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If you like spooky Victorian fiction, you’re going to love Lauren Owen’s “The Quick,” a literary gothic novel set in 1890s England. The book opens in wuthering, withered Aiskew Hall, a deteriorating manor house on the moors of Yorkshire. James and Charlotte, two young siblings, live here without their parents. Their nursery’s owl wallpaper seems sinister, the library has a “priest hole,” or hidden cabinet, and most of the other rooms are closed up, although the children sometimes visit them.The Clarion-Ledger discusses the benefits of having kids read during the summer holidays.
They have only a few people looking after them — a housekeeper, a governess and a gruff gardener who’s trying to keep the roses from being choked by the weeds — but otherwise it’s a lonely place. Something’s not right, and you sense these children have reasons to be fearful.
For one, their mother is dead, and they almost never see their father. Sensitive and creative children, they are like two of the Brontë siblings. (Susan Balee)
Many schools are also asking students to write reports on the books they read over the summer. “That increases reading comprehension,” said Grossenbacher, “and it helps students retain information.”Speaking of kids, the Daily Mail has a guide to good manners for teens:
Writing a report on a summer book at Madison Central stuck with her. “I will never forget ‘Wuthering Heights,’ ” she said. “Ever.” (Annie Oeth)
The philosopher Schopenhauer said: ‘It is a wise thing to be polite; consequently, it is a stupid thing to be rude.The Boston Globe features the bombing of a center for the handicapped in Gaza where
To make enemies by unnecessary and wilful incivility, is just as insane a proceeding as to set your house on fire.’
This isn’t about indulging in some weird etiquette fetish. I don’t particularly care whether you know the correct bowl in which to serve consommé or whether you skin an apple before eating it.
I’m simply advising that you ‘make yourself agreeable’ and not in a peculiar Jane Eyre or trying to get a rich husband/wife sort of a way, but in a ‘be nice and the world will be nice back to you’ sort of a way. (Kate Reardon)
There was a seared copy of “Jane Eyre,” condensed, in English with Arabic translation (Steven Erlanger)Milenio (Mexico) recommends the book La vida verdadera by Juan Vicente Melo which includes
un ensayo sobre la novela Cumbres borrascosas.
Melo habla con entusiasmo y rigor tanto de sus contemporáneos como de sus clásicos. En particular, el culto por la novela de Emily Brontë Cumbres borrascosas o su afición y conocimiento de la narrativa francesa del siglo XX, desde los escritores católicos hasta la nouveau roman, establece claves para entender las atmósferas narrativas y los dilemas de los personajes del mismo Melo. (Armando González Torres) (Translation)