Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

I just finished reading The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte today.

I must say it is my favorite novel thus far written by any of the Bronte sisters.  Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte I read a year or so ago and enjoyed it, though it was full of ups and downs and periods of me being very angry that that book had ever been referred to me.  But in the end, I thought it a very great book and was quite glad that my friend lent it to me.

I must admit that of the 3 sisters, Charlotte is probably the most intelligent novelist. But for some reason, I just loved reading Wildfell Hall the most.  I enjoy suspense, but not the horror of the child abuse as depicted in Jane Eyre.  After having kids of my own, I just can not stomach pain or mistreatment of kids.  

My most despised book being Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte that I read the other week.  Wow, is that girl dark.(To be honest, all of the girls are, but this one being the most dark of them all, in my opinion.)  Though it was a good book, I don't really see myself reading it again, unlike Jane Eyre or Wildfell Hall.  

My next project is to watch various movie/TV versions of these 2 recently read books, as I have already seen several of the movies made for Jane Eyre.  I enjoy comparing novels to the movie versions and knowing secretly where they misrepresented the book.  

I took up reading Tales of Angles by Charlotte Bronte, but about 1/3rd of the way in I was enjoying it but kept staring at Wildfell Hall on my counter and chose to put it down for that one.  Now that I am through with Wildfell Hall, I may pick it up again, or I might start reading Agnes Grey that is waiting for me in my collection of Library books.  Thank goodness for the library so that we may taste an array of books for free...lest we should lose them along the way.  I will be purchasing several of these books in the future for my own collection :)

Sorry if I rambled, 'I'm a ramblin' man..."


Jane said...

If you haven't seen the Jane Eyre with Joan Fontaine and Orson Welles - I recommend it.

Speckled Kat said...

I've heard that by several people, but I disliked that version for some reason :(

Jessica said...

love you sis