Cranford [NOOK Book]

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In this classic portrait of life in a quiet English village of the early nineteenth century, Elizabeth Gaskell writes with wit and affection of the foibles, follies and endearing eccentricities of its occupants as they struggle to maintain standards in their genteel poverty. This witty and poignant comedy, with its ironic observations on the pretensions of class is told through the eyes of a young woman who befriends the elderly ladies of Cranford.

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Cranford

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Overview

In this classic portrait of life in a quiet English village of the early nineteenth century, Elizabeth Gaskell writes with wit and affection of the foibles, follies and endearing eccentricities of its occupants as they struggle to maintain standards in their genteel poverty. This witty and poignant comedy, with its ironic observations on the pretensions of class is told through the eyes of a young woman who befriends the elderly ladies of Cranford.

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Editorial Reviews

Eileen Gillooly Columbia University
"Elizabeth Langland's edition of Cranford is likely to introduce a new generation of readers to the pleasures of Gaskell's most delightful but least immediately appreciated novel. By including in her appendices of historical materials choice selections from conduct books and writings on political and domestic economy, as well as in her informed, accessible introduction, Langland demonstrates that, appearances aside, the world of Cranford is firmly located in its Victorian context and addresses, however obliquely, some of the most intractable problems of its age—and of ours."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940017016961
  • Publisher: London ; New York : Macmillan and Co.
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Digitized from 1892 volume
  • File size: 426 KB

Meet the Author


Elizabeth Gaskell (1810–1865) was a London-born author whose works include the novels Mary Barton, North and South, and Cranford, as well as her famous biography The Life of Charlotte Brontë.

Wanda McCaddon has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audio publishers and has earned more than twenty-five Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She has also won a coveted Audie Award, and AudioFile has named her one of recording's Golden Voices.
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Table of Contents

I Our Society 1
II The Captain 9
III A Love Affair of Long Ago 20
IV A Visit to an Old Bachelor 26
V Old Letters 35
VI Poor Peter 43
VII Visiting 52
VIII "Your Ladyship" 59
IX Signor Brunoni 69
X The Panic 76
XI Samuel Brown 87
XII Engaged to Be Married 95
XIII Stopped Payment 101
XIV Friends in Need 110
XV A Happy Return 123
XVI Peace to Cranford 132
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted July 19, 2009

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    Ah, Cranford

    Cranford is a charming book about a small English village. It is more of a survey of the people who inhabit the town than it is a plot driven story. The characters are so full of life and are so charming and oftentimes hilarious that you may feel like you are reading a letter from dear friends from home. They have issues to overcome and problems to solve an the ways they go about doing this are circuitous and very entertaining. I laughed at loud and indeed, cried a bit. It's a very short little novel and as the price is more than reasonable, I feel it's essential to the library of anyone wanting the call themselves well read. Their was a delightful movie made about this book which has it's own merits.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2009

    My favorite Gaskell

    Out of all the E. Gaskell books I've read, Cranford is now my favorite. This publication of the book is deceptively small; there are a lot of words on each page, so it takes longer to read than one would assume at first glance. However, this is a book to be savored and read slowly and, when finished, leaves the reader wanting to return to Cranford. I want to live in the Shire, Narnia, and Cranford.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2011

    One Of My Favorite Books

    Cranford is a wonderful story. I fell in love with all the characters, their personalities, and their charming little town. Gaskell does a great job weaving the story of the daily lives of the town's folk, as well as breaking off crumbs of their history to us as the story moves along. This is a book that you can read more than once and always walk away with a good feeling, like spending time with dear old friends. Highly recommended to anyone who hasn't read it or hasn't read it in a while.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2012

    Very Interesting...

    Has anyone else noticed that the reviews above mine are posted for at least four different versions of this book? Do they automatically do that? Because some versions are actually formatted more nicely than others... If I were you, I'd go for the cheap one; it has the same reviews as the others!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2010

    I love her work

    I love this time period in England and though this seams like going against the gods she's better at capturing peoples charter than jane austen. Austen is amazing and her chaters are true to themselves but almost to a point of not taking in reality at times. while Gaskells charters true to themselves also but change with the story more. they are lovely acounts of small town life for a upper middle class women of the day. wives and daughters is still my favorite work of hers but this brought a smile to my face.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2007

    A reviewer

    This is a truly remarkable book, similar to Jewett's 'Country of the Painted Firs' and Jan Neruda's 'Prague Tales.' It's an episodic account of the idiosyncratic world of genteely poor women in a tiny village, portrayed with warmth, sadness, and pride. You can't help but love these women and, like the narrator from a nearby city, to be part of their world for at least a while. Gaskell is magnficent.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2009

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    A mirror of modern life

    This Elizabeth Gaskell book was an interesting study of village life ... the importantce of appearance and pride, and the distortion of gossip. Very much like life today. Things haven't changed that much, and that is what struck me most about this book. I admit, I enjoyed Wives and Daughters much more than Cranford. Cranford was more a book of vignettes, so it was difficult to attach myself to an individual character, other than the naive, sweet, and delightful Miss Matty. She brought both tears and smiles.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2008

    My opinion

    Well it moves kinda slow, but I do applaude Elizabeth Gaskell's fee flow of mannerly gossip and phrasing.One can definitely picture the characters of this story through the way they respond to each other in conversation.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2008

    Delightful Classic

    Cranford is a wonderful light hearted classic. The story is narraited by Mary Smith as she relates the adventures of the residents of the small country village of Cranford in England during the late 1830's to the early 1840's.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted April 14, 2013

    To below

    I know! On lots of books I review, Barnes & Noble posts my review on several different versions! It gets really awkward and confusing, and I honestly have no explanation for it!

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  • Posted July 5, 2011

    Cute :)

    Cute story...I saw the movie version of this book!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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