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Author: Edith Wharton,1st World Library,1stworld Library
ISBN13: 978-1421803296
Title: Bunner Sisters
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Language: English
Category: History and Criticism
Publisher: 1st World Library - Literary Society (February 8, 2006)
Pages: 136

Bunner Sisters by Edith Wharton,1st World Library,1stworld Library



Purchase one of 1st World Library's Classic Books and help support our free internet library of downloadable eBooks. Visit us online at ww. stWorldLibrary. ORG - - In the days when New York's traffic moved at the pace of the drooping horse-car, when society applauded Christine Nilsson at the Academy of Music and basked in the sunsets of the Hudson River School on the walls of the National Academy of Design, an inconspicuous shop with a single show-window was.

This is a public domain audiobook narrated by Librivox volunteers around the world. Bunner Sisters," written in 1892 but not published until 1916 in Xingu and Other Stories, takes place in a shabby neighborhood in New York City. The two Bunner sisters, Ann Eliza the elder, and Evelina the younger, keep a small shop selling artificial flowers and small handsewn articles to Stuyvesant Square's "female population. Ann Eliza gives Evelina a clock for her birthday. The clock leads the sisters to become involved with Herbert Ramy, owner of "the queerest little store you ever laid eyes o.

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About book: "Bunner Sisters," written in 1892 but not published until 1916 in Xingu and Other Stories, takes place in a shabby neighborhood in New York City. Ann Eliza gives Evelina a clock for her birthday

Read by Margaret Espaillat  . Bunner Sisters, like The Age of Innocence is set in 1870s New York, however the lives of Ann Eliza and Evelina Bunner reflect impoverished New York. The sisters run a "very small shop, in a shabby basement, in a sidestreet already doomed to decline. The story tells of the destruction of this life, and how the once content sisters are thrown into the realistic world outside of their little shop. Summary by Margaret) . and I listened to the entire short book all over again, this time very carefully.

I liked that this was a bit of a departure from her typical books centering around NYC society and instead focused on a pair of "old maid" sisters who ran a hat shop and made ends meet but were very much working class living by Stuyvesant Square.

The text begins: Spring had really come at last. There were leaves on the ailanthus-tree that Evelina could see from her bed, gentle clouds floated over it in the blue, and now and then the cry of a flower- seller sounded from the street. One day there was a shy knock on the back-room door, and Johnny Hawkins came in with two yellow jonquils in his fist. At length one morning Ann Eliza, starting up from the mattress at the foot of the bed, hastily called Miss Mellins down, and ran through the smoky dawn for the doctor. He came back with her and did what he could to give Evelina momentary relief; then he went away, promising to look in again before night. Miss Mellins, her head still covered with curl-papers, disappeared in his wake, and when the sisters were alone Evelina beckoned to Ann Eliza.

In the days when New York's traffic moved at the pace of the drooping horse-car, when society applauded Christine Nilsson at the Academy of Music and basked in the sunsets of the Hudson River School on the walls of the National Academy of Design, an inconspicuous shop with a single show-window was intimately and favourably known to the feminine population of the quarter bordering on Stuyvesant Square. It was a very small shop, in a shabby basement, in a side-street already doomed to decline; and from the miscellaneous display behind the window-pane, and the brevity of the sign surmounting it (merely "Bunner Sisters" in blotchy gold on a black ground) it would have been difficult for the uninitiated to guess the precise nature of the business carried on within. But that was of little consequence, since its fame was so purely local that the customers on whom its existence depended were almost congenitally aware of the exact range of "goods" to be found at Bunner Sisters'.
Reviews: 7
Reemiel
*spoilers*

A compelling, heartbreaking little novella about two sisters struggling to eek an existence as small shopkeepers on the margins of late nineteenth-century society in New York. Even though I knew it was going to end in tears, part of me kept hoping against hope that everything would turn out for Evelina and her sister Ann Eliza, who is willing to sacrifice her own chance at happiness for her self-absorbed younger sibling.

