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Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell nee Stevenson (1810-1865), often referred to simply as Mrs. Gaskell, was an English novelist and short story writer during the Victorian era. She is perhaps best known for her biography of Charlotte Bronte. Her novels offer a detailed portrait of the lives of many strata of society, including the very poor, and as such are of interest to social hElizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell nee Stevenson (1810-1865), often referred to simply as Mrs. Gaskell, was an English novelist and short story writer during the Victorian era. She is perhaps best known for her biography of Charlotte Bronte. Her novels offer a detailed portrait of the lives of many strata of society, including the very poor, and as such are of interest to social historians as well as lovers of literature. She married William Gaskell, the minister at Cross Street Unitarian Chapel in Manchester. They settled in Manchester, where the industrial surroundings would offer inspiration for her novels. Her first novel, Mary Barton: A Tale of Manchester Life, was published anonymously in 1848. The best known of her remaining novels are Cranford (1853), North and South (1855), and Wives and Daughters (1866). She became popular for her writing, especially her ghost story writing, aided by her friend Charles Dickens, who published her work in his magazine Household Words. Her other works include The Grey Woman (1865), Lois the Witch and The Old Nurse's Story and Other Tales....

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  • Coos Burton
    2018-12-06 14:55

    My soul's an ember in the flames of hell Si hay un suceso histórico puntual del cual me ha resultado fascinante leer, es la época de los juicios de Salem, donde las fervorosas e histéricas masas acusaban de practicar la brujería a todo aquél que sobresaliera de alguna forma, ya sea tener un lunar, leer e informarse "más de lo usual", y cosas de esa naturaleza. Es impresionante cómo el velo de la ignorancia cegó a tanta gente al punto de terminar con la vida de cientos de inocentes, cómo la religión era el abc del pueblo y regía todo.El libro me resultó perfecto, su vibra gótica, los toques paranormales que lentamente iban tomando lugar en la vida de la atormentada Lois, como poco a poco se integraba el tema de la brujería y el contacto con Satán, y se lo atribuía a prácticamente todo lo que a sus ojos era inusual, diferente o desconocido. Hombres, mujeres e incluso animales ardieron en las llamas de la implacable y cruel hoguera, muchos fueron perseguidos y torturados tras haber presentado una de las tantas características que determinaban si eras o no digno de compartir tierra con los demás cristianos.Esta historia me enamoró, tiene el encanto de poseer una protagonista joven que lucha contra las adversidades para mantenerse firme ante sus convicciones y sus ideales, a pesar de que todo parezca estar en su contra. Me ayudó mucho a profundizar en esta temática que tan curiosa me resulta, me dio una mirada más cercana sobre el sanguinario accionar de un pueblo ante lo impío. Sin lugar a duda, me recordó muchísimo a "The Witch", película de 2015 con la misma temática. No voy a extenderme mucho más, pero le haré una reseña en mi canal un poco más completa.

  • Masteatro
    2018-12-02 13:02

    Muy muy interesante. Me ha gustado mucho la versión de Elizabeth Gaskell acerca de los juicios de Salem. La novela resulta muy atmosférica y además se da una explicación muy plausible a cómo se fue fraguando esa histeria colectiva que desencadenó la tragedia.

  • Oscar
    2018-12-07 15:44

    ‘La bruja Lois’ (Lois the Witch, 1859) es un retrato perfecto del fanatismo religioso imperante en Nueva Inglaterra a finales del siglo XVII. El lector acompaña a la protagonista, Lois, recién llegada desde Inglaterra al nuevo continente. Al quedarse huérfana es acogida por su nueva familia en Salem, Nueva Inglaterra, donde las costumbres le son extrañas y donde su conducta es analizada escrupulosamente. El desprecio de sus familiares y la indefensión ante el fanatismo que está creciendo como una marea en Salem, arrastrarán a la joven Lois a una caza de brujas.Histeria colectiva, fanatismo religioso, odio, celos y venganza tuvieron lugar en Salem, algo que la autora, Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865), recrea a la perfección en esta novela corta.

