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Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
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Jan 03, 2009

liked it
bookshelves: classic
Read in May, 2009

Great writing, beautifully drawn characters, and nice story arc. But the end annoyed me -- the hero only becomes interested in the heroine after she gets sick, loses weight, and becomes "delicate." Dainty fainting heroines annoy me. Who knew?

The characters really were great, though. Gaskell manages to portray very different people from different and conflicting classes with a great deal of honesty, but without making anyone out to be a bad guy. Molly (the heroine) is a classic good girl. Robert (the hero) is well on his way to becoming a self-made man. The parents are all good people, and the evil stepmother is more amusing than abusive.

In general, worth reading, but not something I'll probably pick up again.

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Reading Progress

04/08/2009 page 73
10.75% "Quiet and slow - lovely for reading in the evening when I'm snuggling a baby to sleep."
05/06/2009 page 523
77.03% "I'll admit it - I've skipped/scan a couple hundred pages, but I'm back to the good stuff now."

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