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3.56  ·  Rating Details ·  13,465 Ratings  ·  634 Reviews
The Professor is Charlotte Brontës first novel, in which she audaciously inhabits the voice and consciousness of a man, William Crimsworth. Like Jane Eyre he is parentless; like Lucy Snowe in Villette he leaves the certainties of England to forge a life in Brussels. But as a man, William has freedom of action, and as a writer Brontë is correspondingly liberated, exploring ...more
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Ellie Really boring and not romantic at all. Obviously it's Victorian literature and you can't expect anything like explicit love scenes, but I found the…moreReally boring and not romantic at all. Obviously it's Victorian literature and you can't expect anything like explicit love scenes, but I found the love story completely empty and I'm so happy I'm done reading it. Nobody even seems to love or want each other all that much. What should be the most romantic, momentous scene can be summarized as: "Will you marry me?" "....Ugh okay fine, I'll live with you forever. I've always enjoyed your company."(less)
Barbara I wouldn't say revised. There are similar elements and both novels are based on the same experiences Bronte had in Brussels. But they read very…moreI wouldn't say revised. There are similar elements and both novels are based on the same experiences Bronte had in Brussels. But they read very differently.(less)
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La Petite Américaine
Aug 31, 2008 La Petite Américaine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bronte/du Maurier/Byatt Fans
Every time I finish a Charlotte Bronte novel, my heart pounds and my mind is disoriented. After reaching the end of her stories, closing her pages for the last time, and remembering the long passages written out in long-hand, it's all like slowly surfacing from the depths of another world, and you're back home in reality, not quite sure you want to be there.

Although it doesn't have the exquisite tragedy of Villette or the kick-ass karate-chop combos of romance, ghosts, crazy ladies in the attic
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Henry Avila
Mr. William Crimsworth, newly graduated from exclusive, Eton College, writes a letter to his one and only friend Charles, about his adventures since both left the school ( Charles never receives it, having departed for parts unknown). William late mother was an aristocrat, but having married "beneath her," had been shunned by her family, something common in mid 19th century England. His father was a wealthy businessman, until going bankrupt, also deceased. What to do? William, has an older broth ...more
Bookdragon Sean
I think the best way of approaching this book is to look at is a learning curve for the author. The prose in Jane Eyre is sophisticated and eloquent; it is developed and persuasive: it is powerful, and a points simply beautiful. Charlotte’s writing in this just isn’t at the same level.

Perhaps it is because she writes from the perspective of male, a rather bland one at that. The point is there is little point to this book. Jane Eyre is rich in passion and argument. Charlotte was trying to ma
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Barry Pierce
Charlotte's first attempt at a novel comes across as... well... an attempt. It can be clearly seen that elements from this novel reappear in both Jane Eyre and Villette. However this novel pretty much lacks everything that made both of those novels such classics. It's a basic 19th-century romance novel with Charlotte this time writing from a male POV. Even though this is the second shortest Brontë novel (Agnes Grey is the shortest) it still felt vastly overlong. While bits of humour seep in now ...more
Nishat
Aug 21, 2016 Nishat rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic
In the midst of life, we are in death.

Charlotte Brontë died untimely with an unborn child developing in her womb, three weeks before her 39th birthday. The Professor, the first novel Charlotte had written, was published posthumously in 1857.

“A man is master of himself to a certain point, but not beyond it.”

Orphaned in infancy, William Crimsworth had been supported meagerly by his deceased mother's aristocratic brothers. Upon his graduation from Eton, William parts away, in contempt for his abho
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Skylar Burris
Dec 23, 2007 Skylar Burris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
What if Jane Eyre had been written from the point of view of Rochester? Would he have seemed more manipulative, more self-centered? Would readers have allowed themselves to be swept away by Jane's passion, and to desire its fruition? In The Professor, Charlotte Bronte narrates the tale from the viewpoint of the male protagonist, and I must confess to finding him frequently unsympathetic. Without seeing this character from the eyes of his affection's object, it is difficult to appreciate him. He ...more
Paul
Aug 30, 2013 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brontes
Very early effort which reads like a practice run for later novels like Villette and Jane Eyre (which reminds me, I must read Villette again). It is an engaging first person narrative in which William Crimsworth describes his young adulthood and his attempts to earn his living.

