North and South (Girlebooks Classics)
North and South is a novel by Elizabeth Gaskell, first published in book form in 1855 originally appeared as a twenty-two-part weekly serial from September 1854 through January 1855 in the magazine Household Words, edited by Charles Dickens. The title indicates a major theme of the book: the contrast between the way of life in the industrial north of England and the wealth...more
This will be a quote/pic review, I don't have time for a long one, and this is such a classic, that whatever I write won't be good enough :)
There will be spoilers as some of my fav quotes, just so you know :)
Thornton and Margaret <3
"He almost said to himself that he did not like her, before their conversation ended; he tried so to compensate himself for the mortified feeling, that while he looked upon her with an admiration he could not repress, she looked at him with proud indifference, taki...more
My second read of North and South was even more enjoyable than the first. Coming back to familiar people and places, I was able to understand, in more depth, the shades of the story Gaskell is telling. This is a story of opposites: culture, climate, way of living, that Margaret Hale is thrust into against her will. While she is at first repulsed by the ways of the Industrial North, and by the stern men that are the masters, she...more
I'd already seen the BBC series before reading the first time so I already knew the story, and I wish I'd come to the books afresh in a way though I do not think that would have altered in anyway, the way I perceived them. Though Richard Armitage certainly does help and I swooned over Thornton even more.
What I love about North and South is the passion and the realness of the characters, th...more
I almost feel like a fraud reviewing books like this. I know that there are probably many details that I miss entirely, some nuances that go straight over my head, but these are my thoughts...however scattered they are.
Margaret Hale's father has been the spiritual leader of his community of Helston for decades. Now he questions his faith...not necessarily his belief in God, but maybe the infallible c...more
I came to this novel, as is the case for many readers, through the BBC television adaptation, which I watched for the first time earlier this year. While I had not consciously avoided the novel and its adaptation until now, it's probably the case that I have been unconsciously avoiding Victorian fiction for some years, preferring the less ponderous novels of the earlier 19th century (particularly Austen) and the leaner style of 20th century fiction.
However at the moment I’m in the mood for Victo...more
The broad scope of the novel, coupled with insightful depth and comment means that each reading of the bo...more
I've read comparisons of Mr. Thornton to Jane Austen's Mr. Darcy, but I don't personally see much likeness--aside from...more
Usually, I find the practice of paying authors by the word or the chapter (the books were serialized) lead to meandering plots, excessive description of unimportant things, and cliffhanger chapter-endings. North and South is definitely a Victorian novel. The domestic details seem to overwhelm the story sometimes. I would have to step back and remember the importance of them to establishing class a...more
The writing is nineteenth century and may not be accessible for all readers, but I find this style soothing and rhythmic. More than anything, though, the book touches the romantic inside me.
A vast majority of the story has little to do with romance. Gaskell focuses much of the text on industrialization, unionization, and the human condition. These topics are not too terribly interesting to me, and I would normally feel impatient with these passages. But I was more than willing t...more
Not only that, it is even better than the movie, that gorgeous dramatic masterpiece. It will go down as one of my favorite books of all time. I loved Gaskell's exploration of human nature, our inherent distrust of the "other" and yet, our innate goodness. I love how she profiled the little idiosyncrasies in human nature (much in Austen fashion). And, as should be a true marker of good li...more
However, the roles are a little more complex.
John Thornton is a wealthy cotton manufacturer in Milton, but he's worked hard to get to the top. He's a nouveau riche with worn hands. Margaret is an ex-parson's daughter, fresh from the idyllic south, transplanted to di...more
Another reviewer mentioned how this book was kind of like a...more
I do feel it, perhaps, lack the wit and style of either Austen or Dickens but it is not without real modern application and import or taste. The North, a society based on money and industry, is capitalistic, practical, urban, suffer...more
Narrated by Clare Wille
When North and South is mentioned these days, it is most likely in reference to the BBC miniseries based on the book, rather than the book itself. That’s not a bad thing, because the miniseries is superbly done. It takes a complicated story of love and life in industrial England in the mid-19th century, and makes it accessible to the modern viewer. But no matter how well done the TV adaptation is, the book is a gem worth pursuing for a patient reader, or better yet, a pati...more
Unfortunately, North and South j...more
Mr. Thornton, perhaps...more
The storyline is more intense than Pride and Prejudice, but not as dark and tw...more
To be honest I will not try to review a classic because I don't think I will be able to do it justice but was very dissapointed with the very abrupt ending and the very little we saw of thornton :/:/
Buddy read with Blacky ,Tea, Cathy and Duchess Nicole !
Mr Thornton , here I come :D
North and South is a thoughtful meditation on the question of industrialization. Although it was originally published as a serial, it suffers none of the drawbacks of that medium; the action and characterizations unfold in a consistent and well-paced manner. Above and beyond the romance and period flavor is a novel of philosophical and economic import, asking when one should submit to authority and...more
I’m afraid this review will not be popular with fans of the author, or those who see classic literature as unassailable. But after slogging through this book (especially so soon after discovering Villette, a truly excellent classic!), I feel obliged to warn potential readers, and let those who were disappointed with the book but wary about criticizing a classic know that they aren’t alone.
So, then: a recipe for North and South:
- Add one romantic plotline borrow...more
I had heard such varied opinions of this book I wasn't sure what to make of it. Then I started reading it and I could hardly put it down. I loved it. Sure, Margaret is a little too languid at times, and I learned more than I wanted to about 19th-century trade union practices, but on the whole, amazing. I liked it much better than Wives and Daughters (and I liked that one quite a bit).
I think having seen the BBC miniseries of N&S so many times helped because I had a...more
This was a combination read/listen...more
I campi soleggiati del Sud, le fabbriche fumose del Nord. L'allegria e l'indolenza della gente del meridione, la serietà e preoccupazione sui volti contratti del sett...more
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