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Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
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Jan 04, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: 2012-all, 2012-new, classics, library-brooklyn

I finished it early this morning and I've been thinking all day about what I wanted to say about it. I really liked it on so many levels! I like the way that Gaskell writes and presents her characters. I *love* Molly to pieces, and I really enjoyed that Cynthia was pretty sympathetic (for me at least) where in many books she probably wouldn't have been. I do wish we'd gotten to read the final chapter or two in Gaskell's own words, although I don't think it necessarily took anything away from the story, which was more or less complete anyway.

But in spite of all that, I wasn't quite as into the romance between Molly and Roger as I wanted to be. I feel like I liked them as a couple on more of an intellectual level, a little bit more because I knew I was supposed to than because I had STRONG FEELINGS about them as a romantic ship. I'm not sure there's a good explanation as to why this is, either.

Anyway, I did enjoy this book a lot and would recommend it. Just not quite as much as some of my other favorites.

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Reading Progress

January 4, 2012 – Shelved
January 13, 2012 –
page 451
66.42% "It's entirely possible that I feel too much on Molly's behalf. WHY DOES NO ONE IN YOUR LIFE APPRECIATE YOU?"
Started Reading
January 14, 2012 – Shelved as: 2012-all
January 14, 2012 – Finished Reading
January 16, 2012 – Shelved as: 2012-new
January 16, 2012 – Shelved as: classics
January 3, 2013 – Shelved as: library-brooklyn

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steph yayyyyyyyyyy! I love that you are finally getting around to reading this. :)

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