Sylvia's Lovers

Elizabeth Gaskell Andrew Sanders


Sylvia's Lovers

Sylvia's Lovers

  • Title: Sylvia's Lovers
  • Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Andrew Sanders
  • ISBN: 9780192815712
  • Page: 119
  • Format: Paperback



The saddest story I ever wrote Mrs GaskellSylvia s Lovers is set during the French Revolutionary Wars in the remote whaling port of Monkshaven in Yorkshire The sea dominates the lives of the inhabitants whalers returning from their long and dangerous trips to Greenland bring crowds to the quayside, every local man has tales to recount of his exploits at sea, and smugg The saddest story I ever wrote Mrs GaskellSylvia s Lovers is set during the French Revolutionary Wars in the remote whaling port of Monkshaven in Yorkshire The sea dominates the lives of the inhabitants whalers returning from their long and dangerous trips to Greenland bring crowds to the quayside, every local man has tales to recount of his exploits at sea, and smuggling is rife The people of Monkshaven hate the French, but they live in greater and immediate fear of the dreaded incursions of the callous press gang, who snatch sailors returning from whaling trip before they have even spoken to their friends or families.In Mrs Gaskell s provincial England war is seen to mirror a private violence which has already disrupted the lives of her fictional characters Sylvia is a heroine loved by two men of completely different types the bold sailor Charley Kinraid and the cautious and conventional Philip Hepburn, who idolizes her The novel follows her development from a wilful, imaginative, but not especially clever girl, to an alert woman who has been matured by her acute suffering.The text is that of the one volume fourth edition, published in December 1863.


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This took me a little while to get into, but ultimately I loved it. The book is so dramatic and beautifully written, especially from the second half onwards, and the ending is so, so powerful. I love Elizabeth Gaskell's writing, and even if the dialect was a bar for me at first, I strongly recommend sticking with it. A brilliant novel.

In spite of the racy title, this book has no sex in it whatever. It was written in a simpler age, when Lovers meant people who loved someone. So, if you're looking for salacious writing, you've come to the wrong place.I've recently found an interest in Elizabeth Gaskell when I saw the mini-series Wives and Daughters (I bought the DVDs). Since then I've read a few more of her novels: Wives and Daughters, North and South, and now Sylvia's Lovers. I love the way this author looks into the hearts of [...]

I am so excited that I have discovered Elizabeth Gaskell! I'm anxious to read all of her books - two down, four to go. I love the way Gaskell describes how a historic crises affects ordinary people. In "North and South", it is a strike within the textile industry. In "Sylvia's Lovers", it is the British military practice of impressment (referred to as "the press gangs") during the French wars with Napoleon. I also love how Gaskell juxtaposes different characters to highlight various strengths an [...]

This novel was such a find for me. I loved it from the outset, and it kept me with it almost all the way through. It seems extraordinary to me that this has generally been regarded as a minor work, and “one for the specialists.” For me, it was a potent and intelligent mid-Victorian novel, fully up to the level of the same author’s North and South.A couple of things I love about Elizabeth Gaskell: her willingness to engage properly (and not in a patronizing way) with working-class character [...]

From BBC Radio 4:1/2: Sylvia Dobson's cousin, Philip, lives for her, he loves her totally but Sylvia is in love with seafaring whaler, Charlie Kinraid. Gaskell's last (completed) novel is set in Yorkshire. Set in the 1790's - the time of the Napoleonic wars. It takes place in Monkshaven (ie.Whitby). The Press Gangs were always lurking when the whale boats were returning from Greenland with their cargo. They intercepted the boats, seized the men and pressed them into service with the Royal Navy t [...]

A fine example of the Classic English Novel. Slow-paced and well drawn, it takes its time weaving you into its spell and then all of the sudden you realize you can't rest until you find out how the painful dilemma is solved. Heartbreaking and beautiful. I loved it.

This story is set in the whaling community of Whitby during the French Revolutionary Wars, long before conservation became an issue. It involves the emotional tensions between Sylvia, the ex-seaman-smuggler turned farmer's daughter and her two admirers, her unexciting, devoted cousin Philip Hepburn and the dashing, handsome Specksioneer (Chief Harpooner) Charley Kinraid. When Kinraid is injured trying to protect his fellow sailors from a press gang, he becomes Sylvia's hero. He is attracted to t [...]

