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  1. Steven Godin Steven Godin says:

    Written as a series of vignettes about living in a small English town, Elizabeth Gaskell isn t bothered about any plot with Cranford which was originally edited by Charles Dickens , she simply focuses on a small group of ladies and their adventures or lack of , as they meander, yawn, and gossip their way through mid 19th century life While it may not be the sort of book to keep you up half the night with clammy hands, it s pleasant and good old fashioned nature is where it s power lies, which Written as a series of vignettes about living in a small English town, Elizabeth Gaskell isn t bothered about any plot with Cranford which was originally edited by Charles Dickens , she simply focuses on a small group of ladies and their adventures or lack of , as they meander, yawn, and gossip their way through mid 19th century life While it may not be the sort of book to keep you up half the night with clammy hands, it s pleasant and good old fashioned nature is where it s power lies, which will have you reaching for the tea pot, rather than that bottle of wine.Harkening back to a relaxed and simpler time, before the mad stampede of boxing day sales, life crawled along like a snail on sedatives for the locals, they concern themselves less with who s sleeping with whom, or, does my bum look big in this and just amuse themselves with their knitting of nice fluffy cardigans, charitable acts that were the norm, invitations for sunday tea and cake, polite card games that didn t result in drunkenness or violence, and trying on the lastest bonnet A life that is unfathomable to the rapidly shrinking world of today, which makes this all thespecial for its portrayal of this historical era, a world far away from all the buzzing and ticking of modern day appliances.These are less like neatly organised narratives, and readlike the stories one would casually include in a letter to a friend It isn t really a novel in the true sense, although characters like Miss matty or Miss Pole could quite easily have been plucked out of a number of other older British novels Cranford, based on Knutsford, Cheshire, is a place where the gardens are full of flowers rather than weeds, and you can almost smell the scent of honey blossom blowing in the breeze.Put it this way, I would sooner be here than south central Los Angeles Parts of Cranford are wonderfully funny, but it is also bathed in a poignant dream like mood, that encapsulates the spirit of a by gone era From the landed gentry, professional men and the genteel widows, to the respectable poor and those on the brink of crime, the local hierarchy are vividly bought to life under the watchful eye of Gaskell, who writes with delight There are a couple of main themes to touch on Money worries, and the limitations and lack of options for women, especially unmarried women, at the time Regardless of differing opinion, the fact of the matter is that single women over a certain age without family money or male companionship, found themselves in the awful situation of having very few socially acceptable options to provide an income upon which they could live The ladies of Cranford are a resilient bunch, full of warmth and dignity, and have each other if the chips are down The way that the women all banded together even though they were a mix of classes, purely because they all wanted to live the same way was so precious.I admit, I enjoyed thisthan what I expected, and it was nice to return to a time when people didn t rely on gizmos and gadgets to function properly


  2. Sue Sue says:

    the humor is so sly at times it s difficult to believe that this was written over 150 years ago I guess that gentle social humor has always been with us this was one of my status updates while reading Cranford, my first experience reading Elizabeth Gaskell As I finished reading, I felt the same way pleased with the experience, surprised at the wit and wisdom written so well so many years ago But then I ask myselfWhy am I surprised There are always intelligent women and always int the humor is so sly at times it s difficult to believe that this was written over 150 years ago I guess that gentle social humor has always been with us this was one of my status updates while reading Cranford, my first experience reading Elizabeth Gaskell As I finished reading, I felt the same way pleased with the experience, surprised at the wit and wisdom written so well so many years ago But then I ask myselfWhy am I surprised There are always intelligent women and always intelligent women who find ways to make themselves heard even in less than enthusiastic societies I need to keep looking for them I had planned to include some of the truly wonderful quotes from various characters but instead I challenge you to read this book and discover them for yourself I venture to say you will be glad you did


