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The Old Wives' Tale by Arnold Bennett
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Aug 14, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: best-of-2009
Read in September, 2009

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 chronicle of Constance's life; Book 3 is Sophia's story and in Book 4 the sisters are reunited in their old age. Constance is the 'constant" one who remains at home and lives a very provincial life; Sophia, the "sophisticated" one chooses romance and adventure and elopes to France with a traveling salesman. There is much in this book that can relate to our lives today.
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Wanda I downloaded this onto my ereader. Doesn't it sound good?

Melinda It does sound good! I'm tempted to go out of order on my TBR list and read it next. How did you like The Bridge of San Luis Rey? Another one I need to read soon ...

Well, I'm out of town for a few days visiting relatives. Enjoy your weekend!

Wanda Hi Melinda. I enjoyed the Bridge of San Luis Rey a lot. It was a quick read but at the same time, I found it to be almost inspirational.

How are you enjoying this one? I have it downloaded and just need to find the time to read it. Is it gossipy? I imagine it to be similar to Middlemarch.

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