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LiterarySara

Literary Sara

What I've been reading on the trolley. 

Currently reading

Salt Fish Girl: A Novel
Larissa Lai
A Place of Greater Safety
Hilary Mantel
Make Art Make Money: Lessons from Jim Henson on Fueling Your Creative Career
Elizabeth Hyde Stevens
Moby Dick: or, the White Whale
Herman Melville
North and South - Elizabeth Gaskell

This book is no Middlemarch, but Elizabeth Gaskell is a similarly astute observer of human behavior, particularly the struggle to do what is good and right in a time of social, economic, and political upheaval. Few of the characters remain static: they change their minds, form unlikely friendships and rivalries, obsess over mistakes even as they unthinkingly make new ones that cause ripples even when they do not know it. 

 

Besides--and I'm sure it didn't hurt having the image of Richard Armitage in my mind, but-- John Thornton blows all the other nineteenth century heartthrobs out of the water. You can keep abusve Bronte moor men and your hapless Austen heroes!