Tag Archives: Charlotte Bronte

The Book That Changed Jane Eyre Forever/By Hephzibah Anderson

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Wide Sargasso Sea turned Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel inside out. As the book celebrates its 50th anniversary, Hephzibah Anderson explains its enduring power.

In other respects, Rhys’s novel shows how timeless Jane Eyre is. Wide Sargasso Sea’s symbolism, at first glance so modernist – the dreams and visions, the magic and incantation – turns out to echo Brontë’s. And while it’s a feminist rewriting, linking madness and entrapment with womanhood, such themes remind us that Brontë’s classic is also, in its way, a feminist text. Though Rhys holds Antoinette up as a marginalised character, Jane, as a spinster governess, is similarly disenfranchised. Just as Creole Antoinette is mocked by her black neighbours and looked down on by white Europeans like Rochester, so Jane belongs neither upstairs nor downstairs at Thornfield Hall.

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Dimsum Book Tag

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Stephanie from Adventures of a Bibliophile tagged me to take part in the Dimsum tag. If  my memory serves me right, this is my first tag, yes I know I have broken the laws of book tags and doing them on my own because I felt like it :D.

Let us dive into it

Tea
A book that started off hot but quickly turned cold.

Romance Novel


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Biggest Bada$$/ Top 5 Wednesday

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Top 5 Wednesday

Hello, hope Wednesday finds you well in a new book discussion. This week for Top 5 Wednesday we talk about the biggest badasses, you know the characters who made you pause and possibly go “damnn.” :D. Come read about a Historical Fiction Badass, a Biblical Badass, a Victorian Badass, a Western Badass and a History Badass.

Let us dive into it:

1.Deidre in Lady Danger by Glynnis Campbell (historical fiction badass)

Historical Fiction

A Scottish warrior maiden who help defend the family castle along with her sisters. A father is of age and no longer able to go about normal lord duties. Deidre is no-nonsense on and off the battle field, also acting as overseer in the house decisions. Then comes along Pagan, a King soldier who is just as headstrong and badass. Let us call them the badass couple.


 

2.Jezebel from Top 100 Women of the Bible by Pamela McQuade (biblical badass)

Biblical Women

She influence her husband Ahab to accept the worship of pagan gods, spreading the religious practise to the children of Israel. In addition, she ordered the death of  many of God’s prophets. That was not enough for Jezebel, to gain a plot of land for her husband, Jezebel setup landowner Naboth to face false accusation of cursing God and the king. In the end Naboth was stoned to death. After  Ahab died in battle, Jezebel continued her control through her sons but she did die a badass death


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Best Literary Hero & Heroine

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Classics Books

“Reading” – Auguste Renoir (1890-1895) Via Classics Club

The Classics Club asks a question:

“Who is hands-down the best literary hero, in your opinion? Likewise, who is the best heroine?”

I honestly spend pockets of the last two days thinking about my best literary hero/heroine leaning more on the classic side (since it is a blog dedicated to classics) and I am unsure. Even when the question ask “in your opinion” my mind still kept reeling because I kept thinking of all the hero/heroine of books I have not read but their summaries seem amazing and even the film adaptations of books, I have never read. I went further and thought should I choose my favourite hero/heroine for the best because they are my favourite or the best even if I dislike the character?

However, part of life is making decisions so I am not staying on the book fence with this question. I made a decision.

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Time And Place Book Tag

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Reading

Via Wikipedia with modification

In my humble opinion, Time and Place Book Tag is one of the most interesting book tag I stumbled upon because it makes you think about your reading journey. Jen Campbell, creator of the tag on YouTube, asks you to think of 10 ten books and what you were doing when you read them. It is mind provoking isn’t it? However, instead of 10 books, I will do 5, just for the sake of brevity and because I have done so many memes with 5 that the number sticks in my head. haha.

let us dive into it:

1.Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
.Jane Austen

The first time I read this book, it was at A’Level for English Literature. It was the first semester of the academic year when I studied my first Jane Austen read. I remember my English Literature teacher clearly (one of the best EL teachers in my academic life) and the discussions in class with myself and the other 6 students. Yes, it was a very small class and if I remember clearly there were 7 of us.
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