Mary Barton (Vintage Classics) Paperback – 6 Mar 2008
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"A story of scandal, class conflict and bitter rivalry" (Guardian)
"Mary Barton is the first and arguably the finest of them. In it, early trade-union radicalism and competition between old industrial methods and new is the background to a powerful, often heartbreaking depiction of real rather than ideal Victorian family life" (Independent)
"Elizabeth Gaskell, or Mrs Gaskell as she was known, also produced what has been called the first social novel. The living conditions she witnessed daily in her work among poor mill labourers spurred her to write a novel that would prick the social conscience of industrial Britain, while spinning a gripping yarn. It worked. "People on Turkish carpets," wrote one reviewer, "with their three meat meals a day, are wondering why working men turn Chartists and Communists. Do they want to know why? Let them read Mary Barton"" (Independent on Sunday)
"People who read her always come away surprised at how modern she sounds. You don't have to think yourself into her century in order to sympathise, since her guiding principle was no more or less than a sense of practical, day-today justice, totally outside the abiding gentleman-lady-peasant-donkey-peasant's wife hierarchy which surrounded her." (Zoe Williams Evening Standard)
'Gaskell's shocking, moving and contemporary account of the corrosive effects of injustice and poverty' Sunday TelegraphSee all Product Description
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Even if the plot is improbable at times, the story is entertaining and the gallery of characters presented is memorable. The description of an industrial city in the 19th century is deeply moving. All in all, a great achievement. A must read.
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Bought this for my partner who is interested in how Manchester people lived at the time. He enjoyed it and found it brought the period to life.Published 6 months ago by Waxwing
Set in early Victorian Manchester ;
A tale of life in the slums with poverty, short time working , strikes , starvation and murder;
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I can't understand why a BBC adaption hasn't been made yet - it is a fantastic story which I have read again and again. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Witchgirl
Took a while to get going but then I was hooked and couldn't wait to see how it turned out. She writes beautifully of course.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer