Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 9:53 am by Cristina in , , , , ,    No comments
All over the place is the announcement that Spotify now allows users to choose from a few audiobooks, including Jane Eyre narrated by Sarah Coombs. From The Hollywood Reporter:
Spotify on Monday released a small collection of exclusive audiobook recordings on its platform, a move that signals its interest in continuing to broaden its library of non-music programming. [...]
The other titles that Spotify is releasing as part of the collection are Jean Toomer’s Cane, narrated by Audra McDonald; Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, narrated by James Langton; Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, narrated by Sarah Coombs; Nella Larsen’s Passing, narrated by Bahni Turpin; and Stephen Crane’s Red Badge of Courage, narrated by Santino Fontana.
To accompany the audiobooks, Spotify has commissioned series Sitting with the Classics on Spotify, in which Harvard professor Glenda Carpio offers a deep-dive on each book, exploring the history and breaking down the narratives and themes for a modern audience. (Natalie Jarvey)
Listverse shares 'Ten Amazing Slips In Time', including one connected to Top Withins.
6 Wuthering Heights 
In summer 1959 (writes Richard Davis) the British actor Alan Helm was working in a theatre in Bradford, not far from the famed Brontë village of Haworth. Before performances Helm liked to walk out on the moors which inspired Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights. He had done this walk many times in the past four years. One fine day he strode out, reaching the ruin known as Top Withins around lunchtime. Here he saw a man in a deerstalker hat with a shotgun. When the man disappeared, Helm went toward the ruin to look for him. On his way, he suddenly found himself looking down at a big Georgian farmhouse.He ran down, knocked on the door, and peered into the windows to see a table set for lunch. He could smell pigs and hear cattle. But when he entered the barn it was empty. Looking back up toward Top Withins, he found that it had vanished. He briefly saw the deerstalker man once more; and now, badly spooked, more or less ran back to Haworth. During this experience Helm had checked his watch and found it stopped, at 1.45pm. Just before curtain up he checked it again, as of long habit, and saw that it was telling the right time (5.45) although he had not rewound it. (Richard Sugg)
Express wonders, 'How do the sex scenes in Bridgerton compare to other period dramas?' and claims that,
Period dramas have varied in their sexual content over the years from the likes of Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South to countless Brontë adaptations which keep tensions simmering below the surface and the rating decidedly PG. (Neela Debnath)
Sara Tor in The Times has a very unambigous opinion about Bridgerton
How bad is Bridgerton?
I hate Bridgerton. There, I’ve said it. I know 63 million households would disagree but I can’t hold it in any longer; I think it is absolutely awful. You see, I am someone who adores Jane Austen, bows down to the Brontës, idolises Elizabeth Gaskell. I revere Anthony Trollope and I worship Wilkie Collins. Having also, therefore, watched every single BBC programme set in times gone by, I’d say I’m likewise something of a period drama connoisseur. In my eyes, Bridgerton is simply a raunchy, snuff-sniffing wannabe.
Siglo XXI (Spain) has included Wuthering Heights on a list of 12 classics to be read in 2021.

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