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Femmes et filles (1865)

par Elizabeth Gaskell

Autres auteurs: Frederick Greenwood (Auteur), Graham Handley (Directeur de publication)

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Classic Literature. Fiction. Romance. HTML:

Can't get enough of nineteenth-century British romance? Lovers of books like Pride and Prejudice and Wuthering Heights should give Elizabeth Gaskell's Wives and Daughters a try. This tale follows the romantic ups and downs of Molly Gibson, a doctor's daughter who lives in a small English village and is trying desperately to find the right husband.

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    Persuasion par Jane Austen (Shuffy2)
    Shuffy2: In addition to North and South by Gaskell, Wives and Daughters is another great read for people who love Austen's Persusion and Sense and Sensibility!
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    Pride and Prejudice (The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jane Austen) par Jane Austen (Cecilturtle)
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    Le docteur Thorne par Anthony Trollope (atimco)
    atimco: Trollope's Mary Thorne and Gaskell's Molly Gibson have much in common: both their father-figures are country doctors with connections to the local nobility, both fall in love with a man above them in station and wealth, both face undeserved public shame in their social circles, and both are sensible, intelligent heroines.… (plus d'informations)
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    The Victorian House: Domestic Life from Childbirth to Deathbed par Judith Flanders (susanbooks)

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Gaskell shines when it comes to the supporting characters in this novel of Molly Gilbert. Molly is probably the weakest character in my mind, since she is so "good" that she actually loses any interest in the reader compared to all the other supporting characters. Her father Dr Gilbert, and especially Cynthia are characters that you will come to enjoy throughout the book, not to mention Miss Browning, her sister Phoebe, and Lady Harriet. There are layers and layers to their stories. Hyacinth "Clare" doesn't have much depth, but she is always a sense of interest in counter foible to Molly.
Warning. Elizabeth Gaskell died before finishing this serial book. That being said, you can easily tell where it was heading. I imagine there were only two or three more chapters to finish the story. ( )
  wvlibrarydude | Jan 14, 2024 |
I really enjoyed every minute of this wonderful book. I was startled and shocked to find that Elizabeth Gaskell died before finishing it. The notes at the end provided some hints of how she might have concluded, but I was heartbroken not to have her words. Well worth reading despite this problem. I will go searching for Cranford which is also narrated by Prunella Scales. It should be great! ( )
  njcur | Jan 12, 2024 |
So much real emotion in this one. I loved it and was happy to let the (long) story slowly unfold. There is a plot but if you need things to move along, this is probably not the book for you. #Victober2019 ( )
  mmcrawford | Dec 5, 2023 |
When 17-year-old Molly Gibson's long-widowed father remarries, she gains a step-mother and step-sister, the latter of which is near her age. However, she now has to share her father and defer to her new mother, both things that are completely foreign to her. There are some clashes beyond that, though, as step-sister Cynthia, who becomes Molly's dear friend, is keeping secrets that will shock the entire town of Hollingford. As Molly matures into a woman, she befriends the Hamley family with their two young, eligible sons, and Lady Harriet, much to the chagrin of Molly's new mother.

This book is long, originally written as a serial of shorter parts for publication in a magazine, and it does tend to meander a bit, without seeming like there's much of a central plot at first. However, once things pick up a few chapters in, I found almost every bit of it interesting, even if it didn't seem to add to a main plot. There are so many things happening, probably because the story was meant to be more of a snapshot of everyday life at the time, rather than a single, solid novel. Yet with all of that, I was never bored (well, maybe when someone's style of dress was described or when Molly's step-mother Hyacinth's thoughts about someone or something was explained). I think that is mostly because the characters were so well written, I enjoyed following them through this life they were living. I really liked Molly, but also loved her father, the town doctor who was an incredibly wise and caring man. And Squire Hamley, for all his blustering and cultural prejudices, found his way into my heart.

Cynthia is probably the most complex character--I'm not sure she knew her own mind for more than a moment at a time. The exploration of what a child who was raised by a single mother who showed no love or affection would grow into was fascinating, even as she drove me crazy. But I felt for her. While she did make her own choices, and as she grows older will be held more and more accountable for them, she didn't enter into womanhood with a very good example. Hyacinth was a selfish, uncaring individual, bordering on sociopathy, really. Her utter lack of empathy and penchant for manipulation were very well written, though, and are a large part of the reason it seems, in a way, that Cynthia never had a chance to be normal.

I know that if I had been reading the text, rather than listening the audiobook, it would have taken me a lot longer to finish this book. However, of all of the audiobooks I've listened to in the last several months that I've started opening myself up to them more, this was the first one that I felt a strong desire to come back to whenever I could, rather than simply putting it on when doing the activities that allow me the chance to listen. This is mostly because of the story itself, of course, but I also want to be clear that Nadia May did a superb job with the narration. The way she differentiated all of the larger characters was astounding, and I especially loved her voice for Mr. Gibson (Molly's dad). There were times that I'd get so caught up in it that I'd completely forget this was one person doing all of the voices. This is my second read by Elizabeth Gaskell, and I think I liked it a little more than North and South, which really surprised me. Though I do still prefer the North and South mini-series to the one based on this novel, but I'm probably biased there for reasons I won't get in to right now. ( )
1 voter Kristi_D | Sep 22, 2023 |
"How easy it is to judge rightly after one sees what evil comes from judging wrongly."