  3. Kerri Kerri says:

    I ended up loving this book so much You follow a group of older women, mainly unmarried or widowed, in the small rural backwater of Cranford , and it s alot of talking, gossiping and dipping in and out of lives It was a very funny book, my favourite line being, My father was a man, and I know the sex pretty well It is probably much funnier in context, but I ve had it popping into my head constantly over the day Amongst all their obsession with each others lives are some very poignant I ended up loving this book so much You follow a group of older women, mainly unmarried or widowed, in the small rural backwater of Cranford , and it s alot of talking, gossiping and dipping in and out of lives It was a very funny book, my favourite line being, My father was a man, and I know the sex pretty well It is probably much funnier in context, but I ve had it popping into my head constantly over the day Amongst all their obsession with each others lives are some very poignant revelations how it would be nice to have a littlemoney, how a spinster might have married but didn t, the grieving for a child that never had the opportunity to exist this in particular was heartbreaking , and the way that, for all their gossiping and occasional pettiness, the women rally around each other without fail I would point out, it s most likely not for everyone not a lot actually happens They talk, visit each other, time passes There are events, moments of drama, but it s a gentle story which I know bores some people For me however, it felt like an almost perfect read


  4. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    Cranford, Elizabeth GaskellCranford is one of the better known novels of the 19th century English writer Elizabeth Gaskell There is no real plot, but rather a collection of satirical sketches, which sympathetically portray changing small town customs and values in mid Victorian England Harkening back to memories of her childhood in the small Cheshire town of Knutsford, Cranford is Elizabeth Gaskell s affectionate portrait of people and customs that were already becoming anachronisms.Chapter 1 Cranford, Elizabeth GaskellCranford is one of the better known novels of the 19th century English writer Elizabeth Gaskell There is no real plot, but rather a collection of satirical sketches, which sympathetically portray changing small town customs and values in mid Victorian England Harkening back to memories of her childhood in the small Cheshire town of Knutsford, Cranford is Elizabeth Gaskell s affectionate portrait of people and customs that were already becoming anachronisms.Chapter 1 Our Society Chapter 2 The Captain Chapter 3 A Love Affair of Long Ago Chapter 4 A Visit to an Old Bachelor Chapter 5 Old Letters Chapter 6 Poor Peter Chapter 7 Visiting Chapter 8 Your Ladyship Chapter 9 Signor Brunoni Chapter 10 The Panic Chapter 11 Samuel Brown Chapter 12 Engaged to be Married Chapter 13 Stopped Payment Chapter 14 Friends in Need Chapter 15 A Happy Return Chapter 16 Peace to Cranford 2007 1385 88 9645607221 19


  5. Piyangie Piyangie says:

    Cranfordis quite an unusual book Having readNorth and SouthandWives and Daughters , this novel if you can call it one took me by surprise To begin with, it has no proper plot or structure It is rather a written collection of lives, customs and social values of people of a fictitious town called Cranford which is modelled after the small Cheshire town of Knutsford.At first, I thought it is a collection of short stories But as I read on I found connectivity between the chapters soCranfordis quite an unusual book Having readNorth and SouthandWives and Daughters , this novel if you can call it one took me by surprise To begin with, it has no proper plot or structure It is rather a written collection of lives, customs and social values of people of a fictitious town called Cranford which is modelled after the small Cheshire town of Knutsford.At first, I thought it is a collection of short stories But as I read on I found connectivity between the chapters so as to make it one continuous whole Although there is no proper story, this collected writing was engaging enough to keep you reading on The story or rather the collection of writing revolves around a set of elderly ladies, who dominate the society of the small town of Cranford, setting its customs and values Anyone who goes against these accepted conventions were looked down upon as vulgar In a changing society, these ladies were doing their very best to hold on to outdated customs and conventions Being written as a narrative by a young visitor and friend to Cranford ladies, who is not a part of that stringent society, makes the account unbiased and believable I do appreciate Ms Gaskell s prudence in bringing a narrator who is only an observer.With all that being said, what really arrested my attention and kept my interest in this unusual collection was the satirical writing of Ms Gaskell, of fading Victorian customs and values to which the elder generation has so clung to, as a religion The changes that were coming about with the industrialization were most unwelcoming to this slowly dying generation And their views were proclaimed with witty and satirical dialogues which were so entertaining to the reader At the same time, they invoke the reader s sympathy for the poor old ladies Overall, although this was so unexpected an outcome from one of my best loved authors, it was nevertheless a pleasant read I did enjoy it


