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Cranford [PDF] ✪ Cranford ✩ Elizabeth Gaskell – Cranford is a humorous account of a nineteenth century English village dominated by a group of genteel but modestly circumstanced women By eschewing the conventional marriage plot with its nubile hero Cranford is a humorous account of a nineteenth century English village dominated by a group of genteel but modestly circumstanced women By eschewing the conventional marriage plot with its nubile heroines and focusing instead on a group of middle aged and elderly spinsters Elizabeth Gaskell did 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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  1. Steven Godin Steven Godin says:

    Written as a series of vignettes about living in a small English town Elizabeth Gaskell isn't bothered about any plot with Cranford which was originally edited by Charles Dickens she simply focuses on a small group of ladies and their adventures or lack of as they meander yawn and gossip their way through mid 19th century life While it may not be the sort of book to keep you up half the night with clammy hands it's pleasant and good old fashioned nature is where it's power lies which will have you reaching for the tea pot rather than that bottle of wineHarkening back to a relaxed and simpler time before the mad stampede of boxing day sales life crawled along like a snail on sedatives for the locals they concern themselves less with who's sleeping with whom or does my bum look big in this? and just amuse themselves with their knitting of nice fluffy cardigans charitable acts that were the norm invitations for sunday tea and cake polite card games that didn't result in drunkenness or violence and trying on the lastest bonnet A life that is unfathomable to the rapidly shrinking world of today which makes this all the special for its portrayal of this historical era a world far away from all the buzzing and ticking of modern day appliancesThese are less like neatly organised narratives and read like the stories one would casually include in a letter to a friend It isn't really a novel in the true sense although characters like Miss matty or Miss Pole could uite easily have been plucked out of a number of other older British novels Cranford based on Knutsford Cheshire is a place where the gardens are full of flowers rather than weeds and you can almost smell the scent of honey blossom blowing in the breezePut it this way I would sooner be here than south central Los Angeles Parts of Cranford are wonderfully funny but it is also bathed in a poignant dream like mood that encapsulates the spirit of a by gone era From the landed gentry professional men and the genteel widows to the respectable poor and those on the brink of crime the local hierarchy are vividly bought to life under the watchful eye of Gaskell who writes with delight There are a couple of main themes to touch on Money worries and the limitations and lack of options for women especially unmarried women at the time Regardless of differing opinion the fact of the matter is that single women over a certain age without family money or male companionship found themselves in the awful situation of having very few socially acceptable options to provide an income upon which they could live The ladies of Cranford are a resilient bunch full of warmth and dignity and have each other if the chips are down The way that the women all banded together even though they were a mix of classes purely because they all wanted to live the same way was so preciousI admit I enjoyed this than what I expected and it was nice to return to a time when people didn't rely on gizmos and gadgets to function properly

  2. Sue Sue says:

    the humor is so sly at times it's difficult to believe that this was written over 150 years ago I guess that gentle social humor has always been with us this was one of my status updates while reading Cranford my first experience reading Elizabeth Gaskell As I finished reading I felt the same way pleased with the experience surprised at the wit and wisdom written so well so many years ago But then I ask myselfWhy am I surprised? There are always intelligent women and always intelligent women who find ways to make themselves heard even in less than enthusiastic societies I need to keep looking for themI had planned to include some of the truly wonderful uotes from various characters but instead I challenge you to read this book and discover them for yourself I venture to say you will be glad you did

