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Book Title: Charlotte in Love: The Courtship and Marriage of Charlotte Bronte|
The author of the book: Brian Wilks
ISBN 13: 9781854793157
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The size of the: 33.17 MB
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Edition: Michael O'Mara Books
Date of issue: January 1st 1999
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This advance reader copy was graciously provided to me by Endeavour Press in return for my honest review.
I have always meant to read "Jane Eyre," as it nestled in various editions in my kindle Collection marked "Classics." This is the most successful book written by Charlotte Bronte. When I thought of a "Bronte" as a classic writer, I had no idea that there was more than one. Charlotte's sister Emily Bronte wrote "Wuthering Heights," another blockbuster classic (which I HAVE read). My scanty historical knowledge of Charlotte Bronte was that she was British, a successful author and came from a time that I love to read about: a time when life was much simpler. When it got dark you lit candles, for heat you lit fireplace, for entertainment you read books. So, along with a germ of interest in the character and my general love of all things British, I embarked on this literal journey of a famous author.
The book is comprised of many excerpts of letters, mostly from Charlotte Bronte herself. In addition to these, the writing style of the book marries itself quite well to its subject. I know no other way to describe this other than it being a "British" way of writing which lent a lovely flow to the pages.
I learned much about Charlotte Bronte through her personal letters and the exploration of her books such as Jane Eyre, The Professor and Villette, which were in many ways an outpouring of her true thoughts and feelings. In fact, I was so moved by their descriptions that I streamed a 1970 version of "Jane Eyre," too impatient to read the book. The fact that I was prompted to do this, I believe is a compliment to the author who served up a historical recounting that inspired me to investigate further.
With all the characterization of Charlotte, there is a strong focus on her eventual husband, curate Arthur Nicholls. I confess I did not even know what a curate was, thinking it was perhaps someone who found art to fill up a gallery. In fact, a curate in this case is a member of the clergy or assistant to a priest in a parish. There are other biographies of Charlotte Bronte, but this one touts a keen eye on the quiet force of Charlotte's husband. Since there are other biographies penned by friends of Charlotte Bronte, this one serves to speculate on many situations for alternative points of view. This view of all sides, which is very great in detail, serves to give a more balanced view regarding Charlotte's marriage that might have shown personal bias elsewhere. In the end, Charlotte's actual letters are the only authentic documentation of what happened.
Upon reading this, I am charmed by the subject matter. The author made Charlotte and her husband Arthur very real and human figures for me, sometimes almost reducing me to tears. It also sparked a burning desire to finally read all those Bronte books on my Kindle. Well done!
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