  • Mikel
    2018-11-30 09:01

    The ending was beautiful. What a heart touching short story by Mrs. Gaskell. It portrayed the Salem witch trials as they would have been viewed by countries other than America. Well worth your time to read. Lovely and harrowing.

  • Verity
    2018-12-03 09:58

    Well written short story that is among the best of Gaskell's work, in my humble opinion. Set amongst the American witch trials of the 1600s, the work fills you with frenzy as the momentum of accusations against Lois increase and leaving you powerless to stop them. The only sense of relief comes with the shared anger and pain with the fiancee.

  • Linda Collings
    2018-11-22 13:36

    I found this very interesting.If you have an interest in the Salam witch trials this is an interesting book to read.

  • El Biblionauta
    2018-12-08 13:57

    La escritora inglesa Elizabeth Gaskell es conocida sobre todo por su novela Mary Barton (1848), donde denunciaba las condiciones de vida de la clase obrera durante la época victoriana en la ciudad de Manchester. El protagonismo femenino, los roles de la mujer en una sociedad de hombres, el papel de las madres en las familias tradicionales… ya eran una de las características más notables de esta novela. En La bruja Lois, en cierta forma, también. En el contexto histórico y cultural del puritanismo fanatizado que impregnaba las primeras colonias de protestantes ingleses en los Estado Unidos, la novela nos habla de los famosos juicios que se llevaron a cabo en la ciudad de Salem contra una serie de ciudadanas, acusadas de brujería.La reseña completa en español en http://elbiblionauta.com/es/2016/10/2...La ressenya completa en català a http://elbiblionauta.com/ca/2016/10/2...

  • Ignacio Senao f
    2018-12-09 11:38

    Esta muchacha queda huérfana, y la moribunda de su madre la hace promete que se irá con su hermano (tío) Ella dice que si.Al llegar a la casa de su tío, ve que hay otro moribundo (debe ser genético esto de morir) y se muere al poco de llegar ella (hicieron buenas migas), pues nada, que se queda con la viuda e hijo. Todos estos unas arpías. Total… que ahora en ese pueblo que casualmente se llama Salem, les da por la moda de quemar brujas y que todas son brujas…

  • Laura
    2018-12-11 14:06

    This book sucks you in. It is so sad. It is super short and a quick read. Gaskell really captured the feelings of Salem and the whisperings of strange things and witchcraft. What a time to be alive!

  • Emi
    2018-11-22 09:54

    Esta novela corta de Elizabeth Gaskell trata sobre los juicios a las brujas de Salem, pero no se centra en los hechos si no que utiliza a Lois para explicarnos cómo pudieron llevar las cosas a ese extremo. A través de los ojos de Lois, una inglesa recién llegada a Salem, vemos como el puritanismo ha alcanzado cotas de obsesión en la mayoría de sus habitantes. Gaskell nos recuerda que en el siglo XVII las supersticiones eran hechos y los colonos se enfrentaban a muchos peligros por el simple hecho de vivir en una América aún salvaje, lo que explica esa escalada sin freno del fervor religioso.Ese ambiente propició el pánico de todo un pueblo que se dejó llevar por él. Algunos dejaron libres sus peores instintos al resolver querellas con otros vecinos acusándolos de brujería. El último capítulo se centra en Lois, en lo que siente y pasa por su mente una vez ha sido acusada y nos pone en su piel mientras todo a su alrededor se desmorona. Elizabeth Gaskell intenta explicar (o entender), por qué un grupo de personas normales actuaron de aquella manera. Ya desde su perspectiva en el siglo XIX, resulta difícil ponerse en su lugar. Me ha parecido una lectura interesante precisamente por centrarse en las personas, especialmente el último capítulo.

