The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Anne Bronte's second novel is a passionate and courageous challenge to the conventions supposedly upheld by Victorian society and reflected in circulating-library fiction. The heroine, Helen Huntingdon, after a short period of initial happiness, leaves her dissolute husband, and must earn her own living to rescue her son from his influence. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is c...more
Anne is just as much a Brontë as her sisters! Her voice, in many ways, completes the harmony and picks up where the two of them leave off. True, there are no fires, ghosts, or windswept moors. But, as one critic noted, "The slamming of Helen's bedroom door against her husband reverberated throughout Victorian England."
I struggle with Victorian literature, because I don't have a clear sense of context. It's difficult for me to separate the author from her time....more
I honestly didn't know of this books existence before I went to the library and saw it on the shelf. I didn't know Anne had written anything other than poems. I often feel that Anne is in Emily and Charlotte's shadow but this piece of work is truly inspiring - perhaps more so at...more
She turned from me to hide the emotion she could not quite control; but I took her hand and fervently kissed it. 'Gilbert, do leave me!' she cried, in a tone of...more
Tenant hit the shelves with the biggest splash, requiring a second edition, at the front of which Anne added an impassioned forward aimed at critics. She maintains that she is...more
Anne Brontë and I would have never been friends, because it's hard to be a friend with someone so damn righteous and unbendable. Sure, Helen Graham and Agnes Grey are fictional characters, but is there a doubt they are reflections of the author? Not in my mind.
Granted, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is a huge impro...more
I avoided reading any books by the Brontë sisters for many years, after failing to finish Villette, and then being put off further by Charlotte Brontë's well-known remarks about Jane Austen. After coming across an old copy of Jane Eyre I decided it was time to give the sisters another chance. I quite enjoyed Jane Eyre; Wuthering Heights, which I read next, I liked less. Then I turned to Anne, not expecting much more than a paler version of her sisters' works.
Instead I find myself reading one of...more
Gilbert Markham is the story teller or more correctly the letter writer as the novel is the letter Gilbert is writing. Anne Bronte assumes the identity of Gilbert writing as a male fo...more
Helen is a fascinating character, who attracts the attention of Gabriel Markham who serves a similar role of Lockwood in 'Wuthering Heights', in that Helen's backstory is told with the help of him; when he obtains her diaries. The main difference is probably that Markham plays a more intera...more
“Was first published in June 1848 to imediate succes. Its bold treatament of the subject of women’s equality, at a time when convention dictated submissiveness, meant that it has often been hailed as the first sustained feminist novel.”
I love Bronte sisters. Firstly, I read Wuthering Heights and then, after 3 years, I moved on to the secondly book of Bronte’s and now I really don’t know why I’ve waited so long.
This was the first book I’ve read in english so I suppose this is why I’m considering...more
As feelings grow between the two main characters, the story is shifted to the viewpoint of Mrs. Graham as retold through a diary she wrote, and about her life married to an...more
(This is how I felt. After I read it.)
Compared to the gothic unicorns that are Charlotte and Emily, Anne is like a reliable and sensible donkey, loaded up with packs of Vitamin C and Band-Aids. Her writing is lovely, but this is seriously a ho-hum tale of female woe in the Victorian era, when women had to flee their husbands by candlelight instead of getting a $50 buck divorce.
This book is one big warning about imprudent marriages, which is just sound advice in general, and is pretty dull. It's...more
Okay so I do have a tendency to relate the works of 18th-19th century female novelists to my life, but hey, is it my fault my community is like 2 centuries behind on the women's liberation thing?
I see a lot of commentary that TWH is largely overlooked as being in the shadow of Jane Eyre. I think I'm going to commit literary blasphemy here and say that I think this is WAY WAY WAY BETTER.
That's no damnation of Jane Eyre anyhow...more
Instead of a car chase there is taking a walk hoping the beloved will appear.
Instead of a gang fight there is a man ordering the servants to confiscate a woman’s pain...more
Guys, this was great. Although I must say it's not up there with "Jane Eyre", it greatly...more
The Bronte's have a way of pulling you in, making the characters jump off the page. For the first 200 pages of The Tennant I was in love with this book. I loved Gilbert, the narrator, and I was in...more
Actually, I agreed with the book's message on all counts. Alcoholism, money, patriarchal-powered legal systems, powerless women and children, and false moral...more
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