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!
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