Clayhanger #2020

Clayhanger Arnold Bennett Frank Swinnerton Clayhanger Arnold Bennett was a British writer He went to work for his father but was unhappy working for his father and earning very little money The theme of parental miserliness occurs in his works

  • Title: Clayhanger
  • Author: Arnold Bennett Frank Swinnerton
  • ISBN: 9780140009972
  • Page: 233
  • Format: Paperback
  • Clayhanger Arnold Bennett Frank Swinnerton Arnold Bennett 1867 1931 was a British writer He went to work for his father but was unhappy working for his father and earning very little money The theme of parental miserliness occurs in his works At 21 he went to London to clerk for a solicitor He then began working for a magazine called Women When he noticed the poor material being submitted he began writing aArnold Bennett 1867 1931 was a British writer He went to work for his father but was unhappy working for his father and earning very little money The theme of parental miserliness occurs in his works At 21 he went to London to clerk for a solicitor He then began working for a magazine called Women When he noticed the poor material being submitted he began writing a serial for the periodical First published in 1910 Edwin Clayhanger is the central figure in this portrayal of Victorian lower middle class society As a shy young man, Edwin is bullied by his father, Darius, but he succeeds in developing his interests in spite of a restrictive environment One of Edwin s interests is Hilda Lessways, a young woman from Staffordshire Hilda proves to be independent and enigmatic, while Edwin proves that there are many ways to view love.
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    1. I remember this as a decent read, although since it is the first part of a trilogy and I haven t so far gone on to read the rest I suppose my actions belie my words.Clayhanger is set in Bennett s five towns ie Stoke on Trent Clayhanger, our eponymous hero, leaves school and starts working in his father s moderately successful printing business, which in time he comes to run This is the background to the business of the novel which focuses on his interior life There is a strong sense of his alien [...]

    2. Clayhanger is two things It is a trilogy set against the entirety of life in the Five Towns in the Victorian and Edwardian periods, and it is the first and greatest book in this trilogy, dealing with the adolescence and early manhood of a fictional young man who has a great deal of Arnold Bennett in him Clayhanger is full of accurate social and industrial history and vivid local colour, but its true essence lies in the relationship between father and son who find it difficult to adjust to each o [...]

    3. Occasionally comes along a book in which the protagonist does nothing I want him to ever In which questions are posed and never answered It turns out that I like this at least in this particular case Edwin is trapped in a way that makes the reader want to scream for him trapped by his father, but worst of all, trapped within himself he almost always does the opposite of what he wants to do It s a fascinating read long, maddening, but ringing true It begs the question do you read a book for enter [...]

    4. If you are adverse to books that move slowly, then by all means pass on this one What Bennett is so very good at is creating characters by examining the minutia of their lives, desires, and personalities I found Clayhanger to be so absolutely human in a way that s eminently recognizable even nearly a century since its initial publication I look forward with pleasure to the next two books in the trilogy, Hilda Lessways and These Twain Bennett s The Old Wives Tale is probably the best remembered o [...]

    5. There are so many books to read that rarely can I justify reading a book than once.I have read Clayhanger three times due to Bennett creation of one of literary s most sympathetic and empathetic characters in Edwin Clayhanger The rest of the series don t quite measure up but I so wanted Edwin to succeed in his goals throughout the entire book.Bennett s best novel.

    6. First rate novel of a young man growing up Edwin Clayhanger has aspirations of moving beyond his father s small printshop and the provincial town in which he lives He makes friends, some excellent decisions and a few poor ones improves his social standing, and meets a girl who puzzles and annoys him and yet fascinates him This is where things get complicated.This is a splendidly written book full of life and atmosphere Edwin Clayhanger is very much a man of the 19th C but his efforts and desires [...]

    7. This is admirable if you have the patience to deal with Arnold Bennett s detail but if you are looking for an exciting read with plenty of action, this is not the book for you It is one or two gears above Proust in my view.

    8. After running through some Marcia Willette, I was ready to go back to some serious readingBennett s Clayhanger jumped into my hand from my shelves of books waiting to be readI had visited the Five Towns in the past and was eager to returnI was not disappointedwhy do I ever leave off reading literary authors Clayhanger is a wonderful book with plot, character development, setting packed into a perfect whole.I can t wait to get to book two of the Trilogy Hilda Lessways and book three These Twain

    9. Written in 1910, this is the very detailed story of the early life of Edwin Clayhanger He wishes to be an architect, but is made to stay in the family printing business by his bully of a father We watch him from the time he leaves high school, to middle age Bennett has written a character that I could not wait to get back to as I was reading, but his slow, detailed style certainly is not for everyone.

    10. This is a good old fashioned read, based in the Staffordshire potteries towards the end of the Victorian reign It was written contemporarily, so doesn t have that whimsical quality you often find with books written retrospectively of that period It s based around the growing up of a young man with a controlling father, and the resulting lack of confidence in the son The details of the book give a wonderful insight into a time when industry was changing the face of Britain.

    11. OK While Bennett does a really good job of describing a man s thoughts or at least a particular kind of man , there are few thoughts that are commendable The detail caused me to suspect the novel was partly autobiographical, which suspicion was confirmed by parallels between the book and Bennett s life Overall, Bennett comes across as a little self obsessed I don t think I ll read any of Bennett s fiction one is enough, as the spy said after taking the suicide pill.

    12. Highly readable, incredibly long but never boring, this book truly captures a time and place the Five Towns with tremendous feeling Powys describes the book in the most positive light possible, but this book falls short compared to most of the others.

    13. Bennett has a really good way of capturing the sense of entrapment that young men from a borough can suffer from However, his representation of the masses leaves a lot to be desired.

    14. Young Edwin Clayhanger wants to become an architect Unfortunately, his father will not hear such nonsense Son should become a respectable printer And so he does The only pleasure in life is reading and collecting books There is the beautiful sister of his childhood s best friend who, at least that what his aunt tells him, is in love with him But instead, Edwin falls for a friend of hers Hilda Lessways He does not really like her And it seems, she does not deserve his affection She leaves and mar [...]

    15. I really wanted to like this and I almost did Sadly though I realised that life is just too short for books as wordy as this.We first meet Edwin Clayhanger as he starts his very last day at school He s an optimistic yet timid young man, who dreams of being an architect but doesn t seem to have the will to do anything about his dream or to stand up to his overbearing father In the opening chapters of the book we learn a little about Edwin and his life we meet his go getting friend Charlie Orgreav [...]

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