- Series: Barnes & Noble Classics
- Paperback: 720 pages
- Publisher: Barnes & Noble Classics; Later Printing edition (March 3, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1593082576
- ISBN-13: 978-1593082574
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (257 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,689,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wives and Daughters (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) Later Printing Edition
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`A superb edition - Easson's notes are well done - genuinely helpful - and the supporting scholarly materials (introduction, textual variants, bibliography) are also valuable.' Dr. C. J. Walsh, St Mary's College, Strawberry Hill
`A useful introduction and notes. Will use it on a course concerned with the relationships between thought and history through an analysis of rural society' W. J. Gregory, Newcastle Polytechnic. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Set in English society before the 1832 Reform Bill, Wives and Daughters centres on the story of youthful Molly Gibson, brought up from childhood by her father. When he remarries, a new step-sister enters Molly's quiet life - loveable, but worldly and troubling, Cynthia. The narrative traces the development of the two girls into womanhood within the gossiping and watchful society of Hollingford. Wives and Daughters is far more than a nostalgic evocation of village life; it offers an ironic critique of mid-Victorian society. 'No nineteenth-century novel contains a more devastating rejection than this of the Victorian male assumption of moral authority', writes Pam Morris in her introduction to this new edition, in which she explores the novel's main themes - the role of women, Darwinism and the concept of Englishness - and its literary and social context. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, referred to in her day as "Mrs. Gaskell," was a keen observer of human nature which, after all, hasn't changed much in the last century or two. Jealousy and pride are still the main villainous traits; sweetness and humility the heroic. Consequently, her writing radiates the empathy and compassion that drive her characters to behave like people everywhere. Despite the restrictions of the Victorian era, the human condition as captured by Mrs. Gaskell is timeless. Not a single character, no matter how minor, is superfluous, as each has his or her role to play, and each one plays it precisely, with no exaggeration or unnecessary sentimentality. We recognize these people as easily as if they existed today: "Doesn't Mrs. Gibson remind you of..." and so on.
It works. And it's fun. And, as you will see, it definitely leaves you begging for more.
This story sucked me in. The story is kind of like the movie "Titanic:" you know where the story is going, but you can't stand to stop turning the pages even so. The only problem is that the book ends before it ends. That is, Mrs. Gaskell the author passed away about two three chapters before the novel was complete. The good people who wrote the introduction warned me of the untimely ending of Molly Gibson's story warned me what was coming but in time it took me to get through the book I forgot and literally yelled in dismay at the abrupt ending.
Even so, I loved this book. (A warning though: if you are hoping to get the satisfaction of a proper ending by watching the movie you might find yourself disappointed. I thought it was wrapped up a little too quickly.) Also, besides the Kindle version available for free here on Amazon, I got the iBooks version for my iPhone, also free. I've gotta say the original illustrations that the iBooks version has give that one an edge over the Kindle version.