We learn about his grim family and Bronte uses her experience teaching in Brussels when Crimsworth moves there to teach. Most of the novel revolves around Brussels and the world of the small teaching establishments. The no
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J.G. Keely
This book starts off promisingly enough, but as the character grows less sympathetic and the plot draws out predictably, much of the charm is lost. Perhaps it was not unexpected that I would be drawn into the plight of a young, educated man thrust out alone into the world with no prospects, forced to work pointless jobs for frustratingly inept employers for subsistence. It mirrors not only my experiences, but that of most of my generation.

Unfortunately, our narrator becomes a rather stuck-up pri
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Dolors
Mar 19, 2013 Dolors rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first novel by Charlotte Brontë, though not published until her death. It has been reviewed as a simple, unimaginative portrait of an English teacher's life in Brussels, an early attempt to what her best known novel Villette would later become.
I don't agree.
This work shines in itself, it's the only story in which Charlotte dares to talk through a man's voice. She talks about responsibility, about earning your own success through effort and sacrifice, to defy the strict clichés and the hypocr
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Joseph
May 12, 2013 Joseph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british, victorian
My first Charlotte Bronte book and again I wonder how I could have missed this book or ignored this author for so long. Although Anne is still my favorite in the early part of my reading, Charlotte's The Professor follows the same form of story telling. The major characters are well developed and likable or unlikable as the case maybe. Minor characters are not developed, such as William's friend Charles.

William is the main character, an Englishman with an education who rejecting going into the c
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Kirsti (Melbourne on my mind)
3.5 stars.

While this is the last of Bronte's novels to be published, it's the first one that she wrote, and it shows. There are hints in the writing of the wonderfulness to come in Jane Eyre, and there are plenty of typical Bronte touches (she really did love her phrenology, didn't she??) in the writing.

Really, I think the biggest problem with this is that it's really short. Like, 200 pages kind of short. And the first 50-ish pages is basically "MY LIFE IS SHIT, OKAY?". Once William gets to Bel
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Luís C.
It is a very nice novel who genuinely devours. I found again the pleasure of reading a book featuring young men up the sleeves facing adversity: I can not prevent me from read it something personal and soak up their energy and their hope. Brontë is probably more projected in his female heroine.

We finally found this vision of the boarding school as both a closed place subject to the tyranny of its leader and as an idyllic place.

3 & 1/2 Stars.
Furqan
This was Charlotte Bronte's first novel and certainly not one of her finest works. I can see why it was rejected by the publishers several times and was only published posthumously. The novel is narrated in first person by the protagonist, William Crimsworth. It is partly set in a fictional town of Yorkshire and the rest in the city of Brussels, Belgium.

