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North and South When her father leaves the Church in a crisis of conscience, Margaret Hale is uprooted from her comfortable home in Hampshire to move with her family to the north of England Initially repulsed by the ugliness of her new surroundings in the industrial town of Milton, Margaret becomes aware of the poverty and suffering of the local mill workers and develops a passionate sense of social justice This is intensified by her tempestuous relationship with the mill owner and self made man, John Thornton, as their fierce opposition over his treatment of his employees masks a deeper attractionIn North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell skillfully fuses individual feeling with social concern, and in Margaret Hale creates one of the most original heroines of Victorian literature


10 thoughts on “North and South

  1. says:

    It s Pride and Prejudice for Socialists.


  2. says:

    This will be a quote pic review, I don t have time for a long one, and this is such a classic, that whatever I write won t be good enough There will be spoilers as some of my fav quotes, just so you know Thornton and Margaret


  3. says:

    I have just completed reading this book for the second time and it has been even better then the first time.I d already seen the BBC series before reading the first time so I already knew the story, and I wish I d come to the books afresh in a way though I do not think that would have altered in anyway, the way I perceived them Though Richard Armi


  4. says:

    I finally figured out why I love North South so fucking much John Thornton is as invested in his relationship as I am And that means a great deal It s very rare to get such a deep look into the emotions of the male love interest but Gaskell didn t shy away from showing us our beautiful precious son from his most vulnerable side The way he is in a n


  5. says:

    Update June 16, 2018 I watched the BBC production this past week and it was outstanding I highly recommend pairing the book with the movie While I rated the book 4 stars, the entire package of paper and screen is a sure 5 stars The movie adds that extra bit of magic that I found didn t come across as well in the writing alone And the acting superb Y


  6. says:

    So about 5 years ago a friend and I were fangirling about Jane Austen generally and debating the merits of the various film adaptations of Pride and Prejudice Colin Firth and Elizabeth Garvie from the 1980 BBC version FTW, by the way and she says, You have to watch this and hands me a couple of DVDs of North and South And I say thank you but I m thin


  7. says:

    Pride and Prejudice wouldn t have been a bad title for this comparative study of English society in the midst of the Industrial Revolution I must say that I was prejudiced against it before starting, and have to swallow my pride and admit I was wrong I thought it would be a dry copy cat version of Hard Times, as the circumstances of its publication se


  8. says:

    Oh, Mr Thornton, I am not good enough Not good enough Don t mock my own deep feeling of unworthinessIt took Margaret and Mr Thornton 451 pages my edition to reach here and what a journey it was Painful at times, and adorable at others Margaret came to the industrial town of Milton from Haleston, a village Her father who is a parson took Mr Thornton as


  9. says:

    A true masterpiece.This story is now buried in my molecules I can t remove it even if I try, if I cut my heart open with a scalpel and dig deep, deep, deep The blood pouring will still hum and whisper Elizabeth Gaskell s words, will sing about Thornton s passion, Margaret s strength, about love and social war and loss and pain and faith Take care If you


  10. says:

    This third reading brought to my notice that certain opinions that I have formed, especially on Margaret s feelings and emotions, were based on a misconception, and that I have failed to give my full attention to the subtle details that were so cleverly presented To rectify this I m obliged to amend my original reviewNorth and South was my first Gaskell


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