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User Review  - jmoncton - LibraryThing

This is Elizabeth Gaskell's first novel. Although it has many elements, such as the plight of workers in the manufacturing towns, that are seen in her later books, like North and South, it was missing ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - lindawwilson - LibraryThing

Not as good as North and South or Wives and Daughters; the conflicts between workers and masters was a bit trite and the poems at the beginning of the chapters were not that good and it was not as well written as a Hardy or Trollope novel, by any means. Read full review

Review: Mary Barton

User Review  - Arukiyomi - Goodreads

My first Gaskell was a bit of an unexpected page turner (well, it would have been if I hadn't listened to it!) and it sparked my desire to read more of her. Mary, as many of us when young, finds ... Read full review

Review: Mary Barton

User Review  - Becky - Goodreads

Mary Barton is Gaskell's first novel, and while you see some of her normal strengths- sympathy, strength of characters, vivid imagery of the poor- it has none of the panache of her later works. Its ... Read full review

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User Review  - Marialyce - Goodreads

Actually, I do so wish there were half star ratings as I feel this one is definitely a 3.5 novel. Being that this was Elizabeth Gaskell's first novel, and being that a few people told me they couldn't ... Read full review

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User Review  - Emma - Goodreads

Clearly a novel with a purpose, bordering almost on propaganda. Yes, Mrs. Gaskell, I understand that conditions were poor in Industrial Manchester. However, I don't think that justifies much of the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Beth - Goodreads

Ever since I heard 'Ruth' on Radio 4, I have activly hunted out and read ever Elizabeth Gaskell I could find (this is my third after 'Ruth' and 'North& South'). 'Mary Barton' is not a bad book, but it ... Read full review

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User Review  - Holly - Goodreads

I'm not sure why I feel the need to read 19th century women's British lit, but I always go back to it, whether it's re-reading Austen or trying out new titles and authors. At first it was reading ... Read full review


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