The genesis of genius. The tiny books. - The tiny, hand-lettered, hand-bound books Charlotte and Branwell Brontë made as children surely qualify. Measuring about 2.5 by 5 centimeters, page after...
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Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean RhysWe read in The Irish Independent the must-read books selection by the University of Limerick for new students:
Meet Mrs Rochester – before she was locked in the attic. Wide Sargasso Sea tells the story of how Antoinette ‘Bertha’ Cosway became Jane Eyre’s violent, disturbed Mrs Rochester.
Why is it a holiday read? Rhys’ eloquent prose, set in the West Indies, gives a much-needed voice to the fiery, alienated Antoinette. Dramatic, full of energy and heart-breaking.
Wuthering HeightsThe Irish Independent also visits West Cork:
In 1801, Mr Lockwood, a wealthy man from the south of England, rents Thrushcross Grange in Yorkshire for peace and recuperation. He visits his landlord, Mr Heathcliff, and from there the story of Wuthering Heights follows the life of Heathcliff, a mysterious gypsy-like person, from childhood (about seven years old).
Heathcliff rises in his adopted family and then is reduced to the status of a servant. He returns later, rich and educated, and sets about gaining his revenge on the two families that he believed ruined his life. The novel was considered controversial because its depiction of mental and physical cruelty was unusually stark, and it challenged strict Victorian ideals of the day, including religious hypocrisy, morality, social classes and gender inequality.
When Kate wants a quiet moment, she told me, she heads back out of town towards the Glebe Gardens & Cafe, so on the advice of locals we wandered in that direction. This really is a special place. Run by the Perry sisters, who I imagined to be as creative as the Brontë sisters, the gardens, stretching down to the sea, are worth a visit alone; but the restaurant - oh, the restaurant - the tastes and flavours, herbs and vegetables freshly drawn by their father, leaves a lasting impression, even with the young lads who, before this, had begun to wonder aloud when we might have a burger or pizza. (Jody Corcoran)South Bend Tribune interviews the novel writer Dulene Cipriano:
A born writer, she picked up “Jane Eyre” when she was 13. She knew at that point she wanted to write a novel. (Kathy Borlik)San Francisco Gate reviews the California Shakespeare Theatre production of The Mystery of Irma Vep:
“Vep” uses its penny-dreadful lampoon as a framework on which to hang everything from references to and quotes from “Rebecca,” Shakespeare, “Gaslight,” Oscar Wilde, “The Mummy’s Curse,” Poe, “Wuthering Heights,” Dickens and other sources, not to mention the theatrical process itself. Moscone and his designers and cast build on that with visual, musical and other gags at every turn. (Robert Hurwitt)
Su dolor, su resaca, su gracia y, finalmente, su irresoluble misterio. Mirando y leyendo y escuchando y pensando a la “heroína” aproximándose al asunto con modales de documentalista y performer. Está claro que Davis no ha sido la primera o la única en esto. Allí al fondo están Emily Brontë y Jean Rhys. (Rodrigo Fresán) (Translation)Radio Nuevitas (Cuba) talks about the passion for reading:
Fue en la adolescencia cuando me inicié en el maravilloso mundo de la literatura. Claro, mis primeros pasos fueron de la mano de increíbles aventuras y mucho romanticismo. Fue así como conocí al Capitán Tormenta -¡qué coraje el de esa mujer!- y a Jane Eyre, la dulce muchacha escondida detrás de un velo de soledad que cautivó el corazón del señor Rochester. (Neilyn Hernández Peña) (Translation)The Scream Online has an article by Danusha V. Goska with the suggestive title of Why Jane Eyre Is More Important Than Iran's Nukes, centered around Jane Eyre 2006. Marta Juncosa (in Spanish) lists impossible literary loves, including Cathy and Heathcliff's. Julia's Bookbag discusses Syrie James's The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Brontë. Some nice pictures of Thornton's Bell Chapel on the Haworth and the Brontës Facebook Wall.