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Elizabeth Gaskell's NORTH AND SOUTH

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Would fans of British classics here like to read and discuss N&S this month? Here's a link to a conversation Choisya and I had at the Frankenstein board:

http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/bn/board/message?board.id=Frankenstein&message.id=313


pmath wrote:
Choisya, it's one of my favorites, too: it reminds me of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice (another novel recently adapted to film).

Choisya wrote:
Excellent idea pmath - especially North & South, which has always resonated with me because I am a tough Northern gal who moved to the genteel South of England, so I know the difference between the two cultures:smileyhappy:

pmath wrote:
Ilana, I have a suggestion for the British Classics board. Perhaps we could we read literary works recently adapted to film: it would be interesting to compare the films to the originals. Were any novels by Elizabeth Gaskell discussed at BNU? If not, we could discuss North and South.

Penguin Classics edition:
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?EAN=9780140434248

Norton Critical Edition:
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?EAN=9780393979084

BBC adaptation:
http://video.barnesandnoble.com/search/product.asp?EAN=794051245328


IlanaSimons wrote (message linked here):
I will launch the British Classics section soon,...



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Re: Elizabeth Gaskell's NORTH AND SOUTH

I've never read North & South but I've heard it's very good. I'd be interested in reading and discussing it. Perhaps in January, after all the holidays have passed?
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Re: Elizabeth Gaskell's NORTH AND SOUTH

Yes, please feel free to start a _North and South_ discussion whenever you're ready.
In terms of formal new B&N clubs, I'll be doing Kafka in January, but I would like to do a Gaskell club soon, so thanks for the head's up. We'll get there... Too many books!



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Re: Elizabeth Gaskell's NORTH AND SOUTH ??

I am not too keen on joining a discussion without some structure/guidance from a Moderator, which I feel we need. Other discussions without Moderators have floundered here and the Xmas period may mean that readers are fewer on the ground anyway. Are you unable to lead such a discussion on N&S because you are contracted to do Kafka only at this stage?




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Would fans of British classics here like to read and discuss N&S this month? Here's a link to a conversation Choisya and I had at the Frankenstein board:

http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/bn/board/message?board.id=Frankenstein&message.id=313


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I am always logging on, and would tune into NORTH AND SOUTH as soon as we wanted to start. I was really talking technicalities: In order for me to list a string of questions and lead a full discussion myself, I gotta pick up the book again! I will, I think, in the new year.... For the time being, I'm going to be dedicating energy to hosting the threads we got up here.

Again: Please do use this space to discuss NORTH AND SOUTH, and I will chime in and learn as we go, with all of you.


Choisya wrote:
I am not too keen on joining a discussion without some structure/guidance from a Moderator, which I feel we need. Other discussions without Moderators have floundered here and the Xmas period may mean that readers are fewer on the ground anyway. Are you unable to lead such a discussion on N&S because you are contracted to do Kafka only at this stage?

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Re: Elizabeth Gaskell's NORTH AND SOUTH

I am obviously a novice here. I have not read Gaskell's NORTH AND SOUTH. I am looking to purchase it as we speak. I am however, reading Gaskell's CRANFORD. I would love to discuss the book, I will begin reading ASAP.
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Re: Elizabeth Gaskell's NORTH AND SOUTH

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Great. Don't feel like a novice. Tell us what you're getting from CRANFORD. This might be a nice discussion to move over to the Woman Writers thread....



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I am obviously a novice here. I have not read Gaskell's NORTH AND SOUTH. I am looking to purchase it as we speak. I am however, reading Gaskell's CRANFORD. I would love to discuss the book, I will begin reading ASAP.

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Re: Elizabeth Gaskell CRANFORD now in Women Writers



IlanaSimons wrote:
Great. Don't feel like a novice. Tell us what you're getting from CRANFORD. This might be a nice discussion to move over to the Woman Writers thread....



debbaker wrote:
I am obviously a novice here. I have not read Gaskell's NORTH AND SOUTH. I am looking to purchase it as we speak. I am however, reading Gaskell's CRANFORD. I would love to discuss the book, I will begin reading ASAP.

Message Edited by IlanaSimons on 12-02-200601:22 PM







OK I'll move it over to the Woman Writer's thread:smileyhappy:
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Question for Ilana: B&N Classics Editions of Elizabeth Gaskell's work

Ilana, will we need to use a B&N Classics edition? If so, at the moment, we could only discuss the two books below on a separate board, and perhaps we should start discussing North and South here instead after Christmas, when everyone will have more time, and to give everyone a chance to get a copy of the book!

B&N Classics edition of Wives and Daughters:
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/BookSearch/isbnInquiry.asp?EAN=9781593082574

B&N Classics edition of The Life of Charlotte Brontë:
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/BookSearch/isbnInquiry.asp?EAN=9781593083144


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In terms of formal new B&N clubs, I'll be doing Kafka in January, but I would like to do a Gaskell club soon, so thanks for the head's up.
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pmath wrote:
Ilana, will we need to use a B&N Classics edition? If so, at the moment, we could only discuss the two books below on a separate board, and perhaps we should start discussing North and South here instead after Christmas, when everyone will have more time, and to give everyone a chance to get a copy of the book!

B&N Classics edition of Wives and Daughters:
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/BookSearch/isbnInquiry.asp?EAN=9781593082574

B&N Classics edition of The Life of Charlotte Brontë:
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/BookSearch/isbnInquiry.asp?EAN=9781593083144


IlanaSimons wrote:
In terms of formal new B&N clubs, I'll be doing Kafka in January, but I would like to do a Gaskell club soon, so thanks for the head's up.






