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Precious Bane Paperback – October 23, 2013
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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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Mary Webb was married to a schoolteacher. She was very jealous and would follow him to work, sometimes, and hide around the corner and ask other people questions about him. Read morePublished 20 months ago by W. Jackson
Not only did I love reading this beautifully written love story, but I love rereading it each time I decide to treat myself to unforgettable prose.Published 21 months ago by Barbara S.