North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

For a long time I’ve heard friends talk about the BBC version of Elizabeth Gaskill’s novel  North and South. When I found it at Costco (bundled with Cranford, which I love, and another Gaskell story, Wives and Daughters, I decided it would be worth getting. After all, my husband and I find ourselves at home alone a lot lately and we always love a good BBC period drama!

Oh. My. Goodness. It was like a cross between Jane Austen and Charles Dickens—two of my favorites! A bit on the depressing side, but for me a couple of scenes rivaled the understated romance in the old version of Persuasion (Amanda Root and Ciaran HInds), which melts my heart every time. 

As I did the first time I saw Cranford, I searched out the actual novel of North and South, which I found free for my kindle. The book may or may not live up to the movie. We’ll see. But this is definitely one I will watch over and over again!


Ruth said...

I'm so glad you have discovered the wonder that is the North & South miniseries -- I just adore it!

Laura Frantz said...

Anne, Like Ruth, I'm beyond thrilled you are now a fan of N&S!! And you've given me a wonderful idea. I'm headed to Costco today and didn't think to look there for a trio! Thanks so much for being here and sharing the JOY:)

Anne Mateer said...

Thanks, y'all, for all your talk about this movie! I'm SO glad I got it. My next excitement is the new Masterpiece Classics version of Great Expectations!

Gabrielle Meyer said...

Anne, I have heard so much about North & South, it is at the top of my to watch movies list!

Anne Mateer said...

You'll like it, Gabrielle! It's wonderful!

Marji Laine - Faith-Driven Fiction said...

I've been intrigued by Wives and Daughters. Did you like it?

Anne Mateer said...

We haven't watched Wives and Daughters yet, Marji. But I'm sure we'll get to it soon. I'll let you know!

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