The Grim Smile Of The Five Towns


Read by David Wales

(4.7 stars; 9 reviews)

The Grim Smile of the Five Towns (1907) is the second major collection of stories written by Arnold Bennett. (The first is Tales Of The Five Towns, 1905, available at Librivox.).The five towns of the title are the conurbation of Stoke-on-Trent in which much of the writer's best work is set. Later [than initial] critics have been kinder to the collection's key story, with Margaret Drabble calling "Simon Fuge"... one of the greatest short stories in the English language", and John Wain remarking that... "it says as much as a novel, it says easily as much as a novel of a hundred thousand words could say on this theme" and naming it... "the best thing that Arnold Bennett ever did." The stories exhibit Bennett's usual dry wit and belie the word "grim" in the title. - Summary by David Wales (6 hr 59 min)

Chapters

The Lion's Share 32:00 Read by David Wales
Baby's Bath 27:56 Read by David Wales
The Silent Brothers 35:07 Read by David Wales
The Nineteenth Hat 18:06 Read by David Wales
Vera's First Christmas Adventure 26:45 Read by David Wales
The Murder Of The Mandarin 27:58 Read by David Wales
Vera's Second Christmas Adventure 27:36 Read by David Wales
The Burglary 27:09 Read by David Wales
News Of The Engagement 12:08 Read by David Wales
Beginning The New Year 18:11 Read by David Wales
From One Generation To Another 25:50 Read by David Wales
The Death Of Simon Fuge, Part 1 42:44 Read by David Wales
The Death Of Simon Fuge, Part 2 27:56 Read by David Wales
The Death Of Simon Fuge, Part 3 58:37 Read by David Wales
In A New Bottle 11:27 Read by David Wales

Reviews

good listen


(4.5 stars)

really enjoy this as my family come from the 5 towns