  6. Cheryl Cheryl says:

    I ll admit I m no procurer of Victorian liteary novels, but I ve always wanted to dabble in the works of Elizabeth Gaskell, the woman who had the honor of writing The Life of Charlotte Bront Cranford is said to be slightly humorous, with a unique take on the lives of women during that era A bit humorous, partly due to the preposterousness of the attitudes surrounding small town etiquette, yes, but I wouldn t call it humorous in the general sense And yet these characters are electrifying and I ll admit I m no procurer of Victorian liteary novels, but I ve always wanted to dabble in the works of Elizabeth Gaskell, the woman who had the honor of writing The Life of Charlotte Bront Cranford is said to be slightly humorous, with a unique take on the lives of women during that era A bit humorous, partly due to the preposterousness of the attitudes surrounding small town etiquette, yes, but I wouldn t call it humorous in the general sense And yet these characters are electrifying and their everyday stories absorbing, which made me curious about the backdrop of Gaskell s creativity, where she produced such stories, and it led me to this beautiful picture of her home Gaskell House, Plymouth Grove, Manchester cc Creative Commons Patyo1994 Cranford is a village of people who, at the risk of seeming pretentious, choose to ignore anything uncomfortable, anything that suggests lack For example, the person who cannot afford a maid would hire someone temporarily when entertaining friends and pretend as if the maid is a permanent fixture, even though she is aware that everyone knows this is false No one speaks of another s wants, so imagine the disdain when a newcomer, Captain Brown, arrives and cannot stop speaking simply and openly about his poverty These small exchanges, highlighted by Gaskell s stylized prose, do add mirth to this ceremonial narrativeIf we walked to or from a party, it was because the night was so fine, or the air so refreshing, not because sedan chairs were expensive If we wore prints,instead of summer silks, it was because we preferred a washing material and so on till we blinded ourselves to the vulgar fact that we were, all of us, people of very moderate means Each chapter proceeds in a short story fashion, with a narrator who you never really get to properly meet, but one who has a grasp on the village s idiosyncrasies The characters are mostly unmarried women who are older andreflective, so the reader is given stories from those pivotal moments of their lives, thus one gets an idea of the cultural dynamic The atmospheric vibe is pensive, as each new chapter is an evolution of Cranford, a tilt to the village s personality and character The contemporary comparative narrative that comes to mind is Olive Kitteridge, although I ll admit that no one character is really as dominant and memorable as good ole Olive And as I write this, I m already considering how Gaskell s other novels, like Mary Barton or Ruth for example, would compare to this for me, since I do plan on sampling at least another one of her works


  7. Vanessa Vanessa says:

    FINALLY, an Elizabeth Gaskell book that I enjoyed I honestly didn t think I would enjoy this book, and was almost regretting putting it on my Dewey s 24 Hour Readathon TBR And whaddya know, I finished it Cranford follows a group of women living in the small fictional town of, you guessed it, Cranford The women live in genteel poverty and have very old fashioned mindsets about life and social niceties and norms The book is told from the perspective of Mary Smith or Elizabeth Gaskell , and FINALLY, an Elizabeth Gaskell book that I enjoyed I honestly didn t think I would enjoy this book, and was almost regretting putting it on my Dewey s 24 Hour Readathon TBR And whaddya know, I finished it Cranford follows a group of women living in the small fictional town of, you guessed it, Cranford The women live in genteel poverty and have very old fashioned mindsets about life and social niceties and norms The book is told from the perspective of Mary Smith or Elizabeth Gaskell , and focuses mainly on Miss Matty, a sweet tempered older woman who is one of the pillars of society since the death of her older, revered sister Deborah Jenkyns.This book was cute and sweet and quite funny, which did surprise me Although it took a little while for me to get used to the language haven t read a classic in a while, and I usually find Gaskell s writing a little long winded , it ended up becoming a much easier read than I anticipated Once you are familiar with the cast of characters and their personalities, it is really enjoyable seeing what will happen to them next.If you re a fan of Gaskell, or even not a fan of Gaskell, I d definitely recommend it I m glad I didn t give up on her writing Who knows, maybe I ll read another of her books at some point


