Thursday, August 19, 2010
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
FTC Disclosure: bought from Barnes and Noble
Gaskell gives a beautiful and poignant look at the merchant sector of the time in England. Margaret is from the South and a lady and is forced to move to Milton with her parents due to his loss of faith as a clergyman.
Margaret soon learns to see things from a different perspective as she lives among those who aren't of her "class."
There also is a bit of romance in here between her and the local cotton mill owner Mr. Thornton...!
The characters are engrossing. The story moves along at a steady pace. The only thing that was irksome were all the literary references that I have no clue about! It's only due to my own ignorance, though. Luckily, my copy had a few endnotes to help me out!
I can see why this is a classic! Oh, and the movie is superb as well, if anyone desires to see it.
Rating: 4/5 stars
I also recommend watching the newest version of North and South by BBC. It's brilliant!