Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens: A Study of Selfishness

‘My main object in this story was, to exhibit in a variety of aspects the commonest of all the vices; to show how Selfishness propagates itself; and to what a grim giant it may grow, from small beginnings.’    This book isn’t one I’d planned to read & it’s not a Dickens’ title that had … Continue reading Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens: A Study of Selfishness

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell (1855)

After watching the BBC version of North & South multiple times and enjoying it so much, I decided it was time to read the novel.What the movie doesn’t portray, due to obvious time constraints, is the depth of thought and exploration of character that Gaskell put into her work. Nuances, pertinent quotations at the beginning … Continue reading North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell (1855)

Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell (1848)

  19th Century Manchester   Subtitled A Tale of Manchester Life, Mary Barton is the story of working class poverty in the industrial city of Manchester during the early to mid 1800’s. It was Elizabeth Gaskell’s first novel and in the preface she writes: 'Three years ago I became anxious (from circumstances that need not … Continue reading Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell (1848)