Sunday, June 05, 2016

The Reviews Hub reviews the Northern Ballet Jane Eyre production:
For a novel that  is widely and accurately regarded as one of English literature’s greatest, renowned for Charlotte Brontë’s expressive language, it is perhaps remarkable that the speechless world of ballet has produced such a faithful, striking adaptation of Jane Eyre. (...)
Those who are not aware of the novel’s story may struggle with some of the narrative in places. Marston’s adaptation assumes a familiarity with the source material in ways that a play wth dialogue would not need. But as a beautiful expression of modern classical ballet, a faithful adaptation of a classic of literature, and a possible introduction to ballet for people attracted by the thought of seeing Brontë on stage, it’s hard to beat. (Scott Matthewman)
Summer reads in the New York Post:
Jane Steele” by Lyndsay Faye
“It’s high time we got ourselves a lady serial killer in the Victorian era,” Word staffers say in their ringing endorsement of this retelling of Charlotte Brontë’s “Jane Eyre.” “Instead of falling in love with a cruel man, she murders those who take advantage of the status quo . . . Familiar tropes are given new life by Faye’s ingenious feat of historical delight.” (Mackenzie Dawson, Susannah Cahalan and Maureen Callahan)
Vox reviews the film Me Before You:
In many respects, Moyes's story is Jane Eyre for a modern generation, albeit one without any of the complexity and even more suicidal ideation. Our Jane is Louisa, a contemporary version of the attentive governess as played by Emilia Clarke, far removed from her day job of setting people on fire on Game of Thrones. Like Jane, Louisa is tiny, dark-haired, and diminutive; but she's also an aimless, uncultured, down-on-her-luck millennial who doesn't really do much except look for jobs, stress over supporting her working-class family, and fixate over her low-grade fashion style.
Our Rochester is Will Traynor (Sam Claflin), the accomplished, eligible son of some vaguely noble British castle owners. After a motorcycle collision, Will is paralyzed from the neck down and subsequently, so we're told, pushes away everyone in his life save for his devoted parents. (This time, it's Mr. Rochester's ex who leaves him in the attic after his period of madness — she breaks up with him after the accident and marries his best friend instead.) (Aja Romano)
The work of the artist Faiza Hasan is described in The New Indian Express:
Remember the character Nelly Dean in Emily Brontë novel Wuthering Heights, who would sit near the fireplace and narrate the tale of Cathy and Heathcliff while doing embroidery? Subtle hints of melancholia in a marshy land are evident here, no matter how colourful the flowers in threads may have been. Similar traits find their ways subconsciously in Hyderabad-based artist Faiza Hasan, who balances embroidery and watercolours on her easel. (Saima Afreen)
Fort Myers News-Press explores the life of the local icon Tootie McGregor:
[Author Tom] Hall once wrote that Tootie McGregor Terry’s life seemed to be the “stuff of a Charlotte Brontë or Nathaniel Hawthorne romance novel.” (Craig Handel)
MujerHoy (Spain) interviews Mia Wasikowska:
Mujerhoy: Tengo entendido que es una gran lectora. ¿Cuáles son sus autores y novelas clásicas favoritos? (Silvia Torres)
Mia Wasikowska: Middlemarch, de George Elliot, y Cumbres borrascosas, de Emily Brontë. En la literatura más contemporánea me gusta Sobre la belleza, de Zadie Smith, o La insoportable levedad del ser, de Kundera. (Translation)
An obituary of a Brontëite on CDA Pressdansstepback reviews Jane Eyre.


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