Bennett I found it the most accessible with even a little humo Arnold Bennett is one of the great under read authors ever His prose is shining carved out of marble each word beautiful resonating off the surrounding ones But really his craft is so pure and every word counts Of course, it s good his writing is so unsentimental because it...


  7. says:

    2 sisters, 2 separate lives I have been through too much, I cannot stand it Yes, we re only concerned with our paltry selves, so why do some whine, Why did this novel not mention this or that war or crisis Why Cos outside events nevermatterIn his preface Bennett notes that ordinary people are never aware of history s dramatic events And talented Cyril, the child of one sis so cute, so spoiled At 33, his habits were industrious as ever He seldom spoke of his plans and never of h 2 sisters, 2 separate lives I have been through too much, I cannot stand it Yes, we re only concerned with our paltry selves, so why do some whine, Why did this novel not mention this or that war or crisis Why Cos outside events nevermatterIn his preface Bennett notes that ordinary people are never aware of history s dramatic events And talented Cyril, the child of one sis so cute, so spoiled At 33, his habits were industrious a...


  8. says:

    I consider Arnold Bennett to be the most underrated of all English novelists, and The Old Wives Tale to be one of the great undiscovered or underdiscovered masterpieces of twentieth century literature Bennett was despised by the Bloomsbury group, particularly Virginia Woolf, who thought him conservative and vulgar his popularity made him a figure of envy and ridicule amongst the Modernists Obviously he s got muchin common with Trollope, Thackeray and Dickens than he does with Joyce I consider Arnold Bennett to be the most underrated of all English novelists, and The Old Wives Tale to be one of the great undiscovered or underdiscovered masterpieces of twentieth century literature Bennett was despised by the Bloomsbury group, particularly Virginia Woolf, who thought him conservative and vulgar his popularity made him a figure of envy and ridicule amongst the Modernists Obviously he s got muchin common with Trollope, Thackeray and Dickens than he does with Joyce or Woolf herself but he was also very much influenced by French writers, particularly Maupassant, and this is the Frenchest of all his books, with some of the most powerful sections set in Paris The Old Wives Tale is the story of two sisters, Sophia and Constance Baines, their contrasting characters and destinies, their estrangement and final reunion in old age In the course of the book they run the whole gamut of experiences open to women of that period, and the final section is deeply moving The prose is b...


  9. says:

    The story of two sisters moving through life to their twilight years Each faces life s tribulations, and works her way through it, but it is in the end, where they reflect back, that the brilliance of this book comes out What is life, what co...


  10. says:

    I LOVED THIS BOOK First published in 1908, it read like a modern day novel not tedious and wordy like many Victorian novels The author painted such vivid characters, scenery and narrative that it was very easy to get swept up in the storyline Covering a span of 50 years the story is about two sisters, Constance and Sophia Baines, following their lives from youth into old age The book is broken down into four books Book 1 is about the teen aged girls and their mother Book 2 is a chronic I LOVED THIS BOOK First published in 1908, it read like a modern day novel not tedious and wordy like many Victorian novels The author painted such vivid characters, scenery and narrat...

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