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    How to Tell if You are in an Elizabeth Gaskell novel1 Someone you love just died2 You live in an industrial wasteland which is wrapped in a peculiarly permanent winter3 Your father makes terrible decisions You love him unconditionally4 Someone just dropped dead5 You believe that starving striking workers and their capitalist oppressors could remedy vast structural ineualities by having tea together6 You just spurned a man Immediately you

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    In the grim industrial city of Manchester England around the latter part of the decade of the 1830's people are actually starving to death especially the little ones the poor parents cannot feed thoseMurder follows as nat

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    She knew she was very pretty; the factory people as they poured from the mills and in their freedom told the truth whatever it might be to every passer by had early let Mary into the secret of her beautySharing the above uote may lead one to believe that this book is about a vain and perhaps silly young woman And

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    Mary Barton was an important landmark in 19th century English literature in that possibly than even any Charles Dickens novel it raises aware

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    Mary Barton is a wonderful failure of a novel in all of the classic Victorian ways–the love plot is overwrought the ending is melodramatic the moralizing is far too heavy and the epigraphs are obnoxious But somehow in the middle o

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    Mary Barton is the very

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    Okay I am turning into a major E Gaskell fan I absolutely loved this book It was her first and got a bit melodramatic in places but I think she made it work North and South was definitely better crafted but this was just as good a story Gaskell wrote at the same time as Dickens Industrial Age Britian She lived in Manche

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    This was Elizabeth Gaskell's first novel and it shows It's signficantly less assured than her better known works North and South Cran

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    After having read North and South uite a long time ago I had forgotten why this woman was a master in storytellingBecause it seems impossible that a novel written in the classic way with long sentences and a stiff structure with ancient vocabulary and dealing with the pros and conts of the revolutionary working class in the indust

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    I have never understood why Elizabeth Gaskell is not better known She was a contemporary of Dickens and a much better writer Both HARD TIMES by Dickens and MARY BARTON by Gaskell deal with the terrible plight of the working poor during the 1840s and 1850s Gaskell's characters are realistically drawn as opposed to Dicken's exaggerated comical

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review ¶ eBook or Kindle ePUB Ï Elizabeth Gaskell

This is Elizabeth Gaskell's first novel a widely acclaimed work based on the actual murder in 1831 of a progressive mill owner It follows. She knew she was very pretty the factory people as they poured from the mills and in their freedom told the truth whatever it might be to every passer by had early let Mary into the secret of her beautySharing the above uote may lead one to believe that this book is about a vain and perhaps silly young woman And that would be partly true However this fairly dense Victorian era novel is much than that This is my third piece by Elizabeth Gaskell and apparently I am reading them in a backwards sort of fashion having started with her last Wives and Daughters an absolute favorite and now reading her first Sandwiched between the two is North and South which I felt to be a bit sophisticated than Mary Barton Both deal with similar issues that of the clash between the working classes and the mill owners or masters of nineteenth century England Mary Barton comes from a poor working class family Her father John Barton is a staunch supporter of worker s rights Mary s beauty catches the eyes of many including a fellow childhood friend of intelligent mind but lesser means and the powerful wealthy son of a factory owner Mary comes across as kind hearted and a delight to those who love her but she is childish and ambitious Truly loving her father she believes she can improve his lot by pursuing one above her station Mr Harry Carson while rejecting the advances of the ever loyal Jem Wilson The reader feels less than sympathetic towards her initially as a result but then again one must recall that she is but a teenager when the story begins What teen is not guilty of a bit of ambition Yes Mary was ambitious and did not favour Mr Carson the less because he was rich and a gentleman The old leaven infused years ago by her aunt Esther fermented in her little bosom and perhaps all the for her father s aversion to the rich and the gentle Such is the contrariness of the human heart from Eve downwards that we all in our old Adam state fancy things forbidden sweetestWhile Mary conducts her secret meetings with her gentlemanly lover her father becomes increasingly involved in the trade unions He is sent as a delegate to Parliament and his voice falls on indifferent ears John Barton has further become beaten down time and time again having lost loved ones to death and blaming all on the masters His is a dark descent into despair and anger The mind became soured and morose and lost much of its euipose It was no longer elastic as in the days of youth or in times of comparative happiness it ceased to hope And it is hard to live on when one can no longer hope And so day by day nearer and nearer came the diseased thoughts of John Barton Mary Barton the novel not the girl also has a further element of crime and mystery at its core This device helps to move what tends to be a heavy plot at a uicker pace and to allow certain characters Mary in particular to exhibit some growth I found this aspect very appealing as the writing had a tendency to be a bit plodding and preachy at times particularly towards the end If you had to choose between this and North and South I would say pick up the latter Gaskell has fine tuned her style by that time and you will learn just as much about the social importance of the class distinctions the plight of the poor and the understanding that all need to work together in order to achieve improved working and living conditions as is the right of every human being Plus if you pick up North and South you can then treat yourself to the BBC production starring Richard Armitage which I have gushed about in my review of that book If you like me are a devoted fan of Gaskell then both deserve a reading Unaccustomed wonder filled his mind at the reflection of the different lots of the brethren of mankind

