This book was very long and I found myself wishing for more to happen. It seemed to drag on a little and I didn't enjoy the characters as much as her other stories I've read and there seemed to be a lack of tragedy in it.
Saying that however, my favorite character did die early on and she was fantastic. I enjoyed the Hamleys, and Lady Harriet and whenever people showed up to put "Clare" in her place. I think the weakest character was Molly who while she started off quite adventuresome and forthright she mostly petered out into a typical good and mild girl.
It was sad that Mrs. Gaskell died before she finished the book and sad that she died so young. There were some very touching moments in the story I just think it would have benefited from being more concise. Still I will continue to read more of her novels as I still think she is a great author....Continua
Characterizations are sharp and funny and actually insightful.
I loved this book. I can find a link with Mansfield Park of Jane Austen because the simplest of the character is the one who "wins" the love of the best man in the end and I am a true fan of Jane Austen. Now I cannot wait until I read something more by Elizabeth Gaskell....Continua
I love Jane Austen but I really have to say that Mrs. Gaskell kicked her victorian ass. Wives and Daughters is just so much more fun to read! It might take a couple of times to fully appreciate how funny a novel it is. Be warned though there was never a last chapter because poor Mrs. Gaskell died before she got a chance to write it - after getting so attached to the characters it was extremely disapointing to have missed out on that....Continua