  3. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    Cranford Elizabeth GaskellCranford is one of the better known novels of the 19th century English writer Elizabeth Gaskell There is no real plot but rather a collection of satirical sketches which sympathetically portray changing small town customs and values in mid Victorian England Harkening back to memories of her childhood in the small Cheshire town of Knutsford Cranford is Elizabeth Gaskell's affectionate portrait of people and customs that were already becoming anachronismsChapter 1 – Our Society Chapter 2 – The Captain Chapter 3 – A Love Affair of Long Ago Chapter 4 – A Visit to an Old Bachelor Chapter 5 – Old Letters Chapter 6 – Poor Peter Chapter 7 – Visiting Chapter 8 – Your Ladyship Chapter 9 – Signor Brunoni Chapter 10 – The Panic Chapter 11 – Samuel Brown Chapter 12 – Engaged to be Married Chapter 13 – Stopped Payment Chapter 14 – Friends in Need Chapter 15 – A Happy Return Chapter 16 – Peace to Cranfordتاریخ نخستین خوانش روز چهارم ماه مارس سال 2007 میلادیعنوان کرانفورد؛ اثر الیزابت گاسکل؛ مترجم سیما حکمت؛ مشخصات نشر تهران، واژه، 1385، در 88ص، مصور، شابک 9645607221؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان انگلیسی سده 19مداستانی در چند فصل و دو زبانه فارسی انگلیسی است کتاب اصلی شانزده فصل دارد، عنوان فصلها خانم‌های کرانفورد، یک داستان عاشقانه‌ ی قدیمی، پیتر بینوا، برونتی بزرگ، داستان سام براون، ورشکستگی، و بازگشتی مبارک به خانهداستان درباره‌ ی شهر کوچکی ست به نام «کرانفورد» که از بسیاری جهات، شبیه یک جای معمولی است، اما از یک نظر هم بسیار ویژه است؛ در این شهر، بجای مردان زنان هستند، که قوانین را تعیین می‌کنند؛ هم‌چنین تعداد مردان در شهر، بسیار کم است؛ نیز بیش‌تر خانم‌ها یا مجرد هستند، یا همسرانشان را از دست داده‌ اند؛ از جمله‌ ی این افراد، دوشیزه «دبوراه» و دوشیزه «ماتیلدا» ـ دختران کشیش «جنکینز» هستندتاریخ بهنگام رسانی 11061399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا شربیانی

  4. Kerri Kerri says:

    I ended up loving this book so much You follow a group of older women mainly unmarried or widowed in the small 'rural backwater of Cranford' and it's alot of talking gossiping and dipping in and out of lives It was a very funny book my favourite line being My father was a man and I know the sex pretty well It is probably much funnier in context but I've had it popping into my head constantly over the day Amongst all their obsession with each others lives are some very poignant revelations how it would be nice to have a little money how a spinster might have married but didn't the grieving for a child that never had the opportunity to exist this in particular was heartbreaking and the way that for all their gossiping and occasional pettiness the women rally around each other without fail I would point out it's most likely not for everyone not a lot actually happens They talk visit each other time passes There are events moments of drama but it's a gentle story which I know bores some people For me however it felt like an almost perfect read

  5. Sara Sara says:

    35 stars rounded upWant to take a trip to a small English town in the mid 1800s meet the people and see what everyday life was like for the female population? Open Cranford and travel in time It is a sweet and simple book comprised of what seems like vignettes than an actual plot line Nothing exciting happens life just unfolds and yet you feel attached to these women admiring the grace with which they handle their sometimes difficult world the way they navigate a system that pigeonholes them and limits themMiss Matty Jenkyns is such a sweet and gentle person She always thinks of others before self and tries to please everyone sometimes to her own detriment She exhibits very little self pity and when she caves to even the simplest bit of a well deserved indulgence she succumbs to guilt and remorse immediately Her life has been about self sacrifice and a bit of bullying by her older sister but she is so non judgmental and well loved by others that you feel her sacrifice has not been unrewarded Matty is not a character I will easily forgetI do not think this is one of Gaskell’s best works North and South has substance; Mary Barton is much stronger Still Cranford is heart warming and touching in many ways and I am glad to have read it

  6. Piyangie Piyangie says:

    Cranford is uite an unusual book Having read North and South and Wives and Daughters this novel if you can call it one took me by surprise To begin with it has no proper plot or structure It is rather a written collection of lives customs and social values of people of a fictitious town called Cranford which is modelled after the small Cheshire town of KnutsfordAt first I thought it is a collection of short stories But as I read on I found connectivity between the chapters so as to make it one continuous whole Although there is no proper story this collected writing was engaging enough to keep you reading on The story or rather the collection of writing revolves around a set of elderly ladies who dominate the society of the small town of Cranford setting its customs and values Anyone who goes against these accepted conventions were looked down upon as vulgar In a changing society these ladies were doing their very best to hold on to outdated customs and conventions Being written as a narrative by a young visitor and friend to Cranford ladies who is not a part of that stringent society makes the account unbiased and believable I do appreciate Ms Gaskell's prudence in bringing a narrator who is only an observerWith all that being said what really arrested my attention and kept my interest in this unusual collection was the satirical writing of Ms Gaskell of fading Victorian customs and values to which the elder generation has so clung to as a religion The changes that were coming about with the industrialization were most unwelcoming to this slowly dying generation And their views were proclaimed with witty and satirical dialogues which were so entertaining to the reader At the same time they invoke the reader's sympathy for the poor old ladies Overall although this was so unexpected an outcome from one of my best loved authors it was nevertheless a pleasant read I did enjoy it

