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Buried Alive

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  200 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
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.
Paperback, 120 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Echo Library (first published 1908)
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Dec 07, 2016 Paula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La curiosa historia de cómo una mentirijilla de nada que no hace daño a nadie se hace una bola muy grande hasta que explota en toda la cara del protagonista. ¡Pa' habernos matao Priam!
Jan 28, 2017 Kike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor-satire
Muy divertido y al mismo muy crítico del mundo del arte y de la sociedad londinense de aquel tiempo. Lo disfruté muchísimo.
This delightful book is far too short, though according to the Preface of "The Old Wives' Tale" (, it "was received with majestic indifference by the British public"!

Note 1: Comments that may look like spoilers actually tell you less than the blurb on the back of the book.
Note 2: The title is entirely metaphorical; this is not a book for lovers of the macabre. It is a tragi-comic satire about identity, inhibition, love, the meaning and value of art, and
Oct 20, 2008 Mitchell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A comic gem. A perfectly contained story. It's a crime Arnold Bennett is not better known. Also read "The Old Wives' Tale'
Ana Duque
Mar 07, 2016 Ana Duque rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una novela corta, con ese humor inglés irónico y ligeramente absurdo que caracteriza a Bennett. Una delicia.
Mariano Hortal
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Es motivo de celebración que una editorial pequeña independiente consiga llegar a la friolera de 100 títulos; entre otras cosas, porque hoy en día cada vez es más difícil publicar (y tener éxito), al menos para las editoriales que abogan por unos catálogos distintos y muy alejados de los best-sellers mainstream que llenan mes a mes las librerías y centros comerciales gracias a Espasa, RHM y similares.
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Nov 28, 2010 THE rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In 1923-24, Arnold Bennett and Virginia Woolf engaged in a literary debate on the modern novel. Poor Bennett fared no better than in his earlier exchange with George Bernard Shaw on the nature of dramaturgy. In her 1924 essay, "Mr, Bennett and Mrs. Brown," Woolf did not recoil at Bennett's criticism of her modernist and experimental challenge to the novel. For her, Bennett's writings presented artificial characters in which the excessive pedantic details of description and place obscured the cre ...more
No es por nada, pero mi edición de Impedimenta tenía casi 300 páginas... ¡En fin! Al grano: 2 1/2 para esta comedia doméstica a la que le etiqueta de género le viene como anillo al dedo. Una historia divertida, entretenida, amable, con un peculiar personaje principal y su buena dosis de enredo.
Aug 14, 2015 LauraT rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was it written before or after our overfamous Il fu Mattia Pascal? I have to check...
Laura Leilani
Dec 22, 2016 Laura Leilani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
A fun read! A painfully shy artist trades identities with his deceased valet on a whim. The artist is no longer a celebrity but blissfully anonymous. However problems keep cropping up, such as - but I don't want to spoil it! Artists and people who understand what it's like to be shy will probably really like this book. Another thing I enjoyed about the book were the descriptions of things. This book was published in 1900, and yet they had electric cars!! The description of the rich guys electric ...more
Kate Vane
Nov 01, 2016 Kate Vane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Priam Farll is an artist who wishes to remain invisible. He is an enormously shy man who is shielded from the rigours of social interaction by wealth and his valet. When the valet is suddenly taken ill and dies, Farll sees an opportunity to adopt his identity.

Farll has been abroad for a number of years and is taken aback when he realises the extent of his fame. He eavesdrops as the media and the public debate hotly over whether ‘his’ funeral should be in Westminster Abbey, hears a starlet fabric
Jul 13, 2013 Horner rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dice Jesús J. Pelayo en el prólogo de este libro (prólogo que SÍ se puede leer antes que el libro, no como otros, que son una metralleta de spoilers): "Bennet es un gran creador de personajes. Él mismo afirmaba que la perdurabilidad de una novela dependía de la consistencia y verosimilitud de los personajes: "Si los personajes son reales, la novela tendrá una oportunidad; si no lo son, su destino será el olvido". A mí me congratula esta forma de pensar". A mí también me congratula. Me congratula ...more
Joy H.
Aug 28, 2015 Joy H. marked it as watched-film-only  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, humor
Added 8/28/15. (first published 1908) Watched film only.
It was an enjoyable film!
"Holy Matrimony" (1943)
"From Arnold Bennett's novel Buried Alive. An artist returning from years abroad takes the identity of his dead valet to escape the attentions of the press."

