Wives and Daughters
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Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865) was born to a strongly religious family near London. Sadly, Gaskell's mother died soon after her birth, and her father decided to send his infant daughter to live with her maternal aunt. Gaskell grew up in her aunt's family, marrying a Unitarian minister and writer in her early twenties. After giving birth to several children, Gaskell began to write. She and her husband circulated among some of the most famous writers and thinkers of their day, exchanging ideas on the art of fiction as well as on key political and social concerns with their brilliant friends. Gaskell became close to the writer Charlotte Bronte, whose biography she would eventually write. By the time of Gaskell's untimely death at age fifty-five, she had already established what would become a long-lived reputation as an insightful and talented writer whose works—among them North and South, Cranford, and Mary Barton—could shed light on the lives of nineteenth century women and on the important issues of her day.Back to top
Opening Lines (Experimental)
To begin with the old rigmarole of childhood. In a country there was a shire, and in that shire there was a town, and in that town there was a house, and in that house there was a room, and in that room there was a bed, and in that bed there lay a little girl; wide awake and longing to get up, but ...Back to top
Reviewed by Lilac on Sep 25, 2011
Sweet like Molly
Although a little slow in the beginning, a really good and interesting read as it progresses. Reading it feels almost like the heroine Molly - sweet, soft and straight forward with no wiles. Molly is unforgettable for her goodness and richly deserves her Roger's love. The book delights indeed!
Reviewed by Dianitha on Mar 16, 2010
Wives and Daughters
Loved, loved this book! I love the classics anywho, but Alcott really was detailed and simple in her approach that I was drawn in. Yes, it did get a little to detailed sometimes and looks like everybody got sick...but overlooking these little flaws was easy. I recommend it.
Reviewed by SmokeDiamond on Oct 14, 2009
couldnt get into it.
I like a book that piques my interests and keeps me enthralled. I just could not stay interested with this particular book. Im not saying that it would not be a great read for someone else, it just was not what I am looking to read at this time. It is well written, just not interesting to me.
Reviewed by doo1019 on Nov 5, 2009
Unlike North & South, which can be tough going in some places, Wives & Daughters is a pleasure. A little slow at first, but picks up speed once Molly's grown up. Only wish Elizabeth Gaskell could have finished it herself; would love to have read her ending. A joy to read, nonetheless.
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