It is time for some more reviews. Today I thought I would share the love of classics and the Bronte sisters by reviewing a book by each sister. I love a good classic so it seemed like a good thing to do :). The Bronte sisters have produced two of my all time favourite classics – side note, all of the editions I own are stunning. Seriously look at them! They are amazing :). Anyway onto the reviews.
Jane Eyre / Charlotte Bronte ★★★★★
I will start this mini review by saying that I love this book. It is one of my all time favourite classics. I think it was one of the first classics I read and I have reread it a few times since. Jane is one of the all time favourite characters – her strength, her serenity, her intelligence and the journey of her growth is just a pleasure to read. The writing is wonderful. I think some would find the pacing a bit slow at times, but I personally never had this issue. For me it is engaging throughout and even when the pacing is slow the writing itself will keep you engaged. I love rereading this book, not only because of the story and characters, but also because of the details – there are so many things you will pick up on each time you read it. This is a beloved classic for a reason and I will always adore this book. I also highly recommend the BBC TV adaptation starring Toby Stephens and Ruth Wilson – it is so good.
Wuthering Heights / Emily Bronte ★★★★
This book is definitely one that you will either love or hate. It is safe to say that you will not like any of the characters, especially Heathcliffe and Cathy, but it is also in my opinion very well written. Yes these two main characters are probably the most dislikeable characters I’ve come across, but I just think that shows Emily Bronte’s skill at creating complex and extremely screwed up characters – it is a really interesting look into human nature and what drives a man to evil, cruelty etc. So if you are the type of reader who doesn’t enjoy reading about unlikeable characters then this really is not the book for you and I would avoid it at all costs. However if you can appreciate unlikeable characters, than you need to check this book out. The setting of this books is one of my favourite things about it – I love the wilderness of the moors and it is a perfect backdrop to the story. However it did take me a little while to get fully engaged with the plot, so definitely try to make it past the first 100 pages or so.
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall / Anne Bronte ★★★★★
I think Anne is so underrated compared to her sisters. I read this last year and it is definitely up there with Jane Eyre as one of my favourite classics – it may be my favourite book by all the Bronte sisters. The writing is phenomenal and the issues raised are so progressive for the time ( feminism, alcoholism, abuse). Some of these themes still apply to today. In my opinion it is a masterpiece. As I mentioned the writing is wonderful but it is also easy to read and it is engaging throughout. Helen is an amazing female protagonist. I think this is a timeless piece of literature and I would highly recommend it, especially if you are a fan of classics in general.
Basically I would recommend trying out something by each of the Bronte sisters. I never thought I would read a Bronte book that would match or even exceed my love for Jane Eyre, but The Tenant of Wildfell Hall definitely does this. I am slowly making my way through all of the books by the Bronte sisters – I have read every book by both Anne (The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and Agnes Grey) and Emily (Wuthering Heights) but I still have a couple books to read by Charlotte (The Professor and Tales of Angria). Let me know your thoughts of any of these books or if they are on your tbr. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.