Monday, February 20, 2017

Monday, February 20, 2017 10:52 am by Cristina in , , , , , ,    No comments
Keighley News tells about the new book by Karen Perkins, Parliament Of Rooks: Haunting Brontë Country.
Emily Brontë features in the latest Yorkshire ghost story by novelist Karen Perkins.
Parliament Of Rooks is described as a haunting tale of Brontë country, showing that no matter how hard life is, humanity has the power to make it better or worse.
The book is the latest historical paranormal novel in the award-winning Yorkshire Ghosts series by Karen, who also writes Caribbean pirate adventures.
Karen said the story contrasted the beautiful and inspiring village of Haworth today with the slum – or ‘rookery’ – that it was during the Industrial Revolution.
She said the village was then rife with disease, heartache, poverty, and employing child slavery in the mills, with life expectancy in 1848 only 22.
Karen said: “Nine-year-old Harry Sutcliff hates working at Rooks Mill and is forever in trouble for running away to the wide empty spaces of the moors – empty but for the song of the skylark, the antics of the rabbits, and the explorations of Emily Brontë.
“Bound together by their love of the moors, Emily and Harry develop a lasting friendship, but not everyone is happy about it – especially Martha, Harry’s wife.
“As Martha’s jealous rages grow in ferocity, Harry does not realise the danger he is in; a danger that also threatens Verity and her new beau, William, 150 years later.
“Only time will tell if Verity and William have the strength to fight off the ghosts determined to shape their lives, or whether they will succumb to an age-old betrayal.” (Richard Parker)
The Yorkshire Post interviews Yorkshire-born actress Natalie Gavin.
If a stranger to Yorkshire only had time to visit one place, it would be? Haworth. Always. I keep on talking about my personal crusade to promote Yorkshire to my friends, but I really do feel that I have messed up badly if I don’t take them over to “Brontë Country” when they come to visit.
This columnist from Ara Balears (Spain) writes about Wuthering Heights.
Dic tot això, perquè tant un art com l’altre em feren somiar de despert molt de temps, i és així que no sabria dir si 'Cims borrascosos' el vaig veure primer o el vaig llegir primer. Una cosa que sí que és ben certa és que quan vaig conèixer aquesta apassionada història d’amor jo ja havia superat l’adolescència. Segur.
Però vull parlar de literatura i no de cinema. Potser sigui 'Cims borrascosos' la novel·la més aspra que he llegit. Al llarg dels anys, aquesta història m’ha perseguit sempre. És un drama, una tragèdia, en el seu sentit més profund de l’ànima humana. No debades ha merescut tots els adjectius truculents que es poden posar a una relació tan inclement com aquesta. Des de: febril, delirant, voluptuosa, tenebrosa, cruel, salvatge, etcètera. El que sí que és veritablement és una novel·la del tot trencadora pel seu temps. I encara ara, podríem afegir. Per això i molt més s’ha convertit en un clàssic contemporani.
A mi, personalment, tan sensible a tot el que els passa, de bo i de dolent, als éssers humans, em va suposar un xoc que m’ha acompanyat fins avui. Més que qualsevol altre sentiment, el de l’odi viscut per personatges inestables i incapaços de dominar el seu propi destí, sempre m’ha impressionat fins al moll dels ossos. És terrible. Però, a la vegada, sempre m’ha enganxat en les històries de ficció ben escrites. I he d’admetre que Emily Brontë va estar inspiradíssima a l’hora d’imaginar i d’escriure un relat tan lacerant com aquest. (Joan Guasp) (Translation)
Readers Lane recommends several modern retellings of Wuthering Heights. On AnneBrontë.org, Nick Holland discusses the Brontës' second novels: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and Shirley (remember you can vote for your favourite on the Royal Society of Literature website if you are a resident of the UK).

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