Monthly Archives: October 2020

Precious Bane

Precious Bane by Mary Webb

Precious Bane by Mary Webb

Precious Bane is a novel by Mary Webb which touches on ambition, prejudice and hatred but also on the power of love. Prue Sarn is a farm girl in rural Shropshire during the period of the Napoleonic Wars and is viewed with suspicion by the local community because of having been born with a harelip. Her ambitious and domineering brother betrays her and her superstitious neighbours accuse her of witchcraft. An itinerant weaver Kester Woodseaves, makes his living by weaving for the local people in their homes. Like Prue, he loves the natural world and comes to recognises Prue’s inner strength and beauty.

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Coningsby

Coningsby by Benjamin Disraeli

Coningsby by Benjamin Disraeli

Coningsby is the first of trilogy of political novels that Disraeli and gives an insight into his views of the political turmoil following the passage of the Great Reform Bill by the Whigs in 1832 (a second Reform Bill was passed in 1867 under Disraeli’s Tory leadership as prime minister). While Coningsby looks primarily at political questions, its successor — Sybil, or the Two Nations — was concerned with the “condition of England” question and the growing social and economic imbalance between rich and poor that in tje writer’s view was hastened (though not begun) by the industrial revolution. Granted that Disraeli was not Dickens or Trollope or Eliot or one of the other giants of British letters in the nineteenth century, it’s a bit unfair to suggest (as some have) that the plots are thin and only there to provide the writer with a podium for setting forth his political and social views. It’s true that Boy Meets Girl, Boy Loses Girl, Boy Gets Girl, but much else happens as well, particularly thanks to the role played by the mysterious figure of the Jewish Sidonia, who in addition to enormous wealth and widespread international connections embodies a kind of wisdom that transcends the mere knowledge acquired by even the best educated Englishmen. Coningsby, himself a product of both Eton and Cambridge, is fortunate enough to be taken under his wing, and intelligent enough to accept his guidance.

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The Mystery Alliance

The Mystery Alliance by Taffey Tawanna Champion

The Mystery Alliance by Taffey Tawanna Champion

Before the captivating Evian Magi enters the picture and becomes a key member of The Mystery Alliance, Myth Vaga was a critical ally within their intriguing fold. He once lived amongst The Mystery Alliance in London, England. Yet, a serendipitous meeting and an ensuing romantic involvement with a bewitching beauty becomes the instrumental catalyst for his not surprising, but climactic betrayal.

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Love Through Cobra’s Eye

Love Through Cobra's Eye by Kimaya Mathew

Love Through Cobra's Eye by Kimaya Mathew

Rashi Sharma is in dire search of a job when she gets the offer for the post of Shesh Chauhan’s personal secretary by the elder brother, Vritra Chauhan. The world turns upside down for her when she comes to know that a snake, whom she saved a particular day from getting killed by the common people is a weresnake and has developed a certain attraction for her. What now? Will Rashi ever meet Vasu, the weresnake? Will she be able to tell him the depth of her love?

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