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North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
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4.5* Yes, it's sprawling, and long, and wordy, and seems to never end, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I did not expect it. I used to never read classics, I thought they were boring and had nothing to say to modern readers. But books like this one prove how wrong I was. It's amazing how in these sprawling Victorian novels you can see the characters develop and grow, it feels like you get to know them intimately. I loved the themes of the book, the class issues between masters and workers in the industrialised North of England, as well as issues of growing up, adapting to new circumstances, family and loss, life and death, prejudice and compassion. Some parts are so well-written, with such sensitivity and compassion that it feels so comforting, and it's not just about the romance (though I really enjoyed that too). Margaret Hale is one of the best female leading characters I have encountered in a book and her journey (literal and figurative) is remarkable.
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Reading Progress

February 1, 2017 – Started Reading
February 1, 2017 – Shelved
February 14, 2017 – Finished Reading
February 19, 2017 – Shelved as: readathon17

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