Sylvia's Lovers is my second Elizabeth Gaskell and although I must say I enjoyed North and South more than this, there is something that makes me sure that the book and the characters in it will haunt me for a while. Taking a place in seaside town of England in 1790s, this is a story about Sylvia Robson, who is caught between two very different but striking men. It is a powerful and sad book; it almost felt like reading a Greek tragedy taking a place in Victorian era. I thoroughly enjoyed the bo [...]

I listened to "Cousin Phyllis" earlier this year, so this book is an interesting contrast to it. Where Phyllis was educated and intelligent, Sylvia can barely read. She is content with her life on the farm, enjoys the open air and the animals and is not curious about life beyond this. The book was good, but it irritated me as well. I didn't like any of the the male characters (unlike "Cousin Phyllis"). The choice of lovers Sylvia had was not so awesome, in my opinion. To me, neither one knew her [...]

Sylvia's Lovers (1863) is one of Elizabeth Gaskell's later novels, followed only by Cousin Phillis (1864) and my favorite work of hers, Wives and Daughters (1866). Sylvia's Lovers reflects a more mature and sophisticated writing style than her earlier works like Mary Barton, North and South, and Cranford.The plot is fascinating and quite engaging. It is set during the mid-1790s in the small coastal whaling community of 'Monkshaven' modeled on Whitby that Gaskell visited in 1859. The novel takes [...]

“’[…] She doesn’t fancy thee, and fancy is three parts o’ love, if reason is t’other fourth.”Ironically, these words, which Philip Hepburn uses to make his friend understand that he is pining for a woman he will never attain, apply to himself no less than to the person he directs them to. Even more ironically, he does not realize this because his love for his cousin Sylvia Robson is stronger than his common sense, and even stronger than his moral and religious principles.Sylvia’s [...]

This is my least favourite Gaskell so far. In fact, it wasn't until I'd read well over 100 pages that I began to enjoy the book. I struggled to get to that point and might have given up if it weren't for the fact that Elizabeth Gaskell is a favourite author of mine. The beginning is very descriptive and I found the dialect difficult and annoying. It wasn't helped by the fact that this particular edition has copious notes, many of which didn't seem necessary, but I'm unable to read without dutifu [...]

(note about the title: In today's language, it should be "Sylvia's Suitors". There is nothing inappropriate in this book.)Elizabeth Gaskell called this the saddest story she ever wrote, and I don't think I've read a book before with so many deaths and broken hearts. But I loved this book (written in 1863) and was hooked. This reminded me of reading a Thomas Hardy or George Eliot novel with its focus on the working class, use of local dialect, and pervading sadness. I got frustrated with the char [...]

I've got roughly the same observations to this novel as for "Ruth," although I did find the story here somewhat more interesting, and appreciated that Sylvia, the main character, had more spunk and was overall much better fleshed-out, for which I'd rate this as a more enjoyable read in spite of minor annoyances.

Straziante. La vita vera va cercata nella costanza e nell'equilibrio: il resto è pomo di Sodoma.

From a masculine standpoint, *Sylvia’s Lovers* is not a promising title for a novel. It sounds like a Harlequin romance when, in fact, it is a marvellous evocation of life in a rugged Yorkshire whaling town in the late 1700s. The English are at war with the French (again) and the vividly depicted harbour town bustles with whaling activity while the King’s press gangs roam the narrow streets looking for able-bodied sailors they can strong-arm into a navy desperate for new recruits. As they ma [...]

bbc/programmes/b072htqtDescription: Sylvia Dobson's cousin, Philip, lives for her, he loves her totally but Sylvia is in love with seafaring whaler, Charlie Kinraid. Gaskell's last (completed) novel is set in Yorkshire. Set in the 1790's - the time of the Napoleonic wars. It takes place in Monkshaven (ie.Whitby). The Press Gangs were always lurking when the whale boats were returning from Greenland with their cargo. They intercepted the boats, seized the men and pressed them into service with th [...]

3.5 stars. Definitely not Gaskell's best work, but still a pretty compelling story. Set during the Napoleonic Wars, this is a book that basically revolves around a love triangle that gets extra complicated when one corner of the love triangle gets pressganged. His romantic rival witnesses this and doesn't say anything to their mutual love interest. Here's the thing though: This entire story revolves around Charley NOT ONCE sending word. Like, 18 months pass between Charley being pressganged and [...]

