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North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

North and South (original 1855; edition 1970)

by Elizabeth Gaskell, Dorothy Collin

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Title:North and South
Authors:Elizabeth Gaskell
Other authors:Dorothy Collin
Info:Harmondsworth : Penguin, 1970.
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North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell (1855)

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This is a classic, Austen-esque romance. The main protagonist is a proud young lady from the south of England who finds herself uprooted with her family to live in a manufacturing town in the north. She learns a lot about herself and teaches a lot to the inhabitants there, as well. Misfortune strikes, there is a miss-communication among lovers (as is wont to happen in such novels), and in the end, a happy ending.
I was a bit put off by the inelegance of the descriptions. There was much "tell" without "showing" in them. They were awkwardly put in and rather interrupted the story as a whole. It was all rather over-romanticized. The best relationship, and most character development that was not explicitly spelled out, but which actually developed, was between Higgins and Thornton. For this reason I give the writing as a whole 3 stars.
The written dialect made things more difficult to read than necessary. It didn't have to be so very obtrusive in order to get its point across.
There is absolutely nothing inappropriate about this - no foul language, adult content, or violence. Reading level required would be upper-level high school into adult. ( )
  J9Plourde | Jun 13, 2017 |
The recent mini-series is much-beloved in my family, prompting the reading of this book. Margaret Hale is a little bit perfect and any sense of "flaw" or trial is more from the circumstances surrounding her than character complexities, but I let it pass because everything else is so good. Far more interesting (and readable) treatment of mills and mill-workers than [b:Shirley|31168|Shirley|Charlotte Brontë|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1299948983s/31168.jpg|2685457] and a book I'll definitely return to after reading more Gaskell. ( )
  likecymbeline | Apr 1, 2017 |
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This is an interesting book to read for those who like other classics by female authors. It discusses issues of trade and capitalism and portrays both sides of the workforce in a sympathetic manner. I preferred these parts to the romance between Margaret and Mr. Thornton; so much of the conflict between the two of them could have been avoided if they had just talked to clear up the misunderstanding. This was especially exasperating at the end, when Margaret wants Mr. Bell to pass along her message to Mr. Thornton, and then Mr. Bell dies before he has the chance to do so! I could see that coming. She had every right to accompany him on his visit and explain the circumstances herself.

Overall, this was a good book, and I especially liked reading it in Serial Reader format, which broke it up into manageable chunks. ( )
  rabbitprincess | Feb 11, 2017 |
This is an interesting story even if the end was for my feeling a bit too sweet. Margaret Hale, moved with her parents from southern England to the north in an industrial city, because her father abandoned the parish and tried to teach in the North as a private teacher. Margaret, in spite of her great efforts to cope with the harsh climate of an industrial city, soon came to know different inhabitants who belonged to the working class. She also met the factory owner John Thorton, who was a student of her father, and his mother. Thorton quickly fell in love with Margaret while his mother was very repulsive. Margaret and Thorton discussed a strike. Margaret had a great deal of understanding for the working class and supported them. When Margaret's mother died and her brother secretly went home for the funeral home, then he was looked for as a mutineer, Thorton thought it was her lover. During the time that followed, everyone thought only the worst about the other.
This story is based on many misunderstandings and communication difficulties between Margaret and Thorton. At the very end, Margaret realized that behind the proud factory owner, there was a person who cares about his employees.
  Ameise1 | Jan 18, 2017 |
The heroine must move from her happy, rural parsonage home to an industrial city when her father, the parson, resigns his post due to doctrinal doubts. The novel then examines the intersections of class and religion and the relationships of labor and ownership. The novel includes an interesting plot and well-drawn characters. The questions of economics and theology that are raised are complex and interesting, I think even for a modern audience. ( )
  kaitanya64 | Jan 3, 2017 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Elizabeth Gaskellprimary authorall editionscalculated
Collin, DorothyEditorsecondary 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
Shuttleworth, SallyIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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North and South is one of the most intricately structured novels of the Victorian age. (Introduction)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0140434240, Paperback)

"How am I to dress up in my finery, and go off and away to smart parties, after the sorrow I have seen today?"

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.

In her introduction Patricia Ingham examines geographical, economic and class differences, and male and female roles in North and South. This edition also includes a list for further reading, notes and a glossary.

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From her home ground, her father's comfortably middle-class living in Hampshire and her aunt's establishment in Harley Street, Margaret is exiled to the ugly northern industrial town of Milton. Surprisingly, her social consciousness awakens. It is intensified by a relationship with the local mill-owner, Thornton, that combines passionate attraction with fierce opposition. The novel explores the exploitation of the working class, linking the plight of workers with that of women and probing the myth and reality of the 'north-south divide'.… (more)

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