Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Oprah crossed with Wuthering Heights?

The Telegraph publishes today this most mysterious of Brontë references in an article about the Port Eliot Festival:

There was a time when "The Season" meant a hectic dash between such time-honoured loci as Ascot, Henley and Glyndebourne. Nowadays there's an alternative trajectory: Glastonbury, Latitude and last weekend's Port Eliot Festival at St Germans on the Cornish coast. I was at Port Eliot to conduct a "love workshop" with the novelist Maria Alvarez. Think Oprah crossed with Wuthering Heights, and you'll be on the right track. (Rowan Pelling)
We're afraid we're on no track at all.

Stephen L. Carter's Jericho's Fall is reviewed in Los Angeles Times:
Thus, Jericho's baronial house, Stone Heights, and the peaks that loom all around, brood over the story line in the fashion of Brontë's and Hardy's houses and landscapes. Similarly, biblical references abound. (Tim Rutten)
The Statesman (India) talks about Indian versions or retellings of several classical novels. Like Dil Diya Dard Liya 1966:
Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights was turned into a Bollywood movie in Dil Dia Dard Lia in the early sixties, tragedy king Dilip Kumar playing the Hindi speaking lead role in place of the original Heathcliffe (sic). (Subrata Chowdhury)
Apparently Wuthering Heights is also one of the '100 best beach books ever', number 76 to be precise, according to the audience of NPR.

On the blogosphere, Savidge Reads has just finished Jude Morgan's The Taste of Sorrow:
I will say it is absolutely wonderfully written. I found it hard to tear myself away from the book and in fact spent a whole day in bed with it (well I did have swine flu too, had it been the weekend I would have made some excuse). Morgan brings to life the three famous sisters and their different character traits. Charlotte who is strong minded, yet fearful, independent yet nervous. Emily is quite cunning and dark and often compared to a cat. Anne the baby of the family who is quite quiet and meek and yet has a lot going on in her head and once you get to know her is much wiser than her years. Branwell and his downfall are of course there but at the heart of it this is very much a book about Emily, Anne and Charlotte… and now I want to run off and read all of their books.
Stuff I've Read, Reveries & Ruminations and Gee Whiz all post about Jane Eyre while Nonplussed and Natterings of the Mind write about Wuthering Heights.

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