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Original Penny Readings A Series of Short Sketches   By: (1831-1909)

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Original Penny Readings: A Series of Short Sketches by George Manville Fenn is a delightful collection of stories that captivate readers from start to finish. Fenn's ability to transport readers to different times and places, all through the lens of his characters, is truly remarkable.

The book comprises a series of short yet engaging sketches, each with its own unique storyline. From heartwarming tales of love and friendship to thrilling adventures filled with suspense, Fenn's writing appeals to a wide range of readers.

One of the standout features of this collection is Fenn's impeccable storytelling. His vivid descriptions allow readers to envision every scene, painting a clear picture in their minds. The author's attention to detail is evident in the meticulously crafted settings, taking readers on a journey through Victorian England, where they can almost feel the cobblestones beneath their feet and smell the aromas of bustling city life.

Additionally, Fenn's character development is outstanding. Each protagonist is intricately crafted and possesses their own distinct personality. From the shy and reserved to the bold and adventurous, Fenn creates characters that readers can easily relate to, sympathize with, and root for throughout their respective stories.

Furthermore, Fenn's exploration of various themes adds depth to his narratives. In some sketches, he delves into the power of human connection and the importance of compassion. In others, he tackles the complexities of morality and the consequences of one's actions. Through these thought-provoking themes, Fenn invites readers to reflect on their own lives and the choices they make.

The pacing of the stories is another aspect that deserves praise. Fenn skillfully balances moments of action, suspense, and introspection, ensuring that readers remain engaged and eager to turn the next page. There is never a dull moment in this collection, making it an incredibly enjoyable read.

Although the book is titled "Original Penny Readings," it is important to note that the stories transcend their mere penny value. Fenn's writing possesses a timeless quality that continues to resonate with readers today. Whether one is a long-time fan of Fenn's works or discovering his writing for the first time, "Original Penny Readings" is sure to be a treasured addition to anyone's bookshelf.

Overall, George Manville Fenn's "Original Penny Readings: A Series of Short Sketches" is a masterfully crafted collection that showcases the author's storytelling prowess. With its richly developed characters, captivating narratives, and thought-provoking themes, this book is a testament to Fenn's ability to entertain and touch the hearts of readers. It is a highly recommended read for those seeking an immersive and satisfying literary experience.

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Original Penny Readings A Series of Short Sketches By George Manville Fenn Published by George Routledge and Sons, London This edition dated 1867

Original Penny Readings, by George Manville Fenn.




Now, it don't matter a bit what sort of clay a pot's made of, if when it's been tried in the fire it turns out sound and rings well when it's struck. If I'm only common red ware, without even a bit of glaze on me, and yet answer the purpose well for which I'm made, why I'm a good pot, ain't I, even if I only hold water? But what I hate is this to see the pots that we come against every day of our lives all on the grumble and murmur system, and never satisfied. The pot of common clay wishes he was glazed, and the glazed pot wishes he was blue crockery, and the blue crock pot wishes he was gilt, and the gilt pot ain't satisfied because he ain't china; and one and all are regularly blind to the good they have themselves, and think their neighbours have all the pleasures of this world. They're so blind that they can't see the flaws in some of the china. "Oh! if I had only been that beautiful vase!" says the common yellow basin that the missus washes the tea things up in "Oh! if I had only been that beautiful vase!" says the basin, alluding to a piece of china as stands on our mantel piece a vase that I picked up cheap at a sale... Continue reading book >>

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