Elizabeth Gaskell
Mary Barton
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Mary Barton Elizabeth Gaskell Elizabeth Gaskell s first novel depicts nothing less than the great clashes between capital and labour, which arose from rapid industrialisation and problems of trade in the mid nineteenth century But these clashes are dramatized through personal struggles John Barton has to reconcile his personal conscience with his socialist duty, risking his life and liberty in the prElizabeth Gaskell s first novel depicts nothing less than the great clashes between capital and labour, which arose from rapid industrialisation and problems of trade in the mid nineteenth century But these clashes are dramatized through personal struggles John Barton has to reconcile his personal conscience with his socialist duty, risking his life and liberty in the process His daughter Mary is caught between two lovers, from opposing classes worker and manufacturer And at the heart of the narrative lies a murder which implicates them all.Mary Barton was published in 1848, at a time of great social ferment in Europe, and it reflects its revolutionary moment through an English lens Elizabeth Gaskell wrote her first novel about the world in which she lived Manchester at the height of the industrial revolution As the wife of a Unitarian minister she was solidly middle class but she also had close contact with the working classes around her, sympathised with them, and represented their extreme distresses in her fiction She is radical in taking on their dialect, imagining the realities of their lives, and placing a working woman at the centre of her fiction If to our eyes her vision remains limited, it was an honest vision, for which she was much criticised in her own time, by her own class.. Mary Barton Elizabeth Gaskell s first novel depicts nothing less than the great clashes between capital and labour which arose from rapid industrialisation and problems of trade in the mid nineteenth century But
  • Title: Mary Barton
  • Author: Elizabeth Gaskell
  • ISBN: 9781840226898
  • Page: 428
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Henry Avila says:

      In the grim industrial city of Manchester, England around the latter part of the decade, of the 1830 s, people are actually starving to death, especially the little ones the poor parents cannot feed thoseMurder follows as naturally as water flows to the lowest level A love triangle ensues between the amorous competitors , Jem Wilson a working class engineer and Henry Carson, the son of a wealthy businessman for the affections of the delightful Miss Mary Barton , she has high ambitions but will n [...]

    2. Jessica says:

      Mary Barton is a wonderful failure of a novel, in all of the classic Victorian ways the love plot is overwrought, the ending is melodramatic, the moralizing is far too heavy, and the epigraphs are obnoxious But, somehow, in the middle of all those problems, Elizabeth Gaskell manages to capture perfectly something important Mary Barton is a Condition of England novel, a meditation on the plight of Manchester cotton weavers in the depression of the early 1840 s This is the Manchester of Freidrich [...]

    3. Mary says:

      How to Tell if You are in an Elizabeth Gaskell novel 1 Someone you love just died.2 You live in an industrial wasteland, which is wrapped in a peculiarly permanent winter.3 Your father makes terrible decisions You love him unconditionally.4 Someone just dropped dead.5 You believe that starving, striking workers and their capitalist oppressors could remedy vast structural inequalities by having tea together.6 You just spurned a man Immediately, you realize that you are actually in love with him B [...]

    4. Kim says:

      This was Elizabeth Gaskell s first novel and it shows It s signficantly less assured than her better known works, North and South, Cranford and Wives and Daughters The eponymous heroine is at times annoying although she grows in stature as the work progresses and the narrative has a number of those features which make some readers avoid Victorian fiction a leisurely pace, wordiness, preachiness, sentimentality and melodrama The novel starts very slowly At the half way mark the pace picks up and [...]

    5. Dolors says:

      After having read North and South quite a long time ago I had forgotten why this woman was a master in storytelling.Because it seems impossible that a novel written in the classic way, with long sentences and a stiff structure with ancient vocabulary and dealing with the pros and conts of the revolutionary working class in the industrial England of the late XIXth century, might engage the reader the way that Mary Barton does.Even with all these formal constraints Gaskell manages to transmit such [...]

    6. K. says:

      Okay, I am turning into a major E Gaskell fan I absolutely loved this book It was her first, and got a bit melodramatic in places, but I think she made it work North and South was definitely better crafted, but this was just as good a story Gaskell wrote at the same time as Dickens, Industrial Age Britian She lived in Manchester trade town and knew the condiditions there very well She does a great job at describing the real living circumstances of the rich and poor The book is absolutely grippin [...]

    7. ☯Emily says:

      I have never understood why Elizabeth Gaskell is not better known She was a contemporary of Dickens and a much better writer Both HARD TIMES by Dickens and MARY BARTON by Gaskell deal with the terrible plight of the working poor during the 1840s and 1850s Gaskell s characters are realistically drawn as opposed to Dicken s exaggerated comical characters Mrs Gaskell shows how factory workers lived in terribly squalid conditions and the affect this had on Mary Barton s father There is a murder whic [...]

