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Originally, I thought this long Edwardian novel was going to be a drag and though it took a while to get into, it ended up being a great, moving, and understated work by English writer Arnold Bennett. Inspired by 19th century French writers (Flaubert, Zola, De Maupassant) and by seeing a "fat, shapeless, ugly and grotesque" old woman in a Paris cafe, Bennett tells the story of two sisters who grow up in a provincial town. One elopes with a feckless salesman who quickly abandons her, while the other marries, has a child, and continues the family business. The narrative follows both sisters individually before reuniting them in the final chapters. While it demands some patience and perseverance, it's a rewarding, powerful novel about family, failure, and the forces that shape people. One of the Modern Library's best novels of the century.
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ISBN:
9780141442112
Author:
Bennett, Arnold
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Introduction by:
Wain, John
Introduction:
Wain, John
Author:
Wain, John
Author:
ett
Author:
Arnold Benn
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin Classics
Publication Date:
20071231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
624
Dimensions:
7.85x6.56x1.08 in. .95 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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