John Halifax, Gentleman: A Novel

John Halifax, Gentleman: A Novel

Dinah Maria Mulock Craik / Feb 25, 2021

John Halifax Gentleman A Novel A deluxe Harper Perennial Legacy Edition with an introduction from Simon Van Booy nationally best selling author of Father s Day and The Illusion of SeparatenessA compelling historical novel of a yo

  • Title: John Halifax, Gentleman: A Novel
  • Author: Dinah Maria Mulock Craik
  • ISBN: 9780062356154
  • Page: 437
  • Format: Paperback
  • A deluxe Harper Perennial Legacy Edition, with an introduction from Simon Van Booy, nationally best selling author of Father s Day and The Illusion of SeparatenessA compelling historical novel of a young man s rise from poverty to wealth in a small provincial town during the Industrial Revolution, now available in a Legacy Edition from Harper Perennial Modern Classics.LikeA deluxe Harper Perennial Legacy Edition, with an introduction from Simon Van Booy, nationally best selling author of Father s Day and The Illusion of SeparatenessA compelling historical novel of a young man s rise from poverty to wealth in a small provincial town during the Industrial Revolution, now available in a Legacy Edition from Harper Perennial Modern Classics.Like Charles Dickens s beloved David Copperfield, John Halifax is an orphan, determined to make his success through honest hard work He becomes an apprentice to Abel Flecher, a tanner and a Quaker, and is soon befriended by Abel s invalid son, Phineas, who chronicles John s success in business and love, rising from the humblest of origins to the pinnacle of wealth made possible by England s Industrial Revolution.Dinah Maria Mulock Craik explores the sweeping transformation wrought by this revolutionary technological age, including the rise of the middle class and its impact on the social, economic, and political makeup of the nation as it moved from the eighteenth to the nineteenth century.This Legacy Edition features a lush design and French flaps.

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      • Dinah Maria Mulock Craik

        Dinah Maria Craik born Dinah Maria Mulock, also often credited as Miss Mulock or Mrs Craik was an English novelist and poet She was born at Stoke on Trent and brought up in Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire.After the death of her mother in 1845, Dinah Maria Mulock settled in London about 1846 She was determined to obtain a livelihood by her pen, and, beginning with fiction for children, advanced steadily until placed in the front rank of the women novelists of her day She is best known for the novel John Halifax, Gentleman 1856 She followed this with A Life for a Life 1859 , which she considered to be the best of her novels, and several other works She also published some poetry, narratives of tours in Ireland and Cornwall, and A Woman s Thoughts about Women 1858.She married George Lillie Craik a partner with Alexander Macmillan in the publishing house of Macmillan Company, and nephew of George Lillie Craik, in 1864 They adopted a foundling baby girl, Dorothy, in 1869.At Shortlands, near Bromley, Kent, while in a period of preparation for Dorothy s wedding, she died of heart failure on 12 October 1887, aged 61 Her last words were reported to have been Oh, if I could live four weeks longer but no matter, no matter Her final book, An Unknown Country, was published by Macmillan in 1887, the year of her death.


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    1. This book has restored my faith in Victorian literature after some doubt crept in with Harrison Ainsworth and Bulwer Lytton, groan.Napoleonic wars, bread riots, religious intolerance, industrial revolution's all here in the life of this most perfect of heroes. Don't read it if you don't like overt piety, it's full of that, but it grows naturally from the characters as Mrs Craik develops them. This from the very beginning, as the hero meets the narrator: " "and it came to pass, when he had made a [...]


    2. I've got an old Everyman edition dated 1941.I think it's time for a 'John Halifax , Gentleman' revival. I saw it as a TV drama in the 70's but it hasn't been dramatised since.From chapter 1 my heart ached for lonely Phineas and brave, homeless John and I cried at the end. I was worried that it would be boring and although it preaches a bit, it's a moral story about working hard, living a good life and being a good parent, it's far from boring. There's a lot in it about that time; steam engines, [...]


