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The Classics Club: Cranford

Cranford Originally published: 1851; 1853  (originally serialized in Charles Dickens' magazine,  Household Words, then published as a novel) Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Format used: audiobook  published by Tantor Media (2010)  and physical book: Penguin (2005) Length: 6.5 hours;  187 pages 

Summary  The charming adventures of the residents of the rural English town called Cranford. The narrator, Miss Mary Smith,  has moved to a town near Cranford, but visits her friends often, specifically the sweet Miss Matty Jenkyns. A quiet country town dominated by women and governed by old-fashioned habits and rules, this is a slow-paced, dialogue-heavy classic. Don't get me wrong: there are plenty of exciting things that stir up the Cranford gossip mill, including a mysterious magician coming to town, possible burglaries, long-lost relatives, and tragic accidents. But it is not as plot-heavy as other Victorian classics. Instead, it is a collection of vignettes, originally published separately in C…

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