on 5 August 2010
Having been searching for a copy of The Roll Call for a long time, I was suprised and pleased to find it by accident on Amazon. A new copy, well printed AND in stock; the book even though written nearly 100 years ago still stands up to modern reading. Well worth the read as the 4th in the Clayhanger series.
on 30 August 2013
A sort of afterthought in the Clayhanger series in which we follow the career of Edwin Cannon - the young man assumes the surname of his natural father, an unfeeling thing to do in respect of Edwin senior who had been and still is devoted to Hilda's boy. The setting is London, Edwin makes his way there and becomes an architect of some renown. But WWI looms and overtakes him. Bennett is now a mature writer, very good at his craft, but some spirit has gone out of him, and this is reflected in the portrayal of the central character, and also in that of his first love, and of the woman he eventually marries. The chapters that deal with the war themes are brilliant.
on 22 December 2013
I loved this book, but I appreciate the way that Arnold Bennett writes. His characters are so well written and his descriptions of the places visited are excellent. he made the areas come to life particularly the potteries, at the time when he lived there. I am sorry that the story has finished, I would like to know what happened after the War.