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La cosina Phillis [Reading] ➶ La cosina Phillis Author Elizabeth Gaskell – Thomashillier.co.uk Una petita obra mestra Ens transporta a l poca en qu l arribada del ferrocarril estava provocant canvis profunds en el paisatge angl s Una commovedora hist ria sobre la p rdua de la innoc ncia rural, Una petita obra mestra Ens transporta a l poca en qu l arribada del ferrocarril estava provocant canvis profunds en el paisatge angl s Una commovedora hist ria sobre la p rdua de la innoc ncia rural, retrata els efectes d aquests canvis sobre una noia de poble que, per primera vegada, descobreix l amor.


About the Author: Elizabeth Gaskell

Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, n e Stevenson September November , often referred to simply as Mrs Gaskell, was an English novelist and short story writer during the Victorian era She is perhaps best known for her biography of Charlotte Bront Her novels offer a detailed portrait of the lives of many strata of society, including the very poor, and as such are of La cosina Kindle - interest to social historians as well as lovers of literatureAKA Ukrainian.



10 thoughts on “La cosina Phillis

  1. Jaidee Jaidee says:

    4 pastoral, charming and delightful stars This is a lovely little novella about a young man s coming of age and his growing friendship with his cousin Phillis who lives on a farm in Northern England and his boss Holdsworth who is an engineer.Gaskell is a wonderful painter of words and with deft strokes of her brush is able to impart to a contemporary reader what life in pastoral England in the mid nineteenth century was like She is able to convey in such a short book what life on a farm is 4 pastoral, charming and delightful stars This is a lovely little novella about a young man s coming of age and his growing friendship with his cousin Phillis who lives on a farm in Northern England and his boss Holdsworth who is an engineer.Gaskell is a wonderful painter of words and with deft strokes of her brush is able to impart to a contemporary reader what life in pastoral England in the mid nineteenth century was like She is able to convey in such a short book what life on a farm is like but also what life is like for the servants, the clergy, the upper classes and the professionals She paints sympathetic portraits of all her characters and with compassion is able to see the world through their eyes which is mitigated by class, upbringing, gender, education and spiritual leanings.Against this lovely backdrop is the development of a quasi love triangle among young Paul,his cousin Phillis and the intelligent roguish Holdsworth There are elements of restrained homosexual desire, heterosexual passions and the fine lines between platonic and romantic love All this and there is not one passionate kiss among any of the trio.Paul says of his cousin Phillis she s a great deal taller and cleverer and I d rather be taller andlearned than my wife when I have one Paul says of his friend Holdsworth And again and afresh I saw what a handsome pleasant clear face his was.my hero resumed all his empire over me by his bright merry laugh Phillis finds Holdsworth handsome as well but states about his foreign haircut I like an Englishman to look an Englishman Holdsworth quite unsure about the sway he holds over both genders is innocently charming but leaves heartache in his path Paul laments It is many years since I have seen thee, Edward Holdsworth, but thou wast a delightful fellow Ay and a good one too though much sorrow was caused by thee Although I focused primarily on the triad, I believe that Gaskell wanted to impart the sensitivity and fragility of a young woman s heart after she has fallen in love for the first time Despite this there are allusions of muchthan just heterosexual desire in this novel but rather that despite the simplicity of rural life that relationships are complex, multilayered and multifaceted and ultimately can lead to heartbreak and sometimes even physical illness.Well done Ms Gaskell and I look forward to reading yourmajor works


