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The Professor

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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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Published September 26th 2006 by AudioGO Ltd. (first published 1857)
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La Petite Américaine
Sep 05, 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
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
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
Skylar Burris
Jan 05, 2008 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
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
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
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
May 14, 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
Aug 18, 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
Apr 22, 2016 Caz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've given this a B+ for narration and a B- for content at AudioGals.

Before I got into romance reading and listening in a big way, my usual literary diet consisted principally of historical fiction and classics, mostly from the 19th century. I don’t listen to so many of the latter these days, but when I realised that 21st April 2016 was the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charlotte Brontë, I thought I’d revisit one of her books in audio and had intended to pick up a copy of Villette. But then
Bojan Gacic
Oct 03, 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
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
Mar 04, 2016 Mel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 08, 2009 Sparrow rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Charlotte Bronte is such a self-righteous biotch.
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
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
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
Sep 29, 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
May 16, 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
María Clara
Feb 06, 2016 María Clara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: español, 2016
Me encantó!

Es tan Charlotte! Aunque sólo me he leído Jane Eyre es imposible no reconocer su estilo y la recurrencia de ciertas situaciones y características de sus personajes. Y de nuevo, lo que más me ha gustado es lo diferente que es de otros escritores, lo únicos que son sus personajes y sus historias.

Para mi es inevitable no mencionar a la Jane, y creo que las diferencias entre las dos nacen principalmente en el punto de vista de sus novelas. Mientras que Jane es una figura omnipresente qu
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
Carol Rodríguez
Este libro es el primero propuesto para el club de lectura de clásicos Club Pickwick, que acaba de abrir sus puertas este mes. El profesor, escrita entre 1845 y 1846, antes que Jane Eyre, es la primera novela de Charlotte Brontë, pero no sería publicada hasta 1857, después de su muerte. En vida los editores habían rechazado el manuscrito, que, por su brevedad, su realismo y el carácter de sus personajes (cuyo destino es "trabajo durante toda la vida combinado con una moderada dosis de placer"), ...more
Mar 01, 2015 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
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.
Oct 17, 2012 Simona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ho deciso di leggere "Il professore", poiché durante il mio primo Club del Libro di Torino Stefanya ne ha parlato suscitando la mia curiosità e portandomi a leggerlo in contemporanea con Lucrezia.
Ammetto che non conoscevo affatto questo libro. Quando si parla delle sorelle Bronte, io penso immediatamente a "Cime tempestose" o a "Jane Eyre",le opere rispettivamente di Emily e Charlotte Bronte.
Leggere questo libro è stato una sorpresa. E' il primo libro scritto da Charlotte Bronte che fu critica
From chapter to chapter, I vacillated between loving and hating this book. I'd recommend it if you can't find something better to read or if you're a completist with the need to read every Bronte novel. Otherwise, just skip it.

Things I loved:

-- The first-person perspective.
-- The focus on the reality of a need to earn a living. I think that modern readers may be able to relate to this better than to the many Victorian novels in which nobody seems to DO much of anything.
-- One character reminded
Oct 17, 2012 Lucrezia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Decisamente qui non siamo al livello di Jane Eyre. Ma Charlotte è Charlotte e si riconosce e anche questa volta mi ha tenuta incollata alla pagina fino alla fine. sono curiosissima di leggere anche Shirley e Vilette (quando si decideranno a ripubblicarle in Italia).

Ma passiamo al professore , prima prova letteraria di Charlotte, la ragazzina si dimostrava già tenutaria di un talento precoce, chapeu!
Tuttavia il protagonista non mi ha destato alcuna simpatia , e nemmeno alcun altro personaggio de
Jun 06, 2014 Lada rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Why am I drawn to writing something about this sort of novels. Precisely because it demands no effort of writing. One writes it extremely fast and one book more among reviews. It is about the professor. So am I So are dear readers most probably yes. Intellectual so. You may be attracted to write youself. So is Charlotte Bronte, so is the Professor.An intellectual man making his living out of his brains, Other heroins do the same thing in the world of Charlotte Bronte. Difficult though. Demands a ...more
Feb 10, 2016 Annie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So, I’ve read both of Anne’s novels, and obviously Wuthering Heights & Jane Eyre also, but I’ve never gotten around to Charlotte’s more obscure works- the Professor, Shirley, & Villette. Why? As much as I love Jane Eyre, Charlotte seems like a fucking asshole. Like, who writes the intro to her dead sister’s book essentially saying “So this is my little sister’s book. She’s dead now. It’s not very good, is it? Isn’t she naive? She’s not a very good writer. Not like me. Anyway, here’s the ...more
Nina Rapsodia
Oct 25, 2014 Nina Rapsodia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Los que les gusten los clásicos
Recommended to Nina by: Nadie
Shelves: no-propios

Este libro fue cogido de la biblioteca por impulso. Tantos comentarios llenos de entusiasmo sobre Jane Eyre me impulsaron a iniciarme con la autora y esta es su primera novela. Me encontré esta edición de Alba Minus con su hermosa portada, editorial que me gustaría que estuviera en mi país y me alegró mucho encontrar una traducción muy acertada con las correspondientes notas de las partes habladas en francés.

Edward Crimsworth es un joven inglés sin mucha fortuna. Luego de morir sus padres que
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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.

Charlotte Brontë was born in Thornton, Yorkshire, England, the third of six children, to Patrick Brontë (formerly "Patrick Brunty"), an Irish Anglican clergyman, and his wife, Maria Branwell. In April 1820 the fam
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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.” 26 likes
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