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Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
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Dec 03, 2011

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bookshelves: 2011, classic, december-2011
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Lightweight and delightful in that everyday drama/comedy way Victorian literature can have. I read this because I love the BBC miniseries from 2007, and while they don't match point for point, the book is quite good.

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Gayle Francis Moffet Cranford is possibly the most Victorian of the Victorian novels I've read (which isn't a lot, to be clear, but I'm gaining). It is absolutely all about ladies in society, to the point that I occasionally wondered if anything was going to happen. Luckily, the town of Cranford is populated with sweet, fun citizens that I was curious enough about to keep reading. The details of their lives were interesting to me because I wanted to be interested, and the barely-there plot lines carried through enough to keep the story moving.

I don't want to damn this book with faint praise, but I feel like I may be doing that. It's a nice read, but there's not really an overarching story or character arc to discuss. It's the story of the everyday lives of people in a small English village. No more, no less. You'll either enjoy it for its characters and situations or you won't. I enjoyed it. In fact, I enjoyed it enough that I plan to read more in the series.

Do note: If you're coming to this book from the miniseries from 2007, the book is noticeably different. It's no better or worse than the miniseries (which I adore), but it's definitely a different story. I think that if you enjoyed the miniseries you'll enjoy the book.

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