Hi pmath,
I do agree we should do a Gaskell now, but we've actually opted do CRANFORD, because it's light and episodic--which means that people can join the discussion after reading just the first episode (the first 2 chapters, which were initially printed as a short story on their own, in Dickens' magazine).

I started this CRANFORD dicussion in the ARRIVAL OF THE WOMAN WRITER thread. Click into that thread, and please join the discussion. I will certainly try to get to your other suggestions after the new year. I think your suggestion of NORTH AND SOUTH is a great one.

For weekly updates on what's going on in this board, which might otherwise get confusing!, see the WEEKLY UPDATE thread, which I'll routinely change.

Thanks a lot
I hope you'll want to read some CRANFORD...
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Re: Question for Ilana: B&N Classics Editions of Elizabeth Gaskell's work

Does anyone know of a place where I can read "Cranford" online? My Barnes and Noble only has "Wives and Daughters", and if I order Cranford online, it could take a week to get it... thanks!!
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"Cranford" online


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Does anyone know of a place where I can read "Cranford" online? My Barnes and Noble only has "Wives and Daughters", and if I order Cranford online, it could take a week to get it... thanks!!




Here it is. I'm on ch. 2 now.

http://www.lang.nagoya-u.ac.jp/%7Ematsuoka/EG-Cranford.html
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NORTH AND SOUTH v. CRANFORD

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Thanks, Ilana: I did read Cranford years ago, although I don't remember very much about it.


IlanaSimons wrote:
I will certainly try to get to your other suggestions after the new year. I think your suggestion of NORTH AND SOUTH is a great one.

...

I hope you'll want to read some CRANFORD...

pmath wrote:
Ilana, will we need to use a B&N Classics edition? If so, at the moment, we could only discuss the two books below on a separate board, and perhaps we should start discussing North and South here instead after Christmas, when everyone will have more time, and to give everyone a chance to get a copy of the book!

B&N Classics edition of Wives and Daughters:
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/BookSearch/isbnInquiry.asp?EAN=9781593082574

B&N Classics edition of The Life of Charlotte Brontë:
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/BookSearch/isbnInquiry.asp?EAN=9781593083144

IlanaSimons wrote:
In terms of formal new B&N clubs, I'll be doing Kafka in January, but I would like to do a Gaskell club soon, so thanks for the head's up.


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I already got my Kafka volume!

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Hi Denise. I'm excited that you'll join in on Kafka, a group that'll start in the new year.

Any chance that before then you want to tune into chapter 1-2 of CRANFORD, which is available online? We're launching the discussion in the Woman Writers thread.



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I'll have to pass on Cranford. I'm finishing Leaves of Grass (Bob is amazed that I'm actually reading it in it's entirety but I love it) and I want to finish House of the Seven Gables and I just got an email from my local BN that my edition of A Christmas Carol is in (believe it or not, I have not read the Dickens story yet). So, my plate is full. I'm actually planning on adding a couple of days of commuting by bus to work and a plane trip to visit my family for Christmas just to get more reading in (okay, I had other reasons than just to have more reading time!). I also see the picture of the Jane Eyre volume posted as the masthead for this group. I hope we'll be discussing that book. I really enjoyed it!

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donyskiw wrote:
I'll have to pass on Cranford. I'm finishing Leaves of Grass (Bob is amazed that I'm actually reading it in it's entirety but I love it) and I want to finish House of the Seven Gables and I just got an email from my local BN that my edition of A Christmas Carol is in (believe it or not, I have not read the Dickens story yet). So, my plate is full. I'm actually planning on adding a couple of days of commuting by bus to work and a plane trip to visit my family for Christmas just to get more reading in (okay, I had other reasons than just to have more reading time!). I also see the picture of the Jane Eyre volume posted as the masthead for this group. I hope we'll be discussing that book. I really enjoyed it!

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I'm looking forward to it. I'm going to start reading some of the other short stories before the group starts.

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I am not too keen on joining a discussion without some structure/guidance from a Moderator, which I feel we need.

I agree with that. But that doesn't mean that we have to wait for BN to assign a moderator. In many book discussion groups, both on line and off line, one person (or sometimes two or three) person is assigned to be the moderator for the discussion.

There are lots of talented people here. I see no reason why a person with a passion for a book and a willingess to organize a discussion couldn't step forward, start a thread, say for example "I will moderate a discussion of Eliot's Middlemarch starting on February 1st," and go for it.

We are all educated people, and many of us have leadership and organizational expertise and experience. Why do we have to sit around like sheep waiting for BN to assign us an official moderator?

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Re: Elizabeth Gaskell's NORTH AND SOUTH ??

I think Pmath has done just that with Pnorth and Psouth, and I am glad to see that Everyman has just vounteered for Pmiddlemarch. Anyone for Psmith? With the novels, especially, I think we have enough talented people here that we don't need to be led by the hand every step of the way.



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I am not too keen on joining a discussion without some structure/guidance from a Moderator, which I feel we need.

I agree with that. But that doesn't mean that we have to wait for BN to assign a moderator. In many book discussion groups, both on line and off line, one person (or sometimes two or three) person is assigned to be the moderator for the discussion.

There are lots of talented people here. I see no reason why a person with a passion for a book and a willingess to organize a discussion couldn't step forward, start a thread, say for example "I will moderate a discussion of Eliot's Middlemarch starting on February 1st," and go for it.

We are all educated people, and many of us have leadership and organizational expertise and experience. Why do we have to sit around like sheep waiting for BN to assign us an official moderator?

Choose a book, set a time giving people enough time to get the book and start reading, and Just Do It!


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