- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Wordsworth Editions; 2nd Revised ed. edition (April 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1853260932
- ISBN-13: 978-1853260933
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 7.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 922 customer reviews
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Elizabeth Gaskell's novels explore the social divisions of the 19th century with a vivacity that resonates in the Britain of today when they are widening again. Which isn't to say that they are worthy and consequently dull. No, Gaskell's books are rich with romance and peopled by characters the listener truly feels for. North and South takes Margaret Hale, daughter of a C of E vicar, from the drawing rooms of London and the exquisite beauty of the New Forest to the grim northern industrial town of Milton where, appalled by the conditions his workers live and work in, she finds herself in conflict with mill owner John Thornton. Excellent reading by Claire Wille. - Kati Nicholl,The Daily Express --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Miss Hale is a strong female character who breaks away from the traditional subservient role. She finds herself in an interesting setting where she has ties to the poor, the everyday working man, as well as the upper crust of society in the industrial town of Milton.
Some might brush this novel aside as a mere love story between Miss Hale and her two suitors Henry Lennox and John Thornton, but it also tackles social issues regarding the life and relationships of "men and masters" as the two classes struggle against each other at times in the common interest of manufacturing. Religion also plays a minor role in the novel as some characters struggle with doubts, some have no faith, and others draw hope and guidance from their faith in God.
Overall, I found this an enjoyable read following Miss Hale's growth over a couple years, and seeing how her perception changes - her perception of the tranquility and even hardships found in the South, and her perception of the industrial North. A comment by her godfather Mr. Bell really summarized what Margaret learned firsthand in this novel, "It is the first changes among familiar things that make such a mystery of time to the young; afterwards we lose the sense of the mysterious. I take changes in all I see as a matter of course. The instability of all human things is familiar to me, to you it is new and oppressive."
Gaskell has skills as a writer, this is especially shown in the Chapter False and Truth where she moves from the mind of Margaret and Mr. Watson not missing a beat in her writing pace even during Mr. Watson's questioning. The author weaves vivid scenes of the setting. Helstone becomes a fairy tale come true when Mr. Thornton visits the place. Milton's description is described in detail proving it is a tough and rough city to survive. The class distinct woes are not preachy however it express through the actions of the workers. Control is a big issue in the book. The most disturbing to me is how the characters Boucher and Margaret struggle with the way people perceive them and the way they must conform to society expectations. For these reasons, I recommend North and South.
The negative part of the book is the difficulty reading through the dialogue of the book when the workers converse. This slow me down since I'm not familiar with it.
Having My Say
Margaret puts up with a whole lot of mess and it has gotten to a point of ridiculous nonsense. The fact she follows her father to a place that unsuited from their former kind of living. Her mother or her couldn't question his reasons and somehow find a better place than Milton. Her mother Mrs. Hale slips in pity insult such as people love your brother and everybody love to get along with him unlike you. She never speaks much good about her daughter. The final draw for me has been that it is seen improper for Margaret to visit her dying godfather Mr. Bell. What is the guy going to do in his dying state? So she waits until Captain Lennox pack a bag and go with her. Mr. Bell is dead when she arrives. Gaskell's reveals the absurdity in her Aunt's beliefs. This book is filled with annoying characters I couldn't stop reading it. One of the best is the maid who believes she is the best of Mrs. Hale's children. Final thought, the mother, father, and maid should have kicked the bucket and be bury all together. Maybe then Margaret could have some peace.
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