Set in nineteenth-century England, Wives and Daughters centers on the story of the youthful Molly Gibson, raised by her doctor father. When he remarries, a new stepsister enters Molly’s quiet life, the loveable but worldly and troubling Cynthia. The narrative traces the development of the two girls into womanhood within the gossiping and watchful society of Hollingford.
Wives and Daughters, generally thought to be Elizabeth Gaskell’s finest achievement, is far more than a nostalgic evocation of village life. It offers an ironic critique of mid-Victorian society through the themes of Darwinism, the role of women, and the concept of Englishness.
Please have the narrator do North and South
The narrator did an excellent job on Wives and Daughters as well as Cranford. Please have her do North and South which is my favorite Gaskill novel... The rest of the narrators are second rate compared to her. Recommend this book for all the Gaskill fans out there.
No ending in sight
The narration and storyline are great. The story has no proper ending because the author dies before it is completed. I wish I would have known this prior to listening to a 25 hour book.
Just the delight I expected from Gaskell and May....
Elizabeth Gaskell was a marvellous author, and in my opinion her greatest books focused on people rather than a social message. This is such a book. I love the way Gaskell has created Molly Gibson, the heart of the book, and I find myself charging about the house when she is wronged - sure sign that Gaskell has me yet again. Nadia May continues to be my favorite narrator, and she does a glorious job BEING all the characters. Thank you, iTunes, for carrying this treasure!