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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10,440 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Narrator: Wanda McCaddo Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Cranford, Elizabeth Gaskell’s best-known work, is a humorous account of a nineteenth-century English village dominated by a group of genteel but modestly circumstanced women. This is a community that runs on cooperation and gossip, at the very heart of which are the daughters of the former rector: Miss Deborah Jenkyns and her sister, Miss Matty. But domestic peace is constantly threatened in the form of financial disaster, imagined burglaries, tragic accidents, and the reappearance of long-lost relatives.

By eschewing the conventional marriage plot with its nubile heroines and focusing instead on a group of middle-aged and elderly spinsters, Gaskell does something highly unusual within the novel genre. Through her masterful management of the novel’s tone, she underscores the value and dignity of single women’s lives even as she causes us to laugh at her characters’ foibles. Charles Dickens was the first of many readers to extol its wit and charm, and it has consistently been Gaskell’s most popular work.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Carel | 2/18/2014

    " I just couldn't get into this book. Although it came highly recommended, it just felt tedious. "

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    " As a fan of the mini-series, I knew I needed to read the book. It was just as charming and heart-warming as the film adaptation. Elizabeth Gaskell is a brilliant author... "

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    " This book is so cute and has me laughing out loud. Definitely a new favorite! "

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