In the delicately impoverished town of Cranford, everyone is keen to know everyone else's business. The community is almost devoid of men, and in their place a solid matriarchy has formed. Manners must be observed, house calls must not exceed a quarter of an hour, and neither money matters nor... show more
In the delicately impoverished town of Cranford, everyone is keen to know everyone else's business. The community is almost devoid of men, and in their place a solid matriarchy has formed. Manners must be observed, house calls must not exceed a quarter of an hour, and neither money matters nor death may be discussed in public. But the peace is often disturbed. Rumoured bur
Publisher: Project Gutenberg
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Book Club
, Historical Fiction
, Classic Literature
, 19th Century
, English Literature
"Although the ladies of Cranford know all each other's proceedings, they are exceedingly indifferent to each other's opinions ... but, somehow, good-will reigns among them to a considerable degree." That passage from the first chapter of Cranford is actually a pretty good summation of what we lear...
Cranford is more a series of recollections and trains-of-thoughts than a properly structured novel, and yet I couldn't ask for a more satisfying story. Mary Smith's visits to the village of Cranford, which "[i]n the first place, is in possession of the Amazon...", are full of affection and rife with...
Very episodic, loose, I can well imagine it indeed was a great TV series material, but not as pleasant (to me) to read. Interesting profiling of genteel poerty among women.
One of my favourite books :) The book falls in the category of things that bring back faith in humankind. The protagonist of the book is Mary Smith and her friend Miss Matty Jenkyns. Mary Smith basically tells what happens during numerous visits to Cranford over the span of quite a lot of years. T...
A charming, comfortable series of stories that unfold in the quiet town of Cranford, mostly in the homes of spinsters who practice great economies to maintain genteel appearances. The narrator pokes very gentle fun at her Cranford friends and their airs and social rules, but it becomes clear that th...
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