Saturday, January 23, 2016

Financial Times reviews the upcoming The Woman who Ran by Sam Baker:
The Woman Who Ran has echoes of classic Gothic fiction as Helen Graham arrives at an out-of-the-way Yorkshire village and rents the Brontë-ishly named Wildfell House. The place is a ruin, but then so is Helen’s life; her relationship with retired journalist Gil is no comfort, and there are things in her past that she will have to face up to. Questions of trust — and of simple survival — become very pressing ... Baker evokes the minatory setting with real panache and excels above all at orchestrating the steadily rising tension. (Barry Forshaw)
The Reviews Hub posts about the new performances of Sally Cookson's Jane Eyre adaptation in Bristol:
After an incredible run at London’s National Theatre, Sally Cookson’s epic reimagining of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre returns to Bristol Old Vic as a single thrilling piece of drama.
Unlike many screen adaptions that have portrayed Brontë’s novel as a romance, Cookson and the ensemble’s interpretation of the story does not focus solely on Jane’s love for Rochester; instead, the play is a platform for a strong female voice to challenge the constraints of class and gender.
Cookson’s adaption is as much about Jane’s psychological journey as it is her relationship with the brooding Rochester. The spirited heroine knows the boundaries that restrict her – both in terms of class and gender – are unjust and cruel. This production rejects any hint that this is a story about a “poor, obscure, plain, and little” literary character; this is a story of an individual with a brilliant mind who strives for personal freedom.
Even Bertha – often thought of as the silenced madwoman in the attic – is granted a voice; Melanie Marshall’s sung performance transforms Rochester’s imprisoned wife into a haunting songstress storyteller. Her renditions of Mad about the Boy and Gnarls Barkley’s Crazy are mesmerising. (...)
A must-see and fitting production to start Bristol Old Vic’s 250th birthday celebration, Jane Eyre is a compelling piece of theatre that intelligently finds new meanings to Brontë’s vivid descriptions. The adaption’s focus on the fight for personal freedom will surely resonate with many.
Keighley News celebrates that 2015 was a strong year for tourism in the region:
Numbers visiting the Brontë Parsonage Museum at Haworth remained constant, at around 69,500, but the world-famous literary shrine saw a two per cent rise in income.
Attendances for educational activities such as talks and workshops were also about the same, but shop sales soared by 20 per cent.
The museum is anticipating an increase in visitors this year as it stages a series of events celebrating the bicentenary of Charlotte Brontë's birth.
"We are delighted that numbers have remained steady and look forward to welcoming more people this year," said Rebecca Yorke, the museum's marketing and communications officer. (Alistair Shand)
The wonders of the Yorskhire Dales are explored by Jack Blanchard in The Mirror:
Every leaf speaks bliss to me. So wrote Yorkshire’s most famous daughter Emily Brontë of autumn days in God’s Own County.
Standing atop a soaring peak in the Yorkshire Dales on a crisp November morning, you can see exactly what she meant.
Every way you look the hills explode with colour – deep reds, blazing yellows, rich oranges and shimmering golds.
Any lingering doubts about taking a trip to the great British countryside at this time of year are quickly blown away on the autumn breeze.
Chlöe-Grace Moretz is a well-known Wuthering Heights fan. Now on Contact Music:
"I enjoy books that aren't really YA (young adult) in that sense," she says, "so when I read The 5th Wave it's a very un-YA YA book. It deals with bigger problems and bigger emotions than most YA books. My favourite novel in general is Wuthering Heights!" (Rich Cline)
The Australian reviews the novel Cloudwish by Fiona Wood:
Cloudwish” is also the ethereal meaning of Van Uoc’s name. Although a successful student and photographer, she prefers to be invisible at school and “the shape of not fitting in was almost comfortably familiar”. However her inner resolve and love of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre give her enough confidence to challenge injustice and constantly ask herself, “What would Jane do?” (Joy Lawn)
Young readers of classic books in The Times of India:
Authors like Jane Austen, Brontë Sisters, Emily Dickinson and Virginia Woolf have given readers of all ages a chance to understand the society of yore from women's point of view. Abhishek Mankar, a student of NKP Salve Institute of Medical Sciences, who is hooked to Persuasion by Jane Austen these days, says, "I love reading classics which have strong women characters. Books like Sense and Sensibility and Jane Eyre take me back in time where women took tough decisions in matters related to family, society and career. It makes me understand their perspective." (Rishabh Deb)
Bustle and a list of books with slow starts but worth reading:
Jane Eyre is (famously) full of death, romance, house fires, lies, crazy people living in attics — there's a lot of exciting stuff in there. It's just not in the beginning. The book starts out with sad baby Jane, a little orphan being raised by her cruel and uncaring relatives (sound familiar?). And then poor little Jane is packed off to an abusive boarding school (very different from Hogwarts), where her days are full of drudgery and hunger. It's a grim, slow-paced story to begin with, but as Jane begins to grow up, she becomes more and more self-reliant, and her story becomes far more interesting. (Charlotte Ahlin)
We don't think that Jane Eyre is a particularly slow-starter, though.

