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Shirley (Jefferson Classic Edition)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2011

    Highly recommended. A surprise from Charlotte Bronte's pen.

    I first decided to read this book simply because I read everything else Charlotte Bronte wrote. It has become my favorite of her books, though it seems to be the least known and neglected by most. It is about the goings on in and around the Yorkshire mills in 1811-12 in the context of the Napoleonic Wars and the relatively early days of the Luddite movement. The principal characters are diverse and, at least to me, most are more believable than those in Bronte's other books. I like that the author's voice is much quieter and is less pompous, preachy and opinionated than in all of Bronte's other books. For the most part, she lets her characters and their actions speak. There are also discussions about politics and the society. Another pleasant surprise is that it is much more feminist that any of Bronte's other books. Almost every female character, regardless of her position in society is a person in her own right, who also feels that she is a full-fledged member of the society: Caroline wants to be just as useful as the men; Shirley, even in her most docile state, is her own person; Hortense worships her brothers, but runs the household; William Ferren's wife stands with her man, not behind him; even the Old Maids, while letting men have the visibility, do not simply dissolve into the background. I find it refreshing, particularly considering that in Villete, Professor, or Jane Eyre women submit to their chosen Masters, which I found rather jarring. The feminism is there, without being shouted or preached about. It is also interesting to consider this book in connection with Elizabeth Gaskell's "North and South". Considering the close friendship between the authors, the common elements are not surprising; but each story stands on its own merit; while the connections only add to the enjoyment of each.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2007

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    This is a book aboud personality. I think it can develop new image of his author and recommend all your customers to buy it.

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