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The Card A Story of Adventure in the Five Towns

by Arnold Bennett

Part of the Penguin Modern Classics Series

The Card A Story of Adventure in the Five Towns Synopsis

One of fiction's greatest chancers - the story of Denry Machin and his unceasing, ingenious efforts to become a great man. Set in the raw, Victorian world of the 'Five Towns', The Card tells the extremely funny and tangled story of Denry Machin's rise from mediocrity to fame through a series of ludicrous and yet perversely successful schemes. He dances, pleads, cheats and inspires his way through life in a series of set-pieces which wonderfully evoke a now long-gone world of civic balls, seaside excursions, newspaper boys and patent chocolate remedies. As everybody said after one of his most stylish coups, Denry 'was not simply a card; he was the card.'

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ISBN: 9780241255544
Publication date: 28/07/2016
Publisher: Penguin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780241255544
Publication date: 28th July 2016
Author: Arnold Bennett
Publisher: Penguin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 256 pages
Genres: Classics,
Categories: Classic fiction (pre c 1945),

About Arnold Bennett

Arnold Bennett (1867-1931) was one of the most versatile, ambitious and successful British novelists of the early 20th century. His novels and short stories both celebrate and deplore a rapidly changing Britain. Much of his greatest work is set where he grew up, in the Potteries of the West Midlands. Inspired by Zola and Maupassant, he realized that this world of brutal industrial work and rapid social change, religious severity and material temptation, was the perfect backdrop for everything from comedy to tragedy. He died of typhoid.

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