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User Review  - Shuffy2 - LibraryThing

Two men love the Mary Barton- one she has known her entire life being from the same poor neighborhood as her while the other is from a wealthy family. What should she do? Mary Barton's life doesn't go ... Read full review

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User Review  - alexdaw - LibraryThing

Mary Barton is a love story and a murder mystery but as Elizabeth Gaskell writes, the real motivation for telling the story was "to give some utterance to the agony which, from time to time, convulses ... Read full review

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User Review  - startingover - LibraryThing

Mary is apprenticed to a milliner and dressmaker but dreams of escaping her family's poverty and becoming a lady. She is adored by Jen Wilson, the son of an old family friend, but pretty Mary's head ... Read full review

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User Review  - heidijane - LibraryThing

I have mixed feelings about this book. Some bits were really thrilling and exciting - particularly the murder trial and Mary's efforts to track down the alibi to try and clear an innocent man's name ... 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

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User Review  - wiremonkey - LibraryThing

A contemporary of Dickens, Gaskell portrays the horrors of the disenfranchised poor working class.Although she can't get away from the prejudices of her own time (she tends to talk about the poor as ... Read full review

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User Review  - Bodagirl - LibraryThing

It was sitting on my bedside table for over a month and I just couldn't bring myself to finish it. Really depressing, almost Dickensian. Read full review

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User Review  - evertrap - LibraryThing

Like a bad soap opera, this story is based on ridiculous situations that are depressing to the extreme. Read full review


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