    8. Laura says:

      I m calling this one read because it took me nearly three weeks to get just past the halfway point, and I don t think I m a slow reader Will I try it again Probably, because I bought the book But I don t recommend it to others.I really enjoy Gaskell s writing But this book is so depressing Maybe it gets better, but it s too much of a downer for me right now I expected a love story with the social commentary off to the side It s pretty much the opposite, and I m not sure exactly where the love st [...]

    9. Katie Lumsden says:

      As brilliant this time as it was the first This is probably the most exciting and page turner Victorian books out there, and is highly worth everybody s time.

    10. Sarah says:

      This was a good enough book I think it was a very good attempt at showcasing the social conflict of Gaskell s era Most of her characters are complex and I think the writing was quite good It just didn t grab me though and I found a lot of it to be uninteresting.

    11. Erin says:

      First, I agree with other reviewers that Mary Barton is not quite of the same caliber as her other novels Second, Mary Barton is not the most likeable of characters and it would have been nice if someone had hauled off and given her a good smack On the other hand, once I started to read,it was impossible to put down

    12. Kathleen says:

      Your heart would have ached to have seen the man, however hardly you might have judged his crime This is what fiction does for us allows us to see the man, to walk in his shoes In this story, we see Manchester, England in the 1830 s We see a working man who is without work, a man who watched his son die from lack of nourishment We see a young woman tempted to give up everything she loves for some basic comforts We see their neighbors and friends struggle not always successfully to sustain their [...]

    13. Jennifer says:

      I love Gaskell s writing Wives and Daughters is one of my all time favorites , and things were going swimmingly for the first half of Mary Barton It s about a group of working class families living in Manchester, and brilliantly details the poverty and class tensions created by the Industrial Revolution But from the middle onwards it becomes a glacial crime drama, and the ending chapters feature some of the least believable, most heavy handed Christian sermonizing I ve ever read It s the kind of [...]

    14. Marquise says:

      I can t believe I m giving a Gaskell novel this low a rating And yet, I can t but rate it so The storytelling is deficient despite the plot being theoretically sound, and there s too much mawkishly romantic melodrama from early on, to which you have to add dialogue that sounds as trite as this example between the protagonist, Mary Barton, and her suitor I tell you, Jem, it cannot be Once for all, I will never marryyou And is this the end of all my hopes and fears the end of my life, I may say, f [...]

    15. Holly says:

      I m not sure why I feel the need to read 19th century women s British lit, but I always go back to it, whether it s re reading Austen or trying out new titles and authors At first it was reading anything by Austen or that was Austenesque in period, satire, and romance Now I ve come to love reading the formal British diction and grammar long sentences, Hackney London accents, and all It s also an interesting way to learn about and live the historical period That said, I ve read Gaskell before and [...]

    16. F.R. says:

      Mary Barton, or It s Grim Oop North One doesn t like to fall back on cliches like the above, but the Manchester Tourist Board is never going to give a back cover blurb for this novel Death, disease and destitution stalk the streets of the city which is seemingly a series of run down slums, where a fall in demand for cotton can see whole families starve to nothing where a flirtation with one of a higher class can lead to disgrace and possibly murder where high passions are fermented even through [...]

    17. booklady says:

      Although I didn t realize it, this was Elizabeth Gaskell s first novel and by happy circumstance it was also my first to read by her There were any number of favorable things which could be said about the novel, such as Gaskell s portrayal of a manufacturing town class struggle during an economic crisis, family politics on both sides of that contention or the simple, clean plot.But what completely won me over were the clear ethical choices in the story It wasn t overtly didactic or preachy It wa [...]

    18. Jane says:

      Where I got the book public domain freebie on Kindle or was it directly from Gutenberg Anyhow, a perfectly acceptable free copy which is one of the things I love about the internet.Mary Barton is the pretty daughter of a factory hand who s an ardent Chartist prototypical trade unionist in an 1800s Manchester hit by economic hardship She is loved by childhood friend Jem Wilson but has her eye on handsome Harry Carson, the boss s son After Harry is assassinated and Jem is accused of the murder Mar [...]

    19. Amanda says:

      I did not love this nearly as much as North and South, but over the course of the novel I grew and fond of it The characterization is not as superb as in NS, but I did come to know most of the characters quite well There are a few passages in the middle devoted to a mermaid, which certainly won me over Overall, this felt like a first novel when compared to NS, but that makes me eager to pick up the later works of Gaskell

    20. Issicratea says:

      Mary Barton 1848 was Elizabeth Gaskell s first published novel and it shows There s a kind of tentativeness about it, and a certain clunkiness of construction and there s a great deal of Victorian piety and sentimentality to wade through I feel sorry for anyone who comes to Gaskell first through this rather weak, early production, rather than through her magnificent later novels, like Sylvia s Lovers 1863 and North and South 1855.There are plot anticipations of North and South in Mary Barton ind [...]

