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The Life of Charlotte Bronte > Week 3 - Chapters 15-21

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message 1: by Anastasia Kinderman, The Only (new)

Anastasia Kinderman | 650 comments Mod
Week 3 discussion takes place here.


message 2: by Anastasia Kinderman, The Only (new)

Anastasia Kinderman | 650 comments Mod
So we've had a chance to get pretty far in the book. I haven't read any of Gaskell's works before this but maybe someone who has can answer: how do you think this book/her writing style compares to her novels?


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Ginny (burmisgal) | 184 comments It seems to me that Mrs. Gaskell has adopted a style in this book that has very much the same feel as Charlotte's style in her letters--personal and honest while at the same time literary and intellectual. I am so loving Charlotte's own words (which I realize have been deliberately and carefully selected by Gaskell). Time after time a I am stunned by the perceptiveness and brilliance of Charlotte's writing, a sense I rarely got from reading Jane Eyre. As I said in an earlier post, I think this is a theme here--Charlotte Bronte was a genius who never really had a opportunity to explore her potential. And I am becoming convinced that this was probably true.

For example: "There is a certain jargon in use amongst critics on this point [about art] through which it is physically and morally impossible to me to see daylight." (Chapter 19 or Vol. 2 Ch. 5)


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Lynn B | 10 comments Anastasia wrote: "So we've had a chance to get pretty far in the book. I haven't read any of Gaskell's works before this but maybe someone who has can answer: how do you think this book/her writing style compares t..."

Interesting question. I shall need to ponder.

First thoughts are that an awareness of social history seems to emerge strongly in both this biography and some of Mrs Gaskell's novels and that she exhibits a strong narrative skill both here and in her fiction.


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Ginny (burmisgal) | 184 comments Lynn wrote: "Anastasia wrote: "So we've had a chance to get pretty far in the book. I haven't read any of Gaskell's works before this but maybe someone who has can answer: how do you think this book/her writin..."

In this book, Gaskell weaves the tale expertly using primarily Charlotte's own words. For those who are not engaged with this method (as I was not on my first read) give one of the other novels a try. Wives and Daughters is wonderful. I agree with Lynn--in this and all her books the setting, social and geographical, is very vivid and influences the behaviours of the characters.


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Ginny (burmisgal) | 184 comments It does seem that Charlotte's health improves when she can get away from Haworth (isolation, drudgery, her father). The recluse that she thought herself to be responds positively to the stimulation of good conversation. Even though she feels her father needs her, they spend very little time conversing with each other.


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Ginny (burmisgal) | 184 comments This looks very exciting. I was just thinking a film using new information would be just the thing.
http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015...


message 8: by Anastasia Kinderman, The Only (new)

Anastasia Kinderman | 650 comments Mod
Ginny wrote: "This looks very exciting. I was just thinking a film using new information would be just the thing.
http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015......"


I'm looking forward to it as well. :)


Carol She's So Novel꧁꧂  | 351 comments I'm part way through Chapter XVII.

Now such an interesting although tragic read. Charlotte is so modest about her work.

I can feel Mrs G is writing about Branwell through gritted teeth! So selfish, so spoilt!

I cried after Emily died & am now where Anne is in decline. I can't imagine how it would feel to lose/be losing your siblings so close together.


Carol She's So Novel꧁꧂  | 351 comments Ginny wrote: "This looks very exciting. I was just thinking a film using new information would be just the thing.
http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015......"


Something to look forward to! I'm sure I saw a very old film (old in the 1970s) about the Brontes that certainly romanticised Branwell! Setting aside his behaviour, the profile painting I have seen of him, shows him as very plain!


message 11: by Carol She's So Novel꧁꧂ (last edited May 30, 2015 08:15PM) (new)

Carol She's So Novel꧁꧂  | 351 comments & I have (I'm sure) found the film. Ida Lupino as Emily! Good grief!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devotion...

Found the profile sketch of Branwell on the Bronte Wiki page. You have to scroll down a bit.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bront%C3...


Carol She's So Novel꧁꧂  | 351 comments Finished Chapter 21 & on to the next section!


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