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text 2017-09-07 01:12
Reading progress update: I've read 64 out of 64 pages.
The Old Nurse's Story (Little Black Classics #39) - Elizabeth Gaskell

I adore Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South. She can truly create a place that breathes and the Old Nurse Story is truly no different, if not a bit sad.  

 

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review 2017-08-21 19:00
Book Review: North and South
North and South - Elizabeth Gaskell

Book: North and South

 

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell

 

Genre: Fiction/Social Commentary/Coming-Of-Age/Romance

 

Summary: When her father leaves the Church in a crisis of conscience, Margaret Hale is uprooted from her comfortable home in Hampshire to move with her family to the north of England. Initially repulsed by the ugliness of her new surroundings in the industrial town of Milton, Margaret becomes aware of the poverty and suffering of the local mill-workers and develops a passionate sense of social justice. This is intensified by her tempestuous relationship with the mill-owner and self-made man John Thornton, as their fierce opposition over his treatment of his employees masks a deeper attraction. In North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell skillfully fused individual feeling with social concern, and in Margaret Hale created one of the most original heroines of Victorian literature. - Penguin Classics, 1995.

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review 2017-07-23 00:00
The Cranford Chronicles
The Cranford Chronicles - Elizabeth Gaskell A collection of the three short novels by Elizabeth Gaskell that were adapted into the BBC mini-series. There is a tentative connection between Confessions and Cranford, but I believe they were not originally meant to be read together. Still they go well together as observations of small town and village life in the early to mid 19th century.

Mr. Harrison's Confessions: 4 Stars.

A young doctor unwittingly gets in over his head in romantic entanglements when he begins his practice in a small town where he has mostly female patients.

Cranford: 5 Stars.

A lovely collection of anecdotes and wisdom from a community led by its women. The lack of plot is inconsequential.

My Lady Ludlow: 2 Stars.

Scarred by the French Revolution, a kindly English aristocrat must be brought around to accepting reform on her estate.
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review 2017-07-23 00:00
My Lady Ludlow
My Lady Ludlow - Elizabeth Gaskell My Lady Ludlow turns out to be the weakest link in the Cranford Chronicles. The story starts off well enough, with young Margaret Dawson being summoned to live with her distant cousin Lady Ludlow to lift some burden off of her family. The small village and the estate of Hanbury have their characters and all of their lives seem to rotate around the whims of 'my lady'.

All of this is to the good, but when the Gaskell moves the novel from shading Lady Ludlow's character with her experiences of the French Revolution to actually devoting a third (it felt like a third) of its pages to a detailed tragic story of her son's friend's attempt to save a cousin from the Terror. We're told before the story begins how its going to end so the twists and turns and near-misses in revolutionary Paris don't thrill, they irritate. Just bring out the guillotine already!

The thrust of the story seems to be Lady Ludlow's natural sympathies adjusting her aggressive anti-education and High Anglican sentiments to the 'modern' Regency standards of rural education and forgiving people for being in trade. Her kindness was always present, but masked behind her unwillingness to accept change of any sort.

Unlike Cranford whose plot is even slimmer than the above, My Lady Ludlow never develops a full community of characters and the social observations are fewer. It is not as rewarding or as warm a book as others by Gaskell.

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review 2017-06-12 00:00
Cranford
Cranford - Elizabeth Gaskell,Patricia Ingham 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 detail of how genteel women of modest means lived in the mid-19th century and, by extension, gives a lot of insight into how people behave, which is as relevant today as it was 150 odd years ago.

I especially enjoyed the digression about favorite economies, how Mary Smith says she is endlessly saving and hoarding string, even pieces which can't possibly have a use. We all have something, and reading that part aloud to my husband made us both immediately launch into each other's foibles, and consequently those of our family and acquaintances. All in all a profitable evening.

There is no doubt in my mind that the characters of Cranford were largely drawn from life, the turns of phrase, the way the ladies behaved, the topics of discussion, with some alterations this could be about the regular meetings of my own small village. A fantastic achievement. I'll be back for more.

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