‘Take courage, Charlotte, take courage’. - Anne Brontë’s final words to her sister Charlotte were ‘Take courage, Charlotte, take courage’, and they have proved to be inspirational not only to her ...
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Tracing star-crossed love through generations of moody mistakes on the English moors, Wuthering Heights mixes torment and treachery with passion and penitence. If nothing turns you on more than howling wind and a brooding stare, Wuthering Heights might be just what you need to settle into the right state of mind for a truly steamy Valentine’s Day. (Hannah Nelson-Teutsch)The Irish Times has a philosophical discussion about love.
How can love be both imaginary and real?The Independent reviews The Lightning Tree by Emily Woof.
Noel Kavanagh: “We have created two ideas of love within the western philosophical tradition. One is the idea of love as external metaphysical force that descends on us, bringing together two lovers destined to be with each other through space and time. This is thought through from Plato’s Theory of Forms to the idea of the Christian loving god.
“I also think we have created the idea of ‘true’ love as inherently tragic to ameliorate the fact that we can never achieve this idealisation of love we have created for ourselves. We find this first, I think, in Aristophanes account of love in the Symposium.
“From Michael Bublé telling us that he and his intended are going to have a great life together but he just hasn’t met [that person] yet, to Romeo and Juliet, Wuthering Heights, Tristan and Isolde, and back to most great popular love songs, these two ideas counterpoint one another.
“So, along with Tom Cruise telling René Zellweger that she ‘completes him’, we also get Adele singing Someone Like You. Our lot is to bounce back and forward between these two ideas of love, from unachievable idealised, perfect love to the value of love as tragic, one to cure the other: the appearance and reality of love.” (Joe Humphreys)
Woof's cyclical themes flit between seeming clever and tiresome. The start and the close of the novel veer on the cringe-worthy when an unnamed narrator pops up to introduce the story, addressing the reader directly as if it were the beginning of a Jane Eyre parody. (Rachael Pells)And Expansión (Spain) reviews Pompa y circunstancia by Ignacio Peyró:
De la A a la Y, esta enciclopedia de la realidad inglesa se detiene en personalidades tan memorables como el comandante Nelson, las hermanas Brontë y Alfred Hitchcock. (C. Ruiz de Gauna)The Canadian Jewish News features actress Caity Quinn, who
participated in the Paprika Festival – a Toronto-based, theatre training program for emerging artists. There, she worked on her original play titled Ties of Blood: The Brontës, about the ill-fated literary family. The show, which she also brought to the ARTS Project in London, Ont., combines elements of folk music and Japanese kabuki theatre.Actress and singer Maxine Linehan is also quite the Brontëite. Irish Central asks her:
Quinn was inspired by the mystery surrounding the Brontë sisters, but for her, the play also touched on issues of sexual and domestic violence – areas that she’s passionate about addressing. (Amy Grief)
If you could spend an afternoon with a person from any time in history, who would it be and what would you do?Digital Spy has a recap of Broadchurch series 2 episode 6 (beware of spoilers):
No contest: Charlotte Brontë. I played her in a solo off-Broadway play in 2012 and I submersed myself in her life. The Brontës were such an incredibly fascinating family, all of them, but Charlotte was an early feminist, a strong, brilliant woman who would not conform to what society expected of her. Because of that strength, she gave us one of the most timeless love stories in Jane Eyre. (Eileen Murphy)
Their meeting, to put it politely, in the abandoned brick house has a Wuthering Heights vibe (out on the moor, etc.) and their murky and physical double act (the violent sex between the two is particularly disturbing) also looks like it's crumbling. "What do we do?" Claire asks Lee mournfully. What indeed. (Cameron K McEwan)