Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Winnipeg Free Press reviews The Redemption of Galen Pike by Carys Davies, which includes the short story Bonnet:
Davies uses the relationship between writer Charlotte Brontë and her younger publisher, George Smith, as the plot of her story Bonnet. Brontë, aware she is a plain-looking woman who is older than her handsome publisher, dares to hope that there may be a mutual attraction. When she travels to Smith’s office in London, she takes what for her is a daring step in making herself appear more attractive when she meets him. Unaware that he has sent her a letter announcing his engagement, she recognizes something is wrong when he displays embarrassment over her changed appearance. (Andrea Geary)
Carn's Theatre Passion reviews the Jane Eyre performances in Southampton:
Although this is a very unusual adaptation it is an extremely effective one. It is far more about the life of Jane Eyre than her love affair with Mr Rochester which is so often the focus of productions of it. It is innovative and moving and very much worth going to see at The Mayflower or when on tour. (Sarah Miatt)
Deccan Chronicle interviews the writer Tejaswini Apte-Rahm:
Q What inspires you to write? Do you have a secret trick, or a book/author that helps?
The quiet of the early morning inspires me to write. It helps to start writing first thing, before doing mundane things like checking emails — but that’s hard to do. Reading Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë helps me a lot, I find it soothing and wise — I often dip into it.
The Guardian talks about the resurrection of 'physical' books through beautiful design:
Take George Saunders’s Lincoln in the Bardo with its marmoreal endpapers or Peter Frankopan’s The Silk Roads, with its cover inspired by mosaic from the Imam mosque at Isfahan; Sarah Perry’s The Essex Serpent, its sumptuous jacket inspired by the tiles of William Morris; 4th Estate’s gorgeous repackaging of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s backlist, based on vibrant African headwrap patterns; the glimmering Penguin Hardcover Classics reissue of the works of F Scott Fitzgerald, or its clothbound editions of Austen, Brontë and Dickens. It’s hard to know whether to read these books or caress them. (Alex Preston)
Ultima Voce (in Italian) reviews the series Anne with an E:
Chiacchierona fino al limite della sopportazione, straordinariamente intelligente, amante della lettura (tanto che cita Jane Eyre a manetta) e dotata di un immaginifico talento per plasmare la realtà nei modi più trasognati e originali, quando Anna irrompe nella beata noia dei Cuthbert è un’ospite inattesa e indesiderata; ma più passa il tempo, più Marilla e Matthew finiscono con l’innamorarsi di questa ragazzina loquace e complicata, capendo che quell’orfanella senza futuro, è l’antidoto alla loro solitudine. (Chiara Fina) (Translation)
El Universal (Ecuador) talks about the political future of Rafael Correa:
Para servir a los pobres de su terruño, y para realizar su novela personal contra los ricos que lo ignoraron en sus años mozos, a lo Heathcliff de Cumbres borrascosas. (Iván Sandoval Carrión) (Translation)
The Yorkshire Post publishes a bike route that starts and finishes in Haworth; an original story by Heather O'Neill published in National Post mentions Wuthering Heights; Life with Books & Movies reviews Wuthering Heights 1939. Mille (et une) lectures de Maeve (in French) reviews the recent French translation of Brontë letters.

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