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North and South is a novel by Elizabeth Gaskell, first published in book form in 1855 originally appeared as a twenty-two-part weekly serial from September 1854 through January 1855 in the magazine Household Words, edited by Charles Dickens. The title indicates a major theme of the book: the contrast between the way of life in the industrial north of England and the wealthier south, although it was only under pressure from her publishers that ...
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Overview

North and South is a novel by Elizabeth Gaskell, first published in book form in 1855 originally appeared as a twenty-two-part weekly serial from September 1854 through January 1855 in the magazine Household Words, edited by Charles Dickens. The title indicates a major theme of the book: the contrast between the way of life in the industrial north of England and the wealthier south, although it was only under pressure from her publishers that Gaskell changed the title from its original, Margaret Hale.

The book is a social novel that tries to show the industrial North and its conflicts in the mid-19th century as seen by an outsider, a socially sensitive lady from the South. The heroine of the story, Margaret Hale, is the daughter of an Anglican vicar who moves to the fictional industrial town of Milton after leaving the Church of England. The town is modelled after Manchester where Gaskell lived as the wife of a Unitarian minister. Gaskell herself worked among the poor and knew at first hand the misery of the industrial areas. - from Wikipedia
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012208583
  • Publisher: McCarthy Press
  • Publication date: 3/4/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 388 KB

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, née Stevenson (29 September 1810 – 12 November 1865), often referred to simply as Mrs Gaskell, was a British novelist and short story writer during the Victorian era. Her novels offer a detailed portrait of the lives of many strata of society, including the very poor, and as such are of interest to social historians as well as lovers of literature. - from Wikipedia
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2009

    If you're a Pride&Predjudice Fan............

    I first saw the BBC miniseries about 18 months ago. I was enthralled. The story has many similarities to the beloved Pride and Predjudice, but the setting and scope of the story are much deeper.

    The story is primarily set in the two different worlds in Victorian England. Gently born and raised Margaret is pulled away from the genteel life she is accustomed to in the South of England, to live in a northern manufacturing town. The two very differing climates are metaphors for the experiences and people by whom she is surrounded.

    Her own predjudices are tested along a personal journey that opens her heart and mind. Themes of devotion and love are timeless. The more weighty issues of poverty, fair business practices and moral duty are also timeless. In our age of greed, a lot could be gained by reading some of the Victorians like Elizabeth Gaskell and Charles Dickens.

    This book may not be an easy read to everyone. But if you've read Austen and/or Dickens, it is an enjoyable book. This reader loves history and also loves good romance. I read the final chapter three times because I found it so deeply satisfying.

    If you have seen the BBC adaptation, you'll find that it's not entirely true to the book. However, I found them to have the same soul and spirit. North and South is now part of my permanent collection.

    15 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2007

    A touching story

    I saw BBC's movie production of North and South first and then decided I had to read the novel by Elizabeth Gaskel. I was not dissapointed. If anything it will enhance the movie experience because it gives you more details/information about the characters, their actions and events that take place in the novel. This story tells of the hardships that people faced on a daily basis. The love story of John Thornton and Margaret Hale is especially touching because they both had to overcome prejudices 'on her part' and missunderstandings 'on his part'. What a wonderful novel. I highly recommend this novel to anyone who has already seen the movie. I have to admit both the movie and the novel of North and South surpasses all versions of Pride and Prejudice.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2012

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    Loved It (Again)

    I recommend it to everyone who likes Victorian era classics, romance, and good historical imagery. I read North and South the first time during my first semester of grad school in 2008 after watching the BBC version on DVD. So I got to compare the endings and read the commentary & footnotes, & etc. I liked the book version better than the DVD, except for the ending and watching Richard Armitage play John Thornton. After re-watching the DVD a few times over 3-1/2 years I bought N&S for my Nook and re-read it with fresh perspective this month (June 2012), and love the book even more than the first time I read it. I understand the ending much better because I get the spirit of the message Gaskell meant for us to come away with. The dvd ending (on the train) gives us a metaphorical visual of what E. Gaskell would have written if she'd been given 21st Century freedom at the time of the Victorian periodical. I am in love with her John Thornton (again).

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Sooooo GOOD!!

    This book has become one of my favorites. It's up there with Pride and Prejudice. The guy is a true hero in this book.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2009

    I loved it!

    This book, like others of this era, takes a little bit to get into, but once in it, I love it! Lots of meat, i.e. at least 2-3 different stories going on that have substance to them.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 6, 2011

    not complete!

