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Ruth (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
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Even though Mrs. Gaskell wrote 130 years ago, her message of gender and class inequality is familiar today. Ruth is a young woman who is orphaned at 15, apprenticed to a dressmaker, seduced and abandoned by a thoughtless lord of the manor. Ruth's troubles could be melodramatic in the hands of a writer less able than Gaskell and a reader less empathetic than Eve Matheson. But Matheson is an actress of great depth. Every character in this production is given a fully rounded persona. Her sensitive reading gives not just a memorable sound for each person, but also a sense of place at every scene change. She hits every high and low point, down to the catch in her own voice at a young woman's loss of her lover. It is those vocal dynamics that keep us glued to the story. J.P. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 559 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 398 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1605891711
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B0082XU52A
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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 Intéressant 23 novembre 2007
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Une histoire intéressante, qui pousse à la réflexion plutôt qu'elle procure la détente que l'on pourrait attendre d'un roman. L'histoire n'est pas amusante, elles est presque déprimante. Mais il y a des personnages attachants, avec des caractères assez complexes parfois. On se trouve bien dans l'Angleterre extrêmement religieuse de l'époque, souhaitant conserver les apparences par-dessus tout -- au détriment même de sa foi (quand encore elle existe).
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A beautiful story of sin and redemption. 24 juillet 2009
Par Elizabeth Crowley - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
When one thinks of Victorian sensation novels, one thinks of Wilkie Collins or Mary Elizabeth Braddon. The name Elizabeth Gaskell does not immediately come to mind. Elizabeth Gaskell was a contemporary and friend of Charles Dickens. Ruth, the author's second book, is not Gaskell's best known novel, but it is a forgotten gem that is worthy of much praise.

Ruth is the story of a young and innocent orphan who falls into the hands of a vain aristocratic young man named Mr Bellingham. Ruth Hilton was apprenticed to a seamstress by her guardian, but she loses her job when Mrs Mason, her employer, finds Ruth alone with Bellingham. The sweet and innocent orphan finds herself without a roof over her head. The cunning Bellingham coaxes Ruth into accompanying him to London where he promises he will take care of her. Ruth agrees. The sixteen year old orphan cannot begin to comprehend the ramifications of her decision.

Ruth and Bellingham spend time at an inn in Wales where there is much talk and gossip about the beautiful young lady who is accompanied by a man who is not her husband. Ruth, however, remains oblivious to the gossip behind her back. Her stay in Wales is simply the happiest time of her life, but that happiness is cut short.

Bellingham becomes ill and is whisked away by his mother leaving Ruth alone and heartbroken. Soon after Bellingham's departure Ruth is taken in by generous clergyman, Mr Benson. Ruth discovers that she is pregnant, and Mr Benson and his sister, Faith, take Ruth home with them and attempt give her a new identity to avoid the stigma attached to an unmarried mother. Ruth takes up residence at the Benson's home under the name of the widow Denbigh. Ruth lives with the Benson's for many years, but secrets always have a way of coming out.

This is a novel of sin and redemption. The subject matter may not seem controversial to modern readers, but the author was very apprehensive about how the novel would be received by nineteenth-century readers. The novel sparked all sorts of debate about redemption that may or may not interest readers today, but the novel is worth reading for its emotional intensity. Ruth has one of the most heartbreaking endings that I have ever read. Highly recommended!
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Elegantly written, yet sad and dismal 2 avril 2013
Par Michele - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Lovers of the Brontes would probably enjoy the works of Elizabeth Gaskell, as well. Her style of writing is much like the Brontes (and in fact she was a contemporary and close friend of Charlotte Bronte); nevertheless, her books - especially this one -- lack the spirit and spark of the Brontes' works, which is no doubt why they have never attained the same immortal status.

Ruth is a sad tale of a young orphaned woman who has the misfortune to fall in love with a wealthy, self-centered young rake (who of course doesn't love her at all but is merely captivated by her remarkable beauty) and the even greater misfortune to become pregnant. Although her life up to then had been marked with sadness, difficulty and struggle, from that point on it became an even more difficult struggle as the young man abandons her (not knowing she is pregnant, but at the urging of his mother and at his own waning infatuation with her), and she becomes the social outcast as was the fate of pregnant unmarried women in the 19th century. Though she does make friends who recognize her fine qualities and who extend help to her, they cannot despite their best efforts mitigate society's scorn for women in Ruth's circumstances.

As I said, this is a sad tale with no happy endings for anyone. Those who are selfish and cruel to Ruth do meet with some measure of retribution, but it is Ruth herself who truly suffers despite her generosity, goodness and unselfishness.

Definitely not a favorite book and not one I would ever re-read, despite its fine writing.

This is a somewhat low-budget audio production; nevertheless the narrator is excellent.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Completely gripping 25 septembre 2010
Par Lucy the Bargain Hunter - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
This book was so gripping that I finished it in two days; I couldn't put it down. I cried periodically throughout the book, and sobbed uncontrollably when I got to the end. Since I didn't read the chapter titles before I read the book, I didn't know how it would end. This is a beautiful yet heart wrenching story, but I really wish it had a happier ending. In a way, one could say it was a good ending, yet I would have wished for Ruth to have married and had some happiness in this life, not just a reward in the next world. I suppose that after reading "North and South", I had expected a story that also ended well. This book affected me much more than "North and South", which I also loved. Somehow, this book had the impact on me that "The Count of Monte Cristo" did - another riveting book that drew me in instantly and I couldn't put down for 2 days until I finished it. The plot was in some ways similar to "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall", but at least that book had a happy ending.

Other reviewers have outlined the plot, so I won't go into that here. Perhaps only those who have suffered intensely can understand Ruth's pain, rejection, fears, and reactions. I was impressed that at no time did Ruth lay the blame for her sin on anyone but herself, although clearly she was young, innocent, alone in the world, and may have wondered - under the circumstances - if she even had a choice. Although the self-righteous characters in the book got their just desserts, I have to wonder if any of them would have acted more honorably than Ruth did had they been in her shoes - an orphan, young, utterly alone, naive, vulnerable. It is so easy to judge, but perhaps we have been spared similar tests because we would not have been able to bear them.

I look forward to reading Elizabeth Gaskell's other books, but I will check the table and contents first and may not plunge in right now if it looks like another tragedy. I think I need to recover from this one first. I loved this book, but just be prepared that this is not light reading.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Love the book 10 avril 2012
Par Jan - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This book was really good. Enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone. Very moving book and the people in it where very touching.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Ruth 27 octobre 2010
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Upon discovering a new author, Elizabeth Gaskell, I bought and read "Ruth". I was very impressed with the way she unlocks the deep seated moral issues that everyday people deal with upon discovering the indiscretions of others. A good way to do an internal examination of our own values and how we deal with others.
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