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Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South is like the Victorian Era-Pride and Prejudice, but completely boring and long-winded.

Margaret Hale and her parents move to the industrial city of Milton, in the north of England, after her father has a crisis of faith and decides to leave the Church of England.

The most important relationship in this book is between her and the cotton factory owner John Thornton. At first they cannot stand each other, but as time goes on, they learn that they love each other and live happily ever after.

The BBC miniseries of this novel is outstanding, which is mostly why I decided to read it. However, it is a very long book that goes on all these tangents (especially a 100+ page tangent of how her mother dies). The whole thing about this story is the clash between the North and South and the clash of classes between the workers and the wealthy. Unfortunately, I think Gaskell forgot all about that and became obsessed with death and how Margaret and her father just wander around after the passing of her mother.

It also seems like the romance between John and Margaret is almost an after-thought and I was expecting something more along the lines of Jane Eyre. But it was dry and dull and painfully boring. It is such a jutxaposition from the last book I read, Shatter Me which was so exciting and passionate.

I highly suggest skipping the book entirely and just watch the miniseries. It is excellent and exciting and all that good stuff. If you read the book, you’ll be bored out of your skull…

Rating:

{x} Pretty bad
{  } Tolerable
{  } All right
{  } Exciting
{  } Enthralling

Book 30 out of 60

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