Posted by Caroline on November 30, 1997 at 20:43:00:
In response to Much as I like Cranford..., written by Helen on November 30, 1997 at 16:45:25
] ... If we're looking for Gaskell's most Austenish novel, I recommend Wives and Daughters, which is the most "like Austen without being merely a pastiche" book I've read... or alternatively North and South (Jane Austen heroine meets the industrial revolution...)
] Both of these do feature big romances (one of my friends has a serious crush on John Thornton)
I've never read "Wives and Daughters" properly.....I'd sort of forgotten about it somehow.It would be a good choice, too.
] ] 1.It's not a big, passionate love story. Or even a quiet little love story. The heroine, if she may be called that, is an old lady in a situation not unlike Miss Bates's.
] There is a very, very delicate quiet little love story somewhere in it, though... it would bring a tear to your eye...
Yes, but I didn't want to mention it and build everyone's hopes up! After all, it's not "Jane Eyre" is it? Still, you are right, it is a lovely little bit of the story.
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