Enoch Arnold Bennett (May 27, 1867-March 27, 1931). He was born in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, one of six towns in the area known as the Potteries where many of his novels were set....
|Title||:||Tales of the Five Towns|
|Number of Pages||:||160 Pages|
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Tales of the Five Towns Reviews
What a find Arnold Bennett is! This book of short stories is humorous, poignant, gripping, and occasionally tragic. Bennett writes with charm and good humor, but his observations about human behavior and foibles are astute (and trenchant). He also casts a benevolent and understanding eye on all his characters: even the antagonists (one could scarcely call them villains) are shown to be acting out of ignorance or misunderstanding, or from plausible (if misguided) motives. Just as his characters aren't all good or all bad, his story endings don't go where the conventional set-ups seem to point. Instead they ring true with a stamp of life and character that marks Bennett as a true master. The final story in the collection, "A Letter Home," is brief but packs quite a wallop!This edition of the book was a LibriVox, free audiobook. The reader, Martin Clifton, does a wonderful job in his presentation, allowing Bennett's humorous style to shine through.
Bennett, Arnold. Tales of the Five TownsArnold Bennett is a great teller of tales about the Five Towns. He manages to create reader interest in ordinary people going abour their everyday lives. Of course there is usually something weird about the central character or characters, such as not speaking to each other for ten years like the Hessian brothers or being obsessed with getting rid of a valuable portrait like Sir Jehosohaphat Dain. In his stories, unlike his more celebrated novels, the plot is what creates reader interest. There is always a trick Bennett has up his sleeve to make you smile and one doesn’t question too closely motivation and the reader is led by the nose towards what seems the only possible conclusion. Good light and rather old-fashioned reading, with a four-square narrator always on hand to reassure and entertain you.
As I know the area well, the tales are of special interest and I have thoroughly enjoyed deciphering the place names such as Knype (Stoke), Oldcastle (Newcastle-under-Lyme) etc. The tales seem to delight in human nature, and often have a resonance in modern times.
This is a series of short stories set in the Staffordshire Potteries towns, peopled by a rich cast of businessmen, shopkeepers, mill and pottery owners and fading gentility.Arnold Bennett was a very popular author in his day and these stories show why.
Could he be a cynical, sometimes morose O. Henry? I must admit that a few of the stories didn't make sense to me - like a few Far Side or New Yorker cartoons - but the wit, humor, irony, and clever plot was always good. My favorite book thus far by Bennett remains The Card.
Lovely tales from the author of Clayhanger.