Round the Sofa. Elizabeth Gaskell
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Round the Sofa. Elizabeth Gaskell

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The narrator, Miss Greatorex, is invited to join a party of friends who meet on a weekly basis 'round the sofa' in Mrs Dawson's house. When Mrs Dawson mentions her cousin Lady Ludlow, Miss Greatorex wants to find out more about her and the storytelling begins.
Paperback, 448 pages
Published December 1st 2007 by Nonsuch Publishing (first published 1859)
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Phil Syphe
“Round the Sofa” consists of seven short tales, of which the title story features different characters who relate the other six.

Three of these I’ve read elsewhere, so skipped over them here. A third one was a non-fiction account that didn’t appeal to me, thus I bypassed this one too.

I started three others, all of which I gave up on, as they didn’t hold my attention. They were more like extended rambles, featuring endless description, excessive words, and an overkill of punctuation.

The title sto...more
This book contains some of my favorite Elizabeth Gaskell short stories: "Half A Life-Time Ago," "The Doom of the Griffiths," "The Poor Clare," and "The Half-Brothers." "The Accursed Race" is unique in that it is not fiction, although the history of the Cagot is so incredible I was compelled to Google them for more information.
I was also enthralled by the part of "My Lady Ludlow" that recounted the French aristocratic man who was caught up in the French Revolution. I was nearly brought to tears....more
Not Gaskell's best, but there are some really good stories in here. The solo Librivox recording is well read and easy to listen to.
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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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