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North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
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Feb 13, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: classics, 2009, loved-it, own-it, 1001-list
Recommended for: anyone who loves Pride and Prejudice

Think Pride and Prejudice is as good as it gets? Think you can't dream up a better romantic hero than Mr. Darcy?

Immediately read this, and understand why I would prefer Mr. Thornton over cranky Mr. Darcy any day of the week. He is a gentleman through and through, and his never ceasing kindnesses toward Margaret should be enough to make anyone fall in love with his character.

Also, being able to picture him as Richard Armitage (as in the BBC production of this story) is icing on the cake.

Austen is better at the witty social commentary, I'll give her that. But, to replace that, Gaskell adds in a sense of Charles Dickens in her portrayal of Mr. Thornton as the manager of a mill, and all the details of the workers' strike.

Highly recommend this, one of my favorites!
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Elizabeth Gaskell
“One word more. You look as if you thought it tainted you to be
loved by me. You cannot avoid it. Nay, I, if I would, cannot
cleanse you from it. But I would not, if I could. I have never
loved any woman before: my life has been too busy, my thoughts
too much absorbed with other things. Now I love, and will love.
But do not be afraid of too much expression on my part.”
Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South
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Alexis Better than Mr. Darcy? Surely you jest!

Allison (The Allure of Books) nope! Fiona will back me up, too. Its true.

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Alexis Hmmm. Better even than Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy? I've gotta admit, the "sense of Charles Dickens" part is a turn-off. At the risk of sounding uncivilized I'll say I can't stand Dickens. But this sounds really good. Another book for my TBR!

Fiona Yep, forget that ponce Darcy - Mr Thornton knocks his socks off.

Gaskell I'd say is more... aware. Austen's books are about one class of people but Gaskell looks at working and middle classes.

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