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Charlotte and Emily by Jude Morgan
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Aug 07, 2011

did not like it
Read from August 15 to 18, 2011

Do not read this. Read "Romancing Miss Bronte" instead. Not only does that book not give you whiplash with change-a-minute characterizations or seizures from repetitive AND contradictory statements (quite a feat) lined up head-to-tail, it focuses on the really compelling character--Charlotte-- and the interesting part of her life--writing and fame, and her prolonged courtship by, and eventual marriage to, Arthur Nicholls.

I will concede that Morgan can crank out uncommon phrasing that, at least in the beginning before it just ended up seeming melodramatic, was pleasing: "They must know, poor creatures, yet like Sarah they edge round the mention of their mother, afraid to fall in" and "The master does not pick up hints: he lets them lie, so you have to stoop and scrabble to retrieve them." Unfortunately, this gift was overused and prevented any real differentiation of significant points or events, or worse, characters. There is such a thing, it turns out, too much of a good thing.

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message 1: by [deleted user] (new)

Moi aussi, almost done with it

Jamie Is it worth continuing? I'm frustrated by the manic narration and flashbacks...

message 3: by [deleted user] (new)

Does someone need a reading fast? :)

I like it. It gives more thought process and fullness to characters other than just Charlotte which I've enjoyed.

I'm waiting impatiently for Arthur's impassioned proposal though!!!

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