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The card: a story of adventure in the Five Towns

The card: a story of adventure in the Five Towns

Bennett, Arnold, 1867-1931, author

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.'

Paperback, Book. English. Classics.
Published London: Penguin Classics, 2016
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Statement of responsibility: Arnold Bennett
ISBN: 0241255546, 9780241255544
Physical Description: 256 pages ; 20 cm.
Series: Penguin modern classics
Series Title: Penguin modern classics.

Author note

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.