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Minervasbutler
Mary Barton | Elizabeth Gaskell
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Gaskell's first novel, and it's an odd mix of "condition of England" novel and melodrama. Gaskell's sympathies with the plight of Manchester's working poor leaven the slightly heavy-handed Victorian religiosity.

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TheEllieMo
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I shall use this #WinterReadathon to spur me on to read as many as possible of the Christmas themed books I appear to have acquired over the years and not yet read. Not sure yet whether to set up a list or just select at random from the excessive selection I have….

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DieAReader Great to have you! Thanks for sharing📚🤓 4d
Andrew65 How this does spur you on, we are greatly looking forward to it. Good luck 😁 (edited) 2d
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Clare-Dragonfly
Villete | Charlotte Bront
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Dr. John: now in competition with M. Paul for the title of World‘s Biggest Jerk 🙄 #pemberlittens #youresovain #youprobablythinkthisletterisfromyou

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VioletMoonBooks
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BarkingMadRead
Villette | Charlotte Bront
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Chapter 12: I cannot believe I forgot to post yesterday! I was about to search for a pic of the alley and got distracted! #anyway Lucy is in the alley when a box falls at her feet…… #itsalovenote #whoisitfor #casketisahorriblewordforthatbox #drjohnisnotwhoithoughthewas #disappointed #lucyisnicerthaniwouldhavebeen #pemberlittens

Clare-Dragonfly Dun dun dun!!! 2w
Bookwormjillk It is a terrible word for a box. And confusing 😂 2w
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BarkingMadRead @Bookwormjillk I know! I was expecting so much more to happen 🤣 2w
KristiAhlers At first I was ewww dead body 🤣. Ah historic words. The plot thickens 2w
Bklover @Bookwormjillk Definitely! And to be honest I found this chapter a bit confusing anyway for some reason. Maybe I read too late at night. 🤷‍♀️ 2w
peanutnine @Bklover I was also confused. Is this a love triangle or a miscommunication? 2w
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Michael_Gee
Lenz | Georg Buchner
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Gray clouds marched across the sky, but everything so close, and then the mist came swirling up and drifted dank and heavy through the bushes, so leaden, so sluggish. He carried on, indifferent, the way meant nothing to him, now, up, now down. He felt no tiredness, just occasionally regret that he couldn‘t walk on his head.

Michael_Gee Etching by Walter Gramatté based on this work. At SLAM listening to an opera by Berg based on another tale by this author (edited) 3w
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Cosmos_Moon
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This book contains three short stories. “A Gentle Creature” is a sad story of a young woman who was orphaned and is married off to an older man with some love and other unfortunate events. “White Nights” is another sad pseudo love story of a painfully introverted man. “Dreams of a Ridiculous Man” is a little cheerier, also the reason I got this book after reading Master and Margarita, which is supposed to be inspired from this story.

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VioletMoonBooks
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vivastory
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There are a few recurring themes running throughout the four plays in this collection: illusions, ideals & people who are manipulated by ideologies, long held secrets & the complex nature of truth. In Ibsen's work, one aspect of truth is for it to be seen as a force of self-actualization as in the title work when Nora is forced to confront her past & her marriage after seeing her husband's reaction to a secret. The collection is bookended by

vivastory Pillars & Enemy of the People, where revealing the truth to the wider community has drastically opposite effects for the characters & for the community as a whole. Every play features scenes of dramatic intensity that are wonderful to read, Ibsen had a strong influence on novelists & reading his plays I can see why, with their memorable & realized characters. Absolutely wonderful. A bracing tonic for our ideological era. (edited) 4w
youneverarrived Great review 🙌 4w
vivastory @youneverarrived Thanks, Katie! I hope you are doing well. 4w
batsy Fab review! I love your enthusiasm. Definitely gotta read Ibsen. 3w
vivastory @batsy Thanks! I think you'd appreciate his work. 3w
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vivastory
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I've read an Ibsen play a day since Wednesday. He's incredible. The title piece is one of the best dramatic works I've ever read. Period. The other two plays had many elements/themes/passages to recommend them. I just finished Ghosts & the ending gave me existential chills.

LeahBergen Love the cover painting! 4w
vivastory @LeahBergen Me too! It's a Munch painting 4w
Leftcoastzen He‘s amazing. 4w
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BarbaraBB I have never read him but I stacked now. It sounds fantastic. And that Munch ❤️ 4w
batsy What @BarbaraBB said! The cover is so haunting. 4w
Kimberlone I saw a stage production of this play once. So dark!! 4w
TheBookHippie Favorite of mine!!!! 4w
vivastory @Leftcoastzen Do you have a favorite? 4w
vivastory @BarbaraBB @batsy I *think* that Penguin used Munch paintings for their recent reissues of his works. They look great though 4w
vivastory @Kimberlone I will def be on the lookout for any productions of his work here. 4w
vivastory @TheBookHippie I will def be reading more! 4w
Leftcoastzen @vivastory not really, they are all so good! 4w
vivastory @Leftcoastzen I can see that. I'd probably say that Doll's House was my favorite of the 4 in this collection but the other 3 were very very strong. 4w
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