The Old Wives’ Tale (Penguin Modern Classics)

First published in 1908, The Old Wives’ Tale affirms the integrity of ordinary lives as it tells the story of the Baines sisters–shy, retiring Constance and defiant, romantic Sophia–over the course of nearly half a century. Bennett traces the sisters’ lives from childhood in their father’s drapery shop in provincial Bursley, England, during the mid-Victorian era, through their married lives, to the modern industrial age, when they are reunited as old women. The setting moves from the Five Towns of Staffordshire to exotic and cosmopolitan Paris, while the action moves from the subdued domestic routine of the Baines household to the siege of Paris during the Franco-Prussian War.First published in 1908, The Old Wives’ Tale affirms the integrity of ordinary lives as it tells the story of the Baines sisters–shy, retiring Constance and defiant, romantic Sophia–over the course of nearly half a century. Bennett traces the sisters’ lives from childhood in their father’s drapery shop in provincial Bursley, England, during the mid-Victorian era, through their married lives, to the modern industrial age, when they are reunited as old women. The setting moves from the Five Towns of Staffordshire to exotic and cosmopolitan Paris, while the action moves from the subdued domestic routine of the Baines household to the siege of Paris during the Franco-Prussian War.

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3 Responses to The Old Wives’ Tale (Penguin Modern Classics)

  1. Spice says:

    Totally engrossing If you want a rattling good saga with characters whose lives and aspirations are strangely contemporary, despite being set against the history and society of a bygone age, this one is for you. I’ll admit the first few pages were a little like wading through mud, but Bennett more than makes up for this when, at last, the setting is well and truly established and the story of the Baines family begins!The local period detail of Bursley, one of ‘the five towns’ is, eventually,…

  2. Rosy3683 says:

    I love this book

  3. Amazon Customer says:

    Must read book