- Series: Penguin Classics
- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Classics; Revised ed. edition (June 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140434240
- ISBN-13: 978-0140434248
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 537 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From her home ground, her father's comfortably middle-class living in Hampshire and her aunt's establishment in Harley Street, Margaret is exiled to the ugly northern industrial town of Milton. Surprisingly, her social consciousness awakens. It is intensified by a relationship with the local mill-owner, Thornton, that combines passionate attraction with fierce opposition. The novel explores the exploitation of the working class, linking the plight of workers with that of women and probing the myth and reality of the 'north-south divide'.
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Until this past month every time someone mentioned the TV series, North and South, I thought of John Jakes' book/TV adaptation. So when in an interview with a JAFF author online "the kiss" at the end of the movie, North and South, was mentioned with a link to the scene on You Tube (And ironically some links show it with Heathcliff's, Rochester's and Darcy's as the best movie kisses.) I had to explore. (Those men are all from favorite books/movies of mine.) I then bought the DVD and the book...by Elizabeth Gaskell.
I am not going to go over the story - there are 435 reviews on 44 pages here on Amazon, giving story, character, author, period, etc. details. I do want to say that my illustrated kindle version @ $.99 had NO footnotes and I am thinking of going out to buy a book in which such are included BECAUSE the cant of the northern mill workers is difficult to understand. ["Clem" - is this "starve"?] And also because there are French, Spanish and Latin words and/or phrases which I cannot translate despite HS courses in 2 of those languages.
I found so much going on in this book. The relationships for both Margaret Hale and John Thornton were complex. I am not just talking about their own relationship (hate/love) but also that with the working class, the society in which they lived at different times, and then their families and acquaintances. Margaret is sent to be raised by an aunt and with a female cousin, Edith, at a young age so how does this affect the relationship with her own mother? Then there are: Mr. Bell and Mr. Hale, Higgins, other workers and John Thornton, Henry Lennox and Margaret, Mr. Hale and his relationship with his church, the unions, the working class and the Masters and even the imported (We call them SCABS) Irish workers. And one has to include the relationship with Dixon for Mrs. Maria Hale. Higgins' family relationships, Margaret, his neighbors and then his Master, John Thornton, and even GOD, were also something to ponder. I found it very gratifying when Higgins went to work for John Thornton how they learned about each other and thus made changes/concessions in their relationships. John learning of Higgins' care of the orphaned children and Higgins taking John Thornton's suggestion to pool money for meals for workers, thus using wholesale pricing on foods, and less labor cooking in one kitchen, etc.
There are many social issues introduced in this book, and mentioned by other reviews, i.e., class relationships, racial relationships, the industrial revolution, the Navy and the issue of mutiny with Frederick Hale and his marrying (oh, no) a Roman Catholic, the Anglican Church and dissention within.
Someone mentioned that transitions in the book were handled poorly - I agree. You're reading along and "Lo, and behold", you are suddenly in another setting with different characters. Was this because of the original publication for a weekly series in Charles Dickens' work? The ending left me with mixed feelings. Yes, it was humorous and appropriate that they both reflected on how their mother/mother figure would react to their having finally come to an understanding..."That man"...."That woman" but I would love to have had an epilogue, not just about their relationship, marriage, extended family, etc. but also the factory and the workers. We all hope it is a HEA for all but I would just love to know a little more.
I read the book and have the DVD of Wives and Daughters and have now bought the book, Cranford, and borrowed the DVDs. Although I did see that latter series on Masterpiece Theater here in the States. This author has become one of my favorites.
Juliet Stevenson's narration was perfect for this story of class differences, labor vs. the masters, etc.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Margaret Hale was a strong character who grows as the book evolves. She has almost every bad thing happen to her and she continues to do the right thing. She is a great heroine.
Have you listened to any of Juliet Stevenson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Any book she does is suberb.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The end when Mr. Thornley and Margaret meet for what could be the last time...It has it all, humor and pathos.
Any additional comments?
Wonderful story, but I did find Margaret's father as the weakest character in the novel. If he leaves the church because he believes more in the reformers than the regular church, why does the family no longer seem to attend church at all? For a former minister to become a tutor but not attend church seems false to me. My only complaint on the book though.
The very positive is how the author is able to convey both the mill owner's and workers' point of view. For this reason, the book is worth reading.