Wives And Daughters

Wives And Daughters Set in English society before the Reform Bill Wives and Daughters centres on the story of youthful Molly Gibson brought up from childhood by her father When he remarries a new step sister ente

  • Title: Wives And Daughters
  • Author: Elizabeth Gaskell
  • ISBN: 9780141439310
  • Page: 257
  • Format: Paperback
  • Set in English society before the 1832 Reform Bill, Wives and Daughters centres on the story of youthful Molly Gibson, brought up from childhood by her father When he remarries, a new step sister enters Molly s quiet life loveable, but worldly and troubling, Cynthia The narrative traces the development of the two girls into womanhood within the gossiping and watchful sSet in English society before the 1832 Reform Bill, Wives and Daughters centres on the story of youthful Molly Gibson, brought up from childhood by her father When he remarries, a new step sister enters Molly s quiet life loveable, but worldly and troubling, Cynthia The narrative traces the development of the two girls into womanhood within the gossiping and watchful society of Hollingford.Wives and Daughters is far than a nostalgic evocation of village life it offers an ironic critique of mid Victorian society No nineteenth century novel contains a devastating rejection than this of the Victorian male assumption of moral authority , writes Pam Morris in her introduction to this new edition, in which she explores the novel s main themes the role of women, Darwinism and the concept of Englishness and its literary and social context.

    Wives and Daughters TV Mini Series Nov , Wives and Daughters is not usually as regarded as highly as the BBC s celebrated Pride and Prejudice mini series but it is just as good in its own way The original author Elizabeth Gaskell was a major writer of her day and can stand comparison with most novelists except perhaps for Austen and Dickens Her work is definitely still worth reading. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell Wives and Daughters is Elizabeth Gaskell s final novel which was interrupted in its completion due to the untimely death of the author However incomplete it may be to the end, I found the book to be a completed work with beautiful writing, an interesting set of characters and a good story line. Wives and Daughters Watch Wives and Daughters Prime Video Feb , Based on Elizabeth Gaskell s novel of the same name, Wives and Daughters is a gorgeous costume drama of love and class that becomes rich, suspenseful and layered with each episode The story is centered around Molly Gibson, the lively, unaffected daughter of the town doctor, who s a widower. Wives and Daughters miniseries Wives and Daughters Feb , Based on Elizabeth Gaskell s novel of the same name, Wives and Daughters is a gorgeous costume drama of love and class that becomes rich, suspenseful and layered with each episode The story is centered around Molly Gibson, the lively, unaffected daughter of the town doctor, who s a widower.

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    1. This 1865 novel by Elizabeth Gaskell, who also wrote the lovely North and South, is a pleasant but rather leisurely and lengthy tale of the personalities that inhabit an English country town in about the 1830's. The novel centers around Molly Gibson, the quiet and somewhat passive, but deeply sensitive, daughter of a widowed country doctor. We meet Molly and her father when she's an innocent 12 year old girl, about to spend the day visiting the estate of the local gentry, Lord and Lady Cumnor, s [...]

    2. 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…Wives and Daughtersreads like a fairytale and we are immediately enchanted by its gentle charm. Stepmother, prince, villain, woods, a ball, castle, climbing roses, birds and beasts. It's all there.However, the stepmother is not evil - jus [...]

    3. Do you like fairy tales? Well Gaskell certainly did:"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 not daring to do so for fear of the unseen power in the next room - a certain Betty, whose slumbers must not be disturbed until six o'clock struck, [...]

    4. Why has it taken me so long to finally read this wonderful novel? I bought the Penguin edition when I was in my 20s, read a page or two, put it down and didn't pick it up again. The book sat on my shelf for years. For all I know, it could be there still. However, after university I went right off Victorian literature and it's only been in the last twelve months or so that I've felt the desire to tackle it again. And now I've fallen in love with Elizabeth Gaskell's writing. In brief, the novel is [...]

    5. My Jane Austen book group is reading this book, a great excuse for a reread, as it is one of my favorites of all time.On this reread, I noticed how much fun the narrative voice has with small town life whatever the rank. There is so much humor veining the sharp observations of human vagaries, underscoring how much Gaskell's writing had changed. She always aimed for great things, though her earlier novels (and Dickens scolded her for daring to write beyond the female writer's "natural" sphere of [...]

    6. 4.5/5 stars. This book was really really good! I even think it was better than "North & South" by the same author, which seems to be a lot of people's favourite. What I love the most about this story is the characters which are so distinct and different from each other, but all yet so lovable. I loved how Elizabeth Gaskell has created such a variety of characters that you can't help but love, even though some of them are definitely meant to be annoying and impertinent (a new word that I lear [...]

