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Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
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Apr 08, 12

Read in March, 2012

Mrs Gaskell writes wonderfully about this town run by women in the 1830s, based on where she grew up living with her Aunt. Seeing how people were so much more self sufficient and yet interconnected in country villages in Victorian England was very appealing. They coped with the ever present threat of death, strict social codes, and limited opportunities but are sketched so beautifully that it is easy to feel strongly about these wonderful ladies (especially Miss Matty) and share in their small happinesses.
The collected stories were originally published seperately as magazine installments, which I usually find less absorbing than something intended as a novel, but as I had seen it all brought together in the charming BBC poroduction, this bothered me a lot less than it usually would.
This was especially perfect as a follow up to Flora Thompson's Lark Rise to Candleford
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