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June Selection

May 31, 2014

Next up is . . .

North and South, by Elizabeth Gaskell

North and South tells the story of Margaret Hale, a southerner newly settled in the northern industrial town of Milton, whose ready sympathy with the discontented millworkers sits uneasily with her growing attraction to the charismatic mill owner, John Thornton. The novel poses fundamental questions about the nature of social authority and obedience, ranging from religious crises of conscience to the ethics of naval mutiny and industrial action. Margaret’s internal conflicts mirror the turbulence that she sees all around her. This revised and expanded edition sets the novel in the context of Victorian social and medical debate and explores Gaskell’s subtle representations of sexual passion and communal strife.

The next meeting will take place on Thursday, June 26, 2014. We’ll also be selecting our books for the next several months, so start thinking about suggestions.

In the meantime, check back for meeting reminders, links to information on the book, and more. Happy reading!

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