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Arnold Bennett
Women's Fiction
Cassell; 11th ed., 2nd impression edition (1968)
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Arnold Bennett RICEYMAN STEPS Contents PART I 1. Riceyman Steps 2. The Customer 3. The . Arnold Bennett (1867–1931) was one of the most versatile, ambitious and successful British novelists of the early twentieth century.

Arnold Bennett RICEYMAN STEPS Contents PART I 1. The Bookseller at Home 4. Elsie 5. The Gift 6. Mrs Arb’s Case . Much of his greatest work is set where he grew up, in the Potteries of the West Midlands.

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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. The story takes place in 1919-1920 and deals with the final year in the life of its main character, Henry Earlforward.

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Penguin UK, 30 сент Riceyman Steps by Arnold Bennett.

I closed the book at seven in the morning after the shortest sleepless night of my experience. there I had "Bennett triumphant" without any doubt whatsoever' - Joseph Conrad. Riceyman Steps by Arnold Bennett. The novel, Riceyman Steps, though nowhere as successful as his best work Old Wives Tale, nonetheless deserves plaudits for.

Riceyman Steps by Arnold Bennett. Arnold Bennett's 1923 novel Riceyman Steps is the subject of this episode. Joining John and Andy to discuss it are journalist Charlotte Higgins and novelist Kit De Waal

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Riceyman Steps is a novel by British novelist Arnold Bennett, first published in 1923 and winner of that year's James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction. It follows a year in the life of Henry Earlforward, a miserly second-hand bookshop owner in the Clerkenwell area of London. Arnold Bennett was a keen amateur sailor and it was while on sailing trips on the Solent he discovered a chaotic second-hand bookshop in Southampton.

ey also covered most of the flat desk and all the window-sill; some were perched on the silent grandfather's clock, the sole piece of furniture except the desk, a safe, and two chairs, and a step-ladder for reaching the higher shelves.

ey also covered most of the flat desk and all the window-sill; some were perched on the silent grandfather's clock, the sole piece of furniture except the desk, a safe, and two chairs, and a step-ladder for reaching the higher shelves. The bookseller retired to this room, as to a retreat, upon the departure of Dr. Raste, and looked about, fingering one thing or another in a mild, amicable manner, and disclosing not the least annoyance, ill-humour, worry, or pressure of work.

Introduction by Anita Miller. The powerful story, set in London in the 1920s, of Henry Earlforward, a miserly book dealer, and the consequences of his decision to marry Violet Arb, who owns the confectionery shop across the square. Contains much sexual symbolism and is a complete departure from Bennett's Five Towns work.

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It's 1919. Henry Earlforward, a North London bookseller, courts & marries Violet Arb, a widow who has inherited a shop opposite his own premises in Riceyman Square. Outwardly the marriage appears to be successful but Henry has a thrifty nature & this flaw will ultimately destroy him, his wife & those around him.
  • Axebourne
A window on the world of misers--their impact on themselves and others. Surely the author must have been intimately acquainted with people contaminated with the disease.
  • Perongafa
A wonderful story about late life marriage - not a pretty tale but compelling and even a bit humorous. Though it probably woukld be classified as tragedy-
  • Jare
Riceyman Steps gives great view of 1918ish England and a few good laughs. Some loveable characters. Memorable enough to be able to put it down and pick it up weeks later.
  • Umrdana
Utterly engrossing tale of bookseller Mr Earlforward, who becomes taken with neighbouring shopkeeper Mrs Arb when he sees how prudent she is with money (she refuses to pay the full shilling for one of his books.) For the bookseller's grand passion in life is saving money in every possible way.
I loved the description of Mrs Arb having a nose round her suitor's shabby home prior to the wedding:
'Coming out of the bedroom, she perceived between it and the stairs a long, narrow room. Impossible to enter this room because of books; but Mrs Arb did the impossible, and after some excavation with her foot disclosed a bath, which was full to the brim and overflowing with books.'

Also of the frugal existence they come to share together:
'Husband and wife, he in his overcoat and she in her mantle, took their places at the glass-covered table in the fireless room; and the teapot was there and the bread and margarine was there...The blinds were drawn, the curtains were drawn; electric current was burning, if not the gas fire; despite the blackness of the hearth the room had an air, or half an air, of domestic cosiness. Violet poured out the tea, an operation simplified by the total absence of sugar.'

Sharing the couple's life is Elsie, the 'general' who previously worked as a cleaner for each of them. There are issues with Elsie eating too much; and Elsie is pining for her young man who is disturbed from shell shock...
I can't recommend this work enough. It's set in a very small environment, yet Bennett's brilliant understanding of human behaviour makes it utterly enthralling.
  • Kerahuginn
The novel, Riceyman Steps, though nowhere as successful as his best work Old Wives Tale, nonetheless deserves plaudits for ambition and its tight focus on three expertly-drawn characters. The sentences are beautiful and give profound insights into characters, but lack of incident and forward action leave us with little desire to proceed. Characters don't really make choices to change their fate; instead, they live on and on, with the occasional traumatic episode thrown in for good measure. The best thing about the work is how avoids stereotypes about character types; for example, a miser may have real qualms about spending money, but can be persuaded in the right context to spend lavishly (though later he will resent doing so). I had a lot of trouble with the ending (which I'll spell out only obliquely, although there isn't much suspense); first, why did the novel give so much prominence to Joe (the housekeeper's boyfriend) near the ending? It seemed out of place. Second, the death doesn't really have any meaning except to confirm the narrator's view that people ultimately get what they deserve. Okay, fine, but did the characters really choose their fates (or were they merely burdened by their ill habits?) Bennett doesn't really present any alternatives; are any people in his world capable of living salutary lifestyles? That, I think, is a flaw of the novel; it fails to give us a glimpse into people who are avoiding the pitfalls of the protagonists. Conspicuously absent are children in this novel; there are literally no opportunities in this novel for the characters to display generosity or affection towards the outside world. How much of this penury is simply a result of the couple's being childless? Bennett seems convinced that these people are not particularly sinister and even deserving of sympathy; still, the book's ultimate purpose is moralistic; it exhort us to examine our hearts to see if we possess the same myopic shortcomings.

SUMMARY: Nowhere near as great as Old Wives' Tale (and much slower), but a must-read for Bennett fans.
  • Akta
Why do I return to 'Riceyman Steps' every six years or so? Who can resist it? Arnold Bennett has created a fascinating world, one that we as readers are privileged to enter. The basic story and characters grab you immediately; you NEED to know what will happen, you want desperately for it all to turn out well. Bennett understands how fragile we all are, and yet how our passions can drive us. His understanding of the human heart is as perfect as 'Riceyman Steps. Don't miss this one!
  • Kanrad
This book is absolutely dire. Bennett, in a desperate attempt to produce literature on par with the French authors he was so inspired by, wrote this lamentably bad novel. He is often compared to Dickens, who he frankly has no right to be compared to. Dickens is totally out of the league of this author. This book is uninteresting with awkwardly drawn characters. It was a challenge to be bothered to read until the end. It is for a very good reason that Woolf called him a "little grocer" and observed "I have formed my own opinion of what Mr. Bennett is about - he is trying to make us imagine for him; he is trying to hynotize us into the belief that, because he has made a house, there must be a person living there." Exactly.
I can't beat that other review from Taipei - read the book