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Delphi Complete Works of Arnold Bennett (Illustrated) (Series Four Book 8) by [Bennett, Arnold]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 23180 KB
  • Publisher: Delphi Classics; 1 edition (22 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HZVUHSC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
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This is not quite the complete works as they are still being compiled as short stories turn up. However, if you want an easy to use, inexpensive set of the great Arnold Bennett's novels and short stories, self-help guides and a short biography of the man, this is ideal. The contents is a clickable list which takes you straight to what you want to read and the short stories also have a clickable list in alphabetical order in case you don't know what collection a favourite story is in.

The Works also has contemporary and modern photographs to illustrate the locations of the fiction, eg "Ricemans Steps" in London or "Bursley" in Stoke-on-Trent.

I guess only enthusiasts will be drawn to this collection but that is a shame as Bennett is such a great writer who in his lifetime was unbelievably popular. His short stories are an easy way for the new reader to dip a toe in the water and discover his sense of fun and humanity. He wrote about the Potteries as only a native would do even though he removed himself as soon as he could from the pits and pots of Hanley. For those of us who are still resident in the Five Towns, this collection is a must and at around two guineas, it is the sort of bargain any Stokie would really appreciate.
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To have all of Bennett's works for £1.99 is fantastic. It will take an age to read but for anyone who enjoys Bennett's tales it is an eye opener - I was not aware how prolific he was and how varied his stories are. He had an extraordinary insight into human nature and had the ability to convey the personality and thoughts of his characters to such a degree that you feel that they are real people to who you have been introduced.

I have read the first three stories and my Kindle tells me that I have so far read only 5% of the download!
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Its hard to rate the collected works of a lifetime and I doubt because of the scale of what's provided here, that I shall live long enough to read every last bit, but that's not the point. Bennett is in my mind a consummate author with a level of observation of human foibles beyond even Dickens but with the psychological insight [and facility in elucidating it] of more modern writers from Lawrence onward. The sense of place of the Potteries [as in Anna of the 5 Towns, Clayhanger etc is on a par with Hardy's "Wessex" and his general facility with language is at times almost breathtaking. Every so often I come across a sentence to well crafted and perceptive that I need to re-read it a few times simply because I'm lost in admiration.

The only reason for a rather niggardly 4 stars is the electronic construction of the piece - it's irritating enough not to have page numbers but when the % figure refers to the entire collected works rather than the particular work you are reading at the time - e.g "Anna" ocupies 2% to 5% so each percentage is dozens, perhaps a hundred or so pages.
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As I was born and lived for awhile near to the Potteries I understand completely his mindset. Of course I have read some of his major works, Clayhanger etc but finding his more obscure works was time consuming and costly. Thank you Kindle, now I have them forever.
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Heard about his work on Radio 4 so bought this for peanuts. Couldn't put it down. Read 3 novels straight off. A much neglected author.
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I have been buying his works for years and they have not been easy to find. To have such a collection at such a good price is splendid, but, like most e books, it is not easy to find ones way around.
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Great value for money. As usual with these collections each section is ordered in date order and can be accessed easily.
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