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North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
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Aug 01, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: 19th-century-literature

Wonderful book set in the middle of the 19th century in northern England. Rev. Hale has given up his position in the church as a protest against his conscience. The family moves from the south of England to the northern industrial town of Milton (Manchester). The backdrop for this love story is the rise of unions against the "masters" (industrialists) with insights into the lives of both groups - stark poverty vs. wealth. Rev. Hale's daughter Margaret is the protagonist and takes on a similar role as Elizabeth Bennet does in Pride and Prejudice...she is prejudiced in favor of the southern England way of life (Kent) and against the more earthly manners of the north. Her love interest is Mr. Thornton, an owner of a mill in Milton and one who is at odds with the union. Their relationship seems doomed from the beginning. Will love triumph or are their differences too large to overcome?
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