North and South Author:Elizabeth Gaskell Mary Gaskell's North and South examines the nature of social authority and obedience and provides an insightful description of the role of middle class women in nineteenth century society. Through the story of Margaret Hale, a southerner who moves to the northern industrial town of Milton, Gaskell skillfully explores issues of class and gend... more »er, as Margaret's sympathy for the town mill workers conflicts with her growing attraction to the mill owner, John Thornton. This new and revised expanded edition sets the novel in the context of Victorian social and medical debate.« less
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I saw the miniseries first so I was surprised how well they kept to the book if not always in the specifics but certainly in spirit. The book is wonderful and gives you so much insight into just what these characters are really thinking and feeling... beautiful.
Probably the only other book where I enjoyed the film version more than I did the actual novel. I liked this novel a lot, and I think the reason I liked the mini-series produced of this book so much more than the book itself is because there are so many things that can be read into a look and a glance and you cant see that in the novel -- especially a novel where the story is told in a kind of first person omniscient, not first person directly, but it only follows one persons view at a time, in a way, so you dont really get that intensity in Mr. Thorntons expression on the page even though its described adequately enough. I do like that the mini-series stuck to the book very faithfully (with only a few understandable distinctions), but all the main aspects of the book was there in the mini-series. The one change that they made that I wish had been in the book was with the character of Bessie. She was a much stronger character in the mini-series, I thought.