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Although Elizabeth Gaskell's Wives and Daugthers is one of my favourite books ever, and I love her short stories ('The Old Nurse's Story' is one of the best ghost stories ever), somehow I've never managed to get into her other novels. This may be changing - I picked up a copy of Ruth last week and started it yesterday, and now I can't put it down. Also, I think tragic Victorian tales of suffering suit this absolutely vile weather, which shows absolutely no sign of ever getting better again.

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alltheleaves
Jul. 17th, 2007 04:20 pm (UTC)
Oh I loved Ruth. And North and South. And Mary Barton, Sylvia's Lovers, Cranford and Cousin Phillis.

I am quite envious that you're able to read and enjoy them for the first time. They're the type of books I'd like to have my memory wiped for and be able to read them all over again without knowing what was coming. Enjoy them tons and update about them again.
stellanova
Jul. 19th, 2007 11:32 am (UTC)
I thought I remembered you singing the praises of Gaskell before!

I think the reason I've never really been able to get into her other books before is that I always tried them when I was in the mood for something like W&D, and of course the books are very different. Now I feel like I'm approaching them on their own terms, if that makes any sense. I'm still really enjoying Ruth, although the heroine's saintliness is a bit wearing at times.
kristinkay
Jul. 17th, 2007 05:27 pm (UTC)
I've read her Bronte biography about 20 times, but for some ridiculous reason I've never read anything else. Time to go to the library!
stellanova
Jul. 19th, 2007 11:33 am (UTC)
You should try Wives and Daughters - it's one of my favourite ever books. The dialogue is really natural and unstylised, so it feels amazingly modern.
fridayleap
Jul. 19th, 2007 10:08 am (UTC)
I'm a huge, huge fan of 'North and South' and fond of 'Cranford' and 'Wives and Daughters'. Haven't read any of her short stories though. Are they published as a collection?
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