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Hroughlove and marriage Set in Manchester between 1837 42 it paints a powerful and moving picture of working class life in Victorian Engla. This was Elizabeth Gaskell s first novel and it shows It s signficantly less assured than her better known works North and South Cranford and Wives and Daughters The eponymous heroine is at times annoying although she grows in stature as the work progresses and the narrative has a number of those features which make some readers avoid Victorian fiction a leisurely pace wordiness preachiness sentimentality and melodrama The novel starts very slowly At the half way mark the pace picks up and it turns into an interesting court room drama which would be even interesting if the outcome had not been predictable The last uarter of the novel falls off somewhat as Gaskell s preaching kicks into high gear That said Gaskell writes well and is a good storyteller notwithstanding the signficant implausibility of some parts of the narrative such as view spoiler the fact that all it takes for Mary to realise she is in love with Jem is to reject his proposal of marriage hide spoiler

review ¶ eBook or Kindle ePUB Ï Elizabeth Gaskell

Mary Barton daughter of a man implicated in the murder through her adolescence when she suffers the advances of the mill owner and later t. Mary Barton is the very first novel written by Elizabeth Gaskell Living in the industrial city of Manchester and having first hand witnessed the poor living condition and suffering of the working class Gaskell was inspired to write a novel that brings to light their poverty and suffering In Mary Barton Gaskell gives a true and heartfelt account on the lives of these working class men and women The suffering they undergo due to the want of the basic needs for human survival such as food proper clothing and other basic facilities to warm them against the chilly English weather and the sicknesses and death which are so common due to their unhygienic living conditions and lack of nutritious food is sympathetically and almost passionately portrayed that it was a pure emotional struggle to read of them One can only imagine how keenly the author felt on these matters having personally witnessed their lives and living conditionsAmidst this dire setting Gaskell weaves a beautiful story of love and loyalty When Mary Barton a working class girl is pursued by two lovers one being a mill owner s son Harry Carson and thus above her class and the other being a family friend James Wilson of her own class this young vain beauty prefers the former But soon she understands that her heart truly belongs to James and is determined to win him back But when her true love is accused of the murder of Harry Carson her loyalty courage and strength are tested And the accidental discovery of the true culprit makes matters worse as Mary realizes saving her lover may also lead to losing another too dear to her heartThe character of Mary Barton was not likable at first She is vain and is driven by an ambitious heart Her beauty being her only asset she makes conscious use of it hoping to remove herself from the class to which she belongs and to step into the world of the rich Many a time I felt that she needs a good shaking to make her see her foolishness However Gaskell lifts her from there and slowly and steadily develops her character from the vain and silly young girl to a brave and courageous young woman who armed with love and loyalty walks through a difficult path to save the life of the man she loves making her yet another lovable Gaskell heroineMost of the rest of the characters of the novel were chosen from different sections of the working class Gaskell s reason behind this choice is to show to the world the different sides of men and women belonging to this class their talents and their interests She wanted the world to know that these are human beings eually worthy of recognitionIn addition there is also a subplot developed on the relationship between masters and the workers Working class laid all their miseries on the doorstep of the masters They believed that the masters didn t do enough to alleviate their suffering This settled idea was one major reason for the constant rift between the two sides This led to many forceful demands being made by the workers on their masters which were proudly and indignantly met and ignored And the lack of proper communication and the ego of both sides led to some detrimental actions being made by both sides with certain dreadful conseuences Gaskell presents all this through her subplot earning major criticism in her day that her portrayal of the matter was far fetched However for the author s part she firmly believed the lack of communication to be a major barrier to the peaceable relations between the two fractionsIn Mary Barton Gaskell tells her tale with so much feeling Her sympathy for the working class is obvious The beautiful and passionate writing of hers pours this sympathy into the hearts of the readers connecting them with the story and the characters and through them with the working class The writing is also full of suspense as a murder takes place and a race against time was made to clear the falsely accused before his innocent life is taken This was an excellent read overall I was truly surprised by the outcome for I was not expecting it given this novel being a less popular work by the author And I also see this novel as a sort of a preuel to her popular work North and South where the theme of master worker conflict was taken up and developed