January 17, 2011

Wives & Daughters

Most of us have seen the movie adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's North & South. It's been pretty widely circulated. The mini-series Wives and Daughters is a lesser known but great movie. Gaskell addresses community and relationships, but takes on bigger questions than local gossip in her writing as well. She asks micro and macro questions about families and societies, industrialism, feminism and other important issues. Just the kind of woman I can believe in. I really love her stuff.

The quality of the BBC classic series could not be better illustrated than here. . . five hours is a luxury when telling an intricate story, surrounding two or three families, village busybodies, a dashing cad and scenes from deepest Africa.

**Warning this trailer has some spoilers.**

Have a wonderful MLK Day! Everyone can be great because everyone can serve.

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