After reading reviews was a bit unsure about this book as I had enjoyed all the other Elizabeth Gaskell books I had read but was thrilled to find it just as good if not better. There was quite a slow start with a lengthy description of the Press Gang but I did find that interesting. The rest of the book moved along at a good pace with many twists and turns and I had no idea how it was going to end consequently I couldn't put it down.

I had to raise an eyebrow when I read the title to this one, but because I'd already read two of Gaskell's books I decided to try it. Bear in mind the word 'lovers' just means persons who are in love. The book was totally appropriate. I thought this one was better written than the other two I'd read (Mary Barton and North and South); the critics do say her later works were her better ones. I appreciated the moral in the end of the book, too.

This is one of my favorite books. Everything by Elizabeth Gaskell is one of my favorite books, and this is one of my favorite books by Elizabeth Gaskell. It has all you can ask. Passion, humor, adventure, and intellegence. The story is riveting, the characterization is brilliant, the development of the various characters is very believable. By the end of the book, you know these people.

Gli innamorati di Sylvia è una delle storie più tristi che mi sia capitato di leggere*, in un certo senso è anche una storia d'amore:c'è l'amore corrisposto ed infelice perché vede i due innamorati separati da un tragico imprevisto, c'è l'amore ossessivo, che si basa sull'adorazione dell'amata e sull'annullamento di sé solo per ottenere un cenno, un sorriso, un riconoscimento, con la speranza - consapevolmente irrazionale - che i sentimenti di lei possano cambiare;c'è una generale incapa [...]

I really enjoyed this book, tragic romance, Napoleonic wars and all set in Whitby! (Though called Monkshaven it was so obviously Whitby every time they walked up the stairs to the church it made me irrationally happy) The books started strongly with the description of the town and the fear of the press gangs. It got a little slow in the first half, but picked up again for the 2nd half. I realised towards the end that this is sort of the opposite story to the tale of adventure you'd expect. Norma [...]

Once again, Gaskell gives me more than I bargained for. Our heroine, Sylvia, unfortunately quite stupid, falls in love with a rather Phoebuslike sailor and rejects her sensible moony cousin; since this is happening right at the end of the eighteenth century, her life is bound up with troubles over impressment. Gaskell is, as usual, at her best with characters who resemble her, so that Sylvia is much too typical a Victorian heroine but smart, tragic Hester (in love with the sensible cousin), and [...]

I started reading this work because it is based in Whitby (named as Monkshaven in this work). I love the town and am always interested in literature inspired by it - it was a bit slow to start, but when it gets going, this is a wonderful, human interest story.I loved the way it relates the tale of an ordinary working class woman, who isn't very bright, and doesn't think overmuch about things, but nevertheless becomes central to a fascinating love story. Sylvia is beautiful and beloved by both th [...]

Anche se "Nord e Sud" resterà sempre uno dei miei preferiti, "Gli innamorati di Sylvia" è sicuramente uno dei lavori più riusciti della Gaskell, che magistralmente delinea la triangolazione amorosa di Sylvia Robson e dei suoi due innamorati: Charley Kinraid, virile e fascinoso ramponiere e Philip Hepburn, commesso fedele e serioso.Attraverso gli anni e i luoghi si sviluppa una storia triste che guarda all'immensità del mare, alla fragilità delle emozioni, alla storia, alla guerra (bellissim [...]

If you would like to read a novel by Mrs. Gaskell do not start with this one. The characters follow a very predictable trajectory, all the while speaking in a thick dialect that can be annoying to read. It's probably best for Mrs. Gaskell enthusiasts or completionists. Set in the last years of the 18th century, the novel reveals the "press-gangs" (the people who conscripted unwilling members of HIs Majesty's military) and their unscrupulous ways. It also problematizes the idea of "love"--who is [...]

Sylvia is a flawed heroine - stubborn and loath to forgive. Which makes this story of the two men who love her and her refusal to love one of them back the more convincing. I enjoy all of Elizabeth Gaskell's novels, but this was particularly captivating.

This did not live up to North and South for me. What I loved about North and South was that it was low on the melodrama. But, Sylvia's entire life is a melodrama. Still enjoyable, just not my favorite form Elizabeth Gaskell.

Mary Schmich once said, "Reading a book can be like catching a wave. For it to work, you need to grab it at the right moment." I kept waiting for the moment to arrive with this book.


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