Thursday, May 20, 2010

More on North and South


It's been almost a week since I finished reading Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South. But I haven't stopped thinking about the story. If you're already a fan of the book--or of the movie--that probably isn't too surprising. After all, Mr. Thornton is hard to forget.

The audio book. You might think that listening to an audio book (especially so soon after completing the book-book) would be a bit silly. After all, I do know what happens now. Why continue? Well, it is only now in the comfort of knowing that I'm able to completely give myself over to the experience of listening. Knowing how it ends, frees me to really care, to really give it my time, my focus. A great book like this one can only be improved by closer examination.

The audio production I am listening to is by Naxos. The narrator is Clare Wille. And I would definitely recommend it if you listen to audio books.

The movie. Wow. Wow. Wow. I just finished watching this one a few hours ago. And oh-that-ending. Wow. Of course, I loved the ending from the book too. I think the book had a really great, really memorable last line. I thought it was perfectly suited to the characters, to their relationship. But I loved the movie ending as well. It was giddy-making.

There are other differences between the book and the movie. There were definitely changes throughout the movie. But instead of complaining about them, I think I'll choose to appreciate them instead. Because when I think about it, there is nothing negative that I could ever say that would even begin to outweigh the positive. The music. The acting. The quality of the production. The chemistry between John and Margaret. Everything was oh-so-magical.

I would definitely recommend the movie! I think I'll be watching this one again very soon!

© Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

8 comments:

Shelley 12:49 PM  

This is my favorite of all BBC productions. I bought my own copy just so I could share the joy with my friends! I'm basically a North and South pusher.

JaneGS 2:27 PM  

Glad you enjoyed N&S, the book and the movie. They are both so compelling. If only all adaptations could be this faithful. Granted there were some changes, but the spirit of the book is thoroughly there.

Becky 2:39 PM  

Shelley, I can see why!!! I can't wait to start recommending this one to all my friends and family!

I think it's at the top of my favorites too--of BBC productions. I've loved a good many--and there are so many more I'd like to watch at some point. But this one does seem better in a way :)

JaneGS, I agree. I think it is faithful to the spirit of the book and that is what is most important.

Anonymous,  3:52 PM  

Wonderful post, Becky! And I agree with everything you said (well, I haven't heard the audio version, but about being able to enjoy a book on a re-read, and the reasons for it) - and especially about the drama, the drama is overall so wonderful, that one hasn't the heart to nitpick. L.

Suey 4:40 PM  

Ah welcome to the fan club! It is amazing, isn't it! :)

Nordicblogger 4:56 PM  

I haven't heard of any of these--book, audio book, or movie. After reading about them here, I think I'd really enjoy them. Thanks for a thoughtful review.

Laura's Reviews 8:45 PM  

I love the movie as well . . .but I must admit I have not read the book yet! I got in from the library when my first son was born and it was returned unread. I've loved other Elizabeth Gaskell novels and the movie so I need to pick it up again on of these days!!

Marg 9:31 PM  

I really liked the book, which I read after getting completely, totally obsessed over the mini-series! Still am a bit as well.

Welcome to the club!

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