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Las hermanas Bunner

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  1,082 Ratings  ·  123 Reviews
«La novela nos recuerda, por su precisión, el mecanismo de un reloj. Es un magnífico ejemplo de equilibrio narrativo. Al mismo tiempo, es un caso excepcional en la obra de Wharton. Por el ambiente en que se desarrolla la acción y por la especial simpatía con que la autora se acerca al personaje central, Las hermanas Bunner se destaca entre toda su producción. Su lectura re ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published January 1st 2011 by Contraseña (first published 1916)
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Edith Wharton wrote with ease of New York's high society, of which she was a part, but she could also portray the struggles of the lower classes with effect. The Bunner Sisters is the story of two sisters barely making ends meet in a small shop in their neighborhood. But they are happy with their companionship and their routine. Things change forever, and for the worse, when they meet a local clockmaker. Wharton reminds us that when you make poor choices, the results can be devastating, regardle ...more
Apr 15, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excitement over a marriage engagement, even if it's not yours... expectation falling oh-so devastatingly short!

"She had wanted so much to see the clock-maker again ..."

There is as much melancholic longing in this story about meek sisters as in her other perennial classics ("Ethan Frome" & "The House of Mirth" mainly). The clock that ticks at the center of the novella teaches that timing's everything. And NOBODY does repressed passionate love like Edith Wharton. However, the novel is burden
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Now she perceived that to refuse the gifts of life does not ensure their transmission to those for whom they have been surrendered; and her familiar heaven was unpeopled.

I'm convinced that Edith Wharton has written nothing short of a masterpiece. Every novel of hers that I pick up leaves me utterly speechless. I highly recommend this novella to anyone who appreciates Wharton's style, characterization and prose. To those who are new to Edith Wharton, I'd recommend beginning with something a bit b
Sidharth Vardhan
Typical Wharton novel. Things don't change except for worse.
Really surprised that this little novella isn't more well known. This is a poignant tale of two sisters their daily trials and tribulations as they live out their lives in genteel poverty in an attempt to keep their livelihood afloat.

Have to admit that I did start to tear up towards the end of the novella. Found this to be a moving story that reads with much more depth than is found in many novella length reads. Time well spent, a little gem.
Marie Saville
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
De nuevo la prosa exquisita de Edith Wharton, su perfección para recrear atmósferas y ambientes, y la vida de los personajes que las habitan. La historia de la pequeña mercería, escondida en los aledaños de Union Square, y las dos hermanas que intentan sacarla adelante, me ha roto completamente el corazón. Y, aún así, que placer, que inmenso placer volver a leer a Wharton.
Oct 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A raw, wintry (and forgotten) novella of poverty, loneliness
and despair. Written in 1892 but unpublished until 1916 (editors found it grim), EW - in top form - examines again her theme of freedom vs individual responsibility (how far is far enough?) As with "Ethan Frome" EWs wondrous imagination searches the damaged souls of the stricken-class. A breathless experience. The last scene of the surviving sister struggling through snowfall to find work is DW Griffith cinema.
Aug 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I really liked it" would be an accurate statement of how I felt about this work. "It was amazing" may be stretching it, since this isn't one of Wharton's masterpieces. Still it is a little semi-precious gem and I am glad I did not miss it. Written in the 1890s, but not published until later, this is the story of two spinster sisters (yes they really did use the word spinster once upon a time) who eke out a living in a rundown New York neighborhood by selling sewing trims, buttons, bows, ribbons ...more
20. yy başlarında Amerika’da geçen kitap, iki kız kardeşin ekseninde dönemin hayat mücadelesine, yaşam koşullarına, dini imgelere olan bağlılığına ışık tutuyor. Kolay okunur bir yapıda. Kendine has bazı ince öğütlemelerde barındıran bir dönem klasiği.
2.5* It shouldn't be a spoiler for Wharton fans that her books aren't the rose-coloured glasses kind. I kept thinking while listening to this one - what is it that draws us to these kind of books? We know there's going to be disillusionment and failure, but we keep on coming!? Somehow there is a mysterious satisfaction in reading about things going wrong for people, people we can relate to not just because they are written so skillfully but also because we have felt so much the same at times. Th ...more
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: clásicos, drama
Un dramático pero delicioso relato. Jo, ¡¡¡Me está encantando Edith Wharton!!! Tengo que comprarme más libros suyos.
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've encountered literary discussions/reviews that name Henry James and Edith Wharton as two of the best early American writers. In less than 100 pages, Wharton's "Bunner Sisters" tells the story of two women at the bottom of society who make bad choices with disastrous results. On the other hand, Henry James' "Portrait of a Lady" runs over 600 pages to tell a very similar story: a woman at the top of society makes a bad choice with disastrous results. "Bunner Sisters" packs quite an emotional w ...more
Elizabeth (Alaska)
A story of familial love. Ann Eliza and Evelina Bunner are women beyond what is usually thought of as marriageable age. Ann Eliza thinks there might still be hope for Evelina to marry. And so they sit in their shop, sorting buttons and making artificial flowers for ladies bonnets, and hope a man provides the opportunity. The story is far too short to tell more.

This is Wharton and her fine prose. She lets us know the deep feelings of the women, nad we see a bit of the somewhat seedier side of Ne
Bunner Sisters or How Ann Eliza Dodges a Bullet....or does she?

