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  • Bandtyp: Häftad
  • Språk: Engelska
  • Utgiven: 201609
  • Antal sidor: 134
  • Vikt i gram: 191
  • ISBN10:1539078620
  • ISBN13:9781539078623



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Cranford follows a group of women living in the small fictional town of 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.

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 narrative.

Gaskell has done something quite groundbreaking with this novel. As a town where its chief members are middle-class, single women who have little regard for the goings-on outside their insulated community, Cranford is almost matriarchal.

And when compared with the world outside, Gaskell clearly suggests it is not Cranford that is to be found wanting. In fact, the way in which she highlights the lives of single women in the Victorian period is quite brilliant. Women who seem to be old-fashioned snobs prove to be strong, compassionate, caring, and self-sufficient. These women care for each other so much that it would make you feel awestruck.

No one can read the little tales about Cranford and their tragedies and joys and not feel twitterpated. NO ONE. It's a perfect little lace-trimmed window into the soul of a town trapped in a very particular era, with a very particular state of mind.

Overall, 'Cranford' is a delightful place to visit, and you will be sad when forced to leave (when you finish reading the book )

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