  8. Helene Jeppesen Helene Jeppesen says:

    This is a book about the village of Cranford which mainly women inhabit women who live according to customs and norms and who are quite fond of gossip If you think this sounds good then this might be a book for you, but I personally got very tired of it very quickly Each chapter follows a new anecdote, and while some of them were quite entertaining, most of them were dull and quite shallow, in my eyes I m sure the ladies of those days thought them of the utmost importance, but I couldn t see This is a book about the village of Cranford which mainly women inhabit women who live according to customs and norms and who are quite fond of gossip If you think this sounds good then this might be a book for you, but I personally got very tired of it very quickly Each chapter follows a new anecdote, and while some of them were quite entertaining, most of them were dull and quite shallow, in my eyes I m sure the ladies of those days thought them of the utmost importance, but I couldn t seem to care much about their fascination with a male visitor, their tea party intrigues or their money problems I loved Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell, but this one not so much, unfortunately


  9. Jessica Jessica says:

    Delightful I went into this totally blind, knowing only that it s a respected classic by the author of NORTH AND SOUTH I had no idea what to expect, but I certainly wasn t expecting this CRANFORD is all about the village of Cranford, which is mostly inhabited by shabby genteel spinsters and widows The whole book is a serious of humorous vignettes about life there as related by an outsider, Mary Smith, who frequently goes to stay with her elderly friend Miss Matty Through the eyes of the nar Delightful I went into this totally blind, knowing only that it s a respected classic by the author of NORTH AND SOUTH I had no idea what to expect, but I certainly wasn t expecting this CRANFORD is all about the village of Cranford, which is mostly inhabited by shabby genteel spinsters and widows The whole book is a serious of humorous vignettes about life there as related by an outsider, Mary Smith, who frequently goes to stay with her elderly friend Miss Matty Through the eyes of the narrator we see scandals like a charming widow remarrying and to a man beneath her station, no less , a roguish foreign conjuror turning out to be an Englishman in a turban or is he and a wave of petty crime that causes the good ladies to sleep with one eye open and a series of elaborate traps laid out to catch the thieves or maybe they re murderers or perhaps even horrid Irish beggars Though some real drama does occur, it is covered with a light touch and the overall impression of the book is one of gentle humor Quite a refreshing surprise, considering that I have recently read FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD and some of Louisa May Alcott s preachier entries into the fiction world


  10. Chrissie Chrissie says:

    This short tale by Elizabeth Gaskell portrays life in the middle 1800s in a rural English community modeled on Cheshire, a county in northwestern England It focuses on the lives of women The men in the village always disappear either they die, or they quite simply go somewhere else Underlying the fantasy of such a place ever existing are elements of down to earth reality, elements depicting the difficulties women of that era had to deal with What was required of a woman to survive if left w This short tale by Elizabeth Gaskell portrays life in the middle 1800s in a rural English community modeled on Cheshire, a county in northwestern England It focuses on the lives of women The men in the village always disappear either they die, or they quite simply go somewhere else Underlying the fantasy of such a place ever existing are elements of down to earth reality, elements depicting the difficulties women of that era had to deal with What was required of a woman to survive if left widowed Spinsters, how might they get by One s rank and social standing had to always be considered Keeping up appearances was the dictum of the day Gossip was ever prevalent The book looks at how women view viewed not only men but also each other, now and in that bygone era of old fashioned ways Irony and satire set the tone Fantasy and the real are mixed While the tone is light, threads of seriousness ground the tale in reality So, what is the main message of the story Women, as well as men, have their foibles Neither sex is without their faults Life s joys, sorrows and difficulties are easier to bear when shared with another, but women are strong and resilient and can manage on their own, if need be A two star rating means the book is OK I am not saying it is bad Yet I do not think that which it says is all that remarkable The outcome is terribly predictable I chuckled at the humor at the start but grew weary of it by the book s end If you are in the mood for a light, quick read, pick it up The story does not consist of separate vignettes the chapters intertwine, and the story becomes one Davina Porter narrates the audiobook VERY well Her ability to flip between male and female characters is extraordinary The speed and pacing are just as they should be I have given the narration four stars Maybe Porter s performance is worthy of five Wives and Daughters 4 stars North and South 2 stars Cranford 2 stars Ruth TBR Cousin Phyllis TBR


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Cranford ❴Reading❵ ➷ Cranford Author Elizabeth Gaskell – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Cranford is a humorous account of a nineteenth century English village dominated by a group of genteel but modestly circumstanced women By eschewing the conventional marriage plot with its nubile hero Cranford is a humorous account of a nineteenth century English village dominated by a group of genteel but modestly circumstanced women By eschewing the conventional marriage plot with its nubile heroines and focusing instead on a group of middle aged and elderly spinsters, Elizabeth Gaskell did something highly unusual within the novel genre Through her masterful management of the novel s tone, she underscores the value and dignity of single women s lives even as she causes us to laugh at her characters foibles Charles Dickens was the first of many readers to extol its wit and charm, and it has consistently been Gaskell s most popular work.

