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Madness as a motif works as a medium of communicating things that a sane mind resists to articulate otherwise. Strong medication had killed the sex drive in Imelda and she ended up with an offer for her husband one day. "Keep a mistress", she had once told Augustine which the latter did not pay much heed to. The bewildered narrator could not help but wonder what made his father reject such a proposal. It was only in the later years that he figured out how Em was trying to 'play out her insecurities' allowed to her because of her 'mental condition'. Such a proposition did nothing but confirmed her love for her husband even more. Jerry Pinto in this book is not establishing madness as a disease deserving only clinical treatment or a few words of sympathy and consolation. Remember the shell-shocked World War I veteran Septimus Smith in Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway or Bertha Mason, the madwoman in the attic of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre? While the former's broken cries are deemed 'abnormal' and 'crazy', the latter is locked up in a room vis-a-vis her 'bestial' disposition. Madness, in this novel is not the opposite of what is normal or sane; it voices the suppressed and that which is hidden. (Ipshita Mitra)El Nuevo Herald features author Andrea O’Reilly Herrera.
O’Reilly reconoce en William Faulkner, Virginia Woolf y Emily Brontë sus primeras lecturas e influencias literarias. (William Navarrete) (Translation)Writer Carol Rifka Blunt picks her 'top 10 outsider girls' for SugarScape.
3. Jane Eyre from Jane Eyre by Charlotte BrontëSugarScape also shares the first three chapters of Addicted to You by Alix Wenmouth, which is summarised as follows:
Quiet and studious Jane takes her own path in the world. She is the invisible outsider. The plain girl who goes unnoticed until the day she chooses to let her voice be heard. In a way, I wish Jane didn’t fall so hard for Mr. Rochester. I think she could do better. (KatyFinbow)
16-year-old Frankie Raven has just been forced to move 250 miles away from her sleepy hometown of Bradford and as a result she's fairly sure her life is over. But then she meets two people who might just change her life forever.Female First suggests '10 Places for an Al Fresco-Style Culture Fix in Spring' in England.
Roxana King lives on Leather Lane and everyone knows what goes on there; well, everyone except Frankie. Enigmatic and fun, she's unlike anyone Frankie has ever known. Then there’s Marcus Ford, the gorgeous, brooding older boy who fuels Frankie's daydreams about meeting her very own Heathcliff on the wild Yorkshire Moors. There’s an instant attraction and Frankie falls hard and fast. (Linds Foley)
Open-air performances - Minack Theatre, CornwallThe Huffington Post wonders, 'How Much Are Great Poems Worth?' in connection with the recent Bonhams auction where, among others, a Charlotte Brontë manuscript poem sold for £92,450. Need Supply discusses that manuscript too. Planet Siol (Slovenia) mourns the death of 'publicist, translator and film and theater critic Rapa Šuklje' which, among others, translated both Wuthering Heights, Villette and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall into Slovenian (EDIT: More on Delo and here). The Brontë Sisters features James Taylor from Smith, Elder & Co and a couple of the letters Charlotte Brontë wrote to him. Hathaways of Haworth is working on a talk about Charlotte Brontë to be given to visitors to the Brontë Parsonage Museum on Charlotte's birthday (April 21st).
May – September
Watch drama, musicals and opera at the Minack Theatre – a world famous open-air theatre in the most dramatic of settings. The theatre is carved into granite cliffs and set in glorious gardens with panoramic views of Porthcurno Bay.
Make the most of that extra hour of daylight watching Wuthering Heights, Arabian Nights, The Taming of the Shrew and many more in this modern-day Roman amphitheatre.