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Ruth (English Edition) par [Gaskell, Elizabeth Cleghorn]
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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 : 1047 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 564 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1545363838
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B0082XU52A
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Par amy le 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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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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Gotta Read! 12 mai 2011
Par Charla Wilson - Publié sur
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The first thing I should mention about this book is that it is the first time I have read an Elizabeth Gaskell novel, and it was so wonderful that I cannot wait to read another one! This book took my breath away! It was so beautifully written that I did not want to put it down. Elizabeth Gaskell has a way with words that evokes such strong emotions in the reader. Her words provide such imagery throughout the book that you can actually smell the fragrance in the air, and most importantly, to feel the emotions the characters are experiencing.

The setting is the mid 1800's in England and Ruth Hilton is a twelve year old orphan that has been signed over by her guardian to woman that has a sewing business. The work conditions are deplorable and Ruth has no relatives or friends in the city. Ruth is extremely beautiful, however she does not believe that beauty has much value. Her beauty causes the other working girls to be jealous of her, therefore she is an outcast which makes her even more lonely. She misses her parents and longs for someone to care for her.

One Sunday, after church she notices a boy playing near a stream. The boy falls in and is close to drowning. Ruth screams until a young man comes to help her with the child. The young man's name is Mr Bellingham and he is immediately enamored by her beauty. They begin to go on walks after church and become good friends. One day, Mr Bellingham talks Ruth into going for a long walk to the house where she was born, because she misses it very much. On the walk back, it begins to get dark and a coach approaches and in it is the woman she works for. The woman tellsRuth that she cannot have such loose girls working for her and that she is not to go back to work. Mr. Bellingham convinces Ruth to go traveling with him. And the rest is history!

You will fall in love with Ruth. She is such a sweet, loving person that you just have to fall in love with her. She has an extremely difficult time making her way in the world. It is interesting to read about the differences between then and now, and to see just how the female has risen above such terrible ideas of how a woman is supposed to act and what is expected of her.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A beautiful story of sin and redemption. 24 juillet 2009
Par Elizabeth - Publié sur
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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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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A story of sin and redemption 20 mars 2016
Par Holly A. Lenz - Publié sur
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People can be cruel. The story of Ruth is a story of sin and redemption, of judgements and love. It is not always easy to read. It is slow paced and rambling at times. But it provides a sad snapshot of a time. The characters are all too human, flawed but beautiful.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 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
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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!
2.0 étoiles sur 5 Tediously moralising and religious novel, even for its time 26 septembre 2015
Par aaandi - Publié sur
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Supposedly was ahead of its time in moral attitudes but Dr Thorne by Trollope deals with some of the same issues with a practical and comedic attitude just five years later. The plot is driven by what needs to happen to the characters for their moral redemption, and is a very dull read today and possibly even then. Gammyraye's review says it perfectly. SPOILER AHEAD. The character's sins are not particularly excused, understood or forgiven except on the condition of being accompanied by a lifetime of penitence and in fact dying to stop bringing shame on everyone. A very religious author from a nice part of society perhaps widening views and awareness slightly in her part of society.
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