10 thoughts on “Cranford

  1. Steven Godin Steven Godin says:

    Written as a series of vignettes about living in a small English town, Elizabeth Gaskell isn t bothered about any plot with Cranford which was originally edited by Charles Dickens , she simply focuses on a small group of ladies and their adventures or lack of , as they meander, yawn, and gossip their way through mid 19th century life While it may not be the sort of book to keep you up half the night with clammy hands, it s pleasant and good old fashioned nature is where it s power lies, which Written as a series of vignettes about living in a small English town, Elizabeth Gaskell isn t bothered about any plot with Cranford which was originally edited by Charles Dickens , she simply focuses on a small group of ladies and their adventures or lack of , as they meander, yawn, and gossip their way through mid 19th century life While it may not be the sort of book to keep you up half the night with clammy hands, it s pleasant and good old fashioned nature is where it s power lies, which will have you reaching for the tea pot, rather than that bottle of wine.Harkening back to a relaxed and simpler time, before the mad stampede of boxing day sales, life crawled along like a snail on sedatives for the locals, they concern themselves less with who s sleeping with whom, or, does my bum look big in this and just amuse themselves with their knitting of nice fluffy cardigans, charitable acts that were the norm, invitations for sunday tea and cake, polite card games that didn t result in drunkenness or violence, and trying on the lastest bonnet A life that is unfathomable to the rapidly shrinking world of today, which makes this all thespecial for its portrayal of this historical era, a world far away from all the buzzing and ticking of modern day appliances.These are less like neatly organised narratives, and readlike the stories one would casually include in a letter to a friend It isn t really a novel in the true sense, although characters like Miss matty or Miss Pole could quite easily have been plucked out of a number of other older British novels Cranford, based on Knutsford, Cheshire, is a place where the gardens are full of flowers rather than weeds, and you can almost smell the scent of honey blossom blowing in the breeze.Put it this way, I would sooner be here than south central Los Angeles Parts of Cranford are wonderfully funny, but it is also bathed in a poignant dream like mood, that encapsulates the spirit of a by gone era From the landed gentry, professional men and the genteel widows, to the respectable poor and those on the brink of crime, the local hierarchy are vividly bought to life under the watchful eye of Gaskell, who writes with delight There are a couple of main themes to touch on Money worries, and the limitations and lack of options for women, especially unmarried women, at the time Regardless of differing opinion, the fact of the matter is that single women over a certain age without family money or male companionship, found themselves in the awful situation of having very few socially acceptable options to provide an income upon which they could live The ladies of Cranford are a resilient bunch, full of warmth and dignity, and have each other if the chips are down The way that the women all banded together even though they were a mix of classes, purely because they all wanted to live the same way was so precious.I admit, I enjoyed thisthan what I expected, and it was nice to return to a time when people didn t rely on gizmos and gadgets to function properly

  2. Sue Sue says:

    the humor is so sly at times it s difficult to believe that this was written over 150 years ago I guess that gentle social humor has always been with us this was one of my status updates while reading Cranford, my first experience reading Elizabeth Gaskell As I finished reading, I felt the same way pleased with the experience, surprised at the wit and wisdom written so well so many years ago But then I ask myselfWhy am I surprised There are always intelligent women and always int the humor is so sly at times it s difficult to believe that this was written over 150 years ago I guess that gentle social humor has always been with us this was one of my status updates while reading Cranford, my first experience reading Elizabeth Gaskell As I finished reading, I felt the same way pleased with the experience, surprised at the wit and wisdom written so well so many years ago But then I ask myselfWhy am I surprised There are always intelligent women and always intelligent women who find ways to make themselves heard even in less than enthusiastic societies I need to keep looking for them I had planned to include some of the truly wonderful quotes from various characters but instead I challenge you to read this book and discover them for yourself I venture to say you will be glad you did

