Set during the Napoleonic wars at a time of national economic struggles, Shirley is an unsentimental yet passionate depiction of conflict among classes, sexes, and generations. Struggling manufacturer Robert Moore considers marriage to the wealthy and independent Shirley Keeldar, yet his heart lies with his cousin Caroline. Shirley, meanwhile, is in love with Robert's brot...more
...but I perceive that certain sets of human beings are very apt to maintain that other sets should give up their lives to them and their service, and then they requite them by praise: they call them devoted and virtuous. Is this enough? Is it to live? Is there not a terrible hollowness, mockery, want, craving, in that existence which is given to others, for want of something of your own to bestow it on? I suspect there is. Does virtue lie in abnegation of the self? I do not believe it.This bo ...more
I admit that I had high expectations to this novel since Jane Eyre, a masterpiece by Charlotte Brontë, is amongst my favourites classics. Yet, it is peculiar how Shirley is so different from anything else I've read by Charlotte Brontë.
First of all, this novel comes with a very ov ...more
Shirley is a not-quite-comfortable hybrid of a romance and an anti-silver fork novel, the latter as assuredly as Thackeray’s trenchantly sarcastic Vanity Fair, which is set during the same period. It is among the first of the industrial novels that demonstrate the desperation of the poor during the beginning of the industrial revolution’s inexorably swift changes.
Bronte probably heard accounts from oldsters about troubles when the looms were being replaced by machines, and there was certainly t ...more
The Jew-basket, wow! This book was my introduction to the Jew-basket, and I eagerly await its appearance in other 19th-century British novels. No, it's not a basket full of tiny Jews. Nor is it a basket in which a Jew is lowered into a medieval well to be drowned. The Jew-basket is a basket into which the gentleladies of the neighborhood contribute their knit or sewn household crafts; the basket rests in their house for a month as pin cushions, napkins, baby socks, card-racks, and penis cozies a ...more
Shirley's father wanted a boy, didn't get one, so the next best thing was for him to name his new baby chick a boy's name. Which leads me then to wonder if Shirley (as a female character's name) is sort of meant to denote she was a tomboy, kind of like Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird. In any c ...more
The novel is set in Napoleon era, in a village where machinery just enters the society. As we often ...more
The novel itself was extremely drawn out and dry, and despite it's important themes, it didn't have a heart. Or even...a genre. I mean it has more commentary on romance than actual romance and it strays too much from the initial Luddite issues for me to really consider it a true historical.
It was more like a character study of the main two women, one of which we didnt even meet until 150 or so pages in. ...more
That could be my entire review. After reading a novel that was at least 200 pages too long, it probably should be. Because it is late and I am not feeling too charitable towards Charlotte Bronte I will make this brief.
There were many things I disliked about Shirley () but the one thing that I did like was the character of Shirley. Where Shirley was lively and engaging, the other characters were dull, overwrought and over described. I may be in the minority but I think it i ...more
Il fatto che il libro rientri nel genere "romanzo sociale" mi fa propendere verso la seconda: mi spiego meglio, per quanto ami quest'autrice non posso non essere giusta e ...more
So why 5 stars? Because it may be the most beautifully written work I've read. Every word is exactly chosen, exactly placed and adds to the cumulative effect of its sentence and paragraph. This may sound too precious or co ...more
Shirley is so different from Jane Eyre, an ...more
The story follows the lives of four main characters. Miss Helstone, a young woman with no prospects, niece of a Curate in Yorkshire, her serious cousin Mr. Moore, a businessman who struggles to earn his living, Miss Shirley, a spirited heiress of a great fortune and her tutor Mr. Moore's brother, Louis.
Being a Brontë's novel though, there's not one, but two romances ...more
E' un romanzo corale, non c'è un vero e proprio protagonista (basti pensare che la Shirley che da il titolo al volume appare dopo più di un terzo del racconto) e l'attenzione dell ...more
E dire che ero partita bene, le descrizioni dei tre curati mi facevano ridere... Poi che è successo? Non lo so, mi sono persa in un sacco di sottotrame e personaggi al limite dell'inutile lungaggini non sempre sensate e simili.
La protagonista, o almeno, la Shirley del titolo, compare a un terzo dell'opera. o____O
La sensazione generale è di avere davanti una brutta bozza per il romanzo sociale che sarà Nord e Sud di Elizabeth ...more
What really riles me up about this work it is its wasted potential, there are so many interesting points about this book that could have captivated me: the social riot during the introduction of machines, the difficulty of businesses during the Napoleon era and Shirley, s ...more
Ficou conhecida por ter sido a incentivadora do movimento feminista na literatura da sua época, era a melhor amiga de Elizabeth Gaskell e até assumir a sua verdadeira identidade, pensava-se que os seus livros eram escritos por Thackeray, um dos seus amigos mais próximos. Mas mais do que isso, era a mais velha do trio de irmãs mais conhecidas da literatura, as irmãs Brontë. Criada em colégios internos, Charlotte foi sempre u ...more
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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 ...more