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The Innkeeper's Wife [Kindle Edition]

A. J. Cronin
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A J Cronin was commissioned by The American Weekly to write a Christmas story for the December 21st issue in 1958. His vision for the story is described in his letter of acceptance:

“It came to me very strongly that to achieve the highest and most profoundly touching results I should go back to the first Christmas of all and create a vivid reconstruction of the effects of the birth of the Child upon certain characters, notably the wife of the innkeeper where no room was found for Mary and Joseph. The title of the story would be The Innkeper’s Wife, for she, as I imagine her, is the central human character—a good and tender-hearted woman, childless herself, and bullied by an assertive and miserly husband.”

Here now is the alternative story of Christmas, narrated with great skill, by the author of The Citadel, Hatter’s Castle and The Stars Look Down

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 380 KB
  • Print Length: 27 pages
  • Publisher: Bello (15 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #82,020 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Nativity - from another perspective 17 Sept. 2014
By Annie W
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This short story is told from the viewpoint of the unhappy, down-trodden Innkeeper's wife, forced to labour away to keep the inn profitable for her unfaithful husband's indulgences. Each day is like the one before, and then come the visitors, seeking a room, and life will never be quite the same again.

Although this appears simply written, it's actually a complex tale; the characters and their relationships are portrayed realistically, the problems are no less painful for being set such a long time ago, and the Innkeeper's wife has no illusions. This is no piece of Bible thumping, nor a religious fairy tale where everyone lives happily ever after, but it makes a fascinating read.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear! 13 Jun. 2014
By jnwhite
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If I had wanted a take one the story of the nativity, I would not have chosen this one. Honestly, the Bible's version is better!!! This was trite and light and boring and predictable. If you want a REALLY good "take" on the nativity story, try "How Far is it to Bethlehem" by Nora Lofts. Now that IS worth reading...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another side to the story 26 April 2014
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This gives a clear account about how people were living at the time. The hardship and cruelty of life is described as only a writer of A J Cronin's standing could do. Everyone who enjoys an informative story should read this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for Christmas 6 Feb. 2014
By Norman
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A wonderfully evocative and imaginative tale of what might have happened at that inn in Bethlehem. Read it and feel better for it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Innkeepers Wife. 1 Jan. 2014
By minimo
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A must read for the Christmas period, beautifully written and a pleasure to read. A j Cronin as usual produces another beautifully written book
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely short story. 3 Aug. 2014
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Really a beautiful Christmas story. Written with sensitivity and power in an unusual behind the scenes look at the nativity.
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