  3. Kerri Kerri says:

    I ended up loving this book so much You follow a group of older women, mainly unmarried or widowed, in the small rural backwater of Cranford , and it s alot of talking, gossiping and dipping in and out of lives It was a very funny book, my favourite line being, My father was a man, and I know the sex pretty well It is probably much funnier in context, but I ve had it popping into my head constantly over the day Amongst all their obsession with each others lives are some very poignant I ended up loving this book so much You follow a group of older women, mainly unmarried or widowed, in the small rural backwater of Cranford , and it s alot of talking, gossiping and dipping in and out of lives It was a very funny book, my favourite line being, My father was a man, and I know the sex pretty well It is probably much funnier in context, but I ve had it popping into my head constantly over the day Amongst all their obsession with each others lives are some very poignant revelations how it would be nice to have a littlemoney, how a spinster might have married but didn t, the grieving for a child that never had the opportunity to exist this in particular was heartbreaking , and the way that, for all their gossiping and occasional pettiness, the women rally around each other without fail I would point out, it s most likely not for everyone not a lot actually happens They talk, visit each other, time passes There are events, moments of drama, but it s a gentle story which I know bores some people For me however, it felt like an almost perfect read

  4. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    Cranford, Elizabeth GaskellCranford is one of the better known novels of the 19th century English writer Elizabeth Gaskell There is no real plot, but rather a collection of satirical sketches, which sympathetically portray changing small town customs and values in mid Victorian England Harkening back to memories of her childhood in the small Cheshire town of Knutsford, Cranford is Elizabeth Gaskell s affectionate portrait of people and customs that were already becoming anachronisms.Chapter 1 Cranford, Elizabeth GaskellCranford is one of the better known novels of the 19th century English writer Elizabeth Gaskell There is no real plot, but rather a collection of satirical sketches, which sympathetically portray changing small town customs and values in mid Victorian England Harkening back to memories of her childhood in the small Cheshire town of Knutsford, Cranford is Elizabeth Gaskell s affectionate portrait of people and customs that were already becoming anachronisms.Chapter 1 Our Society Chapter 2 The Captain Chapter 3 A Love Affair of Long Ago Chapter 4 A Visit to an Old Bachelor Chapter 5 Old Letters Chapter 6 Poor Peter Chapter 7 Visiting Chapter 8 Your Ladyship Chapter 9 Signor Brunoni Chapter 10 The Panic Chapter 11 Samuel Brown Chapter 12 Engaged to be Married Chapter 13 Stopped Payment Chapter 14 Friends in Need Chapter 15 A Happy Return Chapter 16 Peace to Cranford 2007 1385 88 9645607221 19

  5. Piyangie Piyangie says:

    Cranfordis quite an unusual book Having readNorth and SouthandWives and Daughters , this novel if you can call it one took me by surprise To begin with, it has no proper plot or structure It is rather a written collection of lives, customs and social values of people of a fictitious town called Cranford which is modelled after the small Cheshire town of Knutsford.At first, I thought it is a collection of short stories But as I read on I found connectivity between the chapters soCranfordis quite an unusual book Having readNorth and SouthandWives and Daughters , this novel if you can call it one took me by surprise To begin with, it has no proper plot or structure It is rather a written collection of lives, customs and social values of people of a fictitious town called Cranford which is modelled after the small Cheshire town of Knutsford.At first, I thought it is a collection of short stories But as I read on I found connectivity between the chapters so as to make it one continuous whole Although there is no proper story, this collected writing was engaging enough to keep you reading on The story or rather the collection of writing revolves around a set of elderly ladies, who dominate the society of the small town of Cranford, setting its customs and values Anyone who goes against these accepted conventions were looked down upon as vulgar In a changing society, these ladies were doing their very best to hold on to outdated customs and conventions Being written as a narrative by a young visitor and friend to Cranford ladies, who is not a part of that stringent society, makes the account unbiased and believable I do appreciate Ms Gaskell s prudence in bringing a narrator who is only an observer.With all that being said, what really arrested my attention and kept my interest in this unusual collection was the satirical writing of Ms Gaskell, of fading Victorian customs and values to which the elder generation has so clung to, as a religion The changes that were coming about with the industrialization were most unwelcoming to this slowly dying generation And their views were proclaimed with witty and satirical dialogues which were so entertaining to the reader At the same time, they invoke the reader s sympathy for the poor old ladies Overall, although this was so unexpected an outcome from one of my best loved authors, it was nevertheless a pleasant read I did enjoy it