The Houston Chronicle gives you advice on how to be a Romantic, with a capital R:
Shine a mirror on the flaws of all women you meet, and torment them until they say, "I am Heathcliff!" Get Sir Laurence Olivier to play you in a movie. More than one. Be moody, cynical and defiant. No. Matter. What. (Doni Wilson)
Luton Today presents a production of Matthew Bourne Sleeping Beauty choreography. Quoting principal dancer Dominic North:
“The relationship between her and Leo is almost a bit Wuthering Heights or Lady Chatterley’s Lover – which is exciting to dance and portray.
Fashion Times talks about Veronique Branquinho's pre-Fall 16 Collection:
For Pre-fall 2016, Veronique Branquinho was once again seemingly inspired by the sort of Gothic heroine written about by the Brontë sisters.
She asked us to "Imagine a forest, a winter forest, dark and romantic." (Jayne Mountfort)
The Hindustan Times interviews the Booker prize winner Marlon James:
The UK publisher who first read my book asked me to turn it into a Jane Austen novel.
You’re joking!
She said could I rewrite it in an 18th c Standard English voice. She’s basically saying can I turn my slavery novel into a Jane Austen novel or maybe it’s Wuthering Heights with whipping! (Manjula Narayan)
Cherwell explores the English country house in literature:
With Wodehouse we can revel in the glorious farce and decadence of the era; with Ishiguru we shudder at the dark secrets they contain; in Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, the country house even becomes one of the main characters in the novel. The English country house in literature is ambiguous and varied – and it’s here to stay. (Ben Ray)
Film Totaal (Netherlands) reviews Jane Eyre 1944:
Het boek van Brontë is een complex verhaal en vormt een karakter studie van Jane, iets dat moeilijk samen te vatten is in een kleine twee uur. Toch slaagt de film daar erg goed in en weet het in ieder geval de sfeer perfect weer te geven, iets dat latere verfilmingen wel eens misten. Joan Fontaine en Orson Welles waren beide op het top van hun kunnen in 1943 en weten de personages uit het boek echt leven in te blazen. Leuk detail is dat Elizabeth Taylor in de film te zien is in een vroeg klein rolletje. Ze was nog onbekend en stond dan ook niet op de aftiteling. (Michelle Iwema) (Translation)
Eskilstuna Kuriren (Sweden) and madwomen in the attic:
Alltså att GW:s mamma, låt oss förresten kalla henne det hon hette, Margit, måste ha varit ett klassiskt fall av "Madwoman in the attic". Alltså en kvinna av det slag som inte haft några andra val än att dväljas i begåvningsreserven.
Typen beskrevs redan 1847 i Charlotte Brontës "Jane Eyre" där en galen hustru hålls inlåst på vinden av sin make.
Nu var ju grovarbetare Gustav Persson naturligtvis inte av den sort som låste in frugan, han var säkert precis så snäll och beskedlig som sonen GW beskrivit honom. (Translation)
La Voz de Galicia (Spain) remembers how
Como puede suponerse por su frase, Emily Brontë, la romántica autora de Cumbres borrascosas, fue especialista en calentamientos, pero la pobre murió de tuberculosis a los 30 años, tras haber contraído un resfriado en el funeral de su hermano Branwell. (Moncho Núñez Centella) (Translation)
Il Corriere della Sera (Italy) interviews the author Lucinda Riley:
È una necessità profondamente umana: ascoltare o raccontare una storia. Dickens scriveva a puntate per i periodici. Le sorelle Brontë venivano pubblicate con pseudonimi maschili, era forse letteratura “da donne”? Il libro della mia vita è Cime tempestose. (Mateo Persivale) (Translation)
Once again the sketches of literary characters by The Composites are in the news. Now in an article in the Daily Mail. Indianapolis Business Journal mentions a local production of The Mystery of Irma Vep. A Universe in Words reviews Mick Jackson's Yuki Chan in Brontë Country. Que la suerte esté siempre de vuestra parte (in Spanish) reviews Wuthering Heights. bookalibre (in Italian) reviews Shirley.

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