Monday, November 06, 2017

Monday, November 06, 2017 7:46 am by Cristina in , , , , ,    No comments
CBC has writer Anne Michaels select three books that inspire her and one of them is
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
"Some books, if we are lucky, find us at the perfect time. I read Jane Eyre when I was 12 or 13 and I was exactly the right age to appreciate the mysterious and utterly satisfying moment when Jane in her distress imagines hearing Rochester's voice calling to her from hundreds of miles away. That romantic notion remains just as vivid to me today: love defies distance. Only now I would say: love defies death." (Ryan B. Patrick)
On Yorkshire Magazine reviews Wuthering Heights as adapted and directed by Jane Thornton.
The John Godber Company take to the stage at the East Riding Theatre in Beverley with their production of the Emily Brontë classic Wuthering Heights, using some of the finest young talent in the north of England to bring the Gothic novel to life. [...]
The decision by Jane Thornton, writer and director of this adaptation, to use young actors proves inspired here, with the physical nature of the play being demanding of its five-strong cast (Alex Bailey, Sorcha McCaffrey, Duncan Riches, Lauren Sturges and Lamin Touray), who are all on stage throughout.
The ERT is also a superb setting, providing an eerie, intimate atmosphere from which it feels the characters cannot escape, and the choice of music throughout worked perfectly, enhancing the contemporary feel to this classic. `[...]
The character of Heathcliff is one of fascination in the literary and film world, as he can be depicted as either a romantic hero or an evil villain, or even both, depending on your opinion. Touray’s portrayal is mesmerising, starting slowly and quietly, but then descending into bitterness, brooding and desperation as the play reaches its climax.
What is even more remarkable is that this is Touray’s first theatre job since graduating from the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts in Wigan and, while all five of the cast are utterly believable in their portrayals of several roles, it is Touray who leaves the lasting impression. [...]
There is a danger at times that the sheer darkness and challenging tones of the novel can be lost when adding elements of humour, and in a sense there isn’t enough time to do the novel complete justice, one would need a six-part mini-series to manage that, but Thornton has produced a play that gets under the skin of Bronte’s remarkable work.
The adaptation finds the right balance, managing to shock its audience, while also finding moments of hope and levity, and the young cast didn’t put a foot wrong. The production runs until 18th November and is another one not to be missed at the ERT. (Karl Hornsey)
The New York Times has an article on Grenada:
This longing for before always saddens me because it makes the present seem even worse. But I still wish I had seen Dominica before, in part because it is the birthplace of one of my favorite novelists, Jean Rhys. The places that Antoinette, Rhys’ doomed narrator in “Wide Sargasso Sea,” longs for have [sic] flaming sunsets and rivers so clear that you can see the pebbles at the bottom. They have moss-covered gardens filled with orchids, hibiscus and flamboyants, which are illuminated at night by fireflies.
This is one of the ways I have imagined Dominica, along with what I have seen in travel guides: its high mountain peaks, forts, lush rain forests, reefs, gorges, lakes and water falls. (Edwidge Danticat)
While this columnist from The New Zealand Herald wishes rather more mundanely for some peace and quiet on the train:
Then there's the privacy aspect. Now, I love learning about new cultures and hearing people talk about themselves - everyone has an interesting story, right? But when I'm sitting on the train with my bag splayed across the adjoining seat while listening to Paul van Dyk and reading my well-worn copy of Jane Eyre, those should be signs I'm not in the mood for random conversations with strangers. (Ben Mack)
Nick Holland has put together an 'infographic giving a beginner’s guide to Anne Brontë' which can be found on AnneBrontë.org.

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