Thursday, December 12, 2013

The Brontë sisters score a goal

UALR Public Radio has Maureen Corrigan list her favourite books of 2013, one of which is Claire Messud's The Woman Upstairs where

the main character [...] is like a dormant volcano getting ready to blow. Nora Eldridge is a single elementary school teacher in her 30s who's grimly disciplined herself to settling for less. When a glamorous family enters her life and reignites her artistic and erotic energies, Nora, like Jane Eyre, gets in touch with her anger and her hunger.
Fans of Wuthering Heights 1939 may not like the following idea read on Lancaster Online:
Imagine how much better "Wuthering Heights" would have been had Laurence Olivier been acting opposite his real-life love, the stellar Vivien Leigh, instead of the icy, nostril-flaring Merle Oberon. (Mary Ellen Wright)
Al día (Costa Rica) imagines which writers would be in several countries' literary football teams. This is England:
Inglaterra, saltaría con William Shakespeare (“Hamlet”, “Otelo” y “Romeo y Julieta”), Charles Dickens (“Oliver Twist” y “David Copperfield”), D. H. Lawrence (“El amante de Lady Chatterley”), Ian Fleming (autor de la serie de James Bond), y las hermanas Brontë: Emily (“Cumbres borrascosas”), Charlotte (“Jane Eyre”) y Anne (“La inquilina de Wildfell Hall”). (José David Guevara) (Translation)
A columnist from Taz (Germany) imagines the background of a woman who sat by her side on the train.
Ich tu so, als würde ich die Süddeutsche lesen, aber in echt beobachte ich die edle Frau, muss ihre Handschuhe angucken und die Tasche und alles. Die Bibliothek, in der sie arbeitet, also in der sie vermutlich arbeitet, hat wahrscheinlich Erstausgaben von Emily Brontë in Glasvitrinen, und an der Wand hängen Ölgemälde in schweren, dunklen Holzrahmen. (Margarete Stokowski) (Translation)
Polskie Radio (Poland) features the book Charlotte Bronte i jej siostry śpiące (including 'affirmations' such as this ring is George Smith's engagement ring with Charlotte Brontë). Beyond the Dreamline reviews The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

Finally, an alert from The Bolton News:
A ramblers group in Bolton has opened up more spaces on its coach for some walks in Yorkshire this weekend.
Two walks are on offer, starting in Bingley and ending in Haworth, with a longer 10.5 mile-route and a reduced nine-mile hike on offer. Pick-up points in Bolton are at Chequerbent, Westhoughton and Spa Road, Bolton.
Both routes take in the banks of the River Aire. The longer route climbs to the village of Oxenhope, along The Brontë Way, while the shorter route goes through Denholme.
At the end of the walks there will be time for refreshments before the coach returns to Bolton.
To book a seat, call Doreen on 01204 651671, with more details available at boltonramblers.org.uk

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