Monday, February 04, 2013

A passionate love affair

Gulf News discusses the 'disregard for reading classics'.

Many blame this disregard for reading the classics on the advent of television and then computers. The more recent concept of ‘blogging’ is considered the biggest culprit. Using the simplest terminology to express emotions and explain life makes the understanding of classics seem even more daunting an affair, critics say. And this fear looms over readers’ heads, even when the classics are the more familiar and well-recognised ones. After all, who has not heard of Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights or Tess of D’Urbervilles?
However, that’s a harsh judgement passed against technology, for even at school, classmates ridiculed my choice of Jane Eyre, as the heroine to base the final paper of my English coursework on. And this was way before the blogging era. (Rabia Alavi)
However, designer John Rocha's daughter Zoe isn't afraid to show her admiration for Wuthering Heights in an interview for The Independent (Ireland).
It is not unduly surprising that Zoe's most cherished book is Wuthering Heights. "I don't think a more passionate love affair has ever been captured in literature," she says as she orders tapas and wine in the chic restaurant in Goodge Street. (Barry Egan)
La Nueva España (Spain) writes briefly about writer Elizabeth Taylor's novel Palladian.
Taylor, cuya obra va a ser rescatada por Ático de los Libros, bebe a fondo de Jane Austen y de Charlotte Brontë, pero sabe dar a sus historias un giro impensable en tiempos de aquellas grandes damas. Así, La señorita Dashwood (1946) llegará a una mansión en declive cuyo dueño posee todas las virtudes para convertirse en su enamorado. Pero el mundo de entreguerras abunda en personajes que Austen no habría imaginado y, claro, la historia tomará imprevistos derroteros. (Translation)
Books by Rotten posts about Wuthering Heights while The Phantom Paragrapher reviews April Lindner's take on the novel, Catherine. Flickr user uneekdolldesigns has made a Charlotte Brontë doll. Fly High! reviews Juliet Gael's Romancing Miss BrontëThe Diary of a tea-drinking Book Lover posts about Haworth and the Brontës (and posts several nice pictures of the Brontë Bridge). Genialgemsandothergabblings writes about Charlotte Brontë and Wycoller Hall. Cúmulos y limbos writes in Spanish about Elizabeth Gaskell and the Brontës.

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