Sunday, February 23, 2020

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The Guardian reviews Isabel Greenberg's graphic novel Glass Town:
The imaginary realms of the Brontë sisters offer an escape from Victorian constraints in a graphic novel that blurs fiction and memoir.
Before Jane Eyre and before Heathcliff, there was Glass Town. Isolated on the edge of the Yorkshire moors, the Brontë siblings spent their formative years squeezing minute script on to precious paper, collaborating and competing to tell slyly overblown sagas of imaginary lands – Angria, Gondal and the great city of Glass Town. (...)
Greenberg blurs fiction and memoir: characters walk between worlds and woo their creators. Pivotal periods such as Charlotte’s schooling in Belgium, where she because obsessed with her tutor, a possible model for Mr Rochester, are omitted: instead Greenberg focuses on the delights and dangers of “an interior world that was brighter, more golden” than reality. (James Smart)
Will Pavia interviews Gabriel Bryne in The Times:
Charlotte or Emily Brontë? Both
Norwich Evening News announces the upcoming performances of Wuthering Heights in Norwich:
Weeks of wild weather mean you might not need much imagination to picture the fierce beauty of the exposed Yorkshire moors, the setting for Emily Brontë's classic novel.
But this adaptation of Wuthering Heights takes its bold and confident styling in a different direction, with director and joint designer Sabrina Poole's production mixing video, audio, and clever use of the Maddermarket's galleries and windows to bring the internal storms of its characters to life.
Jo Clifford's text strips away the later chapters of the book and rejigs some of the timeline to focus on the frustrated passions that rage between Cathy, the gentleman's daughter, and Heathcliff, the vagabond boy rescued by her father.
Christina Clarke is confident and convincing as Cathy, with subtle artefacts of her growing attachment to Jose Taourca's Heathcliff. His accent wobbles a little but otherwise he is fittingly broody and quick to passion - whether romance or repugnance.(James Goffin)
The best audiobooks on the market according to the Daily Mail:
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Narrated by Joanne Froggatt 12hrs 32mins
A contemporary review condemned the novel’s ‘vulgar depravity and unnatural horrors’, and Brontë’s strange tale of obsession and revenge still compels and disturbs almost two centuries after its publication. Downton Abbey’s Joanne Froggatt brilliantly conveys its unique intensity.
The Tremenheere Wetherspoon pub in Penzance is not far from Brontë history according to Cornwall Live:
Thomas Branwell and his wife Anne lived just around the corner from the pub at 25 Chapel Street. Thomas and Anne produced 11 children but only four girls and one boy survived infancy.
The children’s much-loved Aunt Jane married the local Methodist minister and moved up north to Yorkshire. Jane was later visited by one of her nieces, Maria.
Maria fell in love with the Reverend Patrick Brontë. They married and produced a son, Branwell, and three daughters, the future novelists Charlotte, Emily and Anne. The rest is literary history. (Lee Trewhela)
Horror Cult Films talks about Jacques Tourneur's I Walked with a Zombie 1943:
“I once walked with a zombie” are the first words we here as we see two people at a distance walking along a beach in an opening possibly inspired by Rebecca’s “last night I went to Manderlay” – which is appropriate I guess seeing as Daphne du Maurier’s story isn’t that dissimilar to Charlotte Brontë’s and the Edward Rochester substitute in the movie often seems more like Max de Winter.(Dr Lenera)
The Patriot announces Riverside's 27th annual Dickens festival:
The festival will formally get underway at 10 a.m. outside Riverside City Hall, at Ninth and Main streets, where visitors will encounter actors representing Dickens, Queen Victoria, Bram Stoker, Mark Twain, H.G. Wells, Oscar Wilde, Edgar Allen Poe, Louisa May Alcott, Jules Verne, Emily Brontë, Mary Shelley and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle -- to name a few.
