Precious Bane

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Books like PRECIOUS BANE are as rare as blue moons. A forgotten classic set in rural Shropshire at the turn of the 19th century blends a simple, rustic love story with a profound sense of nature's mystic truth.

Prue Sarn is an original and appealing heroine of English literature as she triumphs over a physical handicap to win her heart's desire. Skillfully woven through this story is the aura of the English countryside, its flora and fauna ...

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Overview

Books like PRECIOUS BANE are as rare as blue moons. A forgotten classic set in rural Shropshire at the turn of the 19th century blends a simple, rustic love story with a profound sense of nature's mystic truth.

Prue Sarn is an original and appealing heroine of English literature as she triumphs over a physical handicap to win her heart's desire. Skillfully woven through this story is the aura of the English countryside, its flora and fauna anticipating every turn of the plot.

Mary Webb's work won her the admiration of her contemporary writers and in 1925 PRECIOUS BANE won the Femina Vie Heureuse prize.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781461190554
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/17/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 190
  • Sales rank: 412,347
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Webb (1881-1927), poet, mystic and lover of nature, spent most of her life in Shropshire, which features in all of her novels. Admiring contemporaries described Webb as a 'strange genius' and 'one of the best living writers'. After a life of illness and near-poverty, Mary Webb died in Hampstead.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2013

    Prue Sarn is a heroine cut from the same cloth as Jane Eyre: amu

    Prue Sarn is a heroine cut from the same cloth as Jane Eyre: amusing, passionate, and inspiring. Mary Webb's lyrical writing conveys both the mysterious wildness of Prue Sarn's rural Shropshire community and the insightful, compassionate intelligence that Prue shares only with the reader for most of the novel. Also like Jane Eyre, this work holds up to multiple readings over many years. Precious Bane won a literary award shortly after it was published, but Mary Webb was not recognized for her genius and had no commercial success until after her death. How lovely if her gifts could be rediscovered in the new millenium. In one sense the relative obscurity of this work makes it more of a treasure for readers who love it as I do. But in truth it deserves a much larger readership. It is interesting and poignant to note that Mary Webb was diagnosed with Graves' Disease as a young woman. With its symptoms of protuberant eyes and a throat goiter her appearance changed over the years. How much Precious Bane, written near the end of her life, was based on her own joys and sorrows I will not speculate, but it seems likely that the phrase "precious bane" (from John Milton's Paradise Lost) was aptly chosen not only for its relevance to both Prue and her brother Gideon, but was also very personal to the author. Precious Bane is the work of an author whose great talent gives us a story in which the very specific malady of the protagonist can touch the reader's own wounds or deformities with a call to persevere in generosity, forgiveness, and hope.

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  • Posted September 3, 2013

    Compelling, dark, mysterious, romantic and beautiful.

    Compelling, dark, mysterious, romantic and beautiful.

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  • Posted May 21, 2010

    A must read

    This is one of my favorite books. I've read it several times now and will read again. Each time I get something else from the story. I took me several pages to get the flow of the language, but once I did it flowed sweetly. It's a very touching story of a girls struggle through hardships and discrimination due to living with a hair-lip.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2004

    Absolutely Beautiful!

    I don't think there is any way for me to explain how this book has affected my life. I picked up this inconspicuous burgundy book at my library and almost put it back; I wasn't interested in reading about a girl with a hair lip. But I checked it out and went home and started reading it. All I can tell you is that I felt strongly and passionatly connected with Prue's anger, humility, and love. After I read this book, I couldn't bring myself to be as interested in another book for quite a while. Mary Webb is a wonderful and colorful author. I can't help but think about Prue and Kester Woodseaves when I think about my all time favorite book characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2000

    The best tale of triumph ever!!!

    Precious Bane is one of the best books ever! It is such an emotional story of Prue and what she has to face to become happy. I absolutely love this book! I cried several times at the harshness and the happiness that Prue faced. I will recommend this book to anyone who askes me.

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