Posted by gkb on June 30, 1998 at 12:11:59:
In response to North and Sourh, written by Constanza on June 29, 1998 at 14:10:58
] I hope Cranford is included!. It is a darling of a novel.
Yes, I just read Cranford, mainly because I had seen references to "the Cranford Ladies" hereabouts. It was a real education in what day-to-day living was like in one of those little towns.
] Oh! I could go on for ages! North and South happens to be one of my favourite novels!
I was greatly impressed by what I can only call the touch or realism in showing how the class wars came about because of rigidity and pride--and how part of the solution is to create a sense of shared purpose and another part is to use the power of group purchasing for the workers benefit, as well as for the employers. Also that the group action of the workers must be conducted on a sound business basis to make them feel emotionally invested in the ownership of the project. It is good to see literature used to create workable solutions for real human problems--a facet of Austen's work that applies especially in the interpersonal realm--but which in North and SOuth is carried out into the arena of social problems.
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