Mary Barton: A Tale of Manchester Life
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A complex and troubled love story set amid the labor disputes of the Manchester, England, cotton mills in the mid-19th century, with many parallels to today: As the earnings of the working classes drop and the price of their food rises. "though it may take much suffering to kill the able-bodied and effective members of society, it does NOT take much to reduce them to worn, listless, diseased creatures, who thenceforward crawl through life with moody hearts and pain-stricken bodies." It's a little slow moving in parts, but Gaskell's vivid descriptions and strong characterizations of the suffering, poverty-stricken workers, desperate women and arrogant wealthy "masters" are riveting. Throughout, the characters are multilayered and very human and the plot compelling.
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