Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Wednesday, February 06, 2019 10:25 am by Cristina in , , , , ,    No comments
In its obituary of John Joubert, The Times describes him as a
Tuneful, tonal and traditional composer who wrote an opera based on Jane Eyre, but is best known for his carol Torches! [...]
Of his other operas, Jane Eyre (1997), its text drawn from Charlotte Brontë’s novel, enjoyed the longest gestation and received the most attention.
The Guardian Book Club writer wonders which book about love they should read this month.
This month on the reading group we’re asking for nominations of books about love. Since Valentine’s Day is on the way, and since last month’s choice of a funny book, Good Omens, was such a tonic we want to continue the positivity. A little human warmth can never go amiss, after all.
It’s also undeniable that love is a big topic in literature. In its own way, the epic of Gilgamesh and Enkidu is a love story, as is the Iliad and a healthy percentage of all literature since.
A quick scan of my own shelves suggests books as varied as Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin, In the Skin of a Lion by Michael Ondaatje, Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, A Month in the Country by JL Carr, The Passion by Jeanette Winterson, The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway, Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey, Emma by Jane Austen – and, oh yes, Romeo and Juliet by that jobbing writer Shakespeare. (Sam Jordison)
Good Housekeeping lists 'The 20 Best Romance Novels of All Time, According to Dedicated Readers', including
13. Jane Eyre
Charlotte Brontë
The second-oldest book on the list, this 1847 novel tells the tale of courageous governess and heroine Jane Eyre and her brooding employer with a terrible secret, Mr. Rochester. The first-person narrative set a new standard for what romance could be — no wonder readers still love it more than 170 years later. (Caroline Picard)
Washingtonian recommends '12 Amazing Romantic Getaways for Every Type of Couple'.
If Your Idea of Romance Is: A Nora Roberts Novel
Ensconce yourself in a room named for some of literature’s most famous lovers—Elizabeth and Darcy from Pride and Prejudice, Jane and Rochester from Jane Eyre. That’s the theme of Inn BoonsBoro, owned by author Nora Roberts, who has penned almost 200 romance novels and been in the number-one spot on the New York Times bestseller list almost 200 times. Fans know that Boonsboro, Maryland, where the property is located, inspired the Inn BoonsBoro trilogy and is where fictional characters Clare, Avery, and the Montgomery brothers lived and loved. (Grace Cutler, Sherri Dalphonse, Dale Leatherman, Joe Sugarman and Andrea Poe)
Times of India highlights some 'Wise words from Jane Eyre'.
'Jane Eyre' is a well-loved classic. It was written in 1847 but the emotions it describes are timeless. Even the situations in it can quite relate with some we face today. However the dignity Jane maintains throughout these situations is commendable and the thoughts behind her actions are filled with wisdom. Here are some of Jane's astute observations.
Film Inquiry wonders how Star Trek's Holodecks work and recalls the fact that
Captain Kathryn Janeway, in order to deal with the stress of being a captain, often turns to the holodeck to unwind. In a few episodes, she takes part in a holonovel, in which she becomes a Jane Eyre-es[q]ue governess for a rich man with two children. (Radha Pyari Sandhir)
Female First features author Kirsty Ferry.
It’s not surprising that I have a particular love of writing ghost stories, as my favourite book is Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights. The idea of Cathy and Heathcliff’s undying passion, and Cathy’s spirit wandering around the moors until the lovers are reunited really struck a chord with me when I devoured that book in my early teens. I always wanted to write something as memorable and, yes, Gothically dark as Wuthering Heights, but I soon realised it was an impossible task. I don’t know of anyone who has such a mastery of words, or can write so many memorable speeches as Emily Brontë, and she proved a hard act to follow. So I settled for writing a different sort of ghost story - timeslips, where the past and present collide.
A columnist from Radio Reloj (Cuba) praises both novel and writer as well.

El periódico (Spain) describes Víctor Garcia Tur's novel Els ocells as
un Hitchcock de la Cataluña interior, con unas ‘tietes’ como hermanas Brontë (Vicenç Pagès Jordà) (Translation)
Granma (Cuba) looks at which new books to look forward to this year.
Fundada en 1967, la Editorial Arte y Literatura es una de las instituciones de la cultura cubana que, a través de diez colecciones y por más de 50 años, ha ofrecido a sus lectores las maravillas de la literatura universal.
Con seis novedades (y la presentación de muchos otros de sus títulos), la más universal de las editoriales cubanas llega a la Feria con las siguientes propuestas: la novela de ciencia ficción Frankenstein, de Mary W. Shelley; El fantasma de la ópera, de Gastón Leroux; Orgullo y prejuicio, de  Jane Austen, y Thérèse Raquin, de Émile Zola, de Ediciones Huracán; Jane Eyre, de Charlotte Brontë (clásicos); y Drácula, de Bram Stoker. (Translation)
The Depauw reviews the film The Favourite.
I am not always a big fan of period pieces, but this film seemed as if it would transcend my typical expectations of this genre. Often when I think about period pieces I’m imagining 5-hour- long interpretations of Jane Eyre, which can be good, but what I wasn’t in the mood for when I went to the movies that day. (Emma Mazurek)
BBC News has asked several experts of whether HMV can be saved and one them says that,
"When you want to buy a Charlotte Brontë novel, a Shostakovich piece, or Cinema Paradiso they are going to be the same wherever you buy them from."
According to Evening Standard, Boden's best-elling dress at the moment is their Brontë dress.
Finally an alert for today in York. From The York Press:
Heritage Workshop: Brontë Needle Roll & Regency Embroidery
Where: Duttons for Buttons, 32 Coppergate, York, YO1 9NR
When: 6 February
10:00am to 4:00pm
How much: £50
Heritage Workshop: Brontë Needle Roll & Regency Embroidery
Sew a needle roll just like Charlotte Brontë’s and study Regency embroidery patterns and designs. Learn a range of hand-stitches and personalise your roll with lace, ribbon and beads in the tradition of 19th century ladies. Taught by textile artist Helen Barnes.


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