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North and South (1855)

by Elizabeth Gaskell

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5,8352071,220 (4.11)3 / 675
North and South draws on Gaskell's own experiences of the poverty and hardship of life in the industrial north of England. Her heroine, Margaret Hale, is taken from the wealthy south by her nonconformist minister father, to live in a fictional northern town. The stark differences are explored through Margaret's abrupt change in circumstance, and her sympathetic reaction to the plight of the northerners. She comes into conflict with a local mill owner who proposes marriage to her. The two undergo a series of misunderstandings and changes of heart before they are reunited.… (more)
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The three stars are a reflection of my enjoyment of the book, not of its literary merits. The book basically contained for me long periods of boredom punctuated by the insufferable attitudes of basically every character toward every other. So why not one star? Somehow by the end I'd managed to be rooting for the coupling of two of said characters, so I guess it couldn't have been all bad. Plus, it is sometimes quite funny.

The middle part of the book, about a strike, were of course interesting to me as well, particularly Gaskell's apparent view that institutions and old prejudices are the devil crushing the individuals who want to change them underfoot. ( )
  wearyhobo | Jun 22, 2020 |
Pride and Prejudice plus industrial revolution with excessive pining as a bonus. I love everything about this. ( )
  j_tuffi | May 30, 2020 |
Gaskell, Elizabeth. North and South. 1854. Penguin, 1994.
Elizabeth Gaskell published North and South in Charles Dickens’ magazine, Household Words, just a few months after Dickens published his own Hard Times there. Both novels deal with the plight of the industrial poor and labor unrest, so comparisons are inevitable. In Gaskell, there are no stylistic flourishes, devastating satire, or editorial rants that one finds in Dickens, but one could argue that her achingly even-handed treatment of the arguments of labor and management are more thoughtful than the Dickensian satire. Nor is there anything in Hard Times to match the inner struggle of Gaskell’s heroine, Margaret Hale, as she tries to find a balance between what she sees as womanly duty and deserved independence. Gaskell should be required reading for anyone who wants to understand how mid-Century middle-class Victorians thought about some of the problems still debated in our own time. ( )
  Tom-e | Apr 27, 2020 |
This book was mentioned on Episode 2 of Checking Out. Listen here! ( )
  rachelreading | Apr 20, 2020 |
Victorian love story interspersed with social history of early Union formation in newly industrialised northern town. Not a show stopper and lots of entreaties to be perfect and caring, but ok
  MarilynKinnon | Mar 14, 2020 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Gaskell, Elizabethprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Button, FrancesCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Collin, DorothyEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cooper, RoseCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dodsworth, MartinIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Easson, AngusEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ingham, PatriciaEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jong, Akkie deTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kwiatkowska, KatarzynaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Leyrer, GindaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pérez, ÁngelaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Shelston, AlanEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"Edith!" said Margaret, gently, "Edith!"
North and South is one of the most intricately structured novels of the Victorian age. (Introduction)
She had never come in contact with the taste that loves ornament, however bad, more than the plainness and simplicity which are of themselves the framework of elegance.
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Penguin Australia

3 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0140434240, 0141028122, 0141198923

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