Rachel Benn lists her best reads of 2018 in Chicago Now:
Best Classic I'm way late to the game on...Where you live and your career choices on Ladders:
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. Why did no one tell me how much I was going to love this book? Jane is so funny and fierce and all 500 pages of this baby are beautiful. I have been staring down Jane Eyre on my to-read shelf for years, terrified by both its classic-ness and thickness, but the first twenty pages put my fears to bed. The conversation about classics is often centered around the genius of men, but Brontë has so much to say in Jane Eyre that still resonates today.
I've been around long enough that I knew most of the major plot twists before I started reading, but I was still captivated by Brontë's story. And I was very captivated by one Mr. Rochester. (Which had absolutely nothing to do with finding out Michael Fassbender played him in the movie version opposite Mia Wasikowska's Jane Eyre. Not at all.)
The Brönte (sic) Strategy: Create Your Own SceneA remorse-addict in The Daily Courier:
Almost every time I talk about scenes, someone asks: “But what if I can’t move? Do I have to relocate myself halfway around the world to find my scene? Am I out of luck?”
Not necessarily. Not all of us are able to pack up our things and move at a moment’s notice. That’s not always the best strategy, anyway.
Sometimes, we need to leave home in search of new opportunities. Other times, the smarter strategy is to stay put and create a new scene. Let’s look at a group of writers who did just that: The Brönte sisters.
In the early nineteenth century, Haworth, England was a small, rural community devoid of literary opportunity. Patrick Brönte was a clergyman and widower who had moved his daughters there to keep them guarded from exposure to the outside world. (!!!!!!) To pass the time and amuse themselves, the children told each other stories.
One day, one of the girls found a poem written by her younger. The older sister shared that she, too, had been writing in secret. Before long, all three sisters — Emily, Charlotte, and Anne — confessed to being closet writers and began a literary collaboration that would last a lifetime.
The sisters went on to write some of the most influential works of English literature, and it all began in a small village, far from the reaches of civilization. These young women didn’t have to leave home to find their scene. Because for every Hemingway in Paris, there’s a Brontë from Haworth.
Sometimes, the community we need is closer than we think. (Jeff Goins)
That's why I can't stand those who say — like Charlotte Brontë who famously opined “remorse is the poison of life” — they have no regrets. At best, that's a lie; at worst, it's an admission you've learned nothing about yourself or the path you're on. (Dr. Paul Williams)Entertainment Weekly recommends romance reads like A Duke Changes Everything by Christy Carlyle:
Indeed, he’s so brooding, so tortured, he could give Jane Eyre’s Mr. Rochester a run for his money (though here he’s haunted by a stone tower on his estate, not things that go bump in the attic) (Maureen Lee Lenker)Sky Sports asks
Reading Emily Brontë, getting busy in the kitchen, learning Italian and winning medals. What are the [Sky Sports] Scholars dreaming about for 2019? (...)The Guardian reviews the book How to be Invisible: Selected Lyrics by Kate Bush:
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Sporty: Qualify for Olympic selection in Toulouse in November.
Non-sporty: Read 15 classics or educational books! Top of the list would be '1984' and 'Why I write' by George Orwell, as well as Wuthering Heights. I've been trying to read that one for a long time! (Mark Ashenden)
Desire runs wild in the final section: Mrs Bartolozzi’s sexual laundry fantasia; the wily, windy Wuthering Heights. This headstrong pursuit has guided Bush. The question is not what we can learn about her, but what we might learn from following her lead. (Laura Snapes)The Mary Sue does not concur in considering Darcy (from Pride and Prejudice) an alpha male:
Darcy and Lizzie are perfectly matched because they are both too clever for their own good, hot people with a lot of pride and prejudice about people when they first meet them. Darcy may have been rude and cold, but he never kidnapped her, negged her, and wanted to make her feel inferior to get her toBook Page interviews the author Lyndsay Faye:
join the dark sidedate him.
But, you know, if that’s what you’re into, and you need a bitter, haunted man with a dark malevolent streak to compare your ship to, may I suggest Wuthering Heights. Heathcliff is definitely more your speed. (Princess Weekes)
With her sixth novel, stage actress-turned-novelist Faye, known for her Edgar-nominated Jane Eyre spoof Jane Steele, offers a surprising historical mystery that addresses America’s sexism, racism and anti-immigrant white power movements. (Jay MacDonald)Veja (Brazil) and books to read on holidays:
O Morro dos Ventos Uivantes.Elite Daily includes an Emily Brontë quote for your New Year's Eve Instagram Captions. Follow the works on Norton Conyers gardens on this blog.
Único romance da britânica Emily Brontë, O Morro dos Ventos Uivantes (várias editoras) causou choque ao ser lançado, em 1847. Não é para menos – a história do romance de Catherine Earnshaw e seu irmão adotivo, Heathcliff, passeia entre o amor e o ódio extremos, em uma trama intensa sobre paixão, repulsa e obsessão. Com personagens complexos, que fogem do maniqueísmo tradicional, o livro acompanha a história do órfão Heathcliff, tratado com desprezo por Hindley, irmão de sangue de Catherine, mas com carinho pela moça. Humilhado por vários anos, ele sai da casa da família apenas para voltar anos depois, rico e com sede de se vingar do irmão adotivo (Translation )