Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Pool features the new book A Secret Sisterhood: The Hidden Friendships of Austen, Brontë, Eliot and Woolf by Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney.
Strange but, sadly, not surprising that history should choose to hide the friendships between these remarkable female writers. Sweeney and Midorikawa believe that during the lifetimes of Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot and Virginia Woolf, both writing and friendship were dangerous acts for a woman. Female writers were a threat to a very male pursuit and as such they were always depicted as mad spinsters, lonely hermits or social outcasts. It was only because Sweeney and Midorikawa have enjoyed their friendship as writers so much that they even thought to look into the friendships of literary legends. (Kate Leaver)
According to Cultura Colectiva, Wuthering Heights is one of '5 Books Of Why You Never Recover From A Broken Heart'.
Heathcliff and Catherine were the best of friends during their childhood. They literally spent all their time together and, when they were apart, anxiously waited to see the other. However, as it always happens, this changes when they grow up. She becomes a lady and marries Edgar Linton, even though she’s in love with Heathcliff. One day, Catherine decides to confess her love for Heathcliff to the housekeeper, explaining how she didn’t marry him because he wasn’t good for her. Heathcliff, who was listening to it all the time, is hurt all over again. He plots vengeance against all those who saw him as an inferior being, but his love for Catherine never fades away. (María Isabel Carrasco Cara Chards)
#AmReading also refers to Wuthering Heights on its list of '5 Peculiar Book Adaptations':
4. Sparkhouse (2002)
The gender-swapped, BBC mini-series based on Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights. In this case, the female version of Heathcliff (named Carol) is the fiery, rebellious daughter of an abusive farmer, while the male version of Catherine (named Andrew) belongs to a posh family and is on his way to a bright, successful future in Manchester University. Both parental figures disapprove of their children’s choice in romantic partners.
A few moments seem forced, there is the unfair death of a dog involved (which was pretty messed up), and a few overall slightly, “What the heck?” sort of moments. But the actress playing Carol is fantastic, even if the character is slightly unstable in every way. (Luz Moreno)
Also on #AmReading, Jane Eyre is one of '45 Fiction Books To Read In A Lifetime'. Faith, Fiction, Friends reviews The Brontë Plot by Katherine Reay.


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