Monty Woolley and Gracie Fields were terrific! Clever plot!
Feb 23, 2016 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Listened to this after seeing the Monty Woolley movie based on the book, which is fabulous. I was afraid it was only fabulous because of Monty Woolley, but no, the book is pretty great, too. It helped that the Librivox reader did a passable substitution for Woolley's accent and affectations. Recommend.
Raúl Vera
Divertida, con ese típico humor inglés en el que sobre todo se burlan de sí mismos. En mi caso no pude evitar identificarme hasta cierto punto con el protagonista, y no precisamente por su faceta de pintor.
Irma Walter
Sep 08, 2014 Irma Walter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyed the read. I think the title isn't the best choice. It put me off for a long time, expecting some kind of a horror story. Instead you get quite a good description of the inner workings of an introvert.
Mari Carmen
Nov 30, 2014 Mari Carmen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, ebooks
3.5 estrellas de 5. Sencilla, entretenida y amena de leer. Como perteneciente al grupo de los tímidos, no he podido evitar sentir simpatía por el protagonista del libro y las consecuencias que tiene para él su extrema timidez
Mar 09, 2013 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-read
Although set in London rather than The Potteries as most of the author's books are, this is an entertaining tale about a successful but shy and reclusive artist who, on the death of his valet, takes on the identity of the valet rather than face the world on his own, with amusing consequences.
Mar 02, 2014 Gorka rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lectura sencilla, para coger el libro mientras llueve fuera un domingo. Saca una sonrisa de vez en cuando. Empieza muy bien, pero a medida que el libro avanza va perdiendo fuerza.
Found this book on Clever and quiet humor with a gently rolling story that is a pleasure to experience. An enjoyable read.
May 19, 2015 Asyoulikeit rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: librivox
more of a pleasantly told tale than a book filled with funny moments.( note: this one is a joy to listen to on librivox)
Dec 06, 2011 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A light hearted romp through the consequences of being a highly talented and wealthy artist whilst also being paralysingly shy. All remedied by the love of a good woman.
Esther Mateo
Sep 24, 2016 Esther Mateo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gracias a Leer sin prisa por compartir esta lectura, genial.
Jun 30, 2013 Cristina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To know more about Bennett, I strongly recommend this short video (little over 3 minutes):
Nov 27, 2015 Zazou rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elizzy B
Dec 25, 2016 Elizzy B rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
English review below.

Crítica en español
Hay algo en el humor inglés que siempre me llama, y en el caso de este libro, me ha hecho disfrutar sin parar. Enterrado en vida nos cuenta la historia de un señor, que debido a su timidez, se ve obligado a hacer lo que no quiere, y a verse metido en asuntos que no esperaba. Pero también logra conocer, debido a su equívoco, cosas que no había vivido antes.
Ligero y punzante, la escondida vida del Mr Leek, perdón, de Farrl, el gran pintor iniglés, se va desve
Il protagonista, pittore famoso dato per morto, oscillante in modo polare tra una patologica 'shyness' e un'incontrollabile 'boldness', e la sua improbabile love-story mi hanno decisamente conquistato.
Marts  (Thinker)
Jun 14, 2013 Marts (Thinker) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quite an exciting classic adventure. Artist Priam Farll's valet dies and the attending doctor takes the dead man for him, well Priam actually wants to make a really huge change in life so this little error gives him an idea...
Jun 01, 2015 Cris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
No me ha hecho mucha gracia. Mis partes favoritas son las protagonizadas por Alice.
Amy Sherman
I liked this book. A story of a very shy man, and some of the huge problems his shyness resulted in.
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Enoch Arnold Bennett (always known as Arnold Bennett) was one of the most remarkable literary figures of his time, a product of the English Potteries that he made famous as the Five Towns. Yet he could hardly wait to escape his home town, and he did so by the sheer force of his ambition to succeed as an author. In his time he turned his hand to every kind of writing, but he will be remembered for ...more
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