    7. I finished this 700 page book in less than four days, which of course means that by my rating system it's a five star, utterly compulsive read. But now having gulped the whole thing down I'm going back to re-read it at a more sedate, Victorian pace. How could I not love a book that has lines like these: “I won't say she was silly, but I think one of us was silly, and it wasn't me!” “All sorts of thoughts cross one's mind—it depends upon whether one gives them harbour and encouragement” [...]

    8. Where I got the book: free on the Kindle. Although I think I should pick up an annotated edition one of these days.It's not often I finish a book with a big smile on my face, despite the teasing ending (which had me seriously worried that my free Kindle version had something missing, but then I decided it was entirely consistent with the story). Update: Thanks to more informed friends, I now know that Mrs. Gaskell died before finishing the book, which is the biggest bummer I can possibly think o [...]

    9. Oh. MY. WORD.This is, in every sense of the phrase, the never-ending story.I had been wanting to see the BBC's film version of this book for years, but never got around to it. In a story too complicated to explain, I was not able to get the video, so decided I'd try to read the book instead.The book is 60 chapters long. SIXTY. 650 pages. The first two slow chapters made me return the book to the library. But the story kept nagging at me, so a few months later, I tried again. The story definitely [...]

    10. Set in the 1830’s, at a time when society was in flux, but the separations between the gentry and the commoner still tightly drawn, Wives and Daughters is a captivating glimpse into the lives of two girls, thrown into a blended family. Our main heroine, Molly Gibson, is a simple and honest girl, brought up by her father, a physician, and raised without the influence of a mother. Upon her father’s remarriage, she is introduced not only to the restrictiveness of a shallow and grating step-moth [...]

    11. At the moment this is sitting at a 3.5 stars from me. I definitely enjoyed it, but I didn't LOVE it, and there's the fact that this book isn't complete which is hella rude. How dare Elizabeth Gaskell die before finishing this book?!Aaaaaanyway, I LOVED Roger, Mr Gibson & Squire Hamley and absolutely hATED Cynthia and her mother. They were unbelievably annoying. I highly recommend watching the BBC mini series adaptation because the ending is delightful and it's a wonderful adaptation!

    12. I have no words for how much I love this book and how thoroughly impressed I was on this reread. It is an incredible, beautiful, poignant, subtle novel, and an absolute must-read.

    13. Wow. How did I not know about this book sooner? In fact, let's all pause to ponder why authors like the Brontes and Austen get so much love, so much fan fiction . . . where is the Gaskell Society? I mean, here is a mother not unlike Mrs. Bennet, just one step away from having "nerves" and "flutterings" and all the while deeply concerned with . . . well, herself . . . to the point where what her daughters do only matters in how it is an advantage to her. Here is a daughter who doesn't honestly ca [...]

    14. Wives and Daughters is Elizabeth Gaskell's final novel which was interrupted in its completion due to the untimely death of the author. However incomplete it may be to the end, I found the book to be a completed work with beautiful writing, an interesting set of characters and a good story line. At a time when the "sensational" novels were in the peak of its popularity, Gaskell courageously took to writing this realist story which she called "An Everyday Story".The story mainly revolves around t [...]

    15. Molly Gibson is a kind-hearted, intelligent, sensitive girl who is thrown into society when her father, the equally sensible but far more sarcastic Mr.Gibson, marries. His new wife is flighty, hypocritical, and manipulative, but all in such a soft, pliant way that it is difficult to oppose her. With her comes her daughter Cynthia Fitzpatrick, who is Molly's own age but beautiful where Molly is pretty, and socially brilliant where Molly is genuine. Cynthia and Molly immediately become best friend [...]

    16. To be honest, I breathed a sigh of relief and relaxed into my cushions pretty much from the first words, so there wasn’t much of a chance this was going to be a negative review. But she really won me over as soon as she provided me with an excellent audience proxy for me to cast myself as early on- Lady Harriet ftw, am I right?- that reassured me that she and I were on the same side about what was happening. Then I could really get comfortable. Molly is goddamn adorable, Mr. Gibson can have wi [...]

    17. Towards the end of last year I spent many happy hours visiting a world so perfectly realised that it still lifts my heart when I think of it. I stepped into the middle of the 1830s, into the English countryside that Mrs Gaskell knew so well, I met people who were so real, fallible, interesting, and I became caught up in their lives and their stories.At the centre of it all was Molly Gibson, the only child of a widowed doctor. The apple of his eye.In a lovely prologue she was twelve years old and [...]

    18. I was just about to give it three stars, but in the end, I decided it does deserve more. Yes, I read more than 700 pages of sweet little nothings, but eventually the characters grew on me, and I could not help but admire Elizabeth Gaskell's ability to present even the most annoying personages as quite likable people. I suppose now I'll have to read North and South.

