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Review: The Brontes

In a fit of madness, I purchased the complete collection of the Bronte Sisters for my Kobo Arc Ebook. (I must add it cost $2.88, via the Kobo store, the Delphi edition, it has everything, books, biographies, letters, criticism…everything) 

I also own the hardcover pocket version of these books

Over the years I have read Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte at least a dozen times. I don’t know what draws me to the characters. Jane is unsinkable and Mr. Rochester is unlikable. Their lives are bleak, desperate, and sad. However, I find it to be, full of hope. Even in the most challenging moments of this most Gothic story, both characters find something within themselves and each other that helps them weather life’s storm.

I also have a couple of versions on Dvd. This is my Favourite.


Favourite Quote:

Charlotte Bronte also wrote 

Villette – read this years ago will reread to give a better review

The Professor – yet to read

Shirley – yet to read

Anne Bronte wrote

Tenant of Wildfell Hall – another favourite, well worth reading. Considered a first for Feminist literature, viewed as shocking for it’s time. Not as well known as some of the other Bronte works.

I also have an excellent BBC Dvd version

The novel is framed as a letter from Gilbert Markham to his friend and brother-in-law about the events leading to his meeting his wife. A mysterious young widow arrives at Wildfell Hall, an Elizabethan mansion which has been empty for many years, with her young son and servant. She lives there in strict seclusion under the assumed name Helen Graham and very soon finds herself the victim of local slander. Refusing to believe anything scandalous about her, Gilbert Markham, a young farmer, discovers her dark secrets. In her diary, Helen writes about her husband’s physical and moral decline through alcohol, and the world of debauchery and cruelty from which she has fled. This novel of marital betrayal is set within a moral framework tempered by Anne’s optimistic belief in universal salvation. (Synopsis From wikipedia)

I couldn’t have worded it better.

Favourite Quote:

Agnes Grey – yet to read

Emily Bronte wrote

Wuthering Heights – I know this one is considered as a masterpiece, however not my favourite. I find it too dark and brooding.

However for the Movie/Dvd, no one did a better Heathcliff than Sir Laurence!



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November 11, 2014 · 5:31 pm