Review - Villette at the West Yorkshire Playhouse - *Review by Richard Wilcocks* Charlotte Brontë’s *Villette*, which was recognised by knowledgeable readers in nineteenth century Brussels as a close parallel...
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Re Jane, by Patricia Park (Pamela Dorman; May). Proving that “Jane Eyre’s” appeal is timeless and universal, Park adapts the novel to Queens, N.Y., and Seoul in a lighthearted retelling. (John McMurtrie)
“Re Jane” is a delightful debut novel — a contemporary retelling of Jane Eyre (journeying from Queens to Brooklyn to Seoul). It is a bright, comic story of falling in love, finding strength, and living not just out of obligation to others, but for one’s self.
Now for something old, and so worth the read. In the 1960’s, author Mary Stewart was queen of the romantic suspense novel. This book, one of her most popular, feels like “Jane Eyre” and “Rebecca” rolled into one delightful story. Linda Martin arrives at the Chateau Valmy, ready to serve as governess to the young French boy who will inherit the estate and family fortune. There she also meets the handsome, daring Raoul Valmy. When the young boy’s life is threatened Linda is unsure if she can trust the man she’s fallen in love with. Compulsively readable and beautifully written. (Teri Harman)
However, remember that there are amazing works of adventure and romance that can help you hone your test-taking skills. While a text as weighty as The Federalist Papers would likely be very useful on the SAT, The Three Musketeers, any novel by Jane Austen or the Brontë sisters, and much of Mark Twain’s work can all boost your brain engagement over the summer. (Brian Witte)
Anecdotally, it’s hard to argue that the world’s greatest novels, whether by men or women, are skewed away from a female perspective (though an analysis might prove otherwise). Books like Anna Karenina, Jane Eyre, Clarissa, Mrs. Dalloway, To Kill a Mockingbird, The God of Small Things, The Portrait of a Lady, and The Handmaid’s Tale offer some of art’s richest depictions of the lives of girls and women across centuries and cultures. (Cassie Werber)
In some images spanning decades, little has changed: the origins of Thornton began in Headley, in the Pinchbeck Valley around three miles outside Bradford. It was here that prehistoric man first settled, with evidence including burial remains. In this green and pleasant landscape, with the exception of a line of pylons, not a lot has changed. With its steep cobbled streets, much also remains the same in Thornton village and would be familiar to the Brontës, who were born here and raised before moving as infants to Haworth.The Times uses the Wuthering Heights-weather-metaphore in the cricket sport news:
Alan was among those who helped to save the graveyard of Thornton Bell Chapel, and was instrumental in getting the ruins listed.
“The churchyard has been re-landscaped now - they have done a great job,” he says. (Helen Mead)
Unseasonably high winds were forecast for Headingley yesterday and the scudding deluge that visited the ground on Monday evening would not have been out of place in Wuthering Heights.