    3. I began reading a well-loved copy of this upon my 18-year-old daughter's recommendation, while visiting at the charming Quail Hollow Farm homestead where she is interning at this CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). Upon my return home I requested it by inter-library loan and received a copy from Chicago, copyright 1859, pages near to crumbling. I began jotting notes halfway through.Today's reader is hard pressed to understand the brotherly love expressed here. The story's narrator is the life [...]


    4. Damn those lady novelists. If it wasn't for George Eliot, or Elizabeth Gaskell or those bothersome Brontës, Mrs Craik would have been remembered as being one of the better Victorian women writers. This is the only book I know that is set in Tewkesbury and one of the few (Cider with Rosie, The Choir) that are set in Gloucestershire. Which may be one of the weaknesses and I am afraid there are many. Dinah Craik tries to tell the history of Britain through the life of John Halifax; the problems of [...]


    5. John Halifax: young orphan, poor boy, friend, hard worker, kind.John Halifax: a gentleman in the very best sense of the word. He may not have wealth, rank or position, but he has integrity, character, principles, faith, and the love of a good woman. I loved this story. We first meet John when he is kind to an ill boy, befriending him, caring for him. We follow John as he meets and marries the love of his life, Ursala March. I loved that this was the tale of a happy marriage, where both parties t [...]


    6. John Halifax was a devoted husband, father and friend. His story, narrated by his best friend, Phineas, although old fashioned, inspired me to want to be a better person, to love others deeper, and to never give up. He never forgot where he came from and he was grateful and faithful to the people that helped him succeed. He also never allowed his success to change him as he continued to live simply and to share his wealth. He was a smart, mostly self educated, innovative man. He loved his wife d [...]


    7. I think this book was most excellent, and that anyone who calls himself a Christian should be sure to read it and emulate the lessons taught by Mr. Halifax to his family.


    8. There's a lot of Dickens influence here. It also reminds me of Gaskell's North and South with the dreary English weather and a focus on working class and their sometimes violent clashes with the gentry. The narrative structure is interesting in that the narrator is not the hero--I'm not sure this works all the time. John Halifax fluctuates between strong hero and whiny romantic. Thankfully he grows out of the whiny and became a much more steady and interesting character later in the book. This i [...]


    9. This book was a gift from my Grandmother to her soon to be husband around 1917. The book was so fragile I couldn't read it, but found it on my Kindle for free! Now one of my favorite books for numerous reasons. It is filled with much wisdom, &, examples of perseverance, honesty, hard work, self sacrifice, integrity, humility & true love - doesn't get much better than that! Enjoyed every page & highly recommend this book.


    10. I'm surprised that this author pulls me in because she writes a bit like Dickens (makes sense since it's about the same time period) and I have trouble reading Dickens. I enjoyed Young Mrs. Jardine more but I stuck this out through a library version, an old bought copy and finally the last page on gutenberg (the print in my old copy kept getting smaller and smaller in the back :S )Definitely lengthy and kind of like an entire life story. Full of morals and religious brevity.


    11. I absolutely enjoyed this book.I loved how strong the family ties were and how in-depth the characterization was. It was beautifully written.I couldn't help thinking how reminiscent the book was with how things are today….e divide between those that have and those who have not.It is definitely one book I would love to read again in the future.


    12. This is book is more deserving of five stars than anything i've read this year.Everyone in the world should read this book,it is such a beautiful honest and unassuming lesson in humanity and just good and simple love.This novel should be called John Halifax, Socialist and it should be taught in every school!


    13. This old forgotten classic was a delightful read in that by reading about old fashioned values, integrity, and honor, made me want to do better and be better, especially as a help meet. I suppose many would say it is nothing more than moralizing hero worship, but I find that it is something society is in need of at the moment. I will probably read it again and recommend it to my husband.


