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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Or maybe Charlotte was too damn hopeless to describe her sister accurately: if I remember right, Branwell, Anne, and Emily all died during the writing of it.
My goodness, Charlotte becomes dialectical at times. She's all over the place. Jane Eyre is more novel & less hi ...more
We see most of the book through the eyes of two young women: Caroline Helstone, the shy niece of a Rector, who feels stifled by her life, and Shirley Keelder a wealthy young woman who, by her wealth, is able to live life freer than most women of that time.
There is no romance here. In fact, for a while, there is nothing happening. It is also ...more
Shirley is full of my favorite Charlotte Brontë things, namely feminist social agitation and characters who step outside their expected gender roles. Shirley is obviously the best part of Shirley--she deserves a spot on the list of greatest characters of all time. Supposedly Charlotte told Elizabeth Gaskell ...more
After a few tantalizing chapters of that and of the developing feud between a local mill-owner and a band of Luddites, however, Bronte settles the focus of her novel on several of her blandest characters and on their predictable--and often depressing--love ...more
«O amor fere-nos tão cruelmente, Shirley; causa-nos tais angústias, tais torturas, que as nossas forças são destruídas e devoradas pelas suas chamas; a afeição não tem tormentos nem chamas, mas é a consolação e o bálsamo.» (p. 165)
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