Tuesday, August 04, 2015

The Blackpool Gazette reviews Simple Dame Fairfax by Anna Bransgrove:
(...) There is a satisfying air of authenticity and truthfulness in this reinvention of Mrs Fairfax, thanks largely to Bransgrove’s moving evocation of the haunting events in the widow’s past, her emotional vulnerability and her dilemma as a woman alone and dependent on others.
The realities of life in service – the daily chores, the social expectations and domestic responsibilities – are brought to life though Bransgrove’s careful and adept writing.
But it is the clever, penetrating and thoughtful reshaping of Mrs Fairfax that lingers longest in the mind and invites any fan of Jane Eyre to revisit the book and consider whether the rather conventional and kindly housekeeper was secretly just as much ‘in silent revolt’ against her lot as the determined little governess we know so well. (Pam Norfolk)
Bustle has a thing with lists. This time it's books with 'steamy male lovers'. But, please, check your posts:
Wuthering Heights’ by Charlotte Brontë (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
This book is a double whammy of hot dudes. It’s hard to choose who is the steamiest lover in this classic Brontë tale. Heathcliff or Mr. Rochester? I vote both. Both are sexy in their own way and are utterly unforgettable. If you haven’t read this book yet, or you thought you’d skip over it in high school and college, you are missing out on a dramatic and moody love story that still holds up today. (Crissy Van Meter
The Independent discusses the recent TES list of the books 'every student should read before leaving middle school':
Book snobs and aspiring book snobs (a badge I claim) can relax, though, once they’ve recovered from the shock of Full-Frontal Snogging. Wherever your feet stop, any trip through the TES list brings a giddy sense of impending joy: stride from 13 (Jane Eyre) to 23 (The Kite Runner); hop to 24 (A Clockwork Orange); roll down to 59 (My Family and Other Animals) and take a moment at 72 (The Bell Jar). If there’s an agenda here, I don’t see it. It could be that that’s the value of a democratically produced canon: all the agendas cancel each other out. (Memphis Barker)
The Stir talks about the latests ads by the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign:
Dorothy Rodham's painful childhood almost sounds like the beginning of Jane Eyre. She was abandoned as an 8-year-old. Her grandparents took her in, but reluctantly. And it wasn't until she went to work for another family at the age of 14 that she discovered what a family looks like when the parents actually love their children. (Adriana Velez)
Contra Costa Times is concerned about Kim Kardashian's Selfish sales:
What's wrong with people? Don't they get that Kim Kardashian is, like, a literary, feminist genius on par with the Brontë sisters and Virginia Woolf?
And that "Selfish," her 445-page book of selfies is, like, a totally self-aware, ironic yet profound manifesto about fame and the presentation of the female body in a social media age?(Martha Ross)
The Argentinian edition of Rolling Stone covers the Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago:
Finalmente, Florence [+ The Machine] se acercó al micrófono y dijo: "Oh, no, otra vez los truenos me vencen. Vamos a tocar una canción más, la tormenta está muy cerca, los siento mucho". El show de dos horas quedó reducido a 50 minutos que alcanzaron para dejar claro su raro carisma de poetisa pop inglesa, más cerca de Emily Brontë que de Katy Perry. (Juan Morris) (Translation)
The Quenn of Teen Fiction interviews the author K.C. Tansley:
I adore stories that feature ghosts! What was it that inspired you to write a story about them?
Me too! I’ve always been a fan of gothic stories and ghosts stories. My favorite book is Wuthering Heights. I believe in the unbelievables—ghosts, spells, and time travel. I wanted to put my own stamp on ghost lore and it was so fun to have them in the story.
Genteel Arsenal reviews Shirley;  Comics Star (in French) is working in a Wuthering Heights 1939 inspired illustration.

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