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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

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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

Review: Mary Barton

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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