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Press Gangs and Capes,
This review is from: Sylvia's Lovers (World's Classics) (Paperback)
This is a beautifully written book, but a tragic, tragic tale.
This is the first Gaskell novel I have read, and now I'm hooked! She has interwoven the story of Sylvia and her family with the fascinating upheaval that the activities of the press gangs had on daily life (and a pretty hard life it was for many) in a North Yorkshire fishing town.
The characterisation is magnificent and her descriptions of the Yorkshire landscape are brilliant. If you know of, or have ever been to Whitby the story will truly come alive for you - stand at the Abbey steps and imagine that you're part of the funeral procession... look out to sea and imagine the man o war anchored ready to pounce on the returning whalers...
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Initial post: 9 Nov 2010 13:15:41 GMT
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Mary Ann says:
Always interested in other reviewer's intelligent comments.
I would appear to be in a minority among reviewers here in that I found the characters Hepburn and Kinraid to be sterotypical - Kinraid a 'cardboard hero' without any of those little human weaknesses that make a character endearing (catch him being seasick like Horatio Hornblower) Hepburn so dismal that I felt impatient, Sylvia more fully drawn but until her disillusionment with Kinraid obsessed with him to an alarming extent...
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