    14. A fun and bizarre Victorian novel about a self-made "gentleman" in the early decades of the 19th c. Reads like a cross between Dickens (characters include an orphan with a work ethic and a sickly, disabled man) and Eliot (sustained psycho-social investigations). The editing isn't great in this edition, but don't stay away because of that.


    15. I only got this book because my mother told me she got her name, Muriel, from a character in the book. I was curious, but didn't expect to read much. It is a long book. I found I could hardly put it down, even though the language was quaint by our modern standards. I can see why it was so popular in its day.


    16. This book belonged to my mother. She gave it to me, along with several other of her cherished books this past Christmas. The inscription inside is from her Aunt Mena in 1936 given to mom for Christmas.


    17. Interesting read. Captured quite a few quotes from it. For example, "I have seen many a face that was more good-looking—never one that looked half so good." Be prepared for quite a lot of religious stuff when picking this up.


    18. Best book ever! Not since Jane Eyre have I cried out loud while reading a book! But this was so much better. It was sweet, loving, calming, and wholesome. I just couldn't put it down.



    19. I inherited this book from my grandma, my name has been in it since I was four years old. So I really think I better read it!



    20. By Miss Mulock. Thomas Y. Cromwell Company, Publishers, New York, 1897.This is perhaps the oldest book I have, and one of the few that belonged to my father.


    21. OMG queste autrici vittoriane! Che scrittura potente, che capacità di impressionare – anche quando, come in questo caso, il lettore moderno rimane spiazzato dalla religiosità che (con diverse sfumature, dal rigore quacquero del capostipite alle 'deviazioni' cattoliche di uno dei protagonisti) pervade tutte le pagine.La difficile ma esemplare vita di John Halifax (gentleman per carattere e moralità, se non per nascita) abbraccia tutta la narrazione, trasformandola in qualche modo in una saga [...]


    22. This buzzed along quite happily for the first 80% (kindle, obvs) but ran into a big snowdrift for me for the last 20% as lots of new characters appeared about whom it was difficult to care, particularly when their actions were a bit random and forced. However, I suppose it had to be rounded off somehow, and it did very well at the time and since; although I reckon more than a few people will have a preference for the beginning rather than the end.


    23. A hidden gem! Found on my late aunt's bookshelves, and mentioned in the diary of my great aunt that she was reading this (in the 1920s). The main character is perhaps too good to be true, but the heartstrings were effectively tugged numerous times, and the twists and turns of the story kept me gripped. Such a feel-good story, once the 19th century language was conquered - and it taught me so much of the social and rural politics of the time.


    24. The cons - It will not appeal to a portion of today's readers. It is much to literary and eloquent for what has become such a commonly vulgar society - nothing personal, that's just the way the world has become.The Pros -- It is literary and eloquent. Mulock-Craik works seemingly effortlessly to weave a tale that is filled with messages of working hard, appreciating what we have, and serving others. It is long and slow, but it is the kind of book that made classic reading in its time.


    25. This book easily finds itself in the top 10 of the best books I have ever read. Very well written, perfect character development. Meaningful.


    26. John Halifax, Gentleman (1856) is a classic of the Victorian era. It is the story of a David and Jonathon-like friendship. It is also about a long and happy marriage. But mostly it recounts the life of a man who never backs down from his principles. The book proposed the “revolutionary” idea that a man is not a gentleman primarily because of wealth and title, but because of integrity, honor and hard work.Halifax is a poor orphan who works his way up from poverty; his story is narrated by Phi [...]


    27. This book spans the first 50 years of the 19th century - an extraordinary period of change in British society which is mirrored in the life of John Halifax. Everything is there - men go off and die fighting Nspoleon, bread riots and the coming of steam change the whole order. The evil aristocrat attempts to stop the clock by using his land to ruin his enemy but as in real life, the new industrial technology prevails. Fascinating.


    28. I loved this. I vaguely remember seeing it as an adaptation on television many years ago. I lived and breathed these characters.


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