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North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
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Aug 09, 07

bookshelves: classic-fiction
Read in September, 2005

My favorite Gaskell novel. I really can't explain how much I love this story. The careful intertwining of political, religious, familial, and romantic conflicts and plotlines balance each other perfectly, in a way that few Victorian writers capture, much less women. Gaskell is brilliant, and writes a story that explores not only the social atmosphere of England at the time, but a convincing and vindicating love story as well. It's like socially conscious chick lit, which makes it something entirely other than chick lit - perhaps just good writing.
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Trudy Brasure Lovely, succinct review! I don't know if I could write a review of my all time favorite novel.


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