This book took me forever to read because I couldn't find it for weeks on end! And where was it the whole time? On the shelf...
While I generally likeThis book took me forever to read because I couldn't find it for weeks on end! And where was it the whole time? On the shelf...
While I generally like Dickens' stories, I am not a fan of his usually overly wordy, purple-prose filled writing style. It makes my mind wander. This book, however, was told from the main character, Pip's point of view and so made for much easier reading. So why did I only give it three stars? Well, in this case...I didn't like the story that much. It was interesting and well-written, but Pip and his love for Estella annoyed me. I just couldn't rate it any higher for that reason....more
I generally prefer the older short stories but there are some good ones in the later collections too. And my favorite of his novels, The Hound of theI generally prefer the older short stories but there are some good ones in the later collections too. And my favorite of his novels, The Hound of the Baskervilles is in this so that helps!...more
This was my fourth Trollope novel.I have not really cared for any of them, sadly. The Warden and Barchester Towers were okay, but I really hated The WThis was my fourth Trollope novel.I have not really cared for any of them, sadly. The Warden and Barchester Towers were okay, but I really hated The Way We Live Now. I like Trollope’s writing well enough, but I always have a hard time because most of his characters are so unlikeable. Trollope himself was not fond of He Knew He Was Right because Louis Trevelyan was so unsympathetic. I have to agree. It’s not good if I like the subplots better than the main plot of a novel! I could not sympathize with Emily either. Yes, she was technically more “right” in the beginning than Louis, but the situation got out of hand largely due to her obstinacy as well as Louis’s. The two really needed to have a frank discussion without constantly blaming the other for everything. I do not hesitate in saying this will be my last Trollope novel, since I do not own any others....more
This is the third Trollope book I have read. I thought the description sounded really interesting and I’d heard so many good things about it. But in the end, I was disappointed. For one thing, the book was way too long. There were some parts of it and characters that I liked (Roger Carbury and Mrs. Hurtle) but even storylines I was into in the beginning felt draggy to me towards the end....more
Read the full review at my blog- http://marspeach.wordpress.com/2011/0... Like Jane Eyre, Agnes Grey is about a governess, but the two books are very dRead the full review at my blog- http://marspeach.wordpress.com/2011/0... Like Jane Eyre, Agnes Grey is about a governess, but the two books are very different from each other. Agnes Grey is much more realistic, lacking all the gothic and mysterious elements. Anne based the story and characters on her own experiences as a governess, and thus all the bratty kids are very well realized. Agnes does fall in love but it’s a more understated romance with a good man, but nothing like the tumultuous passion between Jane and Rochester. Anne Bronte’s books are definitely the most realistic out of all of the Brontes and this one most of all. The style is the closest to Jane Austen that any of them will get, so Jane Austen fans who are not fond of Charlotte and Emily’s work will probably respond more favorably to this one. It does have a moral and religious message to it but I didn’t find it heavy-handed....more
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, while it has largely positive reviews from what I’ve read, does have its criticisms as well. I’d like to get into those. Many complain that the characters of Helen and Gilbert are unlikable- Helen is too pious and “sanctimonious” and Gilbert is a spoiled brat who is little better than Arthur Huntingdon. I disagree. Helen, like Anne Bronte, is a devoted Christian but I did not find her sanctimonious. I admired her strength and ability to keep her faith while in such a destructive marriage. I do not feel that she was boring in any way- she had a sense of humor which was clear through her diary, more so in the beginning before she is worn down by Huntingdon. I also feel that while Gilbert is flawed, he does not even come close to approaching the cruelty and debauchery of Arthur Huntingdon! Gilbert is a mama’s boy but he grows through his friendship with Helen, and he did what Huntingdon and the other “bad” man in the story never did- he left Helen alone when she asked him to! If Gilbert had been perfect I feel it would have just cheapened the story and made it too fairy-tale like.
Wildfell Hall is my favorite Bronte book. It’s largely regarded as the first feminist novel and I have to agree. It’s definitely feminist and I’m too ignorant to know if there was anything before it! It received harsh reviews of “coarseness” at the time of its publication due to its realistic portrayals of vice among the upper-class. Charlotte even disparaged her subject choice and suppressed its republication after Anne’s death (the first publication quickly sold out). During the Victorian era, a wife was considered her husband’s property, so Helen’s behavior would have been considered scandalous- locking her door against her husband (!) and running away. Like Agnes Grey, Anne Bronte drew from real life experiences to depict her characters (Arthur Huntingdon is likely based at least in part on her brother Branwell) and she pulls no punches. Both men and women in this book lead sinful lives, in turn both men and women are victims of some sort.
I would recommend The Tenant of Wildfell Hall to anyone- you don’t have to be feminist and you don’t have to like the Brontes. I think it could appeal to fans of both. It’s just a really good, powerful book....more
700 pages of the hero droning on and on about how perfect Lorna is in every way. Yeah, there was some action in there some where but I missed it among700 pages of the hero droning on and on about how perfect Lorna is in every way. Yeah, there was some action in there some where but I missed it amongst all the “beautiful Lorna Doone” drivel....more