The story has a promising start, but plunges into monotony as it progresses. The protagonist's opinion of the inhabitants of Brussels makes a re
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Liisa
Apr 13, 2017 Liisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-read, classics, 2017
The Professor is the first novel Charlotte Bronte ever wrote, but the last to published. I feel like Charlotte was still searching for her own style when writing this story and I found it a bit less accomplished than the other novels Ive read from her, but thats to be expected. And its very entertaining nonetheless.
The main character being male brought a new view point to the books setting as Ive pretty much only read about it from the womens point of view. It was interesting to see how it migh
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Sonya
Apr 15, 2017 Sonya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
رمان "پروفسور" نخستين اثر شارلوت برونته مي باشد كه بعد نگارش ازطرف ناشرين مورد قبول واقع نشد. در واقع بعد نگارش رمان جين اير، شارلوت برونته به شهرت رسيد و آثار وي مورد توجه قرار گرفت و اين اثر
وي بعد مرگش لنتشار يافته است.
در اين اثر بايد رماني ساده و روان مواجه هستيم كه سرنوشت انساني كه مي خواهد آينده اش را خودش بسازد به تصوير كشيده شده است. نكته ي قابل توجه اي كه در اين اثر و جين اير ديده مي شود اين است كه نويسنده به ارائه تصويري با جذابيت هاي ظاهري از شخصيت هاي زن اثر نمي پردازد و بيشتر بر تو
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Sara
Aug 07, 2015 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
William Crimsworth cedo perdeu os pais e foi criado e educado pelos tios, mas quando chega a idade de decidir o seu futuro este separa-se dos tios por estes quererem mandar no destino a dar a esse futuro. Parte então para junto do irmão que é bastante rico e passa a trabalhar para ele no seu escritório.
O seu irmão nunca o trata como irmão mas como mero empregado, usando e abusando da sua superioridade para com o irmão. William conhece Hunsden um homem bondoso e bastante exigente, que se move em
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Mel
Dec 05, 2015 Mel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, dnf, 1-star, not-for-me
I bought this when I was 16. I started reading it immediately when I bought it. I am now 22, 6 years later, and I am still reading this.
To put it bluntly: this book was horrible. Not only is a good portion of it in France French, it was supposedly about a professor who falls in love with a student but I read 110/170 pages and that storyline didn't even start yet. Really just a terrible book that I absolutely never recommend to anyone.
Molly
Jul 10, 2013 Molly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 5-stars
Também aqui:

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Gosto muito de ler romances, apesar de não ser o género que mais abunda na minha estante. Tenho sempre receio de apostar na leitura de romances, pois sei que é um género que eu gosto muito mas que nem sempre apresenta as características que eu mais aprecio neste género. Talvez por isso goste tanto de romance fantástico e romance histórico: não se resume a romance, mas com outros ingredientes para expandir a história e o ambiente. Quantas vezes
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Amena
Mar 04, 2017 Amena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Telling the story of a professor who becomes involved with 2 women in 2 very unique ways, this is a truly wonderful Bronte novel. I adore the way Charlotte writes and tells her tales. There is always something so tangible about them.

Capturing themes of loneliness, love, friendship and being deceived amongst many, this novel is based on Charlotte's experiences of teaching and studying in Brussels. I adored the descriptions of the streets and the how well she has captured this.

I have 2 negatives
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Bojan Gacic
Sep 27, 2013 Bojan Gacic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How wonderful it is to see a woman writing from a male perspective, and doing so with such authority, that we can simply nod in approbation. ''The Professor'' belongs to, what I like to call, the ''Austen/Bronte'' literary club, therefore, if one has experienced a novel belonging to the before mentioned group of socially and emotionally oppressed women, he/she will have an inkling of what's to come.

''The Professor'', besides the male protagonist, bears few dissimilarities to its predecessors. Ap
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Sparrow
Jan 27, 2009 Sparrow rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Charlotte Bronte is such a self-righteous biotch.
Ilaria
May 12, 2016 Ilaria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Al sole e nella prosperità i fiori sono bellissimi; eppure sono tanti i giorni piovosi nella vita, stagioni disgraziate di Novembre, quando il focolare e la casa di un uomo sarebbero davvero freddi, senza il bagliore luminoso e confortante dell'intelletto!"

Il professore è l'ultimo romanzo di Charlotte Brontë che la Fazi ha ripubblicato per noi. Primo libro scritto dalla Brontë ma pubblicato solamente due anni dopo la morte dell'autrice. Anche in questo caso l'autrice trae spunto dalla sua esper
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Chiara Pagliochini
«Cosa sapevo io del carattere femminile, prima dell’arrivo a Bruxelles? Veramente poco. E che idea ne avevo? Qualcosa di vago, leggero, trasparente, scintillante. Adesso, venutovi a contatto, trovavo che era una sostanza abbastanza palpabile. Anche molto dura, a volte, e spesso pesante. C’era metallo dentro: piombo e ferro.»