  6. Cheryl Cheryl says:

    I ll admit I m no procurer of Victorian liteary novels, but I ve always wanted to dabble in the works of Elizabeth Gaskell, the woman who had the honor of writing The Life of Charlotte Bront Cranford is said to be slightly humorous, with a unique take on the lives of women during that era A bit humorous, partly due to the preposterousness of the attitudes surrounding small town etiquette, yes, but I wouldn t call it humorous in the general sense And yet these characters are electrifying and I ll admit I m no procurer of Victorian liteary novels, but I ve always wanted to dabble in the works of Elizabeth Gaskell, the woman who had the honor of writing The Life of Charlotte Bront Cranford is said to be slightly humorous, with a unique take on the lives of women during that era A bit humorous, partly due to the preposterousness of the attitudes surrounding small town etiquette, yes, but I wouldn t call it humorous in the general sense And yet these characters are electrifying and their everyday stories absorbing, which made me curious about the backdrop of Gaskell s creativity, where she produced such stories, and it led me to this beautiful picture of her home Gaskell House, Plymouth Grove, Manchester cc Creative Commons Patyo1994 Cranford is a village of people who, at the risk of seeming pretentious, choose to ignore anything uncomfortable, anything that suggests lack For example, the person who cannot afford a maid would hire someone temporarily when entertaining friends and pretend as if the maid is a permanent fixture, even though she is aware that everyone knows this is false No one speaks of another s wants, so imagine the disdain when a newcomer, Captain Brown, arrives and cannot stop speaking simply and openly about his poverty These small exchanges, highlighted by Gaskell s stylized prose, do add mirth to this ceremonial narrativeIf we walked to or from a party, it was because the night was so fine, or the air so refreshing, not because sedan chairs were expensive If we wore prints,instead of summer silks, it was because we preferred a washing material and so on till we blinded ourselves to the vulgar fact that we were, all of us, people of very moderate means Each chapter proceeds in a short story fashion, with a narrator who you never really get to properly meet, but one who has a grasp on the village s idiosyncrasies The characters are mostly unmarried women who are older andreflective, so the reader is given stories from those pivotal moments of their lives, thus one gets an idea of the cultural dynamic The atmospheric vibe is pensive, as each new chapter is an evolution of Cranford, a tilt to the village s personality and character The contemporary comparative narrative that comes to mind is Olive Kitteridge, although I ll admit that no one character is really as dominant and memorable as good ole Olive And as I write this, I m already considering how Gaskell s other novels, like Mary Barton or Ruth for example, would compare to this for me, since I do plan on sampling at least another one of her works

  7. Vanessa Vanessa says:

    FINALLY, an Elizabeth Gaskell book that I enjoyed I honestly didn t think I would enjoy this book, and was almost regretting putting it on my Dewey s 24 Hour Readathon TBR And whaddya know, I finished it Cranford follows a group of women living in the small fictional town of, you guessed it, Cranford The women live in genteel poverty and have very old fashioned mindsets about life and social niceties and norms The book is told from the perspective of Mary Smith or Elizabeth Gaskell , and FINALLY, an Elizabeth Gaskell book that I enjoyed I honestly didn t think I would enjoy this book, and was almost regretting putting it on my Dewey s 24 Hour Readathon TBR And whaddya know, I finished it Cranford follows a group of women living in the small fictional town of, you guessed it, Cranford The women live in genteel poverty and have very old fashioned mindsets about life and social niceties and norms The book is told from the perspective of Mary Smith or Elizabeth Gaskell , and focuses mainly on Miss Matty, a sweet tempered older woman who is one of the pillars of society since the death of her older, revered sister Deborah Jenkyns.This book was cute and sweet and quite funny, which did surprise me Although it took a little while for me to get used to the language haven t read a classic in a while, and I usually find Gaskell s writing a little long winded , it ended up becoming a much easier read than I anticipated Once you are familiar with the cast of characters and their personalities, it is really enjoyable seeing what will happen to them next.If you re a fan of Gaskell, or even not a fan of Gaskell, I d definitely recommend it I m glad I didn t give up on her writing Who knows, maybe I ll read another of her books at some point