  • Sarah
    2018-12-10 12:44

    3.5*sThe first of my finished Victober reads. This one was not perfect but I can see the potential in her writing. I'm very excited to get to some of her other works which I have for this month. I really enjoyed the strong 'otherness' aspect she gave to the Americas in this and the fear, and vulnerability she showed a young woman (especially one alone in the world) had at this time. It is definitely sensationalized to fuel the story but it was tense and tragic.

  • CarlyPatrick
    2018-12-15 09:51

    Me ha impactado esta historia y es que todo lo relacionado con brujas a mi me marca. Está tan bien escrito que te envuelve, te atrapa y te sumerge de a poco. Los personajes me resultaron algo planos pero igual cumplen su función, las últimas páginas en verdad son desgarradoras y te dejan queriendo saber más.

  • Sharon
    2018-11-25 08:42

    This book was suggested to me by a friend after I said I wanted to read more books set in Salem. 1691, Lois Barclay goes to New England after her parents die in Old England. She moves in with her mother's estranged brother and his family. Over the coming months, after some tragedies in the town, Lois along with others are accused of witchcraft. "The Sin of Witchcraft - We read about it, we look on it from the outside, but we can hardly realise the terror it induced. Every impulsive or unaccustomed action, every little nervous affection, every ache or pain was noticed, not merely by those around the sufferer, but by the person himself, whoever he might be, that was acting, or being acted upon, in any but the most simple and ordinary manner.""How much of malice - - distinct, unmistakable, personal malice - - was mixed up with these accusations, no one can now tell."The Salem Witch Trials were truly one of the most horrific and unbelievable events in American history. It's easy to look upon them as Hollywood fantasy, but this really happened. Perhaps the story of Lois isn't true, but her story happened to others in Salem in 1692. The fear and scaremongering that ended in death for so many innocent people was horrendous. This is a short book, under 100 pages, and worth a read if you have an interest in the subject matter or the time period.

  • Michael
    2018-11-26 15:41

    I will finish this book this evening but I know enough about it to write a review worthy of it. "Lois the Witch" is about a young English girl who comes to the American colonies to live with her Uncle and his family after her parents in England have passed away from sickness. Lois is greeted coolly by her relatives who are ardent Puritans who look down negatively upon Lois's Anglican background. In fact, it is their welcome that gives new meaning to the word, "stuffy". They are as rigid as a board with very little warmth to be found among them. When Lois's uncle dies, she becomes the ward of her aunt who treats her more like her Indian servant, Natee, than she does her own flesh and blood. Lois has to deal with religious prejudice and unwanted sexual advances by her cousin Manasseh; who goes into a sort of spiritual madness when she rejects him. Lois is then seen talking in private to Pastor Nolan, a young minister Lois's cousin, Faith, has a deep crush on. Feeling that Lois is attempting to steal Pastor Nolan from her, Faith, and her sister, Prudence, concoct a tale that Lois is a witch right at the beginning of what becomes the infamous Salem Witch Trials. "Lois the Witch" is an excellent novel which tells the tale of jealousy, prejudice, and political intrigue coupled with religion gone mad. I personally believe that this would make a really good film!

  • Grace Harwood
    2018-12-07 14:55

    Just 95 pages long, this is a small, perfectly-formed story of poor Lois, who, when her parents die, leaving her an orphan in Warwickshire, is taken to New England for a new life with her Uncle and his hideous puritan family. However, unfortunately for Lois, she's traveling to Salem just at the wrong time (around 1692-ish), and she soon finds herself alone and unfriended, with her bed-ridden Uncle, her mad cousin (who keeps insisting that she is "foredoomed" to marry him), two spiteful female cousins and her stern Aunt, who thoroughly disapproves of her. It's not long before the accusations start to fly and the only thing Lois is foredoomed to do is end up in prison on a trumped up witchcraft charge. Gaskell is such a wonderful writer, rendering her characters beautifully. and the ending just had me sobbing for poor Lois. Based on fact (we all know the story of the Salem witches and the many injustices that occurred through superstitious beliefs around the end of the 17th century), Gaskell brings this to life wonderfully.

