Sunday, June 21, 2009

Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell

It took me several months to finish this short book by Elizabeth Gaskell, but I loved it. As usual, delightful characters and humorous insights into human ways. It's different from Wives and Daughters and North and South in several ways: the main characters are older single women; there's hardly any romance; it's more a collection of stories about the same place and people than a traditional novel; the narrator, unnamed until the very end, is mostly an observer and doesn't have much to do with the story itself. I loved it, though. I'm an Elizabeth Gaskell fan!

2 comments:

  1. I haven't read the book, but the BBC DVD is fantastic!!! I've looked at our local B&N but the book is never in stock and I would probably have to special order it. I think I will. Thanks for the recommendation.

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  2. If I were you, I'd special order the book that has all three of the Cranford novels in it. That's what I want now that I've finished Cranford. I can't remember what the other titles are, but you can find it on Amazon.

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