  2. Chrissie Chrissie says:

    A book about rural English life in the mid 1800s, first love and a coming of age story.The story is told by Phillis second cousin, Paul Manning, an engineer clerk working under Mr Edward Holdsworth to extend railroad branch lines in Cheshire in northwestern England Paul, seventeen, admires his boss and the two become friends Edward becomes ill To recuperate, Paul takes him to live in the country with Phillis family Ebenezer Holman, Phillis father, is both a priest and a farmer, learned, A book about rural English life in the mid 1800s, first love and a coming of age story.The story is told by Phillis second cousin, Paul Manning, an engineer clerk working under Mr Edward Holdsworth to extend railroad branch lines in Cheshire in northwestern England Paul, seventeen, admires his boss and the two become friends Edward becomes ill To recuperate, Paul takes him to live in the country with Phillis family Ebenezer Holman, Phillis father, is both a priest and a farmer, learned, kind and hardworking Such a character is a pure joy to meet Phillis, being his only child, he is devoted to her He teaches her not only the scriptures but also Latin and literature Dante is a favorite When Edward Holdsworth comes to stay, friendship is kindled Edward has traveled the world and his knowledge is tantalizing, to both father and daughter Edward is no country bumpkin Phillis, thoroughly dazzled, falls in love Country ways versus the sparkle of the new is Gaskell s theme.The story is fine, but if failed to give me much to think about.I find it realistic in some ways, but not in others On one hand, Phillis and her father are closely bonded, and yet he scarcely notes that his beloved daughter is tortured by Edward s departure I find this strange Paul is a terribly ingenuous seventeen year old and remains so throughout the entire tale.Readers are fleetingly told whom Paul marries, halfway through the book, and then nothingis said By the end, the character I found most engaging is Betty, the maid at Phillis home She is clear spoken and down to earth She tells Phillis, view spoiler miserable when she hears of Edward s marriage hide spoiler , to get a hold of herself, out of bed and out of the dumps In life one must roll with the punches Betty is, however, merely a secondary character in the novel I usually do like audiobook narrations performed by Peter Joyce In this one his intonations for the male characters are hunky dory, but the voice he gives Betty is all wrong She is indistinguishable from the aged country men The narration is not bad, but not as good as usual My rating here is three It s fine it s good.I can t say much about the book since it didn t do much for me.There are some funny lines Remember how I mentioned Paul s ingenuousness Read what he says here Early as it was, every one had breakfasted, and my basin of bread and milk was put on the oven top to await my coming down Every one was gone about their work The first to come into the house place was Phillis with a basket of eggs Faithful to my resolution, I asked What are those He doesn t want to get into a deep discussion of books again He perceives his knowledge inferior to Phillis She looked at me for a moment, and then said gravely Potatoes No they are not, said I They are eggs What do you mean by saying they are potatoes What do you mean by asking me what they were, when they are plain to be seen retorted she.We were both getting a little angry with each other This I laughed at when I listened, and I found it on the GR quote page Wives and Daughters 4 stars Ruth 4 stars Cousin Phillis 3 stars North and South 2 stars Cranford 2 stars Mr Harrison s Confessions 1 star


  3. Rosemary Atwell Rosemary Atwell says:

    Elizabeth Gaskell skilfully explores the tensions inherent in mid Victorian Britain in this delicately nuanced and luminously beautiful story that evocatively captures a rural world on the cusp of change Like Hard Times, this is a coming of age tale that questions the moral and social responsibilities of a society grappling with the implications of technological and economic change in an increasingly industrialised world.


  4. Sylvester Sylvester says:

    It s been ages since I read Wives and Daughters what was I, 17 18 So this was a shock to me Really, I was surprised by how good the writing was on every level, and I shouldn t have been I ve tried not to read anyone else s review so I can get my thoughts down here without having been influenced by anyone This will be my no frills reaction to a great book The male female relationships in this book are fascinating Phyllis and her father are a perfect example of that tension between wh It s been ages since I read Wives and Daughters what was I, 17 18 So this was a shock to me Really, I was surprised by how good the writing was on every level, and I shouldn t have been I ve tried not to read anyone else s review so I can get my thoughts down here without having been influenced by anyone This will be my no frills reaction to a great book The male female relationships in this book are fascinating Phyllis and her father are a perfect example of that tension between what a man of his generation expected of a woman, and a loving father seeing his daughter as a human being rather than a role as he does his wife , and encouraging her gift and enjoyment of learning just as he does his own His wife feels this difference, although she loves her husband dearly I like all the males in this book, actually Paul, who recognizes a superior intellect in Phyllis, and though embarrassed by his own failings, sympathizes with her life s limitations Holdsworth, who wholeheartedly enters into the family life and adds to their interest, while also seeing Phyllis s true worth The minister probably the best representation of a church leader as a sincere follower of the teachings of Jesus that I have ever come across in literature , whose life is expanded and deepened in interest and enjoyment by his beliefs rather than the opposite not without faults or wrestlings with conscience but as a strong and complicated character, just like his daughter.This short book has left me with a lot of thoughts Gaskell doesn t wrap things up like a fairy tale, thank God But I feel as if she had cracked open a window and let some air and light in for me The way the characters in this book influence each other It moves me silly as that sounds Loved it Highly recommend it The Librivox version is read by the excellent Elisabeth Klett


  5. Duane Duane says:

    I ve read Elizabeth Gaskell before this one 5th so I knew she was a good writer, but I was still amazed at how good this short novel was The writing, the characters, the setting, the story, everything was just perfect I would think for any modern day writer, this story would be a good example of how to go about it, and how to do it right It s also a snapshot of what life in rural England in the mid to late 19th century was probably like, especially the human element Young Paul Manning and I ve read Elizabeth Gaskell before this one 5th so I knew she was a good writer, but I was still amazed at how good this short novel was The writing, the characters, the setting, the story, everything was just perfect I would think for any modern day writer, this story would be a good example of how to go about it, and how to do it right It s also a snapshot of what life in rural England in the mid to late 19th century was probably like, especially the human element Young Paul Manning and his cousin Phillis Holman 15 16 are the central characters of the story, and their relationship islike siblings than potential lover s The love interest for Phillis is introduced when Paul brings his boss, Holdsworth, to the Holman s for a visit Phillis parents are also prominent Her father is a minister farmer and her mother the traditional housewife of the period This is the story of family relationships, gender issues, and unrequited love, as well as the impact of industrial advancement railroad on the culture of rural England But mostly it s the heartrending story of first love and it s impact on the young lover and her family My next Gaskell read is Wives and Daughters and really looking forward to it


