I have a new book review for you today! I recently read Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell and I wanted to share it with you all!
Cranford is a town run by "amazons". There are hardly any men in the town and the women like it that way. But how can a town survive with only women in it during a time when men own and run everything and marriage is the primary means of stability for women? Well the women of Cranford have figured it out. As in all small towns, everyone knows everyone's business. So what do a death, a mysterious conjorur (Signor Brunoni), and a missing brother have to do with the ever proper, yet sometimes odd, ladies of Cranford? Find out by reading Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell!
I truly enjoyed Cranford. I originally became interested by watching the Cranford series with Dame Judi Dench in it on PBS. After finding out that Cranford was in fact a book, I wanted to read it. So, the first opportunity I had to buy a copy, I did.
The story is really good. It is told from the point of view of a frequent visitor to Cranford as if she were retelling the events to another person. The narrator relates one tale of the ladies of Cranford after another in chronoligical order. While a story about the day to day life of one group of people can be a touch boring at times, the major events, which are many and fairly close together, are really very interesting and funny. The final few surprises will shock you and warm your heart. While Mrs. Gaskell's writing isn't as spell-binding as Jane Austen or Daphne Du Maurier, Cranford is a great book for a rainy day. I personally give it 4 bookmarks and recommend it as a read.
To Purchase Cranford on DVD:
*The DVD is actually a compilation of more than one of Mrs. Gaskell's novels. It features a wonderful cast who play the characters exactly as you picture them in the novel! It's truly wonderful! I greatly recommend it!