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Gaskell poured so much love into the character of John Barton, making you feel for him as poverty rips away both his family members and his dignity while he desperately tries to take some control over the situation, that Mary seemed to be almost a side note. Her intrigues with two men of different classes weren’t written with nearly the same amount of emotion as John’s efforts to help those around him. Turns out the novel was originally titled John Barton until an editor suggested it might sell better as Mary Barton… read more.
I love the way that Mrs. Gaskell writes and I have enjoyed all of the previous books of hers that I have read. She is one of my favorite authors. I think she has such a way with words and expressing simple thoughts and ideas, she can make the most mundane circumstances sound charming and poetic… read more.
The miniseries is quite beautiful, even though most of it is spent depicting just how grimy and unappealing the industrial city of Milton is. Cotton flies through the air like snow, all of the buildings are cast in drab gray stone, and everyone dresses in muted colors. The acting is superb as well, and I was particularly moved by the character of Mr. Bell, played by Brian Prothroe… read more.