Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Tuesday, November 07, 2017 11:10 am by Cristina in , , , ,    No comments
Life Online interviews film editor, scriptwriter and now writer, Katharine Norbury, who tells a lovely story about Jane Eyre:
When my mother was in a coma after suffering a heart attack that left her without oxygen for six minutes I read Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre to her. On the first night, the comatose man next to her woke up and asked what I was reading. On the second day, Mum herself woke up and asked for tea and toast. Jane Eyre is, quite literally, a miraculous novel and I never tire of reading it. I especially love the passage where Jane frightens Rochester's horse and he accuses her of being a fairy. Lastly, Rupert Thomson's Dreams of Leaving. Having graduated in English Literature and History of Art I realised I had never read a book by a living English writer. I bought Dreams of Leaving because there was no writing on the front cover, not even the title of the book. Reader, I married him.
Dear Author discusses the recent article on Heathcliff's race published on The Conversation.
I’ve had this post sitting open on my desktop for a while now, determined to read it without prejudging it. Not the central premise of Heathcliff’s racial, ethnic, and cultural identity(ies), because the novel is clearly working around something there. But as Corinne Fowler points out, it is a longstanding debate, and where it’s going is perhaps more important than the initial question. And while it’s difficult to do justice to questions about race, slavery, miscegenation, colonialism, and prejudice in a short essay such as this one, I think Fowler is at least on the right track in her approach to the mystery of Heathcliff as one leading to a historical analysis of colonialism and the culture of slavery in and around Yorkshire. Although it is  complicated by the way in which “black” was used more broadly than we tend to use it today, and by the ambiguity Brontë builds into and relies on in Heathcliff’s characterization and role in the novel. (Janet)
Libreriamo (Italy) thinks that Cathy and Heathcliff are one of literature's best couples.
Catherine Earnshaw e Heathcliff
Stavolta è l’amore passionale che lega i due protagonisti in Cime tempestose della Brontë. Il sentimento nasce all’inizio del romanzo e sfocia a poco a poco in emozioni di gelosia e vendetta. La coppia si evolve, un amore che trascina il lettore attraverso pagine di dolore, ma anche di passione. La tenuta di Wuthering Heights fa da cornice al trasporto per Catherine, alla violenza di Heatchliff e alle superstizioni che ne affollano la proprietà. Nonostante i sentimenti avversi che Catherine e Heathcliff provano, la genuinità di quanto sentito all’inizio li accompagnerà fino alla fine. (Valentina Andrea Sala) (Translation)
We thought this had been auctioned before, but Entertainment Weekly reports that 'To celebrate 10 years since the release of the third book in the series, Eclipse, props and memorabilia from all five movies of The Twilight Saga are going up for auction', including Bella's copy of Wuthering Heights.

Patheos has chosen the book Jane Eyre's Sisters. How Women Live and Write the Heroine Story by Jody Gentian Bower as a book club read. It includes an excerpt, a Q&A with the author and a reading guide.

Finally, Wuthering Heights fans will find this BBC Radio 4 quiz on the book very easy, but still fun to take it.

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