Friday, September 14, 2007

Cribbage in Cranford...

From Book Addicts:
...a review of "Cranford" by Elizabeth Gaskell

"droll tales of life in Cranford are filled with benevolence towards the many foibles of humankind. The characters are fussy, endearing and quaint. Gentle humour plays a large role in each of the chapters, and the reader must possess a certain generosity towards the sheltered lives of those who dwell in Cranford. If you enjoy Jane Austen, then you will probably also enjoy “Cranford.” “Cranford” is but a pale shadow of Austen, and the novel lacks the sheer brilliance of Austen’s searing vision of human nature. Nonetheless, the tales of tea time in Cranford, with the Cranford ladies playing cribbage and stuffing a greedy pet dog with seed cake, will delight all of us who long for a more elegant, peaceful age."

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