The Talko has one of these pointless articles whose only purpose is to fill pages of nonsense:
Jane Eyre Would Be A Libra
While Libras are known for their indecision, that doesn't mean it's their only trait. Jane Eyre, while a bit quieter than the other literary heroines, still shone in many ways: A truly diplomatic nature, somewhat of a charismatic socialite, and a passion for fair treatment are all things she displayed. Her fight for true love and the truth that haunted the one person she grew to care about is something a Libra would undoubtedly understand just as well. (Lianna Tedesco)
gonn1000 (Portugal) talks about the latest concert in Portugal of Emily Jane White:
Se o despojamento instrumental e escrita confessional da estreia, aliados a um timbre dolente mas caloroso e aveludado, suscitaram algumas comparações iniciais com os relatos de Cat Power, a californiana foi definindo um lugar especial num universo que aceita heranças do gótico sulista, do blues ou do alternative country, assim como dos olhares de Emily Brontë ou Cormac McCarthy, sem que as suas canções fiquem confinadas a um género em particular. (Translation)
The Deccan Herald reviews Venita Coelho's Whisper in the Wind:
Coelho clearly has a delicate touch when required — she conjures up powerful images of a bygone Goa and its gossipy, socially conservative and Portuguese influenced culture. However, Gothic stories — Daphne du Maurier’s ‘Rebecca’ and Charlotte Brönte's‘Jane Eyre’ come to mind — succeed best when the prose is at its most sparing. Here, there’s too much going on. (Saudha Kasim)
The Independent mentions Christiane Ritter's Eine Frauerlebt die Polarnacht:
A Woman in the Polar Night is remarkable for a few reasons. First, accounts written by women about hanging out in the wilderness in the early 20th century are hardly two a penny. At the time, few women were published, let alone female writers of the landscape. Nature writing by women existed – Susan Fenimore Cooper, Dorothy Wordsworth, Phillis Wheatley and Emily Brontë, for example – but it wasn’t until the 20th century that Nan Shepherd, Rachel Carson and Annie Dillard paved the way for the growing number today. (Lucy Jones)
Diario de Cádiz (Spain) argues that English heather has its origins in the Strait of Gibraltar's zone:
TÚ dices brezo, amor, y yo pienso en Heathcliff. En las Brontë. En los páramos de Yorkshire. En Escocia ardiendo en magentas imposibles. “Sí, es normal. Cuando se piensa en un brezal, la mente se va a las grandes extensiones –comenta el catedrático Fernando Ojeda, cabeza del Grupo de Investigación Febimed–. Pero, probablemente el brezo (Calluna vulgaris) que le da a las highlands de Escocia u tonalidad rojiza tan característica tuvo su origen aquí, en las herrizas del Estrecho español y marroquí. (Pilar Vera) (Translation)
Dagens Nyheter (Sweden) recommends some book bargains:
Jane Eyre”. Övers. Ingegärd von Tell. Modernista. Roman. Vilken lycka för den som har denna viktorianska klassiker kvar att läsa! Guvernanten Janes möte med mr Rochester tillhör litteraturens mest laddade. Charlotte Brontë blandar suveränt mänsklig klarsyn, gotisk spänning och outtalad sexuell passion. (Translation)
Página 12 (Argentina) quotes the words of Marlon James criticising the Brontës... and everybody else basically:
Evidentemente no habrá respuesta de Charlotte, Emily y Anne Brontë que, según el gallito James, “no entendieron ni lograron capturar la emoción humana”. Tiene ¡el tupé! de criticar la pluma de las hermanas “por su estilo demasiado recargado”, y no se corta medio pelo al admitir que nunca pudo terminar Cumbres borrascosas: su animadversión, irónicamente, se basa en que el clásico de clásicos le resulta “demasiado violento”, “descaradamente cruel, sin justificaciones”. (Translation)
La Gaceta de Tucumán (Argentina) reviews the novel Nuestra Parte de la Noche by Mariana Enríquez:
El conflicto se dará cuando Juan, una especie de Heathcliff rubio intente rescatar a su hijo, Gaspar, y mantenerlo lejos de lo que parece ser su destino heredado por la sangre. (Karina Ocampo) (Translation)
OK Diario (Spain) quotes the writer Patricia Betancort:
Me encantan las novelas románticas, y el siglo XIX es una época que tanto a través de la literatura, como de las películas siempre me ha atraído, por el Romanticismo, como movimiento cultural y artístico», explica la autora. Y añade que, además, «es innegable, en mi opinión, que muchos escritores y escritoras dejaron huella al reflejar de forma magistral unas historias de amor que, más de un siglo después, a mí me conmueve como lectora. Orgullo y prejuicio de Jane Austen, Cumbres borrascosas de Emily Brönte (sic), La dama de las camelias de Alexandre Dumas, Madame Bovary de Gustave Flaubert…». (Translation)
Cretedoc (Greece) has an article about the Brontës.

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