Thursday, March 27, 2014

Thursday, March 27, 2014 8:31 am by Cristina in , , , , ,    No comments
Montgomery News features Eve Marie Mont's and the third installment of her Unbound trilogy, which began with A Breath of Eyre. We are reminded of the fact that,
Eve Marie Mont is a full-time English teacher at Lower Moreland High School and, similar to her main character, is an avid reader; Brontë’s “Jane Eyre” is her favorite novel and it inspired the first book in the trilogy. (Stephanie Decker)
Marie Claire lists '7 Books You've Just Got To Read Before Seeing Them On The Big Screen'. One of which is the latest adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's Jamaica Inn which is described as
a mix of Jane Eyre and Wurthering (sic) Heights. (Erin Woodward)
Another list as YourTango looks at 'The 6 Most Dysfunctional Couples In Literature'. At the very top of the list are
1. Catherine & Heathcliff - Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
This couple proclaims to be in love, but spend the majority of the novel torturing each other by marrying others and using spite and jealousy to drag not just themselves, but their spouses, into a spiral of despair. Yeah, that's a healthy situation.
2. Mr. Rochester & Bertha Mason – Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
Speaking of healthy situations, nothing says 'functional' like locking your certifiably crazy wife up in the attic while trying to woo a sweet young governess. Mr. Rochester might be the victim (being duped by Bertha's family and all) but that still not a smooth move. (Kristen Droesch)
Mr Rochester, Bertha and Jane Eyre also make it into a religious article on ABP News.
When I reflect on the sad Westboro saga, Charlotte Brontë’s novel, Jane Eyre springs to mind.  Bookish, practical, kind, dependable, and devoutly Christian in the Victorian sense of the term, Jane falls in love with Mr. Rochester, the only decent person she has encountered in this veil of tears.
But there is something disturbing about Mr. Rochester.  A generally decent man with high principles, he can also be morose, moody, brusque, unpredictable and downright unkind.
And then there are those muffled shrieks and groans emanating from the attic of Thornfield Hall, the Gothic mansion Rochester calls home.  Gradually, poor Jane unravels the mystery. As a young man in search of adventure and fortune, Rochester married an extravagantly beautify Jamaican Creole temptress names Bertha Antoinetta Mason.  He hardly knew the woman when they were married, but she was beautiful, exotic, fabulously wealthy and everyone insisted it was the perfect match.  When Bertha quickly descended into madness, Rochester carried her home to Thornfield Hall, locked her in the attic under the supervision of a tipsy spinster named Grace Poole, and tried to reassemble the shattered shards of his life.
He was holding it together until Jane Eyre entered his life.  As a budding romance unfolded within the cold walls of Thornfield, Rochester pretended to ignore the strange wailing sounds that often pierced the night.  Jane followed suit.  But one night, the crazy woman in the attic slipped past an inebriated Grace Poole and wrought havoc in Thornfield Hall. Rochester dragged his insane bride back to the attic and bound her to a chair with rope until the madness passed.
Undeterred, Bertha broke free once again, and this time she burned Thornfield Hall to the ground and, to heighten the Gothic effect, leaped to her death as the flames surrounded her. (Alan Bean)
Writer Fred D'Aguiar is interviewed by The Huffington Post and asked about his influences:
Three other seminal texts have been Alejo Carpentier's The Lost Steps and Juan Rulfo's Pedro Marano [sic; it's called Pedro Páramo] and Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea. (David Henry Sterry)
A columnist from the Scotsman praises the Woman of Influence Awards and turns out to be a Brontëite:
The Woman of Influence Awards is one of the most important events in our social calendar, and not only because it is a very successful fundraiser, raising over £1 million since its launch in 2001. For me, it is so significant because it puts a spotlight on women who have achieved a great deal in their lives, holding them up as role models for the children and young people we support.
When I was young, my role models were largely the women who I perceived as making a difference. Emmeline Pankhurst inspired my interest in promoting the rights of women; the Brontë sisters encouraged my love of literature; and Barbara Castle’s fight for equal pay nurtured my sense of social justice. (Carol Iddon)
PM News (Nigeria) discusses colonialism:
The few indigenous people who demonstrated brilliance either stowed away to England or received British scholarships to study the works of William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, T.S. Eliot, George Eliot, Homer, Thomas Hardy, Charles and Emily Brontë, and other such writers who characterized us in despicable stereotypical terminologies as savages, uncivilized, and brutish. (Nwike Ojukwu)
The Brussels Brontë Blog has a lovely post by someone who began researching their ancestors' stay in Brussels and discovered that they were no other than the Jenkins who Charlotte and Emily visited from time to time (and which visits they didn't enjoy much).

The Little Professor on 'Youthful Memoirs, Jane Eyre, and Interrogating Children about Death' is interesting and insightful as always. Delirious Documentations discusses Jane Eyre and Pygmalion. La vie en rose posts about Jane Eyre in Portuguese. SusieBookworm reviews Michaela MacColl's Always Emily. 


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