North and South Paperback – 25 Jan 2007
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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. Margaret becomes aware of the poverty and suffering of the local mill workers and develops a passionate sense of social justice.
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Adding an extra depth to the novel are the contemporary Victorian social issues which are addressed within its pages - the decreasing social distinction between the classes, the rise in female empowerment - but don't let these put you off. They are so carefully woven in to the inherent fabric of the plot that there is no struggle to understand the significance they would have had.
In short, this is a fantastic book - Margaret and Thornton remind me of Pride and Prejudice's Elizabeth and Darcy, with their stormy, unacknowledged passion for one another and their intellectual compatibility. And just like Pride and Prejudice, this novel is filled with the kind of pleasurable scenes that you'll want to read over and over again.
Read it. You would a stoic indeed to regret it.
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Touching romance between two very likeable characters: Margaret Hale (an unconventional Victorian heroine) and Mr Thornton (the gruff mill owner who hides a good heart). Read morePublished 3 days ago by Bethany
Anyone who likes Pride and Prejudice will also enjoy this book. Mrs Gaskell always writes a good book but, I could do without some of the religious moralising! Read morePublished 12 days ago by Art lover.art
I love this Victorian tale of people,industrie, suffering and romancePublished 1 month ago by Tea-and-toast
If you liked Pride and Prejudice, you might well like this story which was published 42 years later (in 1855) and which considers many of the same themes, although it is set in the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Neasa MacErlean
This is beautifully read. The book itself is interesting but slow moving and in my opinion falls into the good but not classic category. Read morePublished 2 months ago by JRob
Beautifully presented classics, excellent to give to a bookworm as a present.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Despite having many pressures on my time I read this book at every available opportunity. It's in my top fifty.Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer