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North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
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Nov 29, 07

Recommended for: avid readers
Read in November, 2007

I love Elizabeth Gaskell. I hadn't even heard of her until a few years ago. I regret missing the opportunity to read her earlier, but am happy to get to read her books for the first time now. As many people mention here on Goodreads, she was a contemporary and friend of Dickens and Charlotte Bronte, and her books have a similar wealth of familiar characters and Victorian morality. Her point of view and sharp, but affectionate, social satire I find more like Jane Austen. She's been overshadowed by all three great authors (partly because of her own biography on Bronte) and I think she's more exciting for her relative obscurity. Her progressive observations on the predicaments of women are inspiring finds throughout her novels. North and South is heavier in social and political questions and conversations than Wives and Daughters, which is still my favorite, but had me just as absorbed.
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