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Cranford | [Elizabeth Gaskell]

Cranford

Elizabeth Gaskell's comic portrait of early Victorian life in a country town describes with poignant wit the uneventful lives of its lady-like inhabitants, offering an ironic commentary on the separate spheres and diverse experiences of men and women. As the external world necessarily impinges even on Cranford, the unlikely juxtapositions of old and new brought about by the pace of change are also explored.
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Elizabeth Gaskell's comic portrait of early Victorian life in a country town describes with poignant wit the uneventful lives of its lady-like inhabitants, offering an ironic commentary on the separate spheres and diverse experiences of men and women. As the external world necessarily impinges even on Cranford, the unlikely juxtapositions of old and new brought about by the pace of change are also explored: the effects of Victorian commerce and imperial expansion co-exist with the survival of customs and habits of thought from much earlier times.

This critically up-to-date edition includes Gaskell's essay "The Last Generation in England", containing reminiscences of her childhood in Knutsford, and the comic story "The Cage at Cranford", as well as a lucid new introduction that discusses the originality and subtlety of Gaskell's portrayal of women's experience.

(P)2002 Blackstone Audiobooks

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    Hazel perth, Western AustraliaAustralia 01-23-09
    Hazel perth, Western AustraliaAustralia 01-23-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Brilliantly read"

    Wonderful delivery of the charming story. Hours of pleasure that do not pale - worth every penny, you will laugh and cry over the inhabitants of Cranford.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    MARY Conway, SC, United States 05-28-12
    MARY Conway, SC, United States 05-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Elizabeth Gaskell + Nadia May= Great Entertainment"
    Would you listen to Cranford again? Why?

    Yes, it rocks! It is so funny and witty!


    What other book might you compare Cranford to and why?

    Anything by Elizabeth Gaskell or Jane Austen


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Spooky walk at night


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES


    Any additional comments?

    Love it and love Audible!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Padden mission, BC, Canada 10-21-06
    Padden mission, BC, Canada 10-21-06 Member Since 2006

    I started reading eight years ago. I like medical, legal, and historical fiction. Biographies are sometimes interesting too.

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    "Cranford"

    I am sorry to say that I did not enjoy this book as much as I have other books by this author. There are some funny statements threaded through the book but I had difficulty holding onto the plot, if there was one.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kristi Richardson Milwaukie, OR, United States 08-31-13
    Kristi Richardson Milwaukie, OR, United States 08-31-13 Member Since 2011

    An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.

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    "Fun story about old ladies in a small town."
    What did you love best about Cranford?

    The characters were real and I enjoyed the way they meddled in every ones lives.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I was very happy in the ending and glad to know that Miss Maddy would be just fine. She did everything for every one else and then was nearly penniless...


    What about Nadia May’s performance did you like?

    She has an exquisite voice, quite like Audrey Hepburn. I love her narrations.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laughed and cried, the narrator is great and the story is top notch. Fun, quick listen.


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    Susan South Hero, VT, United States 10-08-12
    Susan South Hero, VT, United States 10-08-12
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    "Wistfully Charming Story"

    Elizabeth Gaskell came to my attention through Jane Austen's novels. While her writing style is more loquacious than Austen's, Gaskell's gentle sentimentality, reflected through her character Mattie's hopes and disappointments for love and marriage, made the novel more memorable than many of Austen's novels whose heroines always get the most honorable guy of flawless character. Gaskell is more realistic yet created characters who are endearing. Both writers use satire and Austen has more precise and succinct prose, but Gaskell demonstrated human frailty and how friends, companions and the community, in spite of irksomeness, make life tolerable through unspoken kindness and understanding.

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    Andrea L. Whitcomb 09-24-12 Member Since 2012

    Stunning

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    "unevenly written, colorful characters"

    Narration is well done and helps with the uneven pace & flow of the book. Colorful characters. Would have asked for a refund if I had paid full price instead of getting it on sale.

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    "Excellent"

    A lovely book, describing the lives of the ladies of Cranford. Admittedly not a great deal happens to them for much of the book - but that doesn't matter; in fact I think it's part of the point. Cranford is full of wit, and this audio version is read very well by Nadia May, who brings out the humour in her narration. I very much enjoyed listening and it made me laugh a lot.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ann
    Scarborough, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
    5/4/09
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    "A Perfect Classic"

    Possibly the best version of Cranford I have read, heard or seen. I did not want it to end.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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