  6. Wealhtheow Wealhtheow says:

    An older man recounts an instance in his youth when he became fast friends with a local pious family But in introducing them to his charming boss, he inadvertently causes teenaged Phillis romantic agony Like Gaskell s other work, this is a slow paced tale focused on the minutia of a small community s daily lives and feelings Unlike the other work I ve read by her, this has a section in which a woman swoons after hearing her crush has gotten married, and then nearly dies of brain fever whatev An older man recounts an instance in his youth when he became fast friends with a local pious family But in introducing them to his charming boss, he inadvertently causes teenaged Phillis romantic agony Like Gaskell s other work, this is a slow paced tale focused on the minutia of a small community s daily lives and feelings Unlike the other work I ve read by her, this has a section in which a woman swoons after hearing her crush has gotten married, and then nearly dies of brain fever whatever that might be and stays near death for months It was so melodramatic and inexplicable to me that it tainted my enjoyment of the earlier section of the novel


  7. Mela Mela says:

    A didactic story.A lovely background a countryside.A charming heroine.I liked it Nonetheless, I would have preferred a different narrator I liked Paul but in my opinion, the story lost something because of his narration.PS I have been listening from LibriVox Elizabeth Klett read it really nicely A didactic story.A lovely background a countryside.A charming heroine.I liked it Nonetheless, I would have preferred a different narrator I liked Paul but in my opinion, the story lost something because of his narration.PS I have been listening from LibriVox Elizabeth Klett read it really nicely


  8. Craig Craig says:

    This is a brilliantly crafted character study of Phillis, young farm girl yet curious and a bit of a scholar, in her late teen s in rural England circa 1850s Her father is a good man, an outgoing farmer minister, disciplined, hardworking, with a sincere and indomitable faith in God, yet not over the top His wife idolizes him They both dote on their daughter and at the same time somewhat take her for granted She is sensitive and the narrative depicts her feelings and experiences as she blos This is a brilliantly crafted character study of Phillis, young farm girl yet curious and a bit of a scholar, in her late teen s in rural England circa 1850s Her father is a good man, an outgoing farmer minister, disciplined, hardworking, with a sincere and indomitable faith in God, yet not over the top His wife idolizes him They both dote on their daughter and at the same time somewhat take her for granted She is sensitive and the narrative depicts her feelings and experiences as she blossoms from a girl into a young woman The story is told through the eyes of Paul Manning, a distant relative cousin to Phillis mother , two years older than Phillis He is an assistant to the man mid twenties charged with building a railway through a part of England where Phillis and her family live Being a relative, Paul visits the family often and they become close The novel portrays life in rural England during the mid 19th century It has great flavor Mainly, it is a character study Gaskell has a simple, yet brilliant literary style, akin to other English luminaries of her age It is a very moving story and I highly recommend the book


  9. ☆Ruth☆ ☆Ruth☆ says:

    Well sadly it didn t live up to the synopsis for me The writing is smooth enough, despite the naturally old fashioned style, however the story. well what story Really this just boils down to a rather over romanticised, bucolic description of life in the English countryside in the mid eighteenth century All the men are fine, upstanding examples of humanity, with one minor exception and even he is described as a good man The women of course, are all gentle, kind, industrious and dutifu Well sadly it didn t live up to the synopsis for me The writing is smooth enough, despite the naturally old fashioned style, however the story. well what story Really this just boils down to a rather over romanticised, bucolic description of life in the English countryside in the mid eighteenth century All the men are fine, upstanding examples of humanity, with one minor exception and even he is described as a good man The women of course, are all gentle, kind, industrious and dutiful D I imagine it s the type of book that its target Victorian audience would have lapped up However I felt it fell far short of some of her other work, such as North South, Cranford and Wives Daughters


  10. Kathleen Flynn Kathleen Flynn says:

    This was very interesting in the same way Cranford was Gaskell has a wonderful ability to create the atmosphere of rural life in England on the cusp of startling change, with the railroads being built and the world about to be transformed Our narrator actually works at a job connected to construction of the railway, and there s a funny moment where his colleague has to rush off to London to get a steamship to Canada because of the great urgency of building a railroad there.But overall Cousin P This was very interesting in the same way Cranford was Gaskell has a wonderful ability to create the atmosphere of rural life in England on the cusp of startling change, with the railroads being built and the world about to be transformed Our narrator actually works at a job connected to construction of the railway, and there s a funny moment where his colleague has to rush off to London to get a steamship to Canada because of the great urgency of building a railroad there.But overall Cousin Phillis has a strangely truncated feeling in fact it ended so abruptly I thought perhaps something was wrong with my Kindle edition, and I am still not completely sure there wasn t It introduces a fascinating story but resolves it in an unsatisfyingly perfunctory manner


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