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Mary Barton (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
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Elizabeth Clerghorn Stevenson, surnomée «Shéhérazade» par Charles Dickens, fait partie de la grande et talentueuse cohorte des romancières anglaises du XIXe siècle, aux côtés de Jane Austen, Charlotte, Emily et Anne Brontë et George Eliot. Une fois qu'ils l'ont découverte, ses lecteurs lui restent très fidèles, car ses romans et nouvelles se distinguent par leur charme, leur vivacité, leur humour, leur intelligence et même leur courage, si l'on songe au tollé que soulevèrent au moment de leur parution certains d'entre eux, jugés beaucoup trop progressistes par une partie de la bourgeoisie d'outre-Manche.

Elle naît à Londres en 1810, elle est élevée par une tante dans le comté de Cheshire. En 1832, elle épouse le révérend William Gaskell.En 1848, elle remporte un premier succès littéraire, avec le roman Mary Barton. Deux ans plus tard, elle commence une collaboration avec le magazine de Charles Dickens, Household Word où paraîtra son œuvre la plus célèbre Cranford. Elle publie son premier roman sur l'Angleterre industrielle, North and South. Sa production littéraire est importante et d'une qualité qui ne faiblit pas ; Ruth (1853), son deuxième roman, qui aborde le sujet brûlant des filles-mères, fait quelque peu scandale ; La vie de Charlotte Brontë (1857); Sylvia's Lovers (1863) Cousin Phillis (1863-1864). À partir d'août 1864, Wives and Daughters paraît en feuilleton dans le magazine Cornhill et sa publication durera jusqu'en janvier 1866. Entre-temps, cependant, le 12 novembre 1865, Elizabeth Gaskell meurt brutalement, à cinquante-cinq ans.

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3.0 étoiles sur 5 A classic 20 septembre 2013
Par Stevie
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Just right when you feel like escaping from the real world. Well written and entertaining, one to keep and re read
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 This IS worth reading if . . . 14 août 2011
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The reviewer above must not know much about Victorian Condition of England novels. Mary Barton is one of the premier novels of this genre detailing the lives of ordinary working class poor in Manchester during the height of the industrial revolution. Mrs. Gaskell lived in Manchester and writes about what she saw with a keen eye and understanding of the workers' plight. If you're looking for bodice-ripping buy something else. If you want a picture of life in England circa 1840 that isn't Dickens, try Mary Barton.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A British classic: Mary Barton. 28 mai 2011
Par jet1948 - Publié sur Amazon.com
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A classic novel of conditions in mid-19th century working areas of Manchester: the poverty of the workers, gnawing hunger, deprivation, and the huge discrepancy between the workers and the the mill owners: rich, exploitative and indifferent to suffering. As well, a tale of mixed emotions, family relations, crime and law, and - finally - requited love.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Very enjoyable 22 juin 2012
Par morehumanthanhuman - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Mary Barton, published in 1848, was Elizabeth Gaskell's first novel. Originally titled "John Barton," it's a book with many elements - starting out as a exploration of the lives of the poor in Manchester, England and ending as a more traditional love story with a focus on economic justice.

Mary is John's daughter, a young dressmaker who enters into a flirtation with the son of a factory owner. She hopes to marry him and rescue herself and her father from poverty. Jem, a factory foreman who is the son of one of her father's closest friends, is in love with Mary. As economic conditions worsen in Manchester, Mary's father is radicalized and drawn into Chartism (not incredibly well known now, this was a working class labor movement).

As all these elements come together, Gaskell mixes romance, a murder trial, a strike, and heartrending descriptions of poverty and death. There are a handful of characters who are economically well-off and they're not presented unsympathetically, but it's clear that Gaskell's heart was with the working class characters of this novel. Their dialect is carefully presented (with glosses in the text, provided by her husband) and her desire is clearly that her readers would understand - if not condone - how their lives are lived. Esther, an aunt of Mary's who has become a prostitute, is even given a chance to explain her actions and why she has made the choices that she has made.

While I did enjoy this book, parts of the second half did drag for me. Gaskell had not yet mastered the art of authorial injections and the constant breaking in began to feel a bit intrusive. There were also some bits of high-Victoriana I could have done without (a "fit of madness" that leaves one ill for a few weeks, etc). Wives and Daughters, from the end of her career, was a much stronger novel. However, there is still a great deal to enjoy here and I look forward to reading more novels by this unfairly underknown novelist.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Grand Opera in the Early Proletariat 30 janvier 2013
Par Diethelm Thom - Publié sur Amazon.com
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You might feel little inclination to be once more confronted with the misery of the early industrial proletariat at Manchester. Or you might feel that you know enough and it is history anyway. But Elizabeth Gaskell is a great artist and no sooner you have started reading than she will get a firm hold on you.
Beautiful Mary Barton is the daughter of John Barton, a leading figure among his fellow workers. She does not act wisely when she allows young Henry Carson, the only son of a factory owner, to be nice to her hoping he would marry her one day and offer her a carefree life. She has almost gone too far when she realizes that in fact she loves a young man from her neighbourhood, Jem Wilson. When Henry Carson gets murdered, Jem is indicted for the crime. Old Mr Carson is beside himself with hate and fury and presses the court to hurry up hanging the culprit. There is a slight chance of rescue only if Mary can find the one witness that can provide an alibi. Her desperate endeavours to find this witness take up a considerable part of the story, which more and more turns into a nightmare.
That is the subject matter for melodrama or grand opera playing among the miserable. But as in a grand opera there is an inner greatness of the protagonists and truth in their relationships. The psychological insight of the author is admirable. And so is her attitude of love and understanding or, in other words her objectivity towards everybody involved in this drama. True, the misery of the living conditions is denounced, and the employers are presented as heartless and narrow-minded, but that is not the end of it. They are also shown as well-intentioned, and they are capable of learning. They are human beings anyway, individuals. So are the working people; not objects serving to demonstrate the social misery, but human beings with their special qualities, strong and weak points.
The action is carefully composed, maybe too carefully to be credible. It unrolls in contrasts while tension is growing steadily. A lot of dying takes place, but in the long run all conflicts are harmoniously solved, again, maybe, too harmoniously for the modern reader. At the end the good triumph and there is a scene of reconciliation between the antagonists, which can be regarded as too innocent and naïve and which can be attributed to the Zeitgeist and personality of the author. And yet, you don't leave off reading with a feeling that reality was pressed into a prefabricated pattern. It is rather as if the author needed a pattern of action that fitted her deeply felt image of the world and the people. Maybe, Elizabeth Gaskell is too little known because she has always been overshadowed by the great Charles Dickens. If so, it is a pity. Maybe, we modern readers can appreciate and understand her intuitive and direct presentation of reality more easily than Dickens's tales because Dickens is more apt to draw us into his own and very special fantasy worlds. Anyway, I can only hope more people will read this book with the same pleasure that I had.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Beautiful Story! 5 mars 2013
Par Pamela Clarke - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is a moving tale of factory life in nineteenth century England that still holds truths for today. A must-read classic!
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