  • Michelle
    2018-12-03 08:58

    Really quite sad, yet an interesting look at the mania prevalent at those times (Salem) and why it even existed. A surprisingly dark book as Abby stated, but still well written and a lot of depth for a "novelette."

  • Rod
    2018-12-05 13:56

    A solid, chilling story recounting one young girl's experience of being swallowed up in the suspicion and hysteria of the Salem Witch trials. Written by a Unitarian, wife of a Unitarian minister, which probably doesn't mean a lot to most people but I find interesting :-)

  • Abby
    2018-11-21 07:55

    This is a short little story--a little dark, but very good. I love how Gaskell writes so that you feel what the character is feeling.

  • Andrea
    2018-11-24 15:42

    I'm always fascinated by books that tell about the Salem witch hysteria. If someone didn't like you, they could scream witch and before you knew it, you were on trial, or hanging from the gallows.

  • Laurence
    2018-12-05 12:59

    This short tragic story of a young British girl confronted to the Salem hysteria is a good way to learn about the famous witches trial in 1692.

  • Marnie
    2018-11-29 14:00

    This is a short story for a Salem witch trial book but you feel for poor Lois very quickly. I felt bad for Lois, sent to live with relatives in America at the wrong time in history.

  • Janna
    2018-12-11 09:42

    Very intersting book! It is about a girl in the salem witch trails.

  • Emma
    2018-11-18 12:40

    A really interesting insight- a 'historical' novel written during the Victorian era.

  • Courtney
    2018-12-07 09:43

    A short book about one of my favorite topics...Salem Witch Trials!

  • Kirstie
    2018-11-25 16:02

    It's a lot like the Crucible by Author Miller and somewhat reminiscent of the Scarlet Letter by Nathanial Hawthorne. A good little short-story but sad like all stories dealing with witch trials.

  • Mary Havens
    2018-11-23 08:05

    I don't know what I expect every time I read a witch trial era book. I guess I expect for everyone to wise up and realize the mob mentality that they are enslaving themselves to. For the "witches" to reverse the roles and burn all those idiots down with a flamethrower of justice. I'm sure that's some awesome fic out there but I haven't found it (and it sounds like it might be an awful read). But I digress.I really liked how Gaskell, while writing about the fictitious Lois Barclay (I think she was fictitious...I didn't see anything to say otherwise) not only inserted real people like Cotton Mather into the text but also inserted her own morality. She broke the "4th wall" (3rd wall?) by making comments of the behavior of the townspeople, the events of the time, and her own "you know how they were, clouded by their own fake righteousness" attitude. This kind of boldness in a novella makes me want to read more of Gaskell's works. Smart lady.There's nothing new in Lois the Witch: same old story of oppressed woman being sentenced to her death despite her protestations. Selfish idiots that sentence her later repent.

  • Ashley
    2018-12-15 13:52

    This felt more like a treatment of the psychology behind the Salem Witch Trials than a fully formed novella, but still an intriguing and interesting read. The characters are definitely meant to represent types and are not fully formed or developed, but Gaskell provides an insightful look into the internal motivations and paranoias surrounding the trials. Gaskell’s narrator speaks directly to her contemporary audience at several points in the novella, which can lead to a feeling that the narrator thinks something like the witch trials couldn’t be possible again in her time. This was my major complaint with the book, that the past felt too cleaved from the present.

  • Gloriafindel
    2018-11-16 09:38

    Senza infamia e senza lode. Un libriccino curioso che direi di leggere se ne si ha tempo e l’argomento incuriosisce. Piatto, ad eccezione del finale, dove lo spannung ha il proprio apice e inevitabilmente si è portati a provare sdegno e compassione per vittime innocenti di una caccia alle streghe rappresentativa di tante altre persecuzioni, anche successive a Salem.

  • Rashmi
    2018-12-03 15:36

    All of that won't bring her back to life!So terribly sad and depressing... Such is Human cruelty and cowardice and wickedness! Such is Human nature in the absence of education and empathy!

  • Anel
    2018-11-20 13:52

    3.5