Thursday, April 9, 2009

Bronte one, Bronte two, Bronte three.

I'm definitely going to be posting here less often until the end of June, because this is my busiest time of the year, and I have ridiculous amounts of things going on. I have to graduate, put on a play, go to classes, and help Nova move out of the Mann building. I suspect my reading time will be rather cut short as well, but I am working on some things.

I started reading Wuthering Heights on Saturday, and am already well into it. Now that I can say I've read all three Bronte sisters, it's rather interesting to compare them. It was easy for me to get into Wuthering Heights, the story really jumps in quickly and it's put together in such an interesting way, with different people telling the story, even people who are totally tangential to the story. On the other hand, I have a really difficult time getting into Charlotte Bronte's novels, though Jane Eyre is one of my very favourite books. Of the Bronte's novels, I have read Jane Eyre, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, and now a good chunk of Wuthering Heights. I started Villette, but did not get very far. I think Jane Eyre is the most conventionally structured of these, in that it retains the first person narrative throughout the whole book, without changing narrators or throwing in diaries or letters. Nineteenth century first person novels still seem strange to me, though I'm not sure why.

I loved Jane Eyre and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, and I am fully expecting to love Wuthering Heights too, though I suspect it will be less satisfying.

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