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Charlotte BrontëCharlotte Brontë(1), written by Gloria Fortún and illustrated by Isa Vázquez (and since it is a bilingual (Spanish and English) edition the translator should be mentioned as well: Laura Pletsch-Rivera), is addressed to a young readership. It is a fantastic introduction, not only into the world of the Brontës but also into the nineteenth century. There are plenty of new concepts to keep inquiring minds busy.
Sabina Editorial. Collection: Luzazul.
Series: Una historia verdadera.
Language: Spanish and English
Translation: Laura Pletsch-Rivera (english)
Illustrations: Isa Vázquez.
At that moment the door to a tavern called The Black Bull opened and out came a racket and light that momentarily blinded the girl. A man, probably encouraged by the beer he had just drunk, took off his hat as the carts passed by and greeted them with a pirouette. Charlotte looked at Emily and they both laughed. They were home.If anything, the book is a bit too much of the falsely feminist side of things. It is one thing that Sabina Editorial's leit motif is 'libros que traen al mundo libertad femenina' (books which bring female freedom to the world) but quite another to claim that,
Branwell on the other hand was irresponsible and lazy, but his father paid for the best teachers and got him interesting jobs in which he made more money than his sisters did, without having to live in gloomy boarding schools or mansions of unfriendly families.First of all, Charlotte also benefited from the 'best teachers' such as William Robinson, not to mention the fact that while Maria and Elizabeth were once sent to an expensive (too expensive as it turned out) private school and Charlotte, Emily and Anne later on attended Miss Wooler's school, it has never been satisfactorily proved that Branwell received any other education apart from what his father taught him at home with the exceptional help of tutors such as William Robinson. Not to mention the fact that, even though it was Aunt Branwell who paid for it, Charlotte and Emily got to carry on with their education in Brussels while Branwell never even left the country (possibly never even left the county!).
Gloria Fortún has written this book because she admires Charlotte Brontë and wants to break with the false legend that she was a depressive woman. . .(3) William Weightman and David Pryce (the curate who proposed to Charlotte after only an afternoon's acquaintance) are fused into one. Contacted by us, Gloria Fortún has admitted it was a mistake, but we think it is a useful poetic licence that prevents the story from heaping too much (unnecessary, really) information on those young ones' minds.