Watching the mini series before reading was definitely a mistake. As much as I tried not to, it was impossible to avoid comparing one with the other. Watching the mini series before reading was definitely a mistake. As much as I tried not to, it was impossible to avoid comparing one with the other. And I must say… the mini series is the winner in this case.
Richard Armitage as John Thornton left me speachless! I just couldn't get enough of him and every scene with him was simply perfect. Daniela Denby- Ashe was also wonderfull, a great match for him and chemistry between them made this series unforgettable for me.
Ok, on to the book. If I read it before watching, it would be a 5 star book. Because it really is a good book. Margaret Hale is one of those fierce female characters I enjoy reading about so much and everything she went through and the way she handled it gave me a lot to think about. It was interesting to follow her from piecefull South to very different North and to watch her developing relationships with other characters, especially with Bessie and Nicholas, and Mr. Thornton, of course.
Lives of workers and masters and their conflicts were the reason I took this story very seriously. It is not just a historical romance, but a precious insight in social matters and a superb description od that period. Elizabeth Gaskell introduced two very different points of view and made both seem very logical, with no obvious bad guys and good guys. It was easy to understand Mr. Thornton and his attitude, but it was also natural to emphatyze with workers and their families. I think she did a great, great job with this!
Although the relationship between Margaret and John was really fun and interesting to read about, some other relationships made this book one of a kind. John and his mother, for one. So special and even complicated and hard at times, but so easy to understand and very emotional. Bessie and Nicholas Higgins were also a great example of a close family on the other end of social scale. With Hales and Frederick higher in class but actually somewhere in between, family ties and everyday life was masterly presented. Elizabeth Gaskell hit the very core of lives and every social and personal aspect with these three families.
The ending is the only reason it is a 4 and not 5 star book. In the show it was wonderfull and emotional and just perfect. John Thornton (or should I say Richard Armitage?), was brilliant and I couldn't wait to read the last scene. But I am very sorry to say it was not there. The book ended nicely, but not even close to the way the mini series ended and that left me dissapointed a little. My mistake, I know. I really shouldn't have watched it before reading but I have, and now I can't help but feeling that something's missing in the book. That is the only reason for one star down.
Apart from that little thing, I can honestly say that this was a wonderfull read. Ok, now I'm off to re-watch the mini series :)
I don't mind being reminded of real values of life and superficiality of modern world, but a whole book about it is a bit too muchToo condescending.
I don't mind being reminded of real values of life and superficiality of modern world, but a whole book about it is a bit too much for me. Too many characters, and none of them made me care, not even slightly enough to be concerned if they get to live or die at the end. The whole story made my eyes roll on too many occasions. Descriptions were boring and long, dialogues artificial and the whole thing felt wrong.
I hated the ''tone'' of writing - it sounded as if the readers are too oblivious and stupid to see the world for themselves, and as if we all need to be told about life from a person who considers himself superior. Well, most of us are not oblivious/stupid, and pages and pages of telling us what we already know are not really necessary. It would be so much better if more space was used for actual plot, and less for tirades about everything that is wrong with the modern world.
It is ok to see the world as it is and be able to distinguish true values from fake glamour, but cca 280 pages of tirades about it is not something I find amusing or interesting. ...more
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