- Paperback: 94 pages
- Publisher: Absolute Classics; First Thus edition (13 July 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1840023864
- ISBN-13: 978-1840023862
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 0.8 x 21.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,266,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Precious Bane Paperback – 13 Jul 2003
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Mary Webb need fear no comparison with any writer who has attempted to capture the soul of nature in words (JOHN BUCHAN)
[Webb] was a great mystic and a master of both "inscape" and landscape. Any dull afternoon in London is lifted by being transported to the Mary Webb country of the Shropshire hills and the Welsh borderland. (MAIL ON SUNDAY) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
*A love story in the tradition of the Brontes and Hardy
*Won the Prix Femina Vie Heureuse in 1925
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My favourite Mary Webb novel is Precious Bane. I met this at aged 20, when the BBC did an excellent adaptation with Clive Owen and Janet McTeer in what may have been almost their first leading roles. I just remember watching it, and being carried away by the pain Prue felt on being different for several reasons. Number one is, she has a hare-lip, at a time when many country folk took this as a sign of devilment and were superstitious enough to leave her alone. She also chooses to learn to read and to learn from the local Wizard Beguildy. Added to that the isolation of the farm and the natural intelligence that she has, and she is an interesting character. As soon as I could, I got a copy of the book, and one sits on my bedside table today.
I took Prue to heart when I was young. Because I was slightly weird (a sci-fi fan, a reader, a crafter) at a time when all of that was not the thing to do, I didn’t have many close friends locally. I remember thinking that I’d never meet the right man for me, or be a happy person. Of course, with hindsight I know that was all teenage angst and what I needed to do was relax and enjoy life, but I think wisdom is always more powerful after the fact.Read more ›
This book is written with such an observation for nature and the seasons that it almost takes your breath away. And the virtue of its heroine, and her honest and enduring love for Kester, is as inspiring as it is moving.
I love this book, despite it's send up by Stella Gibbons in "Cold Comfort Farm". Read it for the beautiful prose with which Mary Webb describes the natural world surrounding Sarn and Sarn mere. And read if for the real heartstopping romance of it. You'll either love it or hate it.
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If I endorse so many other readers’ positive comments, one crucial thing does need to be stressed about this too little-known literary masterpiece. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Christopher H
Genuinely one of the most enjoyable books I've ever read
I would recommend it to anyone as it defies genre classification
Although it took a little while to adjust to the style and dialect it was worth persevering as I love this story and became lost in its telling.Published 14 months ago by leighflea
I sent this book to my daughter as a present as I love it so much. I wanted her to share my appreciation of the book. Arrived ok.Published 15 months ago by Christine Mary Shelley
I found this book an extraordinary, and probably unmatched, achievement, an evocation of rural (Shropshire) life in the early 1800s, in the language of the time. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Rosen