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Cranford And Mr. Harrison's Confessions

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Cranford (1851-53) sketches the mannered, old-fashioned lifestyle maintained by ladies in a quiet country village in the 1830s. This bemused tale of ancien fashions and "elegant economy" is complemented with a short story about a young surgeon's disruptive entry into Duncombe village. In both stories, Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865) shows a genteel class entrenched in the re ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 15th 1995 by Everyman's Library
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Ana T.
Jul 25, 2008 Ana T. rated it really liked it
Novel by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, published serially in Charles Dickens' magazine Household Words from 1851 to 1853 and in book form in 1853. Basing her tales on the village in which she was reared, Gaskell produced a gently comic picture of life and manners in an English country village during the 1830s. The novel's narrator (a young woman who periodically visits Cranford) describes the small adventures in the lives of two middle-aged sisters in reduced circumstances who do their best to mai ...more
Maddy
Oct 06, 2016 Maddy rated it really liked it
These two stories had been add together to create the bbc Cranford series which I loved and found hilarious. In fact I have it on DVD and am planning to rewatch it very soon after finishing to read the book. All these sweet old ladies have a special place in my heart. I recommend this book
Laura Lou
Oct 13, 2008 Laura Lou rated it liked it
I had no idea that the BBC adaptation of Cranford was a weaving of three of her novels: Cranford, Mr Harrison's Confessions, and Lady Ludlow. The kids & I are thoroughly enjoying the high caliber adaptation via Netflix, but I feel the need to catch up with the tale!

After reading MHC, I'm disappointed with BBC all the more for inserting their post-Christian worldview into their widely viewed adaptation called Cranford. The violent scene between Sophy and her father, the Vicar, in which Sophy
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Penny Jones
Jan 11, 2008 Penny Jones rated it really liked it
santa brought this book after large hints were dropped. I loved Cranford story, very gentle, descriptive, witty and atmospheric. There is no really story, more a series of tales built around the main characters, the mainly female inhabitants of Cranford. The descriptions are sympathetic and, once or twice, I have had to revert to the internet to look up items of clothing as we have long lost them to our wardrobes and vocabulary. This edition is not quite the one I have, mine includes My Lady Lud ...more
Lesley
Aug 02, 2008 Lesley rated it really liked it
This is not the exact edition I read. I bought it after the TV adaptation, which we both enjoyed. I first read Cranford when I was 11. It was the first set book when I went to the High School. I'm afraid I didn't appreciate it at the time but Eileen Atkins and Judy Dench encouraged me to revisit it and this time I really relished it.
Cassandra
Jan 28, 2008 Cassandra rated it liked it
Cranford was good but "My Lady Ludlow" dragged on forever, I wouldn't let my self look at any other books till I finished it
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Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, née Stevenson (29 September 1810 – 12 November 1865), often referred to simply as Mrs. Gaskell, was an English novelist and short story writer during the Victorian era. She is perhaps best known for her biography of Charlotte Brontë. Her novels offer a detailed portrait of the lives of many strata of society, including the very poor, and as such are of interest to socia ...more
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