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«North and south» er en roman med mange interessante historiske skildringer. Gjennom øynene til Margaret Hale og John Tronton får vi et innblikk i kontrasten mellom den sørlige og den nordlige delen av England på 1800-tallet. Historien fokuser først og fremst på de historiske aspektene på den tiden, som industrialiseringen, fattigdom og arbeiderklassens rettigheter. Likevel er fordommer også et viktig tema som blir tatt opp her. Om du er interessert i historie, anbefales denne boken på det sterkeste!
North and South er en flott bok. Den har alt: kjærlighet, intriger, misforståelser, håp og overraskelser.North and South kan nok sammenlignes med Pride and Prejudice av Jane Austen. Det er mye stolthet og fordommer i begge historiene. Og episke kjærlighetsdrama. Men der stanser egentlig sammenlikningen, for North and South fokuserer også mye på klasseskiller og på den trøblete industrielle revolusjonen. Boken er en like mye lærende lesing som en fornøyelse.
Det er nesten umulig å ikke like historien. Og hvis engelsken skulle skremme, har BBC laget en flott serie av boka.
For full anmeldelse, se: Edge of a Word: North and South
You look as if you thought it tainted you to be loved by me. You cannot avoid it. Nay, I, if I would, cannot cleanse you from it. But I would not, if I could. I have never loved any woman before: my life has been too busy, my thoughts too much absorbed with other things. Now I love, and will love.
Margaret opened the door and went in with the straight, fearless, dignified presence habitual to her. She felt no awkwardness; she had too much of society for that. Here was a person come on business to her father; and, as she was one who had shown himself obliging, she was disposed to treat him with full measure of civility. Mr. Thornton was a good deal more surprised and discomfited than she. Instead of a quiet, middle-aged clergyman, a young lady came forward with frank dignity,-a young lady of a different type to most of those he was in the habit of seeing. (...) He had heard that Mr. Hale had a daughter, but he had imagined that she was a little girl.
She never called her son by any name but John; 'love,' and 'dear,' and such like terms, were reserved for Fanny. But her heart gave thanks for him day and night; and she walked proudly among women for his sake.
'Mr. Thornton,' said Margaret, shaking all over with her passion, 'go down this instant, if you are not a coward. Go down and face them like a man. Save these poor strangers, whom you have decoyed here. Speak to your workmen as if they were human beings. Speak to them kindly. Don't let the soldiers come in and cut down poor-creatures who are driven mad. I see one there who is. If you have any courage or noble quality in you, go out and speak to them, man to man.'
'Oh, my Margaret-my Margaret! no one can tell what you are to me! Dead-cold as you lie there, you are the only woman I ever loved! Oh, Margaret-Margaret!'
'No one loves me,-no one cares for me, but you, mother.' (...) She put her hands on his shoulders; she was a tall woman. She looked into his face; she made him look at her. 'Mother's love is given by God, John. It holds fast for ever and ever. A girl's love is like a puff of smoke,-it changes with every wind. And she would not have you, my own lad, would not she?'
'How shall I ever tell Aunt Shaw?' she whispered, after some time of delicious silence.
'Let me speak to her.'
'Oh, no! I owe to her,—but what will she say?'
'I can guess. Her first exclamation will be, "That man!"'
'Hush!' said Margaret, 'or I shall try and show you your mother's indignant tones as she says, "That woman!"'
Saftig utvalg. Dickens, Tennyson, Thackerey, Ruskin, Stevenson, Stuart Mill, Samuel Butler, Oscar Wilde, George Eliot, Brontë-søstrene, Percy og Mary Shelley og mange flere. Om "The Democratic Age" (år 1832-1900) skriver Bloom:
- - - I have located Vico's Democratic Age in the post-Goethean nineteenth century, when the literature of Italy and Spain ebbs, yielding eminence to England with its renaissance of the Renaissance in Romanticism, and to a lesser degree to France and Germany. This is also the era where the strength of both Russian and American literature begins.
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