Sunday, August 18, 2019

Sunday, August 18, 2019 11:32 am by M. in , , , , ,    No comments
Boom times for classic works in audio form in The Guardian:
Four hours of Beatrix Potter, 10 hours of Marcel Proust, or 72 hours of Sherlock Holmes. How about every single word of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre and George Eliot’s Silas Marner? Sound overwhelming? Radio bosses clearly think not – so much so they have commissioned a plethora of literary adaptations to delight growing numbers of fans of “the long listen”. (...)
Radio 4 listeners will be able to tune in later this year to a series of 20 unabridged classics, from Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol and Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights to The War of the Worlds by HG Wells and Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped. The works, which will be available to stream on the BBC Sounds app at the end of the month, also include Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle. (Nosheen Iqbal)
The Guardian interviews the writer Louise Doughty:
Hannah Beckerman: Which writers have most influenced your own writing?L.D.: In terms of contemporary fiction, Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje and Toni Morrison. Also 19th-century writers: the Brontë sisters in particular, and Dickens. The idea of the big, fat complicated story is what’s influenced me most.
H.B.: Which literary figures – dead or alive – would you most like to meet?L.D.: The Brontës, but they can leave Branwell at home. I’d like to tell Emily that even though Wuthering Heights got really bad reviews and was compared very unfavourably with Jane Eyre, now people consider it superior. And I’d like to beg her not to destroy her second novel.
Paste Magazine reviews the film The Uninvited 1944 by Lewis Allen:
It was no small thing, then, that The Uninvited tells a tale that incontrovertibly challenges its characters’ deeply held assumptions on the nature of life and death. It’s a gothic tale with allusions to the likes of Jane Eyre and The Fall of the House of Usher, concerning a young woman’s return to the house where her mother died under mysterious circumstances. (Jim Vorel)
Kate Weinberg in the Daily Mail revisits her own story:
It wasn’t the books that seemed to fill the vacuum of a missing parent, it was the characters in them. I identified with the heroines, especially the orphans and misfits. I cried in coming-of-age novels such as Jane Eyre and The Catcher in the Rye as I never seemed to cry in real life.
Movietele (Italy) presents the novel  Orgoglio e Pregiudizio Bookclub by Georgia Hill:
Una zona protetta dove le tre protagoniste, aiutate anche dalle torte zuccherose di Millie, potranno parlare di romanzi rosa, di thriller e anche di amore e di se stesse. E, dopotutto, un club del libro che apre i battenti con Cime Tempestose di Emily Brontë ha tutte le chiavi per il successo. (Erika Pomella) (Translation)
Libri e Lettura reviews Good Morning, Midnight by Jean Rhys:
Wide Sargasso Sea”, “Il mare dei Sargassi” romanzo del 1966 è il suo successo letterario; prequel di Jane Eyre dove la scrittrice si immagina la vita – e la follia – della giovane Antoinette Cosway la famosa moglie del Rochester di Jane Eyre, denominata nel romanzo della Brontë. Grazie a questo libro le sarà assegnato – quasi ottantenne – il WH Smith Literary Award e il romanzo aprirà il filone della letteratura postcoloniale. (Ornella Feletti) (Translation)
A Jane Eyre mention in a story published in El Periódico (Spain). Bookstr shares 'seven spectacular Jane Eyre memes':
Jane Eyre is a wonderful, compelling book. It’s also silly, competitive, and bonkers insulting. Let’s make it even sillier with the best the nonsense internet has to offer. (Kali Norris)
Also on Bookstr, fictional schools even worse than the one you went to:
Lowood Institute (Jane Eyre)
Jane Eyre is sent to Lowood Institution as a punishment from her cruel aunt, Sarah Reed.
If the starvation, cruel discipline, and threadbare clothes weren’t punishment enough, holding on to your best friend desperately as she dies of consumption probably fits the bill.
Students attending this school today are definitely gonna want to get vaccinated before the school year starts. (Mae Rapp)

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