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Isabella Varley Banks ☆ 3 review

Orge Linnaeus Banks nee Isabella Varley weaves a web of historical fact and fiction in a fast paced story built around the rivalry between the Jabez and his nemesis Laurence Aspinall and the fate of Augusta Ashton who is loved by. Isabella Bank s Manchester Man is very much a didactic novel of the late nineteenth century In terms of depth of character Jabez Clegg is a little too good to be true As Pope said to err is human but as Banks would have it not to err is Clegg though she does perhaps make some acknowledgement of his uasi sainthood when the anti hero of the novel Lawrence Aspinall tells us that Mr Clegg is the white hen that never lays away If Clegg is the saint of the piece then Aspinall is his counterpoint his nemesis the classic nineteenth century privileged rouge He is akin to Anne Bront s Arthur Huntingdon so much so that one wonders if the latter character did not inform the formerClegg s social advancement at the behest of the wealthy Ashton s sticks in the craw somewhat by modern standards suggesting as it does that the working class may only advance with the moral approbation of the great and the good although in Bank s defence in the early nineteenth century society probably did function in this manner Perhaps to some degree it still doesAugusta Ashton s swooning over the handsome sociopath Aspinall is unfortunate if not entirely without precedence She is not the first naive young heroine in English literature to fall for a flashing blade only later to find that blade has cut her to the uick Catherine Earnshaw and Helen Huntingdon I m looking at you The novel makes much use of Lancashire dialect and collouialisms many of which now sadly missing from the modern metropolitan nasal Mancunian drawl There is also much historical content including a gruesome account of the Peterloo massacre which took place on 16 August 1819 and the sinking of the Emma a river flat ship resulting in the loss of 47 lives Jabez Clegg s forgiveness of Aspinall s sabre attack on him at Peterloo an assault which could so easily have resulted in Clegg s death seems contrived by modern standards so that the drunken state of the assailant should be taken as legitimate mitigationAlthough perhaps overly didactic and formulaic The Manchester Man has much to offer as a dramatic account of early nineteenth century life in the North of England Jabez Clegg s tumultuous ride down the River Irk in his painted cradle is in many ways the creation myth of a city

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The Manchester Man

Both but loves only one An entertaining fictional journey through the early 19th century history of the city of Manchester the book also has serious points to make about women's choices and domestic violence Summary by Phil Benson. Read a free electronic copy which was spoilt somewhat by being riddled with errors but it was an interesting book It features Jabez Clegg living in Manchester I was aware of the Jabez Clegg pub but hadn t realised he was a character in this novel and tells the story of his life in Manchester s cotton industry

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Jabez Clegg the Manchester man floats into this historical novel in 1799 carried downstream by the River Irk in flood Jabez's rise to commercial success mirrors the rise of the city at the heart of the industrial revolution Mrs Ge. Thank you for recommendation Amy Very nice being able to place the location and extra nice that I knew the outside Manchester site in Whaley Bridge too However Jabez Clegg was just too goodlucky to be true Still why is this book not well known Beautiful snapshot in time of real history


10 thoughts on “The Manchester Man

  1. says:

    I'm reading a book by a Victorian authorBy whom?GuessCharles Dickens? NoWilkie Collins? NoRobert Louis Stevenson? NoOscar Wilde? NoThomas Hardy? NoAnthony Trollope? No It's by a womanEmily Brontë? NoCharlotte Brontë? NoElizabeth Gaskell NoGeorge Eliot? NoBy whom then?By Mrs George Linnæus BanksWho??Mrs Isabella Banks née VarleyNever heard of herOf course you never heard of her Her identity was hidden behind her hus

  2. says:

    A curiosity but a page turner Written in the 1870s it has an authentic voice Here's another heroic Manchester cotton lord this time wi

  3. says:

    Thank you for recommendation Amy Very nice being able to place the location and extra nice that I knew the outside Manchester site in Whaley Bridge too However Jabez Clegg was just too goodlucky to be true Still why is this book not well known? Beautiful snapshot in time of real history

  4. says:

    What a lovely Manchester read and coincidentally Phill gave it to me on my birthday shortly after he proposed and parts take place in the Portico Library where we’ll be getting married

  5. says:

    Isabella Bank’s Manchester Man is very much a didactic novel of the late nineteenth century In terms of depth of character Jabez Clegg is a

  6. says:

    I really enjoyed this Although a work of fiction it contains very many twists and turns in the narrative that are based on historical facts an

  7. says:

    I'd picked this book up by chance and read it on a whim and I'm glad I did In many ways the main narrative takes second place to the finely detailed and nicely depicted scene setting A nodding acuaintance with Lancashire dialect is useful but by no means essential

  8. says:

    I really enjoyed this on two levels one as an exemplar of a Victorian novel; complete with slightly moralistic tone a male hero who is

  9. says:

    Read a free electronic copy which was spoilt somewhat by being riddled with errors but it was an interesting book It features Jabez Clegg living in Manchester I was aware of the Jabez Clegg pub but hadn't realised he was a character in this novel and tells the story of his life in Manchester's cotton industry

  10. says:

    A terrific half a bookUnfortunately only half the book is here what happened to the rest of it? We need part two of this wonderful tale

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