North and South

….or the reason why the dishes have piled up by the sink the last 48 hours!

Jeff so generously bought a dvd of North and South as a celebration for my having finished Economics class on Monday night. We watched the first hour episode that night and the remaining 3+ hours last night. Wow, wow, wow! If you are a BBC movie fan, I highly recommend North and South.

Elizabeth Gaskell, a contemporary of Charles Dickens, wrote several novels based on the societal upheavals of Industrialism in mid-nineteenth century England. Mr. Dickens even praised Mrs. Gaskell of being a better writer than he! While I have not read North and South yet, the movie adaptation was excellently done. Yeah, I’m the kind who reads the book first and then critiques the movie later.

Here is a quick synopsis: Margaret Hale and her family move from a bucolic southern village to the northern edgy industrial town, named appropriately, Millton. They meet up with the leading mill owning family, the Thorntons, who have a tragic past but are resolute to making their operation successful. Margaret befriends some of the mill workers, there is a strike, there is romance, and best of all, a happy ending.

The social commentary is heavier than Jane Austen but not as ponderous or twisted as Dickens. The characters are a little more raw and rough than Austenites. You will need to watch closely to follow some of the plot devices. If you curl up with the BBC Pride and Prejudice on a rainy afternoon…you will soon adore North and South as equally worthy of your sewing or knitting time.

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4 Responses to “North and South”


  1. 1 Dawn August 1, 2007 at 7:58 am

    *giggles* I know how that goes. I bought Season One of Little House on The Prairie the other day and can’t turn it off…LOL. So I am a little behind on housework, but nothing that can’t be done within 10-20 minutes. I did that with all my LHOTP box sets…I’d be glued to them from beginning to end!
    My mom is like that with the West Wing and Frazier box sets.
    It’s like it draws you in and you just can’t turn it off till the very end πŸ˜‰ I guess for those of us without children, we can probably get away with doing these types of things.

    God Bless You!

  2. 2 Kim August 1, 2007 at 11:04 am

    Sounds exciting! I wonder if it’s rentable (makes a note to self to check at Hastings…).

  3. 3 cbrunette August 1, 2007 at 12:28 pm

    We purchased it at Hastings…so renting it from them may be possible. πŸ™‚

  4. 4 Dawn August 1, 2007 at 12:35 pm

    Oh my gosh, my husband and I miss Hastings!!!! We would ALWAYS go there!!! Sometimes when we needed money for gas or some food, we would trade some of our DVD’s and CD’s in. Didn’t always get alot, but ya know, Hastings is a good place, if the Lord is dealing with your heart to get rid of something electronical, that place is a good place to do it! πŸ™‚


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