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The Brontë Sisters by Charlotte Brontë
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Read from April 12 to May 12, 2010

The correct title of the book, as seen even on the photo of it for this edition is The Bronte Sisters Complete Novels Illustrated. It is a collection of the works of Emily, Anne and Charlotte Bronte. The only "work" missing is Charlotte Bronte's Emma. This is because she wrote only two chapters of the work before her death. The rest was finished posthumously by another author.

The Bronte Sisters Complete Novels Illustrated is a joy in that it has all of the sister's works together in one place. It allows for easy comparison between the works and their styles. However, the volume is not without its flaws. It has no footnotes for phrases in French, or those which are out of date; the male characters speak in a manner so flowery and out of character one has to laugh at moments; and a religious undertone runs through nearly all of the novels, a hazard of both the times and the sisters being reared by a father who was a parson.

I am not going to quote any of the works here since it is a compilation and it would raise one author or work above the others if I were to do so. Let it suffice to say that if you can take into account the volume's petty annoyances, it is worth reading. The novels contained within it are classics and with the exception of their rather flowery speech very well-written. The characters come across strongly and are well rounded. All-in-all The Bronte Sisters Complete Novels Illustrated is an enjoyable escape.

The Bronte Sisters Complete Novels Illustrated copyright 2006 by CRW Publishing Limited, 69 Gloucester Crescent, London NW17EG
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04/12/2010 page 25
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