Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Dark, romantic, violent, cruel, passionate...

Today's news bring us several new Brontëites. Natasha Trethewey is interviewed in Newsweek:

Poet Natasha Trethewey won the Pulitzer Prize for "Native Guard," her latest book of prose inspired by historical events. These books shaped her personal history. (...)
My Five Most Important Books

5. "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Brontë. It's so dark and romantic, and I was inspired by the way Brontë used the language of the characters to communicate their class differences.

Grace Dent is interviewed on Trashionista:
Your favourite female heroine (if different from above!), and why?
Helen Burn in Jane Eyre. She's Jane's first, best and truest friend. I still get upset thinking about their last evening.
And Victoria Hislop is asked in Metro.co.uk about her favourite fictional character:
I first readWuthering Heights when I was 12 and immediately fell in love with Heathcliff. He is the outsider, a foundling brought home one day to live in a wild house on the Yorkshire moors, and his arrival turns the world of brother and sister Hindley and Catherine upside down.
Heathcliff is violent, cruel and passionate - and as an adolescent girl I found him irresistible. Usually when such a character is drawn in a novel, he emerges as a better human being but there is no such change with Heathcliff.
His love for Catherine and his vengeful fury when he is deprived of fulfilling it makes him such a memorable character. Kate Bush's song Wuthering Heights summed it all up perfectly.
Precisely The Telegraph has asked several celebrities about their guilty pleasures on their iPod lists :
Ruby Wax: Broadcaster and 'Telegraph' agony aunt:
"First, my guilty pleasure, which is Wuthering Heights by Kate Bush ("Heathcliff, it's meeee…"). I only listen to it in a locked room and then give into the schmaltz of it all.
BFC Book Reviews talks about Justine Picardie's Daphne:
It’s an intriguing story, well written and carefully researched. I recommend it!
A Striped Armchair reviews Wide Sargasso Sea not very favourably. Random Jottings of a Book and Opera Lover comments her previous thoughts before reading Dudley Green's Patrick Brontë. Father of Genius. Monica Bonzano on when the robins came... posts several drawings inspired by Jane Eyre here and here. Pieces of me has an under construction post about the different kinds of love in Wuthering Heights.

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