    21. Quirkyreader says:

      This was my first go as an audio book after many years I throughly enjoyed having the story read to me And thank you to the National Library Service for providing audio books to those of us who have visual impairments.Now onto the review.The story takes place in Gaskell s home of Manchester in the north of England It is a family story that is full of tragedy and misunderstandings It also depicts the way of life of the working man during the Industrial Revolution of the 19th Century This story gr [...]

    22. RavenclawReadingRoom says:

      The first time I read this, I really struggled with it I think I got caught up in the love triangle element of the story to the point where I couldn t see anything else I was also comparing it to my two favourite Gaskell books, North South and Wives Daughters.But on reread, letting the story stand on its own I really enjoyed this one It s about the lengths that someone will go to for what they believe in It s about a teenage girl who s so infatuated with a hot, rich guy that she doesn t realise [...]

    23. Trudy Brasure says:

      I really enjoyed reading this again It s not as wonderful as North and South or Wives and Daughters, but I enjoyed it than Ruth or Cranford There are so many similar elements to North and South, and the details into the lives of the working class is expanded I don t feel the deep empathy for Mary or Jem as I do with Margaret Hale and John Thornton Mary s struggles are much dramatic and difficult to relate to And we don t get to know Jem as well as we get to know John Thornton.The secondary cha [...]

    24. Nancy says:

      Elizabeth Gaskell is a classic writer Her characters have depth and her descriptions are detailed She makes it hard to read modern works in which, most of the time, the writing is much thiner I can put this no better than the description on the back of the book, which reads in part While it is certianly possible to consult Mary Barton as a social document depicting Manchester in the hungry forties with appalling precision, the novel cannot only be read as such Partly because its love story and m [...]

    25. Gary says:

      Mary Barton was an important landmark in 19th century English literature in that , possibly than even any Charles Dickens novel, it raises awareness of the plight of the poverty stricken English working classes.Unlike most of Dickens work , Elizabeth Gaskell places working class people at the center of her novel novel rather than the periphery The central point of the novel as is Engels The Condition of the Working Class in England Oxford World s Classics is how men and women starved and childr [...]

    26. Helle says:

      There is a decent enough story at the heart of this novel, but as much as I hate being negative about Elizabeth Gaskell, whose Wives and Daughters I loved, this book is much too didactic for my tastes, probably for most modern tastes, I suspect There were times in the beginning where I felt it was a communist manifesto, only half concealed in the novel form, with an extremely intrusive narrator It is the story of a young woman, Mary Barton, and the decisive years of her life in Manchester during [...]

    27. Marialyce says:

      Actually, I do so wish there were half star ratings as I feel this one is definitely a 3.5 novel Being that this was Elizabeth Gaskell s first novel, and being that a few people told me they couldn t get through it, imagine my surprise when I found I truly liked this book It was a fine example of the saga of the the Victorian world where feelings are so hidden, and cues so missed that oftentimes, feelings are overlooked and poor judgements are made.Mary Barton, a young pretty woman, learns the e [...]

    28. Ana T. says:

      I had loved North South, liked Cranford and I must confess that I was totally unprepared for my reaction to this Mary Barton I loved it I am a bit undecided on what to mention first, Mary Barton focus on Mary who is apparently the main character but than that is focusses on the industrial side of the city of Manchester in the 1840s, on the relationships between Masters and workers, but especially on the workers living conditions The misery that forced them to desperate acts from seeing their fa [...]

    29. Sara says:

      It is difficult to express why this Victorian novel that no doubt contains all the cliche faults one would attribute to lesser Victorian efforts should be so effective and enduring Gaskell treats her characters with understanding and respect and, while they could easily sink into caricature, they do not.The story has a long, overwrought narrative Mary is unlikable and bounces between a person of extraordinary strength and one who faints and swoons in weakness Jem is a bit too perfect and Gaskell [...]

    30. Nancy Dardarian says:

      I loved this book, when I read it I was on a Victorian kick and had a lot of fun It is sometimes a bit much but overall worth it I loved this bit Of all the trite, worn out, hollow mockeries of comfort that were ever uttered by people who will not take the trouble of sympathizing with others, the one I dislike the most is the exhortation not to grieve over and event, for it cannot be helped Do you think if I could help it, I would sit still with folded hands, content to mourn Do you not believe [...]

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