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Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
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Dec 04, 08

bookshelves: non-imaginative-fiction, classics
Read in January, 1991, read count: 1

We had to read this for 12th grade English Lit. Our teacher had gone on a yearlong sabbatical to study Victorian serial novels, and this way one of his "great finds" that he foisted upon us. It was horrible. Serial novelists were paid to keep the story going interminably, and there is no sense of forward movement. Worse, the author died before finishing, and a hack was paid to finish it for her. Belongs in the dustbin of history, not on a 12th grade English lit booklist--having kids read garbage is a great way to turn them off to reading.
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