I love this story even more than Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice because Elizabeth Gaskell does more than highlight social mannerisms and customs. In North and South there are sub plots surrounding social issues. There is the clash between the mill workers and the “masters” who own the mills and enable them to feed their families. The hazardous working conditions in the cotton mills is highlighted. You also get a picture of what life was like during the industrial revolution in England.
After I finished reading North and South I purchased this unabridged audio version. Listening to this story being read in its entirety is even nicer. I highly recommend the book and this audio version.
In my opinion North and South deserves all the same praise and attention that Pride & Prejudice receives. It is truly a literary classic!