Thursday, January 26, 2012

Sybil, or the Two Nations - by Benjamin Disraeli.

US/UK Kindle Classic
Sybil, or the Two Nations is an 1845 novel by Benjamin Disraeli. (US Edition)  (UK Edition) When I look at both Amazon sites, UK & US, I see no one has reviewed the free Kindle edition.  I am always puzzled by how books get forgotten.  The first stop has to be sitting on Amazon with no reviews!  Maybe a few of my readers will decide to correct that.  I find the reviews useful and always check any one star reviews to see if format problems are mentioned.

No formatting problems in this novel:
"Two nations; between whom there is no intercourse and no sympathy; who are as ignorant of each other's habits, thoughts, and feelings, as if they were dwellers in different zones, or inhabitants of different planets; who are formed by a different breeding, are fed by a different food, are ordered by different manners, and are not governed by the same laws." . . .  "THE RICH AND THE POOR."
Let me check the date of publication again!

It is a tale of the poor:
"go to your own mother, who is dying in a back cellar without a winder, while you've got lodgings in a two pair."

"Dying; she's only drunk," said the youth.

"And if she is only drunk," rejoined Mrs Carey in a passion, "what makes her drink but toil; working from five o'clock in the morning to seven o'clock at night, and for the like of such as you."

"That's a good one," said the youth; "I should like to know what my mother ever did for me, but give me treacle and laudanum when I was a babby to stop my tongue and fill my stomach; by the token of which, as my gal says, she stunted the growth of the prettiest figure in all Mowbray." And here the youth drew himself up, and thrust his hands in the side pockets of his pea-jacket.
And the rich:
"That thousand pounds of my mother was very a propos," said Lord Marney; "I suppose it was a sop that will keep them all right till we have made our arrangements."
Set the time machine, but don’t be surprised if you find your thoughts returning to present day.

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