    This version of North and South stops just after Mr. Thornton proposes to Margaret, at pg 195. The book is fantastic and there is a complete, free version available.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 1, 2010

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    Supplanted Pride and Prejudice as my favorite

    I never thought it possible, but this book supplanted Pride and Prejudice as my favorite romance, reasons being that it brings outside philosophical, political, and economic pressures into the romance. The romance is not just that there are misunderstandings and ruined reputations, but that there are actual lives at stake; entire towns that could fall if the mill workers refuse to work; people could be killed in riots; there is communal strife and an inability to communicate between the social classes. This is an ambitious work that I am head over heels in love with because the prose is poetic, the themes are strong, and the characters sympathetic. Gaskell gives the secondary and tertiary characters all the love, compassion, and motive that is usually reserved for main characters alone. I could go into a detailed analysis of the writing tricks Gaskell uses to appeal to her audience (the sympathetic Victorian woman), such as describing the illnesses of those around Margaret, the way Margaret's eyes sometimes exhibit a childlike wonder or surprised pain, and the way Margaret shoulders the problems of those around her for that is her role as the daughter in the family (really, this is a brilliant piece of Victorian literature), but I won't. I will tell you that if you like reading classics (my childhood was defined by classics, and I desperately miss the feeling of losing myself in that world), you must read this book. If your writing tends toward the classical style, this is a great example to take note of. There are moments when Margaret almost reminds me of Jane Eyre in her contemplations of her role as a female in the world, which makes sense because Mrs Gaskell was actually a sort of social friend of Charlotte Bronte's. In fact, Mrs Gaskell wrote the first biography of Charlotte, and helped create the rather mythological story behind the woman who wrote such great works as Jane Eyre and Villette. P.S. The BBC made a two-part miniseries of this book in 2007, and it is excellent. Things have been changed, obviously, to fit the book into a four-hour showing, but it is a great adaptation and the reason why I read the book in the first place. * Review originally posted at my blog, Worderella Writes: http://worderella.com/2008/02/book-north-and-south/ *

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

    Great book!

    I first saw the BBC movie and I read the book straight away. It is a very well written, enjoyable novel set in Victorian times and through the main protagonists it introduces us to the divide between the industrial north and the more gentlemanly, leisurely south and how different the outlook, temperament and lifestyle of the people from each place is. I truly enjoyed the book. People often compare it to Pride and Prejudice - I would not go that far, but the love story is compelling and the author`s social awareness and sensitivity, her portrayal of the industrial revolution and its effects on people is magnificent and very real. I liked the main characters very much. Recommended.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2009

    One of my favorite books

    North and South always delights the reader with a glimpse into the north of England during the Industrial Revolution. The characters show the stereotypes of the day: the North was thought to be always busy, always working, always thinking of money; while the South was thought to be more relaxed and sedate. The resolution is very satisfying for the romantic.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    Great Story and Great Book!!!!!

    After a friend gave me Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South, I picked it up and started reading, intrigued. I was shocked at how quickly I was pulled into the storyline for a book written so long ago, and pleased with the incredible characters and plot. This is a great book and great love story to boot, and I highly recommend reading North and South. It's a great read, and courageous, plucky, tender-hearted Margaret Hale will live on in my mind as a great heroine for a fantastic book!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 24, 2014

    Highly recommended!

    The best book,great book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2014

    Mbrazzale

    Timeless classic !

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 6, 2014

    Lovely, lovely

    If you're a fan of Pride & Prejudice or Jane Eyre you are definitely going to love this book. Mr. Thornton is this proud man but deep down he is so lovable, you will want marry this character. Love Elizabeth Gaskell, one of my favorite times in England.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 17, 2014

    Highly recommended.

    Set in 19th century Victorian England, this book is a remarkable one. Mrs. Gaskell shows the contrast between the gentrified south and industrializing north in the guise of a romance. It is also a social commentary on the life and times of the rapidly industrializing north. Along with Middlemarch by George Eliot, this book is my absolute favorite.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2013

    Better than the miniseries

    I read this after having watched the BBC miniseries. I love them both.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 7, 2013

    I first saw the BBC mini series and decided to read the book. I,

    I first saw the BBC mini series and decided to read the book. I, absolutely, loved this book, even after trying to decipher the language of the Milton locals. Mr. Thornton is a favorite now, right alongside Mr. Darcy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2013

    Loved it!

    Absolutely the best by Elizabeth Gaskell. BBC made a great movie of it as well.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2013

    Fantastic! E book needs to be better, though.

    I loved this book. It was like reading Jane Austen for me. A great sweeping story. The e book has many errors in it though, which is annoying. The page numbering is way off, too. It says there are 1300 pages but dont get worried-it is only around 400. The pages skip two at a time or more. This story gives a great picture of Industrial Revolution in England and class struggle. You dont want to miss the romance in this, either. Worth the wait. You will see what i mean. Read it for sure and watch bbc miniseries too.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2012

    The best book ever!

    This is my fav book! North and South is great. A good book for the nook!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2012

    Amazing book

    This copy is relatively free of errors and the story is delightful. If you are a fan of jane austen you must read this book and you wnt be sorry!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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