Wives and Daughters (Penguin Classics) Revised ed. Edition
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- Publisher : Penguin Classics; Revised ed. edition (January 1, 1997)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 720 pages
- ISBN-10 : 014043478X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0140434781
- Reading age : 18 years and up
- Grade level : 12 and up
- Item Weight : 1.08 pounds
- Dimensions : 7.7 x 5.1 x 1.3 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #242,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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4 cubes butter, softened
2 heaping cups dark brown sugar (packed, then heap that shiz)
½ cups white sugar
2 tablespoons vanilla
1 ½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
6 cups flour
1 bag chocolate chips (semi-sweet or sweet)
Mix BY HAND all ingredients, except flour and chips (mixing by hand makes them taste better, trust me).
Then add flour and chips and stir BY HAND. Bake @ 350 for 9-11 minutes on ungreased cookie sheet. Enjoy the preciouses.
Note: makes a buttload of cookies, so you might want to halve the recipe.
This is the fourth Elizabeth Gaskell novel that I have read. The Four are "Mary Barton", "North and South", "Cranford" and "Wives and Daughters". "Cranford" remains my favorite and is the shortest of the four. "Wives and Daughters" is a solid second.
As is the case with other Victorian novels, this novel was published in serial form over a long time frame. This allows for these novels to be fairly lengthy by today's standards and reminds me of a Victorian version of a television miniseries. Hence when I sit down and just read one of these novels cover to cover, I often find parts somewhat uninteresting and even tiresome. Therefore I read them in segments in a manner similar to the way in which thy were published. It may take me a month or months to finish such a novel. This is the case here.
As another reviewer mentioned, there are times that the beginning of the novel moves slowly. However Miss Gaskell carefully develops a Interesting if sometimes complicated tale. There is some romantic intrique and a good deal of subtle humor. Sometimes I had a little trouble keeping track of some of the secondary characters.
I downloaded two copies of this story on Kindle at no charge. I was lent a copy published by Barnes and Noble that has numerous footnotes, and I listened to an audiobook. The audiobook, narrated by Nadia May was of excellent quality. The Barnes and Noble hard copy was my favorite actual reading copy.
In summary, I really enjoyed this novel. It is lengthy and unavoidably incomplete as explained. My favorite Elizabeth Gaskell novel that I have read thus far remains "Cranford". My personal least favorite is "Mary Barton". Thank You....
Molly Gibson, the doctor’s only daughter is thrown into a new home order when her father remarries and brings along her own teen daughter. The girls get along well but Molly closely observes Cynthia who is beautiful and enjoys the attention of many suitors. However, Cynthia is underhanded and always seems to be surrounded by secrets and mysteries. Molly is pulled in as a messenger on the mishaps and her reputation is almost at stake in the small town. This is an interesting comparison and contrast of the two girls as they make life choices.
Molly strives to understand her new stepmother and sister and she pines for the days when it was simply, she and her father. But over time, Molly’s purity shines forth, her popularity increases, her station is elevated and it looks like she will end up with Roger Hamley, the man she has always understood and loved.
Note: The author died before writing the ending, but much can be assumed from this memorable piece. As in life, there are no pat answers and as the saying goes, “Stories must end somewhere.”
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I don’t know what Wordsworth were thinking when they commissioned the illustrator, or what Amazon were thinking by selling this edition over the one advertised.
I’ll be looking for a better copy and this one will be heading to a charity shop.
Another thing I loved was the author's psychological sensitivity and freedom from judgments - her characters are far from 'perfect' but she indicates this with such a brief event or conversation rather than long moralising paragraphs; and she also describes previous experiences of theirs so that the reader understands from what perspective they now see the world and make decisions.
Have I missed the film or tv series made from it? I'd have thought it would be a terrific success if they could keep their hands off too much focus on costume, stop lingering on the pretty female faces forever, and the usual faults I find with tv!
Interesting that the great dilemma faced by one of the major characters was blamed by society on the young woman herself, and not on the older man involved, other than that people just didn't like him for other aspects of his behaviour - today we would call what he had done much earlier, "grooming".
A plea to the makers of Kindle: every time there was a Mr. or Mrs., a new paragraph ocurred, presumably because of the . There were other errors too which should not have happened - an e was occasionally replaced by a c, so that someone sat on a 'scat'. Who is asked to do this? Can't be English-speaking - but what a task for any poor creature who isn't.
And once again, no list of chapters with descriptions of what occurs, at the beginning, so that once finished, the reader could return to any text more easily. Please do this!!!