  8. Helene Jeppesen Helene Jeppesen says:

    This is a book about the village of Cranford which mainly women inhabit women who live according to customs and norms and who are quite fond of gossip If you think this sounds good then this might be a book for you, but I personally got very tired of it very quickly Each chapter follows a new anecdote, and while some of them were quite entertaining, most of them were dull and quite shallow, in my eyes I m sure the ladies of those days thought them of the utmost importance, but I couldn t see This is a book about the village of Cranford which mainly women inhabit women who live according to customs and norms and who are quite fond of gossip If you think this sounds good then this might be a book for you, but I personally got very tired of it very quickly Each chapter follows a new anecdote, and while some of them were quite entertaining, most of them were dull and quite shallow, in my eyes I m sure the ladies of those days thought them of the utmost importance, but I couldn t seem to care much about their fascination with a male visitor, their tea party intrigues or their money problems I loved Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell, but this one not so much, unfortunately

  9. Jessica Jessica says:

    Delightful I went into this totally blind, knowing only that it s a respected classic by the author of NORTH AND SOUTH I had no idea what to expect, but I certainly wasn t expecting this CRANFORD is all about the village of Cranford, which is mostly inhabited by shabby genteel spinsters and widows The whole book is a serious of humorous vignettes about life there as related by an outsider, Mary Smith, who frequently goes to stay with her elderly friend Miss Matty Through the eyes of the nar Delightful I went into this totally blind, knowing only that it s a respected classic by the author of NORTH AND SOUTH I had no idea what to expect, but I certainly wasn t expecting this CRANFORD is all about the village of Cranford, which is mostly inhabited by shabby genteel spinsters and widows The whole book is a serious of humorous vignettes about life there as related by an outsider, Mary Smith, who frequently goes to stay with her elderly friend Miss Matty Through the eyes of the narrator we see scandals like a charming widow remarrying and to a man beneath her station, no less , a roguish foreign conjuror turning out to be an Englishman in a turban or is he and a wave of petty crime that causes the good ladies to sleep with one eye open and a series of elaborate traps laid out to catch the thieves or maybe they re murderers or perhaps even horrid Irish beggars Though some real drama does occur, it is covered with a light touch and the overall impression of the book is one of gentle humor Quite a refreshing surprise, considering that I have recently read FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD and some of Louisa May Alcott s preachier entries into the fiction world

  10. Chrissie Chrissie says:

    This short tale by Elizabeth Gaskell portrays life in the middle 1800s in a rural English community modeled on Cheshire, a county in northwestern England It focuses on the lives of women The men in the village always disappear either they die, or they quite simply go somewhere else Underlying the fantasy of such a place ever existing are elements of down to earth reality, elements depicting the difficulties women of that era had to deal with What was required of a woman to survive if left w This short tale by Elizabeth Gaskell portrays life in the middle 1800s in a rural English community modeled on Cheshire, a county in northwestern England It focuses on the lives of women The men in the village always disappear either they die, or they quite simply go somewhere else Underlying the fantasy of such a place ever existing are elements of down to earth reality, elements depicting the difficulties women of that era had to deal with What was required of a woman to survive if left widowed Spinsters, how might they get by One s rank and social standing had to always be considered Keeping up appearances was the dictum of the day Gossip was ever prevalent The book looks at how women view viewed not only men but also each other, now and in that bygone era of old fashioned ways Irony and satire set the tone Fantasy and the real are mixed While the tone is light, threads of seriousness ground the tale in reality So, what is the main message of the story Women, as well as men, have their foibles Neither sex is without their faults Life s joys, sorrows and difficulties are easier to bear when shared with another, but women are strong and resilient and can manage on their own, if need be A two star rating means the book is OK I am not saying it is bad Yet I do not think that which it says is all that remarkable The outcome is terribly predictable I chuckled at the humor at the start but grew weary of it by the book s end If you are in the mood for a light, quick read, pick it up The story does not consist of separate vignettes the chapters intertwine, and the story becomes one Davina Porter narrates the audiobook VERY well Her ability to flip between male and female characters is extraordinary The speed and pacing are just as they should be I have given the narration four stars Maybe Porter s performance is worthy of five Wives and Daughters 4 stars North and South 2 stars Cranford 2 stars Ruth TBR Cousin Phyllis TBR

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