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Cranford (1851)

di Elizabeth Gaskell

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The novel Cranford grew out of a short story (now the first two chapters) and it reads like a series of episodes in the fictional town of Cranford. The central characters are Mary Smith and her friends, the spinster sisters Miss Matty and Miss Deborah. It is a quaint, comedic ode to small town life, and remains Gaskell's most famous work.

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    Orgoglio e pregiudizio di Jane Austen (chrisharpe)
    chrisharpe: Both novels offer a similar sort of wry look at the foibles of the English classes in the 18th / 19th centuries. Both are so carefully observed and deliciously written that they remain classics.
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    Lark Rise to Candleford di Flora Thompson (Staramber)
    Staramber: In Over To Candleford Laura reads Cranford to her Uncle. Although separated by time they both contain everyday descriptions of provincial British life by – largely – passive narrators.
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    The Country of the Pointed Firs and Other Stories di Sarah Orne Jewett (InfoQuest)
    InfoQuest: In both Gaskell and Jewett's novels, a young woman (the first-person narrator) comes to visit a rural community in a series of related vignettes. Jewett's is the more poetic, and Gaskell's is the more humorous, but both are lovely little books which center on the experiences and relationships of women in the 19th century.… (altro)
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    The Folded Earth di Anuradha Roy (noveltea)
    noveltea: Two endearing small towns, one British (with links to India), one Indian (with links to Britain).
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    Suite française di Irène Némirovsky (chrisharpe)
    chrisharpe: In many ways a similar, acutely observed portrait of village life, with an especially keen eye on the upper and middle classes.
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    Jane and Prudence di Barbara Pym (chrisharpe)
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    Purely for Pleasure di Margaret Lane (yolana)
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    Mrs. Ames di E. F. Benson (bell7)
    bell7: This story is similarly concerned with events in a small English town, though the characters' class and life situations are much different.
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    L'estate senza uomini di Siri Hustvedt (thorold)
    thorold: Two novels 160 years apart that explore the roles of women by creating a view of the world in which men are peripheral or irrelevant.
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    Gentleman Jack (season 1) [DVD] di Sally Wainwright (potenza)
    potenza: Any fan of Gaskell might appreciate this real-life feminist contemporary.
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The tales of a community of women in a small English village. ( )
  mojomomma | Apr 23, 2024 |
Loved the miniseries, and was not disappointed in going back to the source. At some point I'll get to the sequel(s) as the plots revolving around Lady Ludlow, Dr. Harrison, and Harry are missing from this introductory volume. ( )
  Octavia78 | Jan 4, 2024 |
A look at a small village the somewhat well-to-do- middle aged women in it. Overall a good book, although it gets a touch tedious in places. ( )
  hobbitprincess | Dec 21, 2023 |
The introduction to my copy of Cranford says that Elizabeth Gaskell "did not intend [the book] as a novel—she had hoped to create a series of sketches to help Americans understand English country life." The first two chapters certainly read that way. But after brief introductions to "Our Society" and "The Captain," Gaskell launches into a full-blown narrative about Matilda Jenkyns—Matty to her friends— a middle-aged old maid living in the small town of Cranford.

Told by Matty's good friend and intermittent housemate, Mary Small, Cranford relates the interactions of Matty and her mostly spinster friends, Miss Pole, Mrs. Fitz-Adams, Mrs. Forrester and Mrs. Jamieson. These ladies consider themselves the elite of Cranford society, yet spend the better part of the novel showing their small-town provincialism. Spatting over a visiting Lady becoming engaged to the lowly town surgeon (the second straight book I've read from this era where doctors were held in low esteem). Frightening themselves and each other with rumors of marauding ruffians (who may be nothing more than passing strangers). Enjoying the magic act of a visiting Turkish conjuror (but only after they see the Rector in the audience, obviously conveying the church's approval of the evening's entertainment).

Cranford is a witty exploration of the way virtuous women can simultaneously be petty and pretentious, wrapped inside a satisfying tale of heartbreak, familial and financial loss, and—ultimately—the redemptive power of simple decency. ( )
  skavlanj | Dec 18, 2023 |
This was good but I enjoyed [b:North and South|156538|North and South|Elizabeth Gaskell|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1349633381l/156538._SY75_.jpg|1016482] and [b:Wives and Daughters|383206|Wives and Daughters|Elizabeth Gaskell|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1348267609l/383206._SY75_.jpg|816009] much more. ( )
  mmcrawford | Dec 5, 2023 |

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Nome dell'autoreRuoloTipo di autoreOpera?Stato
Elizabeth Gaskellautore primariotutte le edizionicalcolato
Birch, DinahIntroduzioneautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Du Maurier, GeorgeIllustratoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Ingham, PatriciaA cura diautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
May, NadiaNarratoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Ritchie, Anne ThackerayPrefazioneautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Scales, PrunellaReaderautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Scales, PrunellaNarratoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Swinnerton, FrankA cura diautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Thomson, HughIllustratoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Watson, Elizabeth PorgesA cura diautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
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In the first place, Cranford is in possession of the Amazons; all the holders of houses, above a certain rent, are women.
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Woodley stood among fields; and there was an old-fashioned garden where roses and currant-bushes touched each other, and where the feathery asparagus formed a pretty background to the pinks and gilly-flowers; there was no drive up to the door. We got out at a little gate, and walked up a straight box-edged path.
Miss Jenkyns wore a cravat, and a little bonnet like a jockey-cap, and altogether had the appearance of a strong-minded woman; although she would have despised the modern idea of women being equal to men. Equal, indeed! she knew they were superior.
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The novel Cranford grew out of a short story (now the first two chapters) and it reads like a series of episodes in the fictional town of Cranford. The central characters are Mary Smith and her friends, the spinster sisters Miss Matty and Miss Deborah. It is a quaint, comedic ode to small town life, and remains Gaskell's most famous work.

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