This is grim and gloomy,and at the end you're left wondering which sister has the better fate. This audio book is just over 3 hours long,but that was plenty long enough to remind me how grateful I am not to have been around during the early 1900's. I think I'm going to be depressed for the rest of the day. Edith Wharton always makes me feel this way,and yet I still want to read her books.
A very surprising and emotional story.

The Bunner Sisters is an unusual work by Edith Wharton, focusing as it does on lower-class New York life rather than the high society stories she is better known for. I started this not knowing anything about the plot or what was going to happen and I found it powerful and affecting.

The sisters live in genteel poverty, keeping a small shop and living in the same premises, and Wharton's writing brilliantly describes the dreary sameness of their daily lives, brightened only by their love for one
Mar 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Devastador y memorable. Wharton teje con una prosa impecable la historia de dos hermanas cuya humilde vida queda sacudida por el tic tac de un reloj.

"To refuse the gifts of life does not ensure their transmission to those for whom they have been surrendered".
Ann Eliza and Evelina Bunner live and work in their dress shop toward the dilapidated end of New York. Their lives are insular, quietly productive but not without small joys. It is such a small joy, a birthday gift of a clock, that sets in motion the events that will become their undoing. The purchase of the clock puts them in social contact with a lonely clockmaker, Herman Ramy, and for all his friendliness, good conversation and affection, he is not, as they say, what he seems. Alas, the siste ...more
Perry Whitford
Apr 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Bunner Sisters are a couple of New York spinsters who run a modest business making and selling fake flowers.

Ann Eliza has a mother's affection for her younger sister, Evelina, a selflessness which has given her an 'idolatrous acceptance of the cruelties of fate'. Unfortunately her very generosity results in a Whartonesque lesson in 'the inutility of self-sacrifice.'

Mr. Ramy, who owns a small shop where Ann Eliza buys a clock for sister on the occasion when 'for the first time in her long ye
Nanci Svensson
Three or four stars? Decisions, decisions, decisions - however, I settled for three stars on account of the melodramatic, borderline kitsch narrative...
Going through public domain books that I've omitted to read hitherto I never want to a) read about death by "consumption" or b) fail to grasp those parts of the story that depend upon the elaborate rules of etiquette from last century.
And I thank god that my skills in the art of Small Talk will never be scrutinized by Edith Wharton, Henry James
Jan 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a jewel of a little book but I love just about all Edith Wharton novels. I liked that this was a bit of a departure from her typical books centering around NYC society and instead focused on a pair of "old maid" sisters who ran a hat shop and made ends meet but were very much working class living by Stuyvesant Square. It's beautiful and heartbreaking and definitely well worth the quick read.
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well written but indeed a bit dark. Probably not a great pre-bed read, but delivers that tentative longing for New York more or less suited to that time of evening.
Aug 26, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1001, classics, z-2013
Well, that was thoroughly depressing.
Kelly ...
Edith Wharton doesn't write happy stories, but they are charming and sweet. She writes about human -- especially female -- relationships, and does so with a quiet, nuanced writing style. Her characters feel very real. This one isn't sad in the way of Ethan Frome, but (view spoiler)
Ellen Hamilton
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Made an emotional mess of me, that's what. Everything about the book was great, except the climax and the ending. And by that, I mean that I am a very big fan of happily-ever-afters, and this one wasn't one. But I can't take away a star for that. Cried my eyes out for Ann Eliza.
Carol Painter
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Of the 3 Wharton books I just read, I believe this one is my most favorite. She totally keeps me engrossed in not just the story but so very involved with the characters. And there is a grand life lesson that is taught in this one in particular. I give her so much respect and just wish that I had come to know her work sooner.
Aug 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Richard Hannay
May 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, club-delibes
Edith Wharton o como escribir maravillosamente sobre la pendiente de descenso de la vida. Dos hermanas, tienen una pequeña tienda de mercería, "Bunner Sisters" en el Nueva York del último tercio del siglo XIX. Viven, bien que pobremente, haciendo arreglos y flores de tela. Su círculo social es reducido pero su resignación es grande.

."Now and then, however, among their greyer hours there came one not bright enough to be called sunny, but rather of the silvery twilight hue which sometimes ends a

Written in the late nineteenth century but not published until 1916, Bunner Sisters details the story of two spinster sisters who share a shop in the dingy backstreets of New York City. One day, their ineffectual monotonous routine becomes something different when Ann Eliza gifts her younger sister Evelina a small clock for her birthday. Finding its place on a shelf in their shop, the clock will mark the unstoppable tempo of decay as the two sisters’ lives become forever changed. Life in Wharton
Maddy Hutter
May 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You may be wondering how many novels Edith Wharton wrote, since I am banging them out one a week. I don't know, but most of these are short and always worth a listen. This one is a sad little tale of two down at heel sisters who live in New York City at the turn of the century. They subsist, happily enough, selling artificial flowers and other small items at an unpretentious shop where they live and work. Although there is nothing exciting about their life together, the young women make do well ...more
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“...they who exchange their independence for the sweet name of Wife must be prepared to find all is not gold that glitters...

...Eş gibi tatlı bir kelime karşılığında özgürlüklerinden vazgeçenler, parlayan her şeyin altın olmadığını görmeye hazırlıklı olmalıdırlar...”
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