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Anna of the Five Towns by Arnold Bennett
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Oct 19, 10

bookshelves: historical, classic
Read on October 19, 2010

This is probably not everyone's cup of tea, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Like the English sensibility of the turn of the century, the characters of this story are repressed and understated, religious and mindful of duty, prone to needless suffering. But it's such a detailed picture of the time and the place (The Potteries in Staffordshire, which were all about making mid-priced dishes for the average English household), I found it fascinating and read it in one day. I look forward to his other, more popular and lighter-hearted stories.

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