  7. Cheryl Cheryl says:

    I'll admit I'm no procurer of Victorian liteary novels but I've always wanted to dabble in the works of Elizabeth Gaskell the woman who had the honor of writing The Life of Charlotte Brontë Cranford is said to be slightly humorous with a uniue take on the lives of women during that era A bit humorous partly due to the preposterousness of the attitudes surrounding small town etiuette yes but I wouldn't call it humorous in the general sense And yet these characters are electrifying and their everyday stories absorbing which made me curious about the backdrop of Gaskell's creativity where she produced such stories and it led me to this beautiful picture of her home Gaskell House Plymouth Grove Manchester cc Creative Commons Patyo1994Cranford 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 If we walked to or from a party it was because the night was so fine or the air so refreshing not because sedan chairs were expensive If we wore printsinstead of summer silks it was because we preferred a washing material; and so on till we blinded ourselves to the vulgar fact that we were all of us people of very moderate means Each chapter proceeds in a short story fashion with a narrator who you never really get to properly meet but one who has a grasp on the village's idiosyncrasies The characters are mostly unmarried women who are older and reflective so the reader is given stories from those pivotal moments of their lives thus one gets an idea of the cultural dynamic The atmospheric vibe is pensive as each new chapter is an evolution of Cranford a tilt to the village's personality and character The contemporary comparative narrative that comes to mind is Olive Kitteridge although I'll admit that no one character is really as dominant and memorable as good ole Olive And as I write this I'm already considering how Gaskell's other novels like Mary Barton or Ruth for example would compare to this for me since I do plan on sampling at least another one of her works

  8. Vanessa Vanessa says:

    FINALLY an Elizabeth Gaskell book that I enjoyedI honestly didn't think I would enjoy this book and was almost regretting putting it on my Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon TBR And whaddya know I finished it Cranford follows a group of women living in the small fictional town of you guessed it 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 JenkynsThis book was cute and sweet and uite funny which did surprise me Although it took a little while for me to get used to the language haven't read a classic in a while and I usually find Gaskell's writing a little long winded it ended up becoming a much easier read than I anticipated Once you are familiar with the cast of characters and their personalities it is really enjoyable seeing what will happen to them nextIf you're a fan of Gaskell or even not a fan of Gaskell I'd definitely recommend it I'm glad I didn't give up on her writing Who knows maybe I'll read another of her books at some point

  9. Helene Jeppesen Helene Jeppesen says:

    This is a book about the village of Cranford which mainly women inhabit; women who live according to customs and norms and who are uite fond of gossip If you think this sounds good then this might be a book for you but I personally got very tired of it very uickly Each chapter follows a new anecdote and while some of them were uite entertaining most of them were dull and uite shallow in my eyes I'm sure the ladies of those days thought them of the utmost importance but I couldn't seem to care much about their fascination with a male visitor their tea party intrigues or their money problems I loved Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell but this one not so much unfortunately

  10. Jessica Jessica says:

    Delightful I went into this totally blind knowing only that it's a respected classic by the author of NORTH AND SOUTH I had no idea what to expect but I certainly wasn't expecting this CRANFORD is all about the village of Cranford which is mostly inhabited by shabby genteel spinsters and widows The whole book is a serious of humorous vignettes about life there as related by an outsider Mary Smith who freuently goes to stay with her elderly friend Miss Matty Through the eyes of the narrator we see scandals like a charming widow remarrying and to a man beneath her station no less a roguish foreign conjuror turning out to be an Englishman in a turban or is he? and a wave of petty crime that causes the good ladies to sleep with one eye open and a series of elaborate traps laid out to catch the thieves or maybe they're murderers or perhaps even horrid Irish beggars Though some real drama does occur it is covered with a light touch and the overall impression of the book is one of gentle humor uite a refreshing surprise considering that I have recently read FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD and some of Louisa May Alcott's preachier entries into the fiction world

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