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Cranford (1851)

by Elizabeth Gaskell

Other authors: Nadia May (Narrator)

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Mary Smith relates the story of her time with middle-aged spinster sisters Miss Matty and Miss Deborah.
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    Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (chrisharpe)
    chrisharpe: Both novels offer a similar sort of wry look at the foibles of the English classes in the 18th / 19th centuries. Both are so carefully observed and deliciously written that they remain classics.
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    Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson (Staramber)
    Staramber: In Over To Candleford Laura reads Cranford to her Uncle. Although separated by time they both contain everyday descriptions of provincial British life by – largely – passive narrators.
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    The Country of the Pointed Firs and Other Stories by Sarah Orne Jewett (InfoQuest)
    InfoQuest: In both Gaskell and Jewett's novels, a young woman (the first-person narrator) comes to visit a rural community in a series of related vignettes. Jewett's is the more poetic, and Gaskell's is the more humorous, but both are lovely little books which center on the experiences and relationships of women in the 19th century.… (more)
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    The Folded Earth by Anuradha Roy (noveltea)
    noveltea: Two endearing small towns, one British (with links to India), one Indian (with links to Britain).
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    Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky (chrisharpe)
    chrisharpe: In many ways a similar, acutely observed portrait of village life, with an especially keen eye on the upper and middle classes.
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    The Summer without Men by Siri Hustvedt (thorold)
    thorold: Two novels 160 years apart that explore the roles of women by creating a view of the world in which men are peripheral or irrelevant.
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    Purely for Pleasure by Margaret Lane (yolana)
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    Jane and Prudence by Barbara Pym (chrisharpe)
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    Mrs. Ames by E. F. Benson (bell7)
    bell7: This story is similarly concerned with events in a small English town, though the characters' class and life situations are much different.

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This book is a series of vignettes that are at once quaint, emotional, and satirical. I first watched the BBC miniseries adapted from this book maybe seven years ago. Without that, I might have enjoyed this more. While it has Gaskell's characteristic witty and flowery writing style, the way the vignettes and characters are put together can feel disjointed. In the miniseries, the stories are spread out to create a more coherent plot; in the book, we get scenes that sometimes tie together and sometimes do not. This book does have one of my favorite scenes featuring a cow, however.


Truly stunning.

Absolutely gorgeous.
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  littlebookjockey | Sep 15, 2020 |
I really liked the PBS production, so trying out the book (assuming it will be less melodramatic than Ruth was...) ( )
  beautifulshell | Aug 27, 2020 |
Very different from [b: North and South|159178|North and South (North and South, #1)|John Jakes|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1390174619s/159178.jpg|1526185]. I had a hard time getting into it because I couldn’t easily distinguish between many of the characters, but I did find the narrator very amusing at times. ( )
  LudieGrace | Aug 10, 2020 |
This is the third of Gaskell's novels I have read, but I didn't like this nearly as much as North and South and Mary Barton, which were rich novels with deep themes and interesting characters. This was a rambling and largely plotless (albeit short) novel about the lives of various ladies in the eponymous fictional town, which is based on Knutsford in Cheshire. The characters didn't really distinguish themselves from each other in my mind, and despite some humorous passages, didn't elicit my interest. A bit disappointing. ( )
  john257hopper | Mar 29, 2020 |
Life in a 19th-Century English town, one which is run almost solely according to the rules of the women who live there. I loved this book. Sweet and funny, with characters you grow to adore. Nothing much happens in this small town, but Gaskell has a knack for describing everyday events in terms of the momentous drama in which her characters perceive them and it makes for storytelling gold. ( )
  electrascaife | Feb 28, 2020 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Elizabeth Gaskellprimary authorall editionscalculated
May, NadiaNarratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Birch, DinahIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Du Maurier, GeorgeIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ingham, PatriciaEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ritchie, Anne ThackerayPrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Scales, PrunellaReadersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Scales, PrunellaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thomson, HughIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Watson, Elizabeth PorgesEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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In the first place, Cranford is in possession of the Amazons; all the holders of houses, above a certain rent, are women.
'I cannot tell you what the whole quiet picture has for me.' (Introduction)
Woodley stood among fields; and there was an old-fashioned garden where roses and currant-bushes touched each other, and where the feathery asparagus formed a pretty background to the pinks and gilly-flowers; there was no drive up to the door. We got out at a little gate, and walked up a straight box-edged path.
Miss Jenkyns wore a cravat, and a little bonnet like a jockey-cap, and altogether had the appearance of a strong-minded woman; although she would have despised the modern idea of women being equal to men. Equal, indeed! she knew they were superior.
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Mary Smith relates the story of her time with middle-aged spinster sisters Miss Matty and Miss Deborah.

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Penguin Australia

3 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

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