'Wives and Daughters' is essentially the story of an inter-married family from the Victorian era. Molly Gibson is a sweet 17-year-old whose beloved father, the village doctor, suddenly decides to marry to a former governess, a virtual stranger, with a daughter of her own. These four completely different people must get to know each other by living under the same roof. Although Molly's world has been turned upside down, she resolves to make no ripples.

In contrast her stepmother, Hyacinth, is completely self-obsessed. She's creative and crafty enough to always get her own way whilst putting a positive spin on how she goes about it. Everything she says and does is calculated to show her off in the best light and there's nothing in her life that's not done for show. Molly's step-sister Cynthia, has charisma! She knows how to use her beauty to turn men's heads, but she values being loved by others above loving people herself. In fact, although she sees through her mother's act, Cynthia also likes to manipulate people to get her own way.

Dr Gibson, the father, is a steady, easy-going sort of guy who believes that excessive displays of emotion are detrimental to people's health. So we have a gorgeous young heroine who genuinely longs to put others' needs first, stuck with a new authority figure, who only wants to put herself first. How will it all work out?

Living nearby is the Hamley family, also a family of four. There's the bluff, outspoken old squire, his invalid wife, and their two grown-up sons. Osborne is attractive, artistic and the pride of his parents, while his younger brother Roger is seen as solid and is often overlooked. Osborne is into literature and poetry whereas Roger has a knack for science and maths.

Molly and Roger are perfect for each other but initially its his handsome older brother Osborne that she falls for especially because he at least seems to be immune to Cynthia's charms. Roger unfortunately is not.

There are also a host of great minor characters, the aristocratic Cumnor family and the various village gossips, in particular the Browning sisters.

I am sure that some people will regard this as a critique of the all-encompassing authority of men in Victorian society but I think that would be doing them a disservice here. The men were mainly just the figurehead of the families it was the women who pulled the strings.

Gaskell died of a heart-attack with just one chapter left to write, meaning that the ending appears somewhat abrupt. But personally I would have hated to have seen all the ends tied up neatly and feel that it would have ruined the overall effect.

This isn't a quick easy read, my copy ran to just over 700 pages of pretty dense prose, (the Victorians certainly seemed to cherish value for their money). But Gaskell does a great job of mixing pathos with gentle humour and generally I was happy to plod alongside the plot. Overall I found this an OK rather than a great read. I simply found Molly and Roger just too good to really ring true whereas Hyacinth and Cynthia were just too vain to be taken seriously. Personally I loved the gossiping minor characters and would have liked to have seen more of them. I could just imagine them sat around their fires on the long winter nights before the age of radio and TV picking faults in each other.

"Sometimes one likes foolish people for their folly, better than wise people for their wisdom." ( )
  PilgrimJess | Jul 6, 2023 |
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The answer was silly enough, logically; but forcible in fact. Cynthia was Cynthia, and not Venus herself could have been her substitute. In this one thing Mr. Preston was more really true than many worthy men, who, seeking to be married, turn with careless facility from the unattainable to the attainable, and keep their feelings and fancy tolerably loose till they find a woman who consents to be their wife. But no one would ever be to Mr. Preston what Cynthia had been, and was; and yet he could have stabbed her in certain of his moods.
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Classic Literature. Fiction. Romance. HTML:

Can't get enough of nineteenth-century British romance? Lovers of books like Pride and Prejudice and Wuthering Heights should give Elizabeth Gaskell's Wives and Daughters a try. This tale follows the romantic ups and downs of Molly Gibson, a doctor's daughter who lives in a small English village and is trying desperately to find the right husband.


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Ce roman d'amour sur fond de scandales et d'intrigues se déroule dans l'Angleterre rurale de la fin des années 1820. Il met en scène Molly, la fille rebelle d'un médecin de campagne, les aristocrates locaux qui, depuis l'imposant château de Cumnor Towers, règnent en maîtres absolus sur ce coin perdu des Midlands, les notables, les domestiques, les paysans, les animaux mais c'est avant tout la nature humaine dans la toute-puissance de ses pulsions et de ses désirs si impitoyablement réprimés par la société victorienne qu'Elizabeth Gaskell place au centre de la trame. Avec un art de la subversion qui lui est propre et une sensualité envoûtante elle nous transporte dans un univers bruissant de robes en taffetas et de commérages meurtriers, de hennissements de chevaux et de soupirs d'amour, où les femmes et les hommes sont aux prises avec l'ordinaire mystère de la vie. "Il s'agit de l'amour, comment il apparaît, comment il grandit, comment il peut briser nos cœurs ou nous rendre heureux ; il s'agit des erreurs que nous faisons et des secrets que nous devons garder..." La délicatesse de son ton et sa subtilité psychologique élèvent Elizabeth Gaskell au rang des plus grands écrivains et - malgré le siècle qui nous sépare - nous rendent son œuvre d'une intime proximité.
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