    19. It’s the first time I read Elisabeth Gaskell. It’s very easy and pleasant to read.I found it difficult to like the heroine, the little Molly, in the first two chapters. Just a matter of character : I find it difficult to adhere to this kind of fragile and a bit soft natures who are incommoded by a hot English sun of June (hot? in June? in England? Please, excuse me, English readers : I like England, I lived and worked there for two years… many years ago, and went back ther twice with husba [...]

    20. What a darling book. I loved it. This story takes place during the late 1820's early 1830's, in an English, country, town. It read very easy, was engaging, sprinkled with beautiful descriptions of the era and natural settings, and the characters were so endearing that I was actually moved to tears during parts of the book. I can't help but to compare this novel as a cross between two of my favorite authors, Jane Austen and Jan Karon. Perfect. I wouldhighly recommend this novel to readers who adm [...]

    21. 18/2/2017Okay, so here's the thing. I've been reading and rereading this book since 2001. That is a long ass time. So that fifth star up there? Yeah, that is one hundred percent nostalgia talking. Sorry, Kirsti from 2014. It's got a fifth star now. I love the story. I love the characters. I love the writing. I love all of the things. (Except for the part where Gaskell died before finishing the story, but whatever. I'm used to it now)23/1/20144 stars. I first came across this story through the BB [...]

    22. This is my new favorite. Written by a lesser-known British author in the mid-1800s, this novel would be enjoyed by Austen and Dickens fans. It is very long--more than 600 pages in small print--but the characters are wonderfully detailed and the story very compelling. It is not a difficult read, but I do recommend getting a version that has notes explaining period references. I loved the sweetness of the main character, Molly Gibson, and all the different relationships between her and the other c [...]

    23. I loved this as much as North and South but for very different reasons. This was so cozy and lovely with complex, lifelike characters in a story that never travels out of town. Molly was an endearing character. Cynthia and Hyacinth were both interesting and ultimately sympathetic characters. All of the Hamleys were wonderful. This was also made all the more enjoyable by reading along with Sarai (Sarai Talks Book) and chatting about all the thoughts and interactions the characters had. I love Gas [...]

    24. I loved this novel. This is my third novel by Gaskell and I am convinced she is one of my favourite writers.In short:The novel is set in the 1830s. Dr. Gibson decides to take a wife in order to protect his only child, Molly, from the romantic advances of one of his medical assistants. Unfortunately, his new wife, Hyacinth 'Clare', is quite a handful. She desperately tries to fit into the role of the 'mother' and 'mistress' of the house; often failing in both. Soon enough Clare's daughter, Cynthi [...]

    25. SPOILER ALERT!! Wives and Daughters has both wives in the tale and daughters. Yes, I was surprised too, to be sure.I have to say, and it pains me to do so, I prefered the BBC adaptation. Though that may have had something to do with the comely Justine Waddell. Then again I prefered the BBC adaptation of one of Mrs Gaskell's other novels, Cranford, as well. Maybe she should have been a screenwriter; had such a job existed back in the 19th century.Instead of sitting down with a cup of tea and a ch [...]

    26. It's impossible to summarize the plot of this book. It's not quite a romance and it doesn't have the grand political statement of North and South but it does have some romance, some drama, some comedy and the backdrop of the idyllic English countryside. Sue Birdwhistle, the producer of the mini series sums up the story well : "[It's about] where love comes from, how it grows, how it can break our hearts, how it can bring happiness and fulfillment. It's about the mistakes we make and the secrets [...]

    27. ¡Me ha gustado muchísimo! Tanto como para convertirse en mi libro preferido de la Gaskell junto con 'Norte y Sur'.Si conocéis los libros de la autora, diría que esta obra tiene lo mejor de 'Cranford' con lo mejor de 'Norte y Sur', todo junto. Y se nota muchísimo la madurez de la autora en su maravillosa manera de escribir.En fin, otra novela que pasa a mi sección de predilectos :)

    28. This novel achieves much and thoughts of it do not leave the mind quickly. Gaskell captures both the human experience and the beautiful settings of mid-19th-century English country life. You will be drawn into this world as she introduces the lives of the common folk of Hollingford and those who hold distinction either by title or by ancient stewardship of the land. Regardless of rank, Gaskell’s characters face essentially human situations.Our heroine, young Molly Gibson, on the brink of adult [...]

    29. Wives and Daughters is Elizabeth Gaskell at her finest. Written in the year preceding her death, the novel unfortunately never got finished. However, it is amazingly enjoyable, and makes one of the best love stories, as well as an excellent social commentary. Little Molly Gibson, who lives with her widowed father, suddenly has the opportunity to see her world changing, when she is invited for a stay with the Hamleys, while her father is busy elsewhere getting married. In Molly, we have an endear [...]

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