A collection of comic sketches first serialized in Charles Dickens's journal Household Words,
these stories look to sympathetically portray changing small-town customs and values.
Harkening back to memories of her childhood in the small Cheshire town
of Knutsford, Cranford is an attempt to portray an affectionate picture
of a class and customs already becoming anachronisms.
I have been a major fan of Sue Birtwistle, Heidi Thomas and Susie Conklin's Cranford Miniseries for quite awhile, and since there wasn't anything about it on this forum yet, I thought I would do the honors. Apart from Jane Austen, Elizabeth Gaskill's books have some of the best material for a miniseries, and the way the Sue and Susan compiled information from three of her major books (Cranford, Dr. Harrison's Confession's and My Lady Ludlow) into one major production is both clever and believable. Her essay, The Last Generation of England, was also used as a source. While there are many intricate and interweaving threads and ministories, my favorite would have to be a tie between Mr Carter and Harry Gregson's, and Dr Harrison and Sophy Hutton's. I also love Jessie Brown's story and, of course, Matty Jenkyns. One of the things that draws me to this series is that it has such a warm, family feel to it, and by the end you feel like your apart of this village and involved in these people's lives. Another thing is the inter-connected stories...I just love how everybody knows everybody else, and are constantly absorbed in one another's lives.
Right now I am doing a reread of Cranford, one of my favourite classics, which I usually reread every year or two. Has anyone noticed that Gaskell's voice, in this particular novel, is much like that of Jane Austen? Possibly because the story revolves around a small circle of people, like Jane Austen's society, but even the writing style is so similar. Any other Cranford fans out there?
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