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Eleanor Clare
Top Reviewer Ranking: 138
Helpful votes received on reviews: 87% (3,985 of 4,604)
Location: UK
In My Own Words:
Writing book reviews has proved a useful way of remembering what I've read - then I extended this habit to films.

Membership of several book groups (in both English and French) dictates my reading to some extent, and has certainly led me to enjoy or admire many books I would have rejected out of hand.

Otherwise, I use book award shortlists and newspaper/radio reviews to guide my choice of read… Read more

Interests
On the book front: modern literature, historical fiction, crime and psychological thrillers, biography, the classics, travel, current affairs - political, economic, social issues, French fiction. Although wary of books in translation, I have realise… Read more
 

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 138 - Total Helpful Votes: 3985 of 4604
ANNA OF THE FIVE TOWNS by Arnold Bennett
ANNA OF THE FIVE TOWNS by Arnold Bennett
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
At first, this seemed wooden and dated, a pale imitation of Trollope or Eliot, who had been writing in a similar vein two generations earlier. Initially, I found the main source of interest in the detailed descriptions of the industrial landscape of "The Five Towns", a kind of verbal Lowry, if the latter had painted the Potteries rather than Manchester.

Then, I became hooked by Bennett's portrayal of the main characters, which in time seemed to me more realistic and telling than his more celebrated Victorian forerunners. We know that Anna's relationship with the suave and capable Mynors will not follow a simple and happy path, since the author begins to hint at future… Read more
Anna of the Five Towns by Arnold Bennett
Anna of the Five Towns by Arnold Bennett
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
At first, this seemed wooden and dated, a pale imitation of Trollope or Eliot, who had been writing in a similar vein two generations earlier. Initially, I found the main source of interest in the detailed descriptions of the industrial landscape of "The Five Towns", a kind of verbal Lowry, if the latter had painted the Potteries rather than Manchester.

Then, I became hooked by Bennett's portrayal of the main characters, which in time seemed to me more realistic and telling than his more celebrated Victorian forerunners. We know that Anna's relationship with the suave and capable Mynors will not follow a simple and happy path, since the author begins to hint at future… Read more
Anna of the Five Towns by Arnold Bennett
Anna of the Five Towns by Arnold Bennett
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
At first, this seemed wooden and dated, a pale imitation of Trollope or Eliot, who had been writing in a similar vein two generations earlier. Initially, I found the main source of interest in the detailed descriptions of the industrial landscape of "The Five Towns", a kind of verbal Lowry, if the latter had painted the Potteries rather than Manchester.

Then, I became hooked by Bennett's portrayal of the main characters, which in time seemed to me more realistic and telling than his more celebrated Victorian forerunners. We know that Anna's relationship with the suave and capable Mynors will not follow a simple and happy path, since the author begins to hint at future tragedy,… Read more

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