Friday, May 4, 2012
Review: Precious Bane
By Mary Webb
Genre Adult classic/historical fiction
Recommended by Kim and Melissa
First sentence It was at a love-spinning that I saw Kester first.
Prue lives with her brother and mother on a farm in England in the 1820s. Cursed with a cleft lip, Prue has little hope for romance but when Kester enters her life, she dares hope.
What it has going for it
Wow, where do I begin? I struggled through the first 120 pages of this one. The writing style and character slang was hard to get the hang of, and it said it was a romance and after 120 pages I was like, "hello, where's the romance?" ;) The funny thing is, that by the end of the book I was much more touched by the symbolism (yes, that's right, you heard me, the symbolism was done right! Not too subtle, not too blunt, just right.) than the romance. I did love the romance, though. I kept thinking it was completely unrealistic but still so sweet until I started to see the symbolism in it and realize why it seemed "unrealistic". What I loved the best, though, was Prue. Here you have a character who's looked at like she's a freak and who is even thought of as a witch by some people, that rises above all that because of how good she is. She loved everyone and was so good and kind, trying to do what's best in every situation and it completely conquers the fact that she has a cleft lip. Oh, I just can't say enough kind things about this book! You must read it!
Those first pages were hard to get into but they were, actually, setting up the plot, I was just being impatient for the romance.
When Prue realized Kester knows it was her playing the part of Venus. I was humiliated and thrilled right along with her!
Yea or Nay?
Yes, just yes!