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The Card (Twentieth Century Classics) Paperback – 30 May 1991


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (30 May 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140180176
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140180176
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 962,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Arnold Bennett is famous for his realistic novels about the Five Towns - the 'Five Towns' being the pottery towns of his youth. His virtuosity as a writer was his manner of depicting simple things and ordinary people in an intriguing way for the readers. He has a warm and kind understanding for his characters, particularly when describing the intricate details of their dreary routine lives. (Enoch) Arnold Bennett was born in Hanley, Staffordshire, in 1867. Arnold followed his father into the legal profession but at the age of 21, he decided to leave his father's firm and moved to London and worked as a solicitor's clerk. He won a literary competition in ""Tit Bits"" magazine in 1889 and in 1893 became assistant editor of the journal, Woman. He published his first essentially autobiographical novel The Man from the North in 1898. His best work is contained in his novels of the 'Five Towns' which include Anna of the Five Towns (1902), The Old Wives' Tale (1908), Clayhanger (1910), The Card (1911), Hilda Lessways (1911) and These Twain (1916). During the First World War, he became Director of Propaganda at the War Ministry. He refused a knighthood in 1918. In 1926, he began writing an influential weekly article on books for the Evening Standard newspaper. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By R. Bailey on 30 Oct 1999
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Bennett was fascinated by the interesting-ness of ordinary things and people, and his wry observations of the rise and rise of Edward Henry Machin (whose mother saved a certain number of seconds each day by calling him Denry) is probably the best introduction to his work. Denry is a can-do character whose optimism shines through the thick Stoke smoke. Impulsive and generous, Denry triumphs over the petty provincial pride of his superiors. He dares and wins. Bennett was also a student of transition, and was keenly aware of the contrasts of the generations, and the passing of one era. The Card is fun; my all time favourite light novel
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Always a critic on 8 Jan 2007
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Arnold Bennett was fine writer, and his more light-hearted novels, like this one, are delights. The only reason I don't give this five stars is that it's a bit episodic, in keeping with the magazine serialization from which it sprang; I like even more the sequel, also about Mr. Machin, called The Regent.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Trixii on 24 May 2011
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Brilliantly written, very funny clever story, just as entertaining as the film. I will probably read it over and over again. If you enjoy classic humour you will love this story.

Excellent 2nd hand copy, very good value for money and swift delivery.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gartmore on 16 Jan 2013
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A very enjoyable book . Highly recommended. I can't say more than that! It is next on the list for our bookclub.
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The Card is an entertaining read. You're rooting for the hero who you suspect is going to come up trumps at every turn. My enjoyment came from reading about the early twentieth century in the five towns around Stoke.
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