In Which You See My Face!

Today’s offering presents a rather lengthy attempt at a V-Blog post, in which I discuss Elizabeth Gaskell’s Cranford and a few pieces of her shorter fiction, chat a little about Victorian literature in general, and point in the general direction of my bookshelves.  I guarantee you will not sit through the whole thing 🙂


Oh, and here’s a short bonus featuring the next generation of book bloggers!

8 thoughts on “In Which You See My Face!

  1. great Vlog tony ,I ve yet to read cranford did catch couple of the bbc series ,after reading the town of cranford was based on Knutsford in Cheshire which is place I ve been to a few times and grew up fairly near ,all the best stu

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  2. I sat through the whole thing! And I wrote comments while watching, so now you'll have a novella of mine to read. :p

    I was so confused when I first saw how huge that edition of Cranford was: there must be quite a few other stories there. 😉 It was my introduction to Gaskell and made me love her. I definitely think it has a similar feel to The Warden: great parallel Tony! 🙂

    I've watched the first BBC adaptation, and it combines Cranford, The Confessions of Mr. ? that you mentioned (can't remember the name), and My Lady Ludlow. Definitely worth a watch, with a marvelous cast!

    I really want to read Lois the Witch (we did a big unit on the Salem witch trials when I was in 5th grade, and then in high school I did a paper on The Crucible, so I'm always curious about related lit): I'll have to download it when I get my ereader for Christmas!

    Can't wait to see what you think of North and South, especially since you read Cranford first. And I enjoyed the mini-tour of your shelves. Hilarious sendoff. 😉

    (And OMG, Emmy is adorable.)

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  3. Hey Tony. I enjoyed your vlog and think you're a bit of a natural in front of the camera! I started re-reading Cranford a while ago, but I felt really sad while I was reading, because those poor women were all so dependent upon men for everything and I felt quite outraged and angry at the reality of being genteel and poor and female in Victorian times. I could see the humour, but I just felt too sad about it all at the time, so I put it aside. I have a whole heap of Gaskell's writing I got from Amazon for my Kindle; it cost about $5 for most or her works. It's in the never-ending queue!

    Your daughter is totally gorgeous.:)

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  4. Stu – It's always good when you have a personal connection to a book (which explains my love for 'Middlemarch'!).

    Eva – That certainly is a long comment 🙂

    The story is 'Mr. Harrison's Confessions', and you're right – 'Cranford is only about 170 pages, but the six other stories come to 300+! I have read 'N & S', but it was about half a lifetime ago (!), so I don't really remember it…

    As for my bookcases, well, that's possibly the only real reason for getting an e-reader 😉

    Violet – I can see your point about 'Cranford', but I also think that we need to distance ourselves from the reality a little when reading, otherwise we'd never enjoy anything. I concentrated on Matty's goodness of character, despite her dreary circumstances. It is tricky when reading V-Lit from a feminist perspective…

    And yes, my little Emi is adorable and gorgeous…

    …sometimes…

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  5. It is great to see what you look like! You are not how I imagined you at all.

    I haven't read Cranford, but like Eva, I watched the wonderful BBC adaptation. I'm sure you'd love it!

    Emi is so cute! Thanks for introducing her to us 🙂

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  6. Now I'm intrigued as to what you thought I looked like!

    I would like to watch some of these BBC adaptations, but I'm not a big telly watcher…

    …except when we're doing well in the Ashes 🙂

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  7. Oh Tony! That's very nice and courageous of you to do a vlog! I would never. I'll probably wear a mask if I do one. 🙂

    My two boys and I (my boys are 5 and 3 years old) love Charlie and Lola, so I must say Emi has good taste for books and she is sooo.. adorable.

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  8. It was less courage than a desire to not have to write the post 🙂

    Emi was very excited the other day because she got her own C & L book delivered from the Book Depository (usually Daddy gets all the books!).

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