Ann Eliza tries hard to be content with her lot and she refuses to tempt fate by wishing for more, believing that if she dares to express dissatisfaction with the meagre things she has in life, that these things will be taken away. All of her dreams are reserved for her sister Evelina, who she hoped would marry and have a family of her own instead of whiling away her days in a gloomy shop in a seedy part of town. When the story opens it seems that both sisters will spend the rest of their days here but then a chance encounter with a lonely clock maker dramatically changes the course of their lives.

Ann Eliza is the first to meet Herman Raby when she buys Evelina a clock for her birthday. She immediately senses his loneliness and for the first time starts to imagine a difference future for herself. Her dreams are dashed when Evelina, who has become desperate after her only suitor disappeared without explanation years earlier, sets her own sights on him. Ann Eliza struggles to quell her own desires and subvert them into happiness for her sister and her inner conflict is very realistic. She acts on the belief that altruism has to be rewarded, and her reward for her self-sacrifice is supposed to be Evelina's contentment. Herman Raby, however, is not the man they thought he was and his feckless ways lead to their downfall.

Wharton writes with great compassion and insight about people from all walks of life, including those on the margins. The Bunner sisters want so little to be happy and yet they never find the security and love that they seek, instead living and dying in quiet obscurity like so many. It' a sad but powerful little book that reminded me of why Edith Wharton is one of my all-time favourite authors.
Fordrellador
Really surprised that this little novella isn't more well known. This is a poignant tale of two sisters their daily trials and tribulations as they live out their lives in genteel poverty in an attempt to keep their livelihood afloat.

Have to admit that I did start to tear up towards the end of the novella. Found this to be a moving story that reads with much more depth than is found in many novella length reads. Time well spent, a little gem.
Hbr
A short story (read in a few hours or less) about the small lives of two sisters. Focuses on love, dissapointments, and financial struggles. There is a bit of a twist I didn't see coming. Overall, I think of the book like an independent movie. Independent movies often seem to focus on just a snippet of someone's life. The scope is usually small, the setting within a small area, the plot plays out within days or even hours, and often has an open-ended conclusion. Bunner Sisters takes place over a few years, but you are still left with the feeling that we've just seen a small scrap of their lives. It's a little sad but because it's so short and because our main character Ann Eliza is resigned, almost indifferent about her circumstances, you are left feeling the same about the whole story- indifferent.
Cyregaehus
I am not a great Wharton fan but recognize her value in American literature. This is not an enjoyable read. A life that is, if not happy is at least meaningful, changes for the worse. I think all writers provide some value. If you feel a need to read her work, this is not the place I would suggest starting. The book is well written. If I were a professor of American literature, the chances are I could give reasons to read this book. I am not so consider my objections to the book accordingly.
Inabel
Wonderful novella, closest to ETHAN FROME in that it deals with poorer people and not the wealthy or elite. Deep, personal, readable, empathetic characterization. Dark and compelling. Fast read.
Shadowredeemer
This novella is unlike the other Wharton novels I've read, no high class society here. It's focused on two shop owning sisters trying to make it in New York. A german clock repairman enters the picture and turns their lives awry. The story at certain points is a bit frustrating to read, the older sister is a bit too selfless and I found myself wanting to yell at her.
MrRipper
I don't know if I'd say I really loved this--it is too sad, and isn't really what I would consider Wharton's best--but since I give 3.5 and 4 stars to fluffy enjoyable stuff, I have to give this 5 stars. It is a compelling story about two sisters just getting by in the 1890s, and what happens when they make the mistake of trusting a man.
When I come across other Wharton fans I'm always surprised at how few have read Bunner Sisters. Though it is not a light and fluffy story filled with socialites, Wharton tackles drug addiction and sacrifice with her exquisite prose. I've read Bunner Sisters several times over the years, always in winter (and for the first time now on my Android phone), and each time it only gets better.