- Series: A Penguin Classics Hardcover
- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Classics; Reprint edition (October 27, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141442549
- ISBN-13: 978-0141442549
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.1 x 8.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 263 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #500,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cranford (A Penguin Classics Hardcover) Reprint Edition
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About the Author
Patricia Ingham is Senior Research Fellow and Reader at St Anne's College, Oxford. She has written on the Victorian novel and on Hardy in particular. she is the General Editor of all Hardy's fiction in the Penguin Classics and has edited Gaskell's North and South for the series.
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I really loved this book. I love the Victorian era, and this book gave some insight into what life was like for those Victorians that were not born into royalty. It was a lighter read than books like Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. I really liked how the Cranford women were there for one another. When one hit a rough patch, the others were there to help and support her in any way they could. It’s a nice message to read about and one that I think ought to be portrayed more in literature.
This was a wonderful novel. Any fan of classic literature should read Cranford.
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
This enjoyable novel may seem a bit meandering to some readers, given that there is not a main narrative thread. The novel was originally published in serialized form in "Household Words" (edited by Charles Dickens), which may partially help explain its lack of a strong plot. Indeed, the 2007 BBC mini-series versions of "Cranford" included stories from several of Gaskell's other novels. However, the stories here all add up to a devastatingly accurate picture of small town life and the sometimes vicious yet amusing ways in which people in them behave. Gaskell clearly understood human nature, and readers are likely to recognize many truths about human foibles in her stories. I found myself laughing and touched often.
Note: This review is for the Kindle version. The text is well-arranged and does not contain any noticeable errors, although there are lots of spaces in between section and subsections (which actually makes reading easier). This version has no extras, such as a biography of Gaskell or an introduction to the text; however, such materials are so easily available on the internet now that this exclusion is not a major debit.