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Precious Bane Paperback – October 23, 2013

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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 alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456569791
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456569792
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,287,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mary Theresa Webb (www.marytheresawebb.com) has led a distinguished career as educator, trainer, professional counselor, global leader and author. She holds a master's degree in education from the University of Pittsburgh, A Biblical Studies degree from Trinity School for Ministry and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of America. While living with her husband and family for fifty years in Pittsburgh she wrote Imagine Pittsburgh and founded Conservation Consultants, was nominated for Woman of the Year and the World's Who Who of Women. She also founded GOAL Project (www.goalproject.org), a worldwide recovery and addiction training organization. She is best known for her books on healing and her expertise on Codependence family issues. All proceeds from the sale of her books benefit GOAL Project's ministry overseas.

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When I was a teenager, this was a book my mother recommended as one of the favorites from her youth. Since then, it's ALWAYS been one of mine, and I'm glad to be able to buy a copy, as my mother's is, alas, long gone. Anyway, this is a story I've remembered all my live (I'm now 60), and just reread. It remains powerful, and beautiful, and romantic and, well, a treat that should be better known. Please, amazon--make this available as a freebie for kindle!
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Mary Webb was a prolific yet unsung novelist of the late 19th and early 20th century. I have read everything she wrote that is currently available in print. Precious Bane was my introduction to Mary Webb, and still my favorite. Her painterly imagery brings the reader right up close in this story of a young woman marked by a "hare-shotten lip," who defies the odds stacked against her to emerge into a gentle victory that will leave you in tears, if you are not made of stone.
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Gorgeous descriptions of Shropshire countryside and culture interwoven with the somewhat gothic tale of Prudence and Gideon Sarn. I have read this book several times and it never fails to captivate me. All characters including secondary ones are clearly put on the page. It's in some ways an old-fashioned romantic drama but one is drawn in to the goings on at market, in the family, and into the luscious yet vaguely threatening country side. Highly recommended.

JB
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For those who lament mankind's post-industrial lost link with nature and animal-kind, this book offers an extraordinarily lyrical and beautiful recreation of a bygone way of life in 19th century England.

This book is a flawless masterpiece with not a false note in it. Mary Webb was a channel of genius here.

As perfect love matches are said to be made in Heaven, this book must surely have had its artistic origins in Heaven as a perfect love story. It is what I would elevate to the category of poetry in prose, and is an enchanting first person narrative in the dialect of south Shropshire.

For readers who can appreciate old-fashioned romantic attitudes about couples who finally find their "one true love," this is the right book. Any woman waiting for her "lord" may find a gratifying experience in this tale at both mingled earthly and spiritual levels of perception. Not only will this book warm your heart, it will warm your deep soul.

When Prue learns that she's loved by the man she's loved from afar but from whom she's hidden herself because of the ugly curse she bears (a hare-shotten lip), she tells how "....a glow began in my heart, warm and pleasant as a gledy fire. For what is there in this earth, or in Heaven if it comes to that, like the knowledge that you've found favor in the eyes of him that is your dear acquaintance, and the Maister?"

How lovely for long-suffering Prue Sarn that she's able to write in the secret book of her tender but passionate heart, "The Maister be come."
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