Potrei perdonare a Charlotte Brontё questo romanzo, se non avesse scritto Jane Eyre. Ma non posso tacere, non posso non indignarmi per il confronto ingrato e inevitabile.
Pot
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Ulises
A ver, es lo primero que leo de la autora y la verdad es que tengo muchos sentimientos contradictorios. La trama es casi inexistente al menos hasta la mitad del libro e increíblemente tediosa, y a partir de cierto punto avanza demasiado rápido, aunque no voy a negar que se pone más interesante. Hay mucha arrogancia, prejuicios, racismo, una imagen no muy agradable de la mujer en general, sumisa y casi en eterna penitencia, una constante alabanza de lo británico al punto del fanatismo, falta de c ...more
Sara
Sep 22, 2016 Sara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Da un punto di vista strettamente letterario, continuerò a pensare a Charlotte Brontë solo come all'autrice di Shirley e Jane Eyre. È una questione di rispetto; il rispetto che è dovuto a una donna a cui ho finito con l'affezionarmi, nonostante un iniziale senso di fastidio dovuto a un'importante differenza di indole e vedute, e a rispettare, benché sia certa che, se fossi stata sua sorella, l'avrei presa a schiaffi in più di un'occasione. E i suoi racconti relativi al periodo di Bruxelles avreb ...more
Anne Hawn Smith
I have mixed feelings about this book. It wasn't as good as Jane Eyre . The characters were not developed as well. I also had a problem with the numerous long passages in French which I don't speak, and which, were made even harder when listened to on an audiobook.

The book starts out well as we see William Crimsworth, the Professor, long before he is a professor. He goes to work for his much older, industrialist brother who seems to despise him. He leaves and makes his way to Brussels where eve
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Joana
Jul 29, 2014 Joana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
"O professor" foi o primeiro romance escrito pela célebre escritora britânica Charlotte Bronte, publicado em 1857, sob um pseudónimo masculino.

Decidi "embarcar" neste romance pois pensei, inicialmente, que seria a obra perfeita para começar a ler Bronte. Sempre quis ler "Jane Eyre" e, como nunca tinha ouvido falar deste romance da autora, decidi descobrir por mim mesma e dar uma oportunidade a esta obra pouco divulgada.

Posso dizer-vos que gostei muito da história em si. Achei também curioso o li
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Kristen
Jan 18, 2009 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
I decided to read Wuthering Heights, but it was not on the shelf, so I decided to take this one. It's a charming little book, if one overlooks the narrator's conviction that the shape of a person's head, face, and even body reveals their inner character; also his tendency to refer to different European nationalities as 'races' with easily identified (and always inferior to English) characteristics; and finally his seriously anti-Catholic attitude (and I'm not even Catholic!) - all of which in th ...more
Amerynth
Charlotte Bronte made several unsuccessful attempts to have "The Professor," her earliest work published. I can see why it was only published after her death (and numerous rewrites) as it really isn't a great novel.

The story follows William Crimsworth, a man (like her female characters) who is thrown to the wild and forced to find his own fortune. He becomes a teacher in Brussels and the plot moves on from there.

It really takes a long time for the book to get going -- her long blocks of descript
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Shauna
Sep 11, 2015 Shauna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I adored the first few chapters of this book. The protagonist hated his job/everything, which I strongly identified with. Furthermore, a scene in one of these early chapters had a slew of wonderful old-timey insults ("Hypocrite and twaddler! Smooth-faced, snivelling greasehorn!"), which I shall save for future reference.

But a few chapters in, he got a job he actually liked and became a boring teacher who only sort of hated some things and also fell in love, and then for the rest of the book the
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Charlotte Brontë was a British novelist, the eldest out of the three famous Brontë sisters whose novels have become standards of English literature. See also Emily Brontë and Anne Brontë.

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“I sought her eye, desirous to read there the intelligence which I could not discern in her face or hear in her conversation; it was merry, rather small; by turns I saw vivacity, vanity, coquetry, look out through its irid, but I watched in vain for a glimpse of soul. I am no Oriental; white necks, carmine lips and cheeks, clusters of bright curls, do not suffice for me without that Promethean spark which will live after the roses and lilies are faded, the burnished hair grown grey. In sunshine, in prosperity, the flowers are very well; but how many wet days are there in life--November seasons of disaster, when a man's hearth and home would be cold indeed, without the clear, cheering gleam of intellect.” 27 likes
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