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Ruth Hilton is an orphaned young seamstress who catches the eye of a gentleman, Henry Bellingham, who is captivated by her simplicity and beauty. When she loses her job and home, he offers her comfort and shelter, only to cruelly desert her soon after. Nearly dead with grief and shame, Ruth is offered the chance of a new life among people who give her love and respect, even though they are at first unaware of her secret - an illegitimate child. When Henry enters her life again, however, Ruth must make the impossible choice between social acceptance and personal pride. In writing Ruth, Elizabeth Gaskell daringly confronted prevailing views about sin and illegitimacy with her compassionate and honest portrait of a 'fallen woman'.

Biographie de l'auteur

Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-65) wrote her first novel, MARY BARTON, in 1848 as a distraction from her sorrow at the death of her only son in infancy. It won the attention of Dickens and was followed by 5 other full-length novels as well as numerous short stories and novellas.Angus Easson is Professor of English at Salford University. He has written widely on Elizabeth Gaskell.


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  • Broché: 432 pages
  • Editeur : Penguin Classics; Édition : New Ed (7 octobre 2011)
  • Collection : PP CLASSIC FICT
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0140434305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140434309
  • Dimensions du produit: 12,8 x 2 x 19,7 cm
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2 internautes sur 5 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par Françoise le 12 février 2008
Format: Broché
Livre très facile à lire, aucune difficulté de vocabulaire, je l'ai lu presque aussi vite qu'un livre en français. Mais, évidemment, cela date un peu. et tout est si prévisible ! Et puis, passé le premier tiers du livre, que de prières de génuflexions, de pénitence ! cela devient vraiment lassant. On aimerait voir la pauvre Ruth reprendre du poil de la bête, se faire boucler les cheveux, se coudre une jolie robe et sourire un peu, puis se trouver un mari, ce qui est notre but à toutes, n'est-ce-pas ?. c'est vraiment un livre pour jeune fille bien pensante. Mais on peut aimer....
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Quiet Brilliance 16 janvier 2003
Par Sir Jub-Jub - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Elizabeth Gaskell is often referred to as the forgotten classic author and "Ruth" is a prime introduction into this obviously complex and passionate woman. "Ruth" is a truly brilliant novel dealing with the issue of a fallen woman due to an illicit affair and subsequent birth of a bastard child. This, due to the societal assumptions of morality and righteousness, lead the main character into a series of deceptions and tribulations in an attempt at redemption. Gaskell's eloquent prose engrosses the reader into the lives of the multiple characters and as it is in three volumes, much time is spent developing each individual. This allows for a true feeling and understanding of the motives and meanings behind every action. The character of Ruth is obviously the most important and Gaskell allows her to develop into an almost Christ-like figure in her beliefs, faith and actions. "Ruth" is a novel that tackles incredibly sensitive and deep subject matter and reaffirms ones belief in a higher power. This is a novel that should be introduced back into the mainstream to achieve the stature that it deserves as a classic of literature.
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Least Favorite Gaskell Novel 13 mai 2004
Par Eclectic Reader - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
I was surprisingly unimpressed with this book. So far I have read three of Gaskell's other novels -- North and South, Wives and Daughters and Mary Barton. I loved them all. Gaskell's faith, the elegant strength of her heroines, and the attention that she pays to the details of daily life kept me interested and engaged. Gaskell is just such a passionate and compassionate writer.I have loved the way she combines social commentary with fine story telling. But while Ruth starts out just as strong as her other books, I was bored a third of the way through. Ruth's long suffering, her sobbing and sighing and crying through her desertion by Mr. Bellingham, her motherhood, and her stuggle to overcome her sin drove me to distraction. I found this character annoying and insipid. While her early innocence was refreshing I really didn't feel there was much character development after that point. In fact, Ruth seems less like a real person than any of the other characters in Gaskell's novels. If you have never read anything by this author I would not recommend this book as the place to start. Any of the others is a better choice
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Better than any modern novel! 9 mars 2004
Par Jennifer B. Murphy - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
I picked up "Ruth" at a used book store looking for a good book to read on my vacation. Once I started, it was hard to put down! I finished the last chapters while waiting in a hot parked car for my husband - I was so engaged in the book, I didn't even notice I'd been there for a couple hours! By the time my hubby got back to the car, I was still drying my eyes from all the tears shed, and thinking that I want to name my first child Ruth!
I admire Gaskell for taking on the social and religious condemnation of single mothers - and for creating a character that so successfully redeemed herself of sin! I loved the theological questions raised by the characters regarding forgiveness and acceptance. And I loved Ruth's determination, the love and support she received from her adopted family, and the faith that she maintained despite pain and rejection from the community around her. If you like Austin, Dickens, Burney, etc. you will enjoy this book!
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Ruth is a classic novel by the brilliant Elizabeth Gaskell which will hold your interest until the last page 18 juin 2008
Par C. M Mills - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Ruth is a tale of redemption set in early nineteenth century England.
Ruth is a young seamstress who is seduced at the age of 16 by a despicable and stupid cad whose name is Henry Bellingham. He deserts her on a holiday in Wales forcing the pregnant Ruth to flee.
Ruth finds a lodging and Christian love at the home of an elderly clergyman the Rev. Benson, his maiden sister Faith and their grouchy but kindhearted maid Susan.
Years pass and Ruth is loved by the community until her secret is revealed through gossip. She remains in Eccleston winning the approbation of the community following her nursing patients in a typhoid fever plague sweeping the village. She rejects the advances of her erstwhile lover who is in Eccleston with a new name "Mr Donne" and a position as the MP in the British Parliament in London.
With her secret made manifest Ruth is able to soldier on in life. She is rejected by the stern Mr. Bradshaw who hired her for years as a teacher to his daughters Jemima, Mary and Elizabeth. Ruth wins favor when she dies nursing Bellingham in the epidemic as well as several other townspeople. Her former enemy Mr. Bradshaw even buys an ornate gravestone.
Ruth is a candid look at the Victorian double standard and the second class citizenship of women in British society. The novel is beautifully written with lyrical passages on bird and animal life and the change in seasons in a small English town in the nineteenth century . This reviewer fell in love with Ruth who reminds one of Esther Prynne in Nathaniel Hawthorne's American classic "The Scarlet Letter." Ruth is one of the best Victorian novels you will read for its compassionate view of the human condition. The sequences in which the major characters have dreams is especially well done. Ruth will win your heart!
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Or, Single Motherhood in the 19th Century 22 octobre 1999
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Elizabeth Gaskell's RUTH is a seemingly deceptive novel. Portraying a steadfastly single mother of an illegitimate child, the novel postures itself to be a sermon on the evils of sex. Instead it shows the hypocrisy of those who refer to the Biblical texts as fact rather than truth. Gaskell's novel of public damnation versus divinity is at times a frustrating one. Gaskell tends to lean heavily on maudlin devices to carry her plot along. Her characters rarely tread between the saintly and the dreadful. The reader is rewarded by the end of the novel, but Gaskell takes her time. An enjoyable, if not always gripping, read.
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