Yep, April 21st is the bicentennial of Charlotte Bronte's birth. For some reason, I find this fascinating. Of course, my interest could lie in the fact that CB is everywhere lately. I mean it! From new biographies to rewrites of her books - the woman seems to be on everyone's minds lately. I even find myself interested in reading her books. I've already read two - Jane Eyre and Villette. I absolutely loved Villette! I absolutely hated Jane Eyre! I know, its crazy, but its true. I just did not care for Jane Eyre. There was something about that cruel Rochester that put me off - Bertha, anyone? Then again, it was Jane Eyre that led me to Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys (one of my FAVORITE authors!!). Hmm...so I suppose I don't hate Jane Eyre completely. In fact,all of this talk of CB is making me wonder if perhaps I should give Jane Eyre another go. What do you think? Should I? Is Jane Eyre a book worth rereading? I did just read Katherine Reay's novel, The Bronte Plot, which I loved. Plus, I did just agree to review Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye - its a retelling of Jane Eyre and sounds like it'll be a fun read. And then there are those new books about CB, her family, and her books that seem to be calling my name:
And of course, I want to read more of Charlotte's works:
So, maybe rereading Jane Eyre is a must-do. Luckily, my friend from Dolce Bellezza wants to reread the book, too. How cool is that? Now, I'll have someone to chat about Rochester, Jane, and Bertha with - hurrah! We're hoping to get to the book in February - I can't wait!
By the way, what about the other Bronte sisters? I loved Wuthering Heights by Emily. I've never read Anne's books, Agnes Grey and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. How are they? Which do you recommend? Let me know. I'm thinking its time to finally wipe the dust off these books and give them a read.